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2017 NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball National Championship Qualifiers

March 01, 2017
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By Spencer Scheve, Athletics Communications and Media Intern

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – (Bracket Championship Schedule | Video Announcement) The National 

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.

Qualifier Highlights
• 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

School

Qualification

Record^

Champs Record

Appearances*

Last Time

Titles

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

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