NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Tournament
The NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Tournament (officially styled as "Championship" instead of "Tournament") is an annual tournament to determine NCAA Division III national champion.
|Current season, competition or edition:|
2019 NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Tournament
|No. of teams||64.|
|Country||NCAA Division III (USA)|
|TV partner(s)||CBS Sports Network|
From 1996 to 2012, 2014 to 2018, the NCAA Division III men's basketball championship was held at the Salem Civic Center in Salem, Virginia. The event had been hosted by the Old Dominion Athletic Conference and the City of Salem. Since 2017, the tournament is a 64-team single-elimination tournament, with teams advancing from four regionals to the semifinals and final in Fort Wayne.
For 2013, as part of the celebration of the 75th NCAA Division I tournament, the championship games in both the NCAA Division II and Division III tournaments were played at Philips Arena, now known as State Farm Arena, in Atlanta. From 2014 to 2018, the final game returned to Salem. Currently, the Final Four is held in Fort Wayne, Indiana at Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. For 2020 only, the national semifinals will be played in Fort Wayne, but the championship game will return to Atlanta, with the NCAA choosing to hold the championship games of both Divisions II and III as part of the festivities surrounding the men's Division I Final Four.
Wisconsin-Oshkosh is the reigning national champions.
Since 2017, a total of 64 bids are available for the tournament:
- 43 automatic bids, awarded to the champions of all Division III conferences.
- 21 at-large bids.
The American Collegiate Athletic Association, formed in 2017 and starting play in 2017–18, will not be eligible for an automatic bid until 2019–20 (its third season of operation). It launched with eight members, seven of which sponsor men's basketball. The Atlantic East Conference, which began play in 2018–19 with seven members that all sponsor men's basketball, will not be eligible for an automatic bid until the 2021 tournament for the same reason.
Schools in italics are, as of the upcoming 2019–20 basketball season, no longer members of that specific conference.
- Source: 
- Only the championship game was played in Atlanta. The semifinals were played at the then-traditional site of the Salem Civic Center in Salem, Virginia.
- Only the championship game will be played in Atlanta. The semifinals will be played at Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
- Reading, Pennsylvania 1975–1976
- Rock Island, Illinois 1977–1981
- Grand Rapids, Michigan 1982–1988
- Springfield, Ohio 1989–1992
- Buffalo, New York 1993–1995
- Salem, Virginia 1996-2018 (semifinals only in 2013)
- Atlanta 2013, 2020 (championship game only in both tournaments)
- Fort Wayne, Indiana 2019–present (semifinals only in 2020)
Championships, by teamEdit
Schools in italics no longer compete in NCAA Division III.
|North Park||5||1978, 1979, 1980, 1985, 1987|
|Wisconsin–Stevens Point||4||2004, 2005, 2010, 2015|
|Wisconsin–Whitewater||1984, 1989, 2012, 2014|
|Wisconsin–Platteville||1991, 1995, 1998, 1999|
|St. Thomas (MN)||2||2011, 2016|
|Potsdam State||1981, 1986|
|Washington (MO)||2008, 2009|
Appearances, by teamEdit
- Programs with more than 20 appearances in the Division III tournament:
|Bids||School||Conference||First Bid||Most Recent|
|25||Franklin & Marshall||Centennial||1975||2018|
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- "Preliminary round sites announced for 2014, 2015 NCAA tournaments". NCAA. December 16, 2012. Retrieved January 24, 2013.
- "Combined championships for NCAA basketball planned" (Press release). NCAA. April 24, 2019. Retrieved April 25, 2019.
- Kalsow comes through for Pointers - Men's College Basketball - ESPN
- Balenga leads Virginia Wesleyan to title - Men's College Basketball - ESPN
- Amherst notches first D-III basketball championship - Men's College Basketball - ESPN
- Washington University repeats as Division-III champion - ESPN
- Wisconsin-Stevens Point Pointers rally to beat Williams College for DIII title - ESPN
- St. Thomas pounds Wooster for NCAA Division III men's title - ESPN
- Wisconsin-Whitewater wins D-III men's hoops crown - ESPN
- 'Willy stuff' helps Amherst to Division III national title
- "It's a family tradition at Whitewater; KJ Evans earns MOP, follows in uncle's footsteps". NCAA. NCAA.com. Retrieved April 10, 2014.
- "Division III Men's Basketball Championship" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. Retrieved March 19, 2017.