2015 NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Tournament

The 2015 NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Tournament involved 64 teams playing in a single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division II college basketball. It began on March 13, 2015, following the 2014–15 season and concluded with the championship game on March 28, 2015.

2015 NCAA Division II
Basketball Tournament
NCAA logo.svg
Teams64
Finals siteFord Center
Evansville, Indiana
ChampionsFlorida Southern Moccasins (2nd title)
Runner-upIndiana Crimson Hawks (2nd title game)
Semifinalists
Winning coachLinc Darner (1st title)
MOPKevin Capers Florida Southern
AttendanceTBD
  • 2014 
  • NCAA Division II
    Basketball Tournament
  • 2016

The eight regional winners met in the Elite Eight for the quarterfinal, semifinal, and championship rounds. For the second straight year, the final rounds were held at the Ford Center in Evansville, Indiana.

Florida Southern defeated Indiana (PA), 77–62, to win their second national championship and first title since the 1981 NCAA Division II Tournament.

QualificationEdit

The champions of 22 of the 24 Division II basketball conferences qualified automatically. An additional 42 teams were selected as “at-large” participants by the selection committee. The first three rounds of the tournament were organized in regions comprising eight participants in groups of two or three conferences (two in the Atlantic and Midwest regions). The regionals were hosted at the home court of the top seeded team.

Automatic qualifiersEdit

The following teams automatically qualified for the national tournament as the champions of their conference tournaments.

Conference Team Record Appearance Last Bid Region
California Collegiate Cal Poly Pomona 23–6 12th 2014 West
Central Atlantic Philadelphia University 24–7 34th 2014 East
Central Intercollegiate Livingstone 19–9 3rd 2014 Atlantic
Carolinas North Greenville 22–9 1st Never Southeast
East Coast Bridgeport 24–6 21st 2014 East
Great American Arkansas Tech 18–13 7th 2014 Central
Great Lakes Ferris State 23–8 10th 2011 Midwest
Great Lakes Valley Drury 21–8 9th 2014 Midwest
Great Northwest Seattle Pacific 23–7 25th 2014 West
Gulf South Alabama–Huntsville 23–8 8th 2013 South
Heartland St. Mary's (TX) 20–9 9th 2014 South Central
Lone Star Texas A&M–Commerce 24–7 5th 2005 South Central
Mid-America Pittsburg State 20–11 6th 2007 Central
Northeast-10 American International 23–6 10th 2011 East
Northern Sun Augustana (SD) 30–2 12th 2013 Central
Pacific West BYU–Hawaii 24–5 11th 2011 West
Peach Belt Montevallo 24–8 10th 2014 Southeast
Pennsylvania State Gannon 23–8 24th 2014 Atlantic
Rocky Mountain Colorado–Colorado Springs 26–5 2nd 2014 South Central
South Atlantic Carson–Newman 18–13 3rd 2014 Southeast
Southern Intercollegiate Benedict (SC) 19–11 10th 2013 South
Sunshine State Florida Southern 29–1 29th 2014 South

At-large qualifiersEdit

Team Record Conference Appearance Last Bid Region
Columbus State 22–7 Peach Belt 11th 2012 Southeast
Georgia Regents Augusta 23–6 Peach Belt 10th 2014 Southeast
Lincoln Memorial 29–2 South Atlantic 5th 2014 Southeast
Mount Olive 28–3 Carolinas 7th 2010 Southeast
UNC Pembroke 25–5 Peach Belt 3rd 2013 Southeast
Angelo State 26–5 Lone Star 5th 2009 South Central
Colorado Mines 23–4 Rocky Mountain 5th 2014 South Central
Metro State 26–5 Rocky Mountain 19th 2014 South Central
Midwestern State 21–8 Lone Star 10th 2014 South Central
Tarleton State 27–3 Lone Star 12th 2014 South Central
Azusa Pacific 24–5 Pacific West 1st Never West
Cal Baptist 24–6 Pacific West 2nd 2014 West
Chico State 22–7 California Collegiate 12th 2014 West
Dixie State 20–7 Pacific West 6th 2014 West
Western Oregon 23–6 Great Northwest 1st Never West
Fairmont State 21–10 Mountain East 7th 2013 Atlantic
Glenville State 22–10 Mountain East 2nd 2014 Atlantic
Indiana (PA) 26–6 Pennsylvania State 14th 2014 Atlantic
Mercyhurst 20–8 Pennsylvania State 1st Never Atlantic
Slippery Rock 20–10 Pennsylvania State 5th 2013 Atlantic
West Liberty 27–2 Mountain East 7th 2014 Atlantic
Saint Anselm 19–9 Northeast-10 18th 2014 East
S. Connecticut State 22–7 Northeast-10 6th 2014 East
SNHU 21–7 Northeast-10 18th 2013 East
Stonehill 19–9 Northeast-10 13th 2012 East
U. of the Sciences 24–5 Central Atlantic 1st Never East
Barry 24–4 Sunshine State 5th 2014 South
Lynn 19–9 Sunshine State 5th 2005 South
Union (TN) 20–10 Gulf South 3rd 1968 South
West Alabama 22–11 Gulf South 4th 2014 South
West Georgia 21–8 Gulf South 15th 2012 South
Bellarmine 27–3 Great Lakes Valley 16th 2014 Midwest
Indianapolis 23–5 Great Lakes Valley 10th 2014 Midwest
Lake Superior State 25–6 Great Lakes 4th 2014 Midwest
Lewis 21–8 Great Lakes Valley 14th 2012 Midwest
Michigan Tech 19–8 Great Lakes 9th 2014 Midwest
Wisconsin–Parkside 26–3 Great Lakes Valley 4th 2014 Midwest
Central Missouri 24–6 Mid-America 23rd 2014 Central
MSU–Mankato 24–7 Northern Sun 12th 2014 Central
MSU–Moorhead 32–3 Northern Sun 3rd 2012 Central
Northern State 23–8 Northern Sun 10th 2009 Central
NW Missouri State 23–6 Mid-America 15th 2014 Central


RegionalsEdit

Southeast - Harrogate, TennesseeEdit

Location: Tex Turner Arena

Opening Round
March 14
Regional Semifinals
March 15
Regional Final
March 17
         
1 Lincoln Memorial (29–2) 95
8 North Greenville (22–9) 62
1 Lincoln Memorial 55
4 Mount Olive 75
4 Mount Olive (28–3) 84
5 GRU Augusta (23–6) 75
4 Mount Olive 82
2 Montevallo 75
2 Montevallo (24–8) 74
7 Carson–Newman (18–13) 69
2 Montevallo 78
3 UNC Pembroke 59
3 UNC Pembroke (25–5) 89
6 Columbus State (22–7) 82

South Central - Stephenville, TexasEdit

Location: Wisdom Gym

Opening Round
March 14
Regional Semifinals
March 15
Regional Final
March 17
         
1 Tarleton State (27–3) 71
8 St. Mary's (TX) (20–9) 52
1 Tarleton State 84
4 UC Colorado Springs 62
4 UC Colorado Springs (26–5) 90
5 Colorado Mines (23–4) 87
1 Tarleton State 66
6 Angelo State 64
2 Metro State (26–5) 56
7 Midwestern State (21–8) 58
7 Midwestern State 49
6 Angelo State 66
3 TAMU–Commerce (24–7) 79
6 Angelo State (26–5) 85

West - Azusa, CaliforniaEdit

Location: Felix Event Center

Opening Round
March 13
Regional Semifinals
March 14
Regional Final
March 16
         
1 Azusa Pacific (24–5) 75
8 Western Oregon (23–6) 67
1 Azusa Pacific 77
5 Cal Poly Pomona 67
4 Dixie State (20–7) 60
5 Cal Poly Pomona (23–6) 62
1 Azusa Pacific 91
3 Cal Baptist 79
2 BYU–Hawaii (24–5) 69
7 Seattle Pacific (23–7) 81
7 Seattle Pacific 77
3 Cal Baptist 78
3 Cal Baptist (24–6) 67
6 Chico State (22–7) 61

Atlantic - West Liberty, West VirginiaEdit

Location: Academic, Sports and Recreation Complex (ASRC)

Opening Round
March 14
Regional Semifinals
March 15
Regional Final
March 17
         
1 West Liberty (27–2) 127
8 Livingstone (19–9) 89
1 West Liberty 89
4 Fairmont State 59
4 Fairmont State (21–10) 68
5 Mercyhurst (20–8) 63
1 West Liberty 74
3 Indiana (PA) 77
2 Gannon (23–8) 57
7 Slippery Rock (20–10) 65
7 Slippery Rock 65
3 Indiana (PA) 73
3 Indiana (PA) (26–6) 73
6 Glenville State (22–10) 59

East - Springfield, MassachusettsEdit

Location: Botuva Gymnasium

Opening Round
March 14
Regional Semifinals
March 15
Regional Final
March 17
         
1 American International (23–6) 58
8 Philadelphia U. (24–7) 53
1 American International 65
5 S. Connecticut State 86
4 Bridgeport (24–6) 75
5 S. Connecticut State (22–7) 88
5 S. Connecticut State 58
2 SNHU 76
2 SNHU (21–7) 71
7 Stonehill (19–9) 59
2 SNHU 59
6 University of the Sciences 53
3 Saint Anselm (19–9) 57
6 U. of the Sciences (24–5) 73

South - Lakeland, FloridaEdit

Location: Jenkins Field House

Opening Round
March 14
Regional Semifinals
March 15
Regional Final
March 17
         
1 Florida Southern (29–1) 89
8 Benedict (19–11) 68
1 Florida Southern 84
4 West Georgia 81
4 West Georgia (21–8) 80
5 West Alabama (22–11) 79
1 Florida Southern 88
6 Lynn 80
2 Barry (24–4) 73
7 Union (TN) (20–10) 59
2 Barry 82
6 Lynn 90
3 Alabama–Huntsville (23–8) 62
6 Lynn (19–9) 80

Midwest - Louisville, KentuckyEdit

Location: Knights Hall

Opening Round
March 14
Regional Semifinals
March 15
Regional Final
March 17
         
1 Bellarmine (27–3) 84
8 Drury (21–8) 60
1 Bellarmine 85
4 Lake Superior State 59
4 Lake Superior State (25–6) 78
5 Ferris State (23–8) 69
1 Bellarmine 81
3 Indianapolis 72
2 Wisconsin–Parkside (26–3) 62
7 Lewis (21–8) 70
7 Lewis 59
3 Indianapolis 78
3 Indianapolis (23–5) 74
6 Michigan Tech (19–8) 53

Central - Sioux Falls, South DakotaEdit

Location: Sanford Pentagon

Opening Round
March 14
Regional Semifinals
March 15
Regional Final
March 17
         
1 Augustana (SD) (30–2) 104
8 Arkansas Tech (18–13) 77
1 Augustana (SD) 65
4 NW Missouri State 66
4 NW Missouri State (23–6) 59
5 MSU–Mankato (24–7) 56
4 NW Missouri State 42
2 MSU–Moorhead 47
2 MSU–Moorhead (32–3) 80
7 PIttsburg State (20–11) 68
2 MSU–Moorhead 71
3 Central Missouri 60
3 Central Missouri (24–6) 82
6 Northern State (23–8) 72

Elite Eight - Evansville, IndianaEdit

Location: Ford Center

National Quarterfinals
Wednesday, March 25
National Semifinals
Thursday, March 26
Championship
Saturday, March 28
         
SE4 Mount Olive 59
SC1 Tarleton State 77
SC1 Tarleton State 68
A3 Indiana (PA) 72
W1 Azusa Pacific 65
A3 Indiana (PA) 69
A3 Indiana (PA) 62
S1 Florida Southern 77
E2 SNHU 70
S1 Florida Southern 81
S1 Florida Southern 79
MW1 Bellarmine 76
MW1 Bellarmine 92
C2 MSU–Moorhead 75

All-tournament teamEdit

  • Kevin Capers (Florida Southern)
  • Devante Chance (Indiana (PA))
  • Shawn Dyer (Indiana (PA))
  • Jacobo Diaz (Indiana (PA))
  • Dylan Travis (Florida Southern)

ReferencesEdit