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1973 NCAA College Division Basketball Tournament

The 1973 NCAA College Division Basketball Tournament involved 42 schools playing in a single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of men's NCAA College Division basketball as a culmination of the 1972-73 NCAA College Division men's basketball season. It was won by Kentucky Wesleyan College and Kentucky Wesleyan's Mike Williams was the Most Outstanding Player.

1973 NCAA Division II
Basketball Tournament
Teams42
Finals siteEvansville, Indiana
ChampionsKentucky Wesleyan Panthers (4th title)
Runner-upTennessee State Tigers (2nd title game)
Semifinalists
Winning coachBob Jones (1st title)
MOPMike Williams Kentucky Wesleyan
Attendance18,318
  • 1972 
  • NCAA Division II
    Basketball Tournament
  • 1974

This was the last College Division basketball tournament. Effective with the next school year of 1973–74, the NCAA adopted the three-division setup that exists to this day. The top-level University Division was renamed Division I, while the College Division was split in two. College Division members that wished to award athletic scholarships were placed in Division II, while those that chose to remain non-scholarship were placed in Division III.

Regional participantsEdit

School Outcome
Coe Regional Champion
South Dakota State Runner-up
Southern Colorado Fourth Place
SW Missouri State Third Place
School Outcome
Assumption Regional Champion
Bentley Runner-up
Bridgeport Third Place
Hartford Fifth Place*
St. Michael's Fourth Place
Stonehill Fifth Place*
School Outcome
Akron Regional Champion
Cheyney Third Place
Hiram Fifth Place*
Lebanon Valley Fifth Place*
Philadelphia Textile Fourth Place
Steubenville Runner-up
School Outcome
Albany State Fifth Place
Chattanooga Third Place
SE Louisiana Runner-up
Tennessee State Regional Champion
Transylvania Fourth Place
School Outcome
Capital Third Place
Kentucky Wesleyan Regional Champion
Valparaiso Runner-up
Wooster Fourth Place
School Outcome
Eckerd Fifth Place*
Fayetteville State Third Place
Loyola (MD) Fourth Place
Old Dominion Runner-up
Roanoke Regional Champion
St. Thomas Fifth Place*
School Outcome
Brockport State Regional Champion
C. W. Post Third Place
Hartwick Runner-up
New Jersey City Fifth Place*
Potsdam State Fourth Place
RPI Fifth Place*
School Outcome
Cal State Bakersfield Runner-up
Puget Sound Fourth Place
San Diego Third Place
Sonoma State Fifth Place
UC Riverside Regional Champion

*denotes tie

RegionalsEdit

Midwest - Springfield, MissouriEdit

Location: McDonald Hall and Arena

Regional Semifinals Regional Final
      
Coe 65
Southern Colorado 63
Coe 107
South Dakota State 104
South Dakota State 85
SW Missouri State 74
  • Third Place - SW Missouri State 76, Southern Colorado 62

New England - Worcester, MassachusettsEdit

Location: Andrew Laska Gymnasium

First Round - Hartford, CT
   
St. Michael's 108
Hartford 97
First Round - Bridgeport, CT
   
Bridgeport 77
Stonehill 74
Regional Semifinals Regional Final
      
Assumption 81
St. Michael's 79
Assumption 87
Bentley 85
Bridgeport 106
Bentley 109***
  • Third Place - Bridgeport 93, St. Michael's 75

Mideast - Reading, PennsylvaniaEdit

Location: Bollman Center

First Round - Chester, PA
   
Cheyney 74
Lebanon Valley 56
First Round - Akron, OH
   
Steubenville 54
Hiram 51
Regional Semifinals Regional Final
      
Akron 99
Cheyney 71
Akron 49
Steubenville 47
Steubenville 61
Philadelphia Textile 51
  • Third Place - Cheyney 70, Philadelphia Textile 63

South - Hammond, LouisianaEdit

Location:

  First Round - Lexington, KY Regional Semifinals Regional Final
                           
     
  Tennessee State 53  
    Transylvania 45  
Transylvania 72*
  Albany State 71  
    Tennessee State 62*
  SE Louisiana 54
       
     
SE Louisiana 67
    Chattanooga 64  
   
  • Third Place - Chattanooga 99, Transylvania 86

Great Lakes - Evansville, IndianaEdit

Location: Roberts Municipal Stadium

Regional Semifinals Regional Final
      
Kentucky Wesleyan 93
Wooster 56
Kentucky Wesleyan 74
Valparaiso 66
Valparaiso 69
Capital 64
  • Third Place - Capital 75, Wooster 47

South Atlantic - Salem, VirginiaEdit

Location: C. Homer Bast Center

First Round - Fayetteville, NC
   
Fayetteville State 95
Eckerd 66
First Round - Miami, FL
   
Loyola (MD) 82*
St. Thomas 79
Regional Semifinals Regional Final
      
Old Dominion 80
Fayetteville State 74
Old Dominion 87
Roanoke 88*
Loyola 63
Roanoke 84
  • Third Place - Fayetteville State 81, Loyola 66

East - Oneonta, New YorkEdit

Location: Binder Physical Education Center

  First Round - sites unknown Regional Semifinals Regional Final
                           
     
  C. W. Post 77  
    Brockport State 93  
Brockport State 78
  New Jersey City 68  
    Brockport State 70
  Hartwick 62
  Potsdam State 54  
RPI 52  
Postsdam State 58
    Hartwick 75  
   
  • Third Place - C. W. Post 79, Potsdam State 75

West - Bakersfield, CaliforniaEdit

Location:

  First Round - Riverside, CA Regional Semifinals Regional Final
                           
     
  Puget Sound 51  
    UC Riverside 71  
UC Riverside 70
  Sonoma State 68  
    UC Riverside 61
  Cal State Bakersfield 54
       
     
Cal State Bakersfield 50
    San Diego 44  
   
  • Third Place - San Diego 80, Puget Sound 73

*denotes each overtime played

National Finals - Evansville, IndianaEdit

Location: Roberts Municipal Stadium

Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
         
Coe 96
Assumption 102
Assumption 76
Tennessee State 106
Akron 50
Tennessee State 54
Tennessee State 76
Kentucky Wesleyan 78*
Kentucky Wesleyan 87
Roanoke 63
Kentucky Wesleyan 96
Brockport State 90
Brockport State 79
UC Riverside 70
  • Third Place - Assumption 94, Brockport State 90

*denotes each overtime played

All-tournament teamEdit

  • Mike Boylan (Assumption)
  • Ron Gilliam (Brockport State)
  • Leonard Robinson (Tennessee State)
  • Mike Williams (Kentucky Wesleyan)
  • Roger Zornes (Kentucky Wesleyan)

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