NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Championship
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NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Championship
NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Tournament
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event2020 NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Tournament
NCAA logo.svg
No. of teams64
CountryNCAA Division II (USA)
Most recent
Northwest Missouri State (2nd title)
Most titlesKentucky Wesleyan (8 titles)
TV partner(s)CBS (Finals)
CBS Sports Network (Semifinals)

The NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Tournament (officially styled by the NCAA as a "Championship" instead of a "Tournament") is an annual championship tournament for colleges and universities that are members of NCAA Division II, a grouping of schools in the United States (plus one school in Canada) that are generally smaller than the higher-profile institutions of Division I. The tournament, originally known as the NCAA College Division Basketball Championship, was established in 1957, immediately after the NCAA subdivided its member schools into the University Division (today's Division I) and College Division. It became the Division II championship in 1974, when the NCAA split the College Division into the limited-scholarship Division II and the non-scholarship Division III, and added the "Men's" designation in 1982 when the NCAA began sponsoring a Division II women's championship.

Like all other NCAA basketball divisions for men and women, the champion is decided in a single-elimination tournament. The Division II tournament has 64 teams. The Division II tournaments for men and women differ in a major respect from those in Divisions I and III. The finals of both Division II tournaments consist of eight teams, instead of the four in the other two divisions. The eight survivors of regional play meet in the Elite Eight at a predetermined site.


As of 2017, a total of 64 bids are available for each tournament: 24 automatic bids (awarded to the champions of the twenty-four Division II conferences) and 40 at-large bids.

The sixty-four bids are allocated evenly among the eight NCAA-designated regions (Atlantic, Central, East, Midwest, South, South Central, Southeast, and West), each of which contains three of the twenty-four Division II conferences that sponsor men's basketball. Each region consists of three automatic qualifiers (the teams who won their respective conference tournaments) and five at-large bids (which are awarded regardless of conference affiliation).

Conference tournaments

Region Conference Tournament Most Championships Current Champion (2020)
Atlantic CIAA CIAA Men's Basketball Tournament Virginia Union (17) Winston-Salem State (11th)
Mountain East Mountain East Conference Men's Basketball Tournament West Liberty (2) West Liberty (2nd)
PSAC PSAC Men's Basketball Tournament Cheyney (15) Indiana (11th)
Central Great American Great American Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Arkansas Tech (2)
Ouachita Baptist (2)
Southern Nazarene (2)
Henderson State (1st)
MIAA MIAA Men's Basketball Tournament NW Missouri State (9) NW Missouri State (9th)
NSIC Northern Sun Men's Basketball Tournament Northern State (5)
Winona State (5)
Northern State (5th)
East CACC Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Bloomfield (6) Dominican (2nd)
East Coast East Coast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament LIU Post (7) St. Thomas Aquinas (4th)
Northeast-10 Northeast-10 Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Saint Anselm (9) Saint Anselm (9th)
Midwest GLIAC GLIAC Men's Basketball Tournament Findlay (8) Michigan Tech (3rd)
GLVC Great Lakes Valley Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Bellarmine (5)
Kentucky Wesleyan (5)
Truman (1st)
G-MAC Great Midwest Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Alderson Broaddus (2)
Kentucky Wesleyan (2)
Walsh (2)
Walsh (2nd)
South Gulf South Gulf South Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Delta State (6)
North Alabama (6)
Alabama-Huntsville (4th)
SIAC SIAC Men's Basketball Tournament Albany State (7) Miles (2nd)
Sunshine State Sunshine State Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Florida Southern (25) Florida Southern (25th)
South Central Lone Star Lone Star Conference Men's Basketball Tournament West Texas A&M (9) West Texas A&M (9th)
RMAC RMAC Men's Basketball Shootout Metro State (11) Colorado Mesa (1st)
Southeast Carolinas Conference Carolinas Men's Basketball Tournament Barton (5) Southern Wesleyan (1st)
Peach Belt Peach Belt Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Columbus State (8) Lander (5th)
SAC South Atlantic Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Catawba (7) Lincoln Memorial (5th)
West CCAA CCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Cal State Bakersfield (5)
UC San Diego (5)
UC San Diego (5th)
GNAC Great Northwest Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Seattle Pacific (4) Western Washington (2nd)
Pacific West Pacific West Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Dixie State (2)
Point Loma Nazarene (2)
Dixie State (2nd)


NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Championship
Year Finals Site Host Arena Championship Game Tournament MVP/MOP Ref
Winner Score Runner-up
1957 Evansville, IN Roberts Municipal Stadium Wheaton 89-65 Kentucky Wesleyan Mel Peterson
1958 South Dakota 75-53 St. Michael's Ed Smallwood
1959 Evansville 83-67 Southwest Missouri State Hugh Ahlering
1960 Evansville
90-69 Chapman Ed Smallwood
1961 Wittenberg 42-38 Southeast Missouri State Don Jacobson
(South Dakota State)
1962 Mount St. Mary's 58-57
Sacramento State Ron Rohrer
(Sacramento State)
1963 South Dakota State 44-42 Wittenberg Wayne Rasmussen
(South Dakota State)
1964 Evansville
72-59 Akron Jerry Sloan
1965 Evansville
Southern Illinois Jerry Sloan
1966 Kentucky Wesleyan 54-51 Southern Illinois Sam Smith
(Kentucky Wesleyan)
1967 Winston-Salem State 77-74 Southwest Missouri State Earl Monroe
(Winston-Salem State)
1968 Kentucky Wesleyan
63-52 Indiana State Jerry Newsom
(Indiana State)
1969 Kentucky Wesleyan
75-71 Southwest Missouri State George Tinsley
(Kentucky Wesleyan)
1970 Philadelphia Textile 76-65 Tennessee State Ted McClain
(Tennessee State)
1971 Evansville
97-82 Old Dominion Don Buse
1972 Roanoke 84-72 Akron Hal Johnston
1973 Kentucky Wesleyan
78-76 Tennessee State Mike Williams
(Kentucky Wesleyan)
1974 Morgan State 67-52 Southwest Missouri State Marvin Webster
(Morgan State)
1975 Old Dominion 76-74 New Orleans Wilson Washington
(Old Dominion)
1976 Puget Sound 83-74 Chattanooga Curt Peterson
(Puget Sound)
1977 Springfield, MA Springfield Civic Center Chattanooga 71-62 Randolph-Macon Wayne Golden
1978 Springfield, MO Hammons Student Center Cheyney State 47-40 Wisconsin-Green Bay Andrew Fields
1979 North Alabama 64-50 Wisconsin-Green Bay Perry Oden
(North Alabama)
1980 Springfield, MA Springfield Civic Center Virginia Union 80-74 New York Tech Keith Valentine
(Virginia Union)
1981 Florida Southern 73-68 Mount St. Mary's John Ebeling
(Florida Southern)
1982 District of Columbia 73-63 Florida Southern Michael Britt
(District of Columbia)
1983 Wright State 92-73 District of Columbia Gary Monroe
(Wright State)
1984 Central Missouri State 81-77 St. Augustine's Ron Nunnelly
(Central Missouri)
1985 Jacksonville State 74-73 South Dakota State Mark Tetzlaff
(South Dakota State)
1986 Sacred Heart 93-87 Southeast Missouri State Roger Younger
(Sacred Heart)
1987 Kentucky Wesleyan
92-74 Gannon Sam Smith
(Kentucky Wesleyan)
1988 Lowell 75-72 Alaska-Anchorage Leo Parent
1989 North Carolina Central 73-46 Southeast Missouri State Miles Clarke
(North Carolina Central)
1990 Kentucky Wesleyan
93-79 CSU Bakersfield Wade Green
(CSU Bakersfield)
1991 North Alabama
79-72 Bridgeport Lambert Shell
1992 Virginia Union
100-75 Bridgeport Derrick Johnson
(Virginia Union)
1993 CSU Bakersfield 85-72 Troy State Tyrone Davis
(CSU Bakersfield)
1994 CSU Bakersfield
92-86 Southern Indiana Stan Gouard
(Southern Indiana)
1995 Louisville, KY Commonwealth Convention Center Southern Indiana 71-63 UC Riverside William Wilson
(UC Riverside)
1996 Fort Hays State 70-63 Northern Kentucky Sherick Simpson
(Fort Hays State)
1997 CSU Bakersfield
57-56 Northern Kentucky Kebu Stewart
(CSU Bakersfield)
1998 UC Davis 83-77 Kentucky Wesleyan Antonio Garcia
(Kentucky Wesleyan)
1999 Kentucky Wesleyan
75-60 Metro State Antonio Garcia
(Kentucky Wesleyan)
2000 Metro State 97-79 Kentucky Wesleyan DeMarcos Anzures
(Metro State)
2001 Bakersfield, CA Rabobank Arena Kentucky Wesleyan
72-63 Washburn Lorio Duncan
(Kentucky Wesleyan)
2002 Evansville, IN Roberts Municipal Stadium Metro State
80-72 Kentucky Wesleyan Patrick Mutombo
(Metro State)
2003 Lakeland, FL Lakeland Center Northeastern State 75-64 Kentucky Wesleyan[n 1] Darnell Hinson
(Northeastern State)
2004 Bakersfield, CA Rabobank Arena Kennesaw State 84-59 Southern Indiana Terrence Hill
(Kennesaw State)
2005 Grand Forks, ND Ralph Engelstad Arena Virginia Union
63-58 Bryant Antwan Walton
(Virginia Union)
2006 Springfield, MA MassMutual Center Winona State 73-61 Virginia Union John Smith
(Winona State)
2007 Barton 77-75 Winona State Anthony Atkinson
2008 Winona State
87-76 Augusta State Jonte Flowers
(Winona State)
2009 Findlay 56-53
Cal Poly Pomona Josh Bostic
2010 Cal Poly Pomona 65-53 Indiana (PA) Austin Swift
(Cal Poly Pomona)
2011 Bellarmine 71-68 BYU-Hawaii Jet Chang
2012 Highland Heights, KY The Bank of Kentucky Center Western Washington 72-65 Montevallo D. J. Rivera
2013 Atlanta, GA[n 2] Philips Arena Drury 74-73 Metro State Alex Hall
2014 Evansville, IN Ford Center Central Missouri
84-77 West Liberty Daylen Robinson
(Central Missouri)
2015 Florida Southern
77-62 Indiana (PA) Kevin Capers
(Florida Southern)
2016 Frisco, TX Dr Pepper Arena Augustana (SD) 90-81 Lincoln Memorial Alex Richter
(Augustana (SD))
2017 Sioux Falls, SD Sanford Pentagon Northwest Missouri State 71-61 Fairmont State Justin Pitts
(Northwest Missouri State)
2018 Ferris State 71-69 Northern State Zach Hankins
(Ferris State)
2019 Evansville, IN Ford Center Northwest Missouri State
64-58 Point Loma Trevor Hudgins
(Northwest Missouri State)
2020 Atlanta, GA[n 3] State Farm Arena Cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic
  1. ^ Kentucky Wesleyan subsequently forfeited its 2003 runner-up status after it was revealed they had let two ineligible transfer players play.[1]
  2. ^ Philips Arena in Atlanta, now known as State Farm Arena, was the site of the championship game only. The rest of the Elite Eight was played at Freedom Hall in Louisville, Kentucky.
  3. ^ State Farm Arena was scheduled as the site of the championship game only. The Elite Eight quarterfinals and semifinals would have been played at the Ford Center in Evansville, Indiana.

Records and statistics

Championships by school

School Titles Years
Kentucky Wesleyan 8 1966 o 1968 o 1969 o 1973 o 1987 o 1990 o 1999 o 2001
Evansville 5 1959 o 1960 o 1964 o 1965 o 1971
Virginia Union 3 1980 o 1992 o 2005
Cal State Bakersfield 3 1993 o 1994 o 1997
NW Missouri State 2 2017 o 2019
Florida Southern 2 1981 o 2015
Central Missouri 2 1984 o 2014
Winona State 2 2006 o 2008
Metropolitan State 2 2000 o 2002
North Alabama 2 1979 o 1991
Ferris State 1 2018
Augustana (SD) 1 2016
Drury 1 2013
Western Washington 1 2012
Bellarmine 1 2011
Cal Poly Pomona 1 2010
Findlay 1 2009
Barton 1 2007
Kennesaw State 1 2004
Northeastern State 1 2003
UC Davis 1 1998
Fort Hays State 1 1996
Southern Indiana 1 1995
North Carolina Central 1 1989
UMass Lowell [a 1] 1 1988
Sacred Heart 1 1986
Jacksonville State 1 1985
Wright State 1 1983
District of Columbia 1 1982
Cheyney 1 1978
Chattanooga [a 2] 1 1977
Puget Sound 1 1976
Old Dominion 1 1975
Morgan State 1 1974
Roanoke 1 1972
Jefferson [a 3] 1 1970
Winston-Salem State 1 1967
South Dakota State 1 1963
Mount Saint Mary's 1 1962
Wittenberg 1 1961
South Dakota 1 1958
Wheaton 1 1957
  1. ^ Championship won as Lowell.
  2. ^ Championship won as Tennessee-Chattanooga.
  3. ^ Championship won as Philadelphia Textile.

Team appearances

Former Division II champions now in Division I

Source: [9]

Former Division II champions now in Division III

Source: [10]


CBS Sports holds rights to the semi-final and final rounds of the Division II tournament, with the semi-final games broadcast on CBS Sports Network and the final on CBS (covered as part of the NCAA March Madness package). In 2015, CBS Sports reached a long-term deal to continue broadcasting the Division II men's semi-final on CBS Sports Network through 2024.[11]

See also


  1. ^ "PLUS: COLLEGE BASKETBALL; Kentucky Wesleyan Forfeits an Honor". The New York Times. August 7, 2003. Retrieved 2011.
  2. ^ "Ballarmine wins national championship". The Courier-Journal. March 26, 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  3. ^ "Calm, cool and collected". April 7, 2013. Archived from the original on April 19, 2013.
  4. ^ "Augustana wins 2016 NCAA Division II men's basketball championship". NCAA. March 26, 2016.
  5. ^ "DII basketball: Northwest Missouri State handles Fairmont State to win first championship". NCAA. March 25, 2017.
  6. ^ "DII men's basketball championship: Ferris State wins program's first title in thriller over Northern State". NCAA. March 24, 2018.
  7. ^ "Division II Men's Basketball Championship" (PDF). NCAA.
  8. ^ "Men's Basketball DII History -".
  9. ^ "Division I Men's Basketball Institutions". NCAA Directory.
  10. ^ "Division III Men's Basketball Institutions". NCAA Directory.
  11. ^ "CBS Sports Network to televise Division II basketball semifinals through 2024". NCAA. October 22, 2015. Retrieved 2017.

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