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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.

NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Tournament
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2019 NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Tournament
NCAA logo.svg
SportBasketball
Founded1975
No. of teams64.
CountryNCAA Division III (USA)
Most recent
champion(s)
Wisconsin-Oshkosh (1)
TV partner(s)CBS Sports Network
Official websiteNCAA.com

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.[1] From 2014 to 2018, the final game returned to Salem.[2] 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.[3]

Wisconsin-Oshkosh is the reigning national champions.

QualificationEdit

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.

Conference tournamentsEdit

Schools in italics are, as of the upcoming 2019–20 basketball season, no longer members of that specific conference.

Conference Tournament Most Titles Current Champion, 2019
Allegheny Mountain Tournament Penn State Behrend (6) Penn State Behrend (6th)
ACAA Tournament Two teams (1) SUNY Delhi (1st)
American Rivers Tournament Buena Vista (7) Nebraska Wesleyan (2nd)
American Southwest Tournament Mississippi College (5) Texas–Dallas (4th)
Atlantic East Tournament Gwynedd Mercy (1) Gwynedd Mercy (1st)
Capital Tournament Catholic (7) Christopher Newport (3rd)
Centennial Tournament Franklin & Marshall (8) Swarthmore (2nd)
CUNYAC Tournament Staten Island (15) Baruch (3rd)
CCIW Tournament Augustana (6) North Central (5th)
Colonial States Tournament Cabrini (13) Rosemont (1st)
Commonwealth Coast Tournament Endicott (7) Nichols (3rd)
Empire 8 Tournament St. John Fisher (6) Alfred (1st)
Great Northeast Tournament Albertus Magnus (8) Albertus Magnus (8th)
Heartland Tournament Hanover (6) Hanover (6th)
Landmark Tournament Scranton (7) Moravian (2nd)
Liberty Tournament Skidmore (5) Skidmore (5th)
Little East Tournament UMass Dartmouth (11) Keene State (4th)
MASCAC Tournament Salem State (18) Salem State (18th)
Michigan Tournament Calvin and Hope (12) Albion (2nd)
MAC Commonwealth Tournaments Scranton (16) Arcadia (1st)
MAC Freedom DeSales (4th)
Midwest Tournament Ripon (7) Lake Forest (1st)
Minnesota Tournament St. Thomas (9) Saint John's (2nd)
NECC Tournament Elms (4) Mitchell (2nd)
NESCAC Tournament Amherst (8) Amherst (8th)
NEWMAC Tournament MIT (6) Emerson (1st)
NJAC Tournament Ramapo and Stockton (6) Rowan (1st)
North Atlantic Championship Husson (7) Husson (7th)
NCAC Tournament Wooster (15) Wittenberg (8th)
NEAC Championship Morrisville State (5) Morrisville State (5th)
NACC Tournament Aurora (5) Aurora (5th)
Northwest Tournament Whitworth (13) Whitman (2nd)
Ohio Tournament Wittenberg (14) Baldwin-Wallace (6th)
ODAC Tournament Hampden–Sydney and Roanoke (10) Guilford (4th)
Presidents Tournament Bethany (6) Chatham (1st)
Skyline Tournament Farmingdale State (5) Farmingdale State (5th)
SLIAC Tournament Westminster (MO) and Fontbonne (5) Eureka (1st)
SAA Tournament Centre (KY) and Rhodes (2) Sewanee (1st)
SCIAC Tournament Claremont–Mudd–Scripps (6) Pomona–Pitzer (2nd)
SCAC Tournament Trinity (TX) (6) Texas Lutheran (4th)
SUNYAC Tournament Buffalo State (15) Oswego (3rd)
UAA No tournament Washington–St. Louis
UMAC Tournament Northwestern–St. Paul (11) Northwestern–St. Paul (11th)
USA South Tournament Christopher Newport (15) Maryville (TN) (2nd)
WIAC Tournament Wisconsin–Stevens Point (9) Wisconsin–Platteville (2nd)

SummaryEdit

NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Championship
Year Finals Site Championship Game Semifinalists Tournament MOP
(University)
Winner Score Runner-up
1975
Details
Reading, Pennsylvania LeMoyne–Owen 57–54 Glassboro State Augustana (IL)
Brockport
Bob Newman
(LeMoyne–Owen)
1976
Details
Scranton 60–57
(OT)
Wittenberg Augustana (IL)
Plattsburgh State
Jack Maher
(Scranton)
1977
Details
Rock Island, Illinois Wittenberg 79–66 Oneonta State Scranton
Hamline
Rick White
(Wittenberg)
1978
Details
North Park 69–57 Widener Albion
Stony Brook
Michael Harper
(North Park)
1979
Details
North Park (2) 66–62 SUNY Potsdam Franklin & Marshall
Centre
Michael Harper
(North Park)
1980
Details
North Park (3) 83–76 Upsala Wittenberg
Longwood
Michael Thomas
(North Park)
1981
Details
SUNY Potsdam 67–65
(OT)
Augustana (IL) Ursinus
Otterbein
Maxwell Artis
(Augustana–IL)
1982
Details
Grand Rapids, Michigan Wabash 83–62 SUNY Potsdam Brooklyn
Stanislaus State
Pete Metzelaars
(Wabash)
1983
Details
Scranton (2) 64–63 Wittenberg Roanoke
Wisconsin–Whitewater
Bill Bessoir
(Scranton)
1984
Details
Wisconsin–Whitewater 103–86 Clark (MA) DePauw
Upsala
Andre McKoy
(Wisconsin–Whitewater)
1985
Details
North Park (4) 72–71 Potsdam State Nebraska Wesleyan
Widener
Earnest Hubbard
(North Park)
1986
Details
Potsdam State (2) 76–73 LeMoyne–Owen Nebraska Wesleyan
New Jersey City
Roosevelt Bullock
(Potsdam State)
1987
Details
North Park (5) 106–100 Clark (MA) Wittenberg
Richard Stockton
Michael Starks
(North Park)
1988
Details
Ohio Wesleyan 92–70 Scranton Nebraska Wesleyan
Hartwick
Scott Tedder
(Ohio Wesleyan)
1989
Details
Springfield, Ohio Wisconsin–Whitewater (2) 94–86 Trenton State Southern Maine
Centre
Greg Grant
(Trenton State)
1990
Details
Rochester 43–42 DePauw Washington College
Calvin
Chris Fite
(Rochester)
1991
Details
Wisconsin–Platteville 81–74 Franklin & Marshall Otterbein
Ramapo
Shawn Frison
(Wisconsin–Platteville)
1992
Details
Calvin 62–49 Rochester Wisconsin–Platteville
New Jersey City
Steve Honderd
(Calvin)
1993
Details
Buffalo, New York Ohio Northern 71–68 Augustana (IL) Rowan
UMass–Dartmouth
Kirk Anderson
(Augustana–IL)
1994
Details
Lebanon Valley 66–59
(OT)
NYU Wittenberg
St. Thomas (MN)
Mike Rhoades/Adam Crawford
(Lebanon Valley/NYU)
1995
Details
Wisconsin–Platteville (2) 69–55 Manchester (IN) Rowan
Trinity (CT)
Ernie Peavy
(Wisconsin–Platteville)
1996
Details
Salem, Virginia Rowan 100–93 Hope Illinois Wesleyan
Franklin & Marshall
Terrence Stewart
(Rowan)
1997
Details
Illinois Wesleyan 89–86 Nebraska Wesleyan Williams
Alvernia
Bryan Crabtree
(Illinois Wesleyan)
1998
Details
Wisconsin–Platteville (3) 69–56 Hope Williams
Wilkes
Ben Hoffmann
(Wisconsin–Platteville)
1999
Details
Wisconsin–Platteville (4) 76–75
(2OT)
Hampden–Sydney Connecticut College
William Paterson
Merrill Brunson
(Wisconsin–Platteville)
2000
Details
Calvin (2) 79–74 Wisconsin–Eau Claire Salem State
Franklin & Marshall
Sherm Carstensen
(Wisconsin-Eau Claire)
2001
Details
Catholic 76–62 William Paterson Illinois Wesleyan
Ohio Northern
Pat Maloney
(Catholic)
2002
Details
Otterbein 102–83 Elizabethtown Carthage
Rochester
Jeff Gibbs
(Otterbein)
2003
Details
Williams 67–65 Gustavus Adolphus Wooster
Hampden–Sydney
Benjamin Coffin
(Williams)
2004[4]
Details
Wisconsin–Stevens Point 84–82 Williams John Carroll
Amherst
Nick Bennett
(Wisconsin–Stevens Point)
2005
Details
Wisconsin–Stevens Point (2) 73–49 Rochester Calvin
York (PA)
Jason Kalsow
(Wisconsin–Stevens Point)
2006
Details
Virginia Wesleyan 59–56[5] Wittenberg Illinois Wesleyan
Amherst
Ton Ton Balenga
(Virginia Wesleyan)
2007
Details
Amherst 80–67[6] Virginia Wesleyan Washington–St. Louis
Wooster
Andrew Olson
(Amherst)
2008
Details
Washington–St. Louis 90–68 Amherst Hope
Ursinus
Troy Ruths
(Washington–St. Louis)
2009
Details
Washington–St. Louis (2) 61–52[7] Richard Stockton Guilford
Franklin & Marshall
Sean Wallis
(Washington–St. Louis)
2010
Details
Wisconsin–Stevens Point (3) 78–73[8] Williams Guilford
Randolph–Macon
Matt Moses
(Wisconsin–Stevens Point)
2011
Details
St. Thomas (MN) 78–54[9] Wooster Middlebury
Williams
Tyler Nicolai
(St. Thomas–MN)
2012
Details
Wisconsin–Whitewater (3) 63–60[10] Cabrini Illinois Wesleyan
MIT
Chris Davis
(Wisconsin–Whitewater)
2013
Details
Atlanta, Georgia[a] Amherst (2) 87–70[11] Mary Hardin–Baylor St. Thomas (MN)
North Central (IL)
Allen Williamson
(Amherst)
2014
Details
Salem, Virginia Wisconsin–Whitewater (4) 75–73[12] Williams Amherst
Illinois Wesleyan
K. J. Evans
(Wisconsin–Whitewater)
2015
Details
Wisconsin–Stevens Point (4) 70–54 Augustana (IL) Babson
Virginia Wesleyan
Austin Ryf
(Wisconsin–Stevens Point)
2016
Details
St. Thomas (MN) (2) 82–76 Benedictine Christopher Newport
Amherst
Taylor Montero
(St. Thomas-MN)
2017
Details
Babson 79–78 Augustana (IL) Whitman
Williams
Joey Flannery
(Babson)
2018
Details
Nebraska Wesleyan 78–72 Wisconsin–Oshkosh Ramapo
Springfield
Cooper Cook
(Nebraska Wesleyan)
2019
Details
Fort Wayne, Indiana Wisconsin-Oshkosh 96–82 Swarthmore Christopher Newport
Wheaton (IL)
Jack Flynn
Wisconsin–Oshkosh
2020
Details
Atlanta, Georgia[b]
2021 Fort Wayne, Indiana
2022
Notes
  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ Only the championship game will be played in Atlanta. The semifinals will be played at Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

LocationsEdit

Championships, by teamEdit

Schools in italics no longer compete in NCAA Division III.

School Titles Years
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
Amherst 2007, 2013
Calvin 1992, 2000
Potsdam State 1981, 1986
Scranton 1976, 1983
Washington (MO) 2008, 2009
Wisconsin-Oshkosh 1 2019
Nebraska Wesleyan 2018
Babson 2017
Virginia Wesleyan 2006
Williams 2003
Otterbein 2002
Catholic 2001
Illinois Wesleyan 1997
Rowan 1996
Lebanon Valley 1994
Ohio Northern 1993
Rochester 1990
Ohio Wesleyan 1988
Wabash 1982
Wittenberg 1977
LeMoyne–Owen 1975

Appearances, by teamEdit

  • Programs with more than 20 appearances in the Division III tournament:
Bids School Conference First Bid Most Recent
29 Wittenberg NCAC 1975 2019
28 Scranton Landmark 1975 2017
28 Wooster NCAC 1978 2019
27 Hope MIAA 1982 2018
25 Franklin & Marshall Centennial 1975 2018
25 Illinois Wesleyan CCIW 1984 2018
25 Salem State MASCAC 1980 2019
23 Christopher Newport Capital 1986 2019
21 Calvin MIAA 1980 2017
21 Washington–St. Louis UAA 1987 2018
21 Wisconsin–Whitewater WIAC 1983 2017

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Success paves way for 75th celebration" (Press release). NCAA. May 10, 2012. Retrieved May 11, 2012.
  2. ^ "Preliminary round sites announced for 2014, 2015 NCAA tournaments". NCAA. December 16, 2012. Retrieved January 24, 2013.
  3. ^ "Combined championships for NCAA basketball planned" (Press release). NCAA. April 24, 2019. Retrieved April 25, 2019.
  4. ^ Kalsow comes through for Pointers - Men's College Basketball - ESPN
  5. ^ Balenga leads Virginia Wesleyan to title - Men's College Basketball - ESPN
  6. ^ Amherst notches first D-III basketball championship - Men's College Basketball - ESPN
  7. ^ Washington University repeats as Division-III champion - ESPN
  8. ^ Wisconsin-Stevens Point Pointers rally to beat Williams College for DIII title - ESPN
  9. ^ St. Thomas pounds Wooster for NCAA Division III men's title - ESPN
  10. ^ Wisconsin-Whitewater wins D-III men's hoops crown - ESPN
  11. ^ 'Willy stuff' helps Amherst to Division III national title
  12. ^ "It's a family tradition at Whitewater; KJ Evans earns MOP, follows in uncle's footsteps". NCAA. NCAA.com. Retrieved April 10, 2014.
  13. ^ "Division III Men's Basketball Championship" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. Retrieved March 19, 2017.