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2014 NAIA Division II Menís Basketball National Championship Qualifiers Announced

March 05, 2014
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By Chad Waller, Director of Communications and Sports Information

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has officially announced the 32-team field for the 23rd annual NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball National Championship. The event will be held for the 15th-straight year in Point Lookout, Mo., on the campus of College of the Ozarks (Mo.) from March 12 – 18. Fifteen programs are back after competing in the 2013 championship.

The official championship bracket will be announced live via a selection show at 8 p.m. CST today. Click here to view the free live video-stream.

The 32-team field is comprised of 21 automatic qualifiers, one host berth awarded to College of the Ozarks and 10 at-large selections. Automatic qualification is given to conference regular-season champions, tournament champions or tournament runners-up depending on the league. At-large teams were determined using the final regular-season Coaches’ Top 25 Poll released earlier today.

Defending national champion Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) earns an automatic berth as regular-season champions out of the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference. The Wolves (29-4) are making their 11th championship appearance overall and fifth-straight. Cardinal Stritch heads into the championship as the No. 1-ranked team in each of the last seven Coaches' Polls.

The Crossroads League and The Sun Conference each landed four qualifiers in the championship field. Four other conferences are sending three programs each: Cascade Collegiate Conference, Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference, Great Plains Athletic Conference and the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference.

Five newcomers are dotted amongst the qualifiers: Cincinnati Christian (Ohio), Northern New Mexico, Northwest Christian (Ore.), Reinhardt (Ga.) and Southeastern (Fla.). In additions to these programs, three other teams are searching for their first championship victory having made at least one prior appearance: Ashford (Iowa), Friends (Kan.) and Union (Ky.).

College of the Ozarks leads all NAIA programs with 18 championship appearances, which includes its 15th-consecutive trip. The Bobcats (21-10) are 27-16 all-time in the national championship. Since 2006, College of the Ozarks has shown a home-court advantage going 6-2 in first-round games. Overall, seven other programs have made at least 10 appearances at the championship.

Bethel (Ind.) is third on the all-time list for championship wins with a 27-7 record. The Pilots, who are playing in their 11th championship, are looking up at the 29 and 33 wins by Northwestern (Iowa) and Oregon Tech, respectively. Both of those teams failed to qualify this year.

Eight programs among this year’s qualifiers own at least one national championship, led by Bethel’s three crowns (1995, 1997 and 1998). Cornerstone (Mich.), who claimed the top prize in 1999 and 2011, is the only other current qualifier with more than one title.

NeuLion, the NAIA’s official video-streaming company of 17 select NAIA national championship events, will be broadcasting the first 30 games of the Division II Men's Basketball National Championship. Don't miss the live video stream of all of the action running from March 12 - 18. For more information and to pre-register, click here.

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2014 Division II Men's Basketball National Championship Qualifiers

School Qualification Overall Record^ Apps* Last Time Champs. Record Titles
Ashford (Iowa) At-Large No. 9 23-9 3rd 2011 0-2 --
Bellevue (Neb.) Midlands Collegiate Athletic Tournament Champion 28-5 15th 2013 20-14 --
Bethel (Ind.) Crossroads League Tournament Champion 26-7 11th 2013 27-7 3
Cal Maritime California Pacific Athletic Tournament Champion 27-5 3rd 2013 1-2 -
Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Regular-Season Champion 29-4 11th 2013 11-9 1
Cincinnati Christian (Ohio) Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Tournament Champion 19-13 1st -- 0-0 --
Concordia (Ore.) At-Large No. 10 22-9 2nd 2000 1-1 --
Cornerstone (Mich.) Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Regular-Season Champion 29-4 12th 2012 26-9 2
Davenport (Mich.) Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Tournament Champion 27-6 5th 2013 5-4 --
Dordt (Iowa) Great Plains Athletic Regular-Season Champion 28-5 4th 2013 4-3 --
Embry-Riddle (Fla.) At-Large No. 7 24-7 14th 2013 15-12 1
Friends (Kan.) Kansas Collegiate Athletic Regular-Season Champion 25-6 5th 2010 0-4 --
Huntington (Ind.) At-Large No. 4 24-7 8th 2007 11-7 --
Idaho, College of Cascade Collegiate Regular Season Champion 28-5 10th 2007 11-8 1
IU Southeast (Ind.) At-Large No. 1 25-4 10th 2013 6-9 --
Indiana Wesleyan Crossroads League Regular-Season Champion 26-6 7th 2013 9-6 --
Midland (Neb.) At-Large No. 2 26-5 3rd 2013 2-2 --
Morningside (Iowa) Great Plains Athletic Tournament Champion 25-8 4th 2009 4-3 --
Northern New Mexico Association of Independent Institutions Tournament Champion 16-15 1st -- 0-0 --
Northwest Christian (Ore.) Cascade Collegiate Tournament Runner-Up 18-12 1st -- 0-0 --
Northwood (Fla.) The Sun Tournament Champion 26-6 8th 2013 10-7 --
Oklahoma Wesleyan At-Large No. 8 24-9 5th 2011 11-3 1
Ozarks (Mo.), College of the Host berth 21-10 18th 2013 27-16 1
Reinhardt (Ga.) Appalachian Athletic Regular-Season Runner Up 17-13 1st -- 0-0 --
Robert Morris (Ill.) At-Large No. 6 23-9 3rd 2002 4-2 --
Saint Francis (Ind.) At-Large No. 3 21-10 6th 2012 13-4 1
Saint Xavier (Ill.) Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Tournament Champion 29-4 2nd 2013 1-1 --
Southeastern (Fla.) At-Large No. 5 24-6 1st -- 0-0 --
St. Thomas (Fla.) The Sun Regular-Season Champion 25-6 6th 2013 2-5 --
Tabor (Kan.) Kansas Collegiate Athletic Tournament Champion 20-12 8th 2005 7-7 --
Union (Ky.) Appalachian Athletic Regular-Season Champion 28-4 2nd 2011 0-1 --
William Penn (Iowa) Midwest Collegiate Tournament Champion 22-9 5th 2013 4-4 --
 
^ as submitted by school in DakStats
* championship appearances, including 2014 event