NAIA national men's basketball championship

Infobox sports league
current_season=2008 NAIA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament
sport =Basketball
founded =1937
teams=32
country =USA
champion=DI Oklahoma City University DII Oregon Tech
TV =CBS College Sports Network
website = http://www.naia.org/

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Men's Basketball National Championship has been held annually since 1937 (with the exception of 1944). The tournament was established by James Naismith to crown a national champion for smaller colleges and universities. Unlike the NCAA Tournament, the NAIA Tournament features only 32 teams, and the entire tournament is contested in one week instead of three weekends. Also the entire tournament is played in one city (Kansas City, Missouri DI, and Point Lookout, Missouri DII). Contracts for both cities will expire after 2010, bending renewal or selection of a new host city. Since 1992, the NAIA has sponsored a Division II championship.

The only school to have won national titles in both the NAIA and NCAA Division I is Louisville. Southern Illinois has won NAIA and NIT titles. Central Missouri and Fort Hays State have won NAIA and NCAA Division II national titles. Curiously, Indiana State has finished as the National Runner-up in the NAIA (1946 and 1948), the NCAA Division I (1979) and the NCAA Division II (1968) tournaments. Indiana State won the NAIA in 1950.

Division I

Men's Basketball Championship History; currently held Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, MO. [http://naia.cstv.com/member-services/championships/hostinfo/HostMensDivisionIBasketball.htm]

Division II

NAIA Division II Men's Basketball National Championship; currently held at Keeter Gymnasium on the campus of College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, MO near Branson. [http://naia.cstv.com/member-services/championships/hostinfo/HostMensDivisionIIBasketball.htm]

ee also

* NAIA national women's basketball championship
* NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship
* NCAA Men's Division II Basketball Championship
* NCAA Men's Division III Basketball Championship
* NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Championship
* NCAA Women's Division II Basketball Championship
* NCAA Women's Division III Basketball Championship


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