NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Tournament

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.

NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Tournament
Current season, competition or edition:
2019 NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Tournament
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)

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

The Heartland Conference will disband after the 2018–19 season, with seven of its nine members moving to the Lone Star Conference and the other two joining the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association.

Region Conference Tournament Most Championships
AtlanticCIAACIAA Men's Basketball Tournament
Mountain EastMountain East Conference Men's Basketball TournamentSix teams (1)
PSACPSAC Men's Basketball TournamentCheyney (15)
CentralGreat AmericanGreat American Conference Men's Basketball TournamentArkansas Tech (2)
Ouachita Baptist (2)
MIAAMIAA Men's Basketball TournamentNW Missouri State (8)
NSICNorthern Sun Men's Basketball TournamentWinona State (5)
EastCACCCentral Atlantic Collegiate Conference Men's Basketball TournamentBloomfield (6)
East CoastEast Coast Conference Men's Basketball TournamentLIU Post (7)
Northeast-10Northeast-10 Conference Men's Basketball TournamentSaint Anselm (8)
MidwestGLIACGLIAC Men's Basketball TournamentGrand Valley State (6)
GLVCGreat Lakes Valley Conference Men's Basketball TournamentBellarmine (5)
G-MACGreat Midwest Athletic Conference Men's Basketball TournamentAlderson Broaddus (2)
Kentucky Wesleyan (2)
SouthGulf SouthGulf South Conference Men's Basketball TournamentDelta State (6)
SIACSIAC Men's Basketball TournamentAlbany State (7)
Sunshine StateSunshine State Conference Men's Basketball TournamentFlorida Southern (24)
South CentralHeartlandHeartland Conference Men's Basketball TournamentSt. Mary's (TX) (6)
Lone StarLone Star Conference Men's Basketball TournamentWest Texas A&M (8)
RMACRMAC Men's Basketball ShootoutMetro State (11)
SoutheastCarolinasConference Carolinas Men's Basketball TournamentBarton (5)
Peach BeltPeach Belt Conference Men's Basketball TournamentColumbus State (8)
SACSouth Atlantic Conference Men's Basketball TournamentCatawba (7)
WestCCAACCAA Men's Basketball TournamentUC San Diego (4)
GNACGreat Northwest Athletic Conference Men's Basketball TournamentSeattle Pacific (4)
Pacific WestPacific West Conference Men's Basketball TournamentDixie State (2)


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
  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 will be the site of the championship game only. The rest of the Elite Eight will be played at the Ford Center in Evansville, Indiana.

Records and statistics

Championships by school

School Titles Years
Kentucky Wesleyan 8 1966 • 1968 • 1969 • 1973 • 1987 • 1990 • 1999 • 2001
Evansville 5 1959 • 1960 • 1964 • 1965 • 1971
Virginia Union 3 1980 • 1992 • 2005
Cal State Bakersfield 3 1993 • 1994 • 1997
NW Missouri State 2 2017 • 2019
Florida Southern 2 1981 • 2015
Central Missouri 2 1984 • 2014
Winona State 2 2006 • 2008
Metropolitan State 2 2000 • 2002
North Alabama 2 1979 • 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]

School Championship(s) Year moved Current Conference
South Dakota 1958 2006 The Summit League
Evansville 1959 • 1960 • 1964 • 1965 • 1971 1978 Missouri Valley Conference
Mount St. Mary's 1962 1989 Northeast Conference
South Dakota State 1963 2005 The Summit League
Morgan State 1974 1985 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
Old Dominion 1975 1977 Conference USA
Chattanooga 1977 1978 Southern Conference
Wright State 1983 1988 Horizon League
Jacksonville State 1985 1996 Ohio Valley Conference
Sacred Heart 1986 1999 Northeast Conference
UMass Lowell 1988 2013 America East Conference
North Carolina Central 1989 2008 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
CSU Bakersfield 1993 • 1994 • 1997 2007 Western Athletic Conference
(Big West Conference in 2020)
UC Davis 1998 2004 Big West Conference
Kennesaw State 2004 2006 Atlantic Sun Conference
North Alabama 1979 • 1991 2018 Atlantic Sun Conference

Former Division II champions now in Division III

Source: [9]

School Championship(s) Year moved Current Conference
Wheaton (IL) 1957 1973 College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
Wittenberg 1961 1973 North Coast Athletic Conference
Roanoke 1972 1976 Old Dominion Athletic Conference
Puget Sound 1976 ?? Northwest Conference


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.[10]


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