By Spencer Scheve, Athletics Communications and Media Intern
Intercollegiate Athletics has officially announced the teams and pairings for the 2017 NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball National Championship. The 32-team event will get underway on March 8 with the Championship game on Tuesday, March 14.
This year’s field includes 22 automatic qualifiers, nine at-large selections and one host berth (College of the Ozarks (Mo.)). Automatic berths were given to teams that either won their respective conference tournament title, regular-season championship, finished runner-up at the conference tournament. The at-large bids were determined by the final 2017 NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll announced Wednesday. The Top 25 can be found HERE.
The NAIA Network – the association’s official video streaming home – will video-stream all 30 games live leading up to the final on ESPN3. The video platform, powered by Stretch Internet, allows users access to live video, statistics, and social interaction on a number of devices, including mobile. Single day passes can be purchased for $9.95, while an all-tournament package is available at $29.95. For more information and to pre-register, click here.
• College of the Ozarks (Mo.) makes its 21st all-time appearance, which leads all active NAIA schools. The Bobcats own a 28-19 overall record at the championship and has recorded one title.
• There are 17 teams from the 2016 event are in the field again this year.
• Three teams make their first championship appearance – Calumet (Ind.), Pacific Union (Calif.) and WVU Tech (W. Va.).
• Defending national champion Indiana Wesleyan makes its 10th all-time appearance. The Wildcats have won two national championships (2014, 2016).
• College of the Ozarks holds the longest active appearance streak in the championship, as 2017 will mark the Bobcats’ 18th-consecutive appearance, dating back to 2000. Bellevue (Neb.) is second with 15-straight appearances.
2017 NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball National Championship Qualifiers
|Aquinas (Mich.)||Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Tournament Runner-Up||19-14||1-4||5||2009||0|
|Bellevue (Neb.)||North Star Athletic Association Tournament Champion||22-10||21-17||18||2016||0|
|Bethel (Ind.)||Crossroads League Tournament Champion.||29-4||30-10||14||2016||3|
|Briar Cliff (Iowa)||Great Plains Athletic Conference Regular-Season Champion||26-7||5-10||11||2016||0|
|Calumet (Ind.)||Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Regular-Season Champion (South)||17-13||0-0||1||N/A||0|
|College of Idaho||At-Large No. 6||23-9||13-10||12||2015||1|
|College of the Ozarks (Mo.)||Host Berth||20-9||28-19||21||2016||1|
|Corban (Ore.)||Cascade Collegiate Conference Tournament Champion||18-15||2-4||4||N/A||0|
|Cornerstone (Mich.)||Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Regular-Season Champion||30-3||33-11||15||2016||3|
|Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.)||At-Large No. 4||23-9||7-8||9||2016||0|
|Davenport (Mich.)||At-Large No. 1||24-8||13-7||9||2016||0|
|Eastern Oregon||At-Large No. 2||23-8||5-6||7||2013||0|
|Indiana Wesleyan||Crossroads League Tournament Runner-Up||26-7||22-7||10||2016||2|
|IU East (Ind.)||River States Conference Tournament Champion||26-7||3-4||5||2016||0|
|IU Southeast (Ind.)||River States Conference West Division Champion||24-6||7-10||12||2014||0|
|Midland (Neb.)||At-Large No. 7||21-9||6-4||5||2015||0|
|Northwest Christian (Ore.)||Cascade Collegiate Conference Regular-Season Champion||24-5||1-2||3||2016||0|
|Northwestern (Iowa)||Great Plains Athletic Conference Tournament Champion||26-6||29-14||17||2013||2|
|Oregon Tech||At-Large No. 5||24-9||33-11||15||2012||3|
|Pacific Union (Calif.)||California Pacific Conference Tournament Champion||18-6||0-0||1||N/A||0|
|Reinhardt (Ga.)||Appalachian Athletic Conference Tournament Runner-Up||22-9||0-1||2||2014||0|
|Robert Morris (Ill.)||Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Regular-Season Champion (North)||26-6||7-4||5||2016||0|
|Rochester (Mich.)||Association of Independent Institutions Tournament Runner-Up.||29-2||0-1||2||2013||0|
|Saint Francis (Ind.)||At-Large No. 3||22-10||19-7||9||2016||1|
|Tabor (Kan.)||Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Regular-Season Champion||23-9||7-10||11||2016||0|
|Taylor (Ind.)||At-Large No. 9||20-11||2-7||8||2006||0|
|Trinity International (Ill.)||Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament Runner-Up||28-5||1-3||4||2007||0|
|Union (Ky.)||Appalachian Athletic Conference Regular-Season Champion||30-3||1-4||5||2016||0|
|Warner (Fla.)||The Sun Conference Tournament Champion||26-4||9-4||5||2016||0|
|Washington Adventist (Md.)||Association of Intercollegiate Institutions Tournament Champion||22-6||0-1||2||2016||0|
|WVU Tech||At-Large No. 8||23-8||0-0||1||N/A||0|
|York (Neb.)||Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament Champion||24-9||3-2||3||2016||0|