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The 1969 NAIA Men's Basketball Tournament was held in March at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Missouri. The 32nd annual NAIA basketball tournament featured 32 teams playing in a single-elimination format.[1] This is the first tournament since 1965 tournament to feature four new teams to the NAIA Semifinals. (It would be the 5th time since 1937 this has happened; previous years were the inaugural year 1937, 1945, 1947, 1965). This wouldn't happen again until 2001.

1969 (1969) NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament
Teams32
ChampionsEastern New Mexico
(1st title, 1st title game,
1st Fab Four)
Runner-UpMaryland State
(1st title game,
1st Fab Four)
SemifinalistsCentral Washington
Elizabeth City
Coach of the YearJoe Retton
(Farimont State (W.Va.))
Chuck Taylor MVPJake Ford
(Maryland State)
Charles Stevenson
Hustle Award
Larry Vanzant
(Eastern New Mexico)
Top scorerJake Ford (Maryland State)
(156 points)
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Awards and honorsEdit

  • Leading scorer: Jake Ford, Maryland State; 5 games, 52 field goals, 52 free throws, 156 total points (31.2 average points per game)
  • Leading rebounder: Bruce Sanderson, Central Washington; 5 games, 65 total rebounds (13.0 average rebounds per game)
  • Player of the Year: est. 1994
  • Most tournament appearances: Georgetown (Ky.), 8th of 28, appearances to the NAIA Tournament[2]

1969 NAIA bracketEdit

First Round Second Round Elite Eight NAIA National Semifinals NAIA National Championship
               
1 Fairmont State (W.Va.) 93
- Indiana Central 75
1 Fairmont State 72
16 Washburn 74
- Western Montana 68
16 Washburn (Kan.) 90
16 Washburn 88
TOP TIER
9 Elizabeth City 90
9 Elizabeth City (N.C.) 86
- Valdosta State (Ga.) 78
9 Elizabeth City 88
8 Southwestern Oklahoma 81
- Yankton (S.D.) 91
8 Southwestern Oklahoma State 100
9 Elizabeth City 72
12 Eastern New Mexico 75
5 Eastern Michigan 87
- Georgetown (Ky.) 85
5 Eastern Michigan 69
12 Eastern New Mexico 77
- Millikin (Ill.) 71
12 Eastern New Mexico 89
12 Eastern New Mexico 77
TOP TIER
- High Point 73
13 Whittier (Calif.) 77
- Corpus Christi (Tex.) 66
13 Whittier 82
4 High Point 100
- Missouri-St. Louis 90
4 High Point (N.C.) 102
12 Eastern New Mexico 99
- Maryland State 76
3 Central State (Ohio) 59
- Monmouth (N.J.) 63
Monmouth 115
- Asheville-Biltmore 81
- Asheville-Biltmore (N.C.) 86
14 Grambling State (La.) 74
Monmouth 94
BOTTOM TIER
- Maryland State 99
10 Linfield (Ore.) 80
- Stout State (Wis.) 113
- Wisconsin-Stout 83
- Maryland State 85
- Maryland State 99
7 Wartburg (Iowa) 90
- Maryland State 93
15 Central Washington 87
6 Gannon (Pa.) 81
- Jackson State (Miss.) 58
6 Gannon 78
11 Henderson State 80
- St. John's (Minn.) 76
11 Henderson State (Ark.) 78
11 Henderson State 64
BOTTOM TIER
15 Central Washington 96
15 Central Washington State 92
- New Haven (Conn.) 82
15 Central Washington 96
2 Howard Payne 74
- Wayne State (Neb.) 70
2 Howard Payne (Tex.) 94

3rd place gameEdit

The third place game featured the losing teams from the national semifinalist to determine 3rd and 4th places in the tournament. This game was played until 1988.

NAIA Third Place Game
   
9 Elizabeth City 82
15 Central Washington 96

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "NAIA.org". Archived from the original on 2009-05-05. Retrieved 2009-04-19.
  2. ^ NAIA. "NAIA Championship History" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-05-05. Retrieved 2009-04-19.