1968 NCAA College Division Basketball Tournament

The 1968 NCAA College Division Basketball Tournament involved 36 schools playing in a single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of men's NCAA College Division college basketball as a culmination of the 1967–68 NCAA College Division men's basketball season. It was won by Kentucky Wesleyan College, with Indiana State's Jerry Newsom named Most Outstanding Player. Uniquely, Indiana State has finished as the National Runner-up in the (1946 and 1948) NAIA Tournaments, the (1979) NCAA Division I Tournament, and the 1968 NCAA Division II Tournament.

1968 NCAA Division II
Basketball Tournament
Finals siteEvansville, Indiana
ChampionsKentucky Wesleyan Panthers (2nd title)
Runner-upIndiana State Sycamores (1st title game)
Winning coachBob Daniels (1st title)
MOPJerry Newsom Indiana State
  • 1967 
  • NCAA Division II
    Basketball Tournament
  • 1969

Regional participantsEdit

School Outcome
American International Regional Champion
Assumption Fifth Place*
Bridgeport Third Place*
Buffalo State Runner-up
Le Moyne Seventh Place*
Northeastern Fifth Place*
Rochester Third Place*
Springfield Seventh Place*
School Outcome
Bethune–Cookman Fourth Place
Kentucky Wesleyan Regional Champion
Oglethorpe Third Place
Union (TN) Runner-up
School Outcome
Cheyney Regional Champion
Muhlenberg Fourth Place
Philadelphia Textile Third Place
Wagner Runner-up
School Outcome
Ashland Regional Champion
Denison Third Place
Norfolk State Runner-up
Roanoke Fourth Place
School Outcome
Evansville Regional Champion
Lincoln (MO) Third Place
Southern Colorado Fourth Place
SW Missouri State Runner-up
School Outcome
Jackson State Third Place
McNeese State Fourth Place
Pan American Runner-up
Trinity (TX) Regional Champion
School Outcome
DePauw Fourth Place
Illinois State Runner-up
Indiana State Regional Champion
South Dakota State Third Place
School Outcome
Nevada Southern Regional Champion
San Diego State Third Place
UC Davis Fourth Place
UC Irvine Runner-up

*indicates a tie


New EnglandEdit

First Round Regional Semifinals Regional Final - Butova Gymnasium, Springfield, MA
Bridgeport 86
Springfield 62
Bridgeport 67
Worcester, MA
American International 77
American International 80
Assumption 78
American International 79
Buffalo State 64
Buffalo State 83
Le Moyne 66
Buffalo State 79
Rochester, NY
Rochester 67
Rochester 75
Northeastern 67
  • Consolation- Assumption 94, Springfield 75
  • Consolation- Northeastern 67, Le Moyne 54

South - Jackson, TennesseeEdit


Regional Semifinals Regional Final
Kentucky Wesleyan 86
Oglethorpe 59
Kentucky Wesleyan 66
Union 58
Union (TN) 81
Bethune–Cookman 67
  • Third Place - Oglethorpe 82, Bethune-Cookman 70

East - Reading, PennsylvaniaEdit

Location: Bollman Center

Regional Semifinals Regional Final
Cheyney 94
Muhlenberg 67
Cheyney 72
Wagner 57
Wagner 98
Philadelphia Textile 84
  • Third Place -Philadelphia Textile 105, Muhlenberg 94

Mideast - Ashland, OhioEdit

Location: Kates Gymnasium

Regional Semifinals Regional Final
Norfolk State 108
Denison 86
Norfolk State 51
Ashland 61
Ashland 71
Roanoke 46
  • Third Place - Denison 90, Roanoke 77

Midwest - Springfield, MissouriEdit

Location: McDonald Hall and Arena

Regional Semifinals Regional Final
Evansville 95
Lincoln (MO) 80
Evansville 79
SW Missouri State 73
SW Missouri State 69
Southern Colorado 68
  • Third Place - Lincoln 92, Southern Colorado 77

Southwest - Lake Charles, LouisianaEdit

Location: Memorial Gym

Regional Semifinals Regional Final
Pan American 96
Jackson State 73
Pan American 83
Trinity 87*
Trinity (TX) 95
McNeese State 78
  • Third Place - Jackson State 75, McNeese State 71

Great Lakes - Normal, IllinoisEdit

Location: Horton Field House

Regional Semifinals Regional Final
Indiana State 101
South Dakota State 83
Indiana State 98
Illinois State 93
Illinois State 83
DePauw 81
  • Third Place - South Dakota State 86, DePauw 84

Pacific Coast - San Diego, CaliforniaEdit

Location: Peterson Gym

Regional Semifinals Regional Final
Nevada Southern 96
UC Davis 91
Nevada Southern 79
UC Irvine 74
UC Irvine 78
San Diego State 69
  • Third Place - San Diego State 79, UC Davis 72

*denotes each overtime played

National Finals - Evansville, IndianaEdit

Location: Roberts Municipal Stadium

Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
American International 78
Kentucky Wesleyan 90
Kentucky Wesleyan 45
Ashland 32
Cheyney 30
Ashland 45
Kentucky Wesleyan 63
Indiana State 52
Evansville 77
Trinity (TX) 93
Trinity 67
Indiana State 77
Indiana State 94
Nevada Southern 75
  • Third Place - Trinity 68, Ashland 52

*denotes each overtime played

All-tournament teamEdit