KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has officially announced the 32 qualifiers and bracket for the 80th annual Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship. The event will be held in Kansas City, Mo., at historic Municipal Auditorium for the 53rd overall time and 16th-straight year. For tickets, go to NAIAHoops.com/tickets.
The single-elimination event tips off at 9 a.m. CST on Wednesday, March 15, when No. 3 Life (Ga.) tangles with No. 6 Martin Methodist (Tenn.). The first three days, which encompass the first and second round, feature eight games per day.
The field is comprised of 14 automatic berths, 17 at-large selections and championship host berth Mount Mercy (Iowa). Automatic qualification is given to conference regular-season champions, conference regular-season runner-up, tournament champions or tournament runner-up, depending on the league. At-large teams were determined using the final regular-season Coaches' Top 25 Poll released today, which can be accessed here.
The NAIA Network – the association's official video streaming home – will broadcast all 30 games live leading up to the championship 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 the pre-register, click here.
The Pilots will take on the Montana Western Bulldogs (24-7) on Thursday, March 16 at 9:15 p.m. at historic Municipal Auditorium.
"We are looking forward to making our 13th consecutive trip out to Kansas City," said LSUS coach Kyle Blankenship. "Montana Western is a very talented basketball team who can score with anyone in the country. I would expect our contest to be one of the more exciting games in the first round. We have a lot to do between now and next Thursday in order to put ourselves in a position to advance, but our staff will diligently prepare our team for this great opportunity ahead of us."
To see the complete bracket, CLICK HERE.
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