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2022 Men’s National Basketball Championship Opening Round Court Announced

2022 Men's National Basketball Championship Opening Round Court Announced

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – [Opening Round Schedule | Bracket Reveal | Bracket] The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has officially announced the 64-team field and pairings for the opening rounds of the 2022 NAIA Men’s Basketball National Championship, presented by Ballogy. The second annual Opening Round events take place March 11-12 at 16 venues across the country.

Winners from each of these sites will advance to the final site of the 2022 NAIA National Championship in Kansas City, Mo., at 84and Annual NAIA Men’s Basketball National Championship, March 17-22. For more information on the national championship, click here.

The field consists of 38 automatic qualifiers and one host berth – given to conference regular season champions, regular season runners-up, tournament champions or tournament runners-up, depending on the league. The number of teams in each league determines the number of autobids in each conference. Leagues with 10 or more schools receive two automatic spots, while conferences with fewer than 10 institutions receive one. If a conference has 15 or more schools, they automatically receive three spots.

Overall teams were determined by the NAIA Men’s Basketball National Selection Committee (NSC). The NSC is comprised of one representative from each geographic area, one representative from the National Board of Directors, the president of the NAIA-Men’s Basketball Coaches Association, and three at-large members. The committee evaluated the teams throughout the year according to various criteria.

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Opening Round Notes

• Overall, there are 37 repeat qualifiers at a time on the 2021 pitch.

• Loyola (La.) and Oklahoma Wesleyan have the highest win totals in the peloton with 31 wins each on the year. William Penn (Iowa) is close behind with 30.

• Georgetown (Ky.) leads the pack with 41st appearance in the field of the men’s basketball championship. Cumberlands (Ky.) registers second on this list with its 30and while Briar Cliff (Iowa) is third of his 25and.

Northwestern (Iowa), College of Idaho, Bellevue (Neb.), Oregon Tech, Xavier (La.) and Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) all have at least 20 appearances each.

• There are four newcomers to the opening round in this year’s field in St. Katherine (California), Indiana Northwest, Ottawa (Arizona) and Florida College.

• The Mid-South Conference and Crossroads League lead all conferences with six teams on the field.

Institution Qualification method Record 2022 Last time Consecutive Appearances Championship record Conference Securities
Arizona Christian (Arizona) GSAC Regular Season Champion 27-4 2021 4 8 4-6 Golden State Athletic Conference 0
Bellevue (Neb.) North Star Tournament Champion 20-12 2021 2 21 24-20 North Star Sports Association 0
Benedictine-Mesa (Arizona) Cal Pac Tournament Finalist 13-16 2021 2 2 1-1 California Pacific Conference 0
Bethel (Kan.) KCAC Tournament #2 26-7 2021 2 3 2-2 Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference 0
Heather Cliff (Iowa) GPAC Regular Season Champion 19-11 2019 1 25 16-24 Great Plains Athletic Conference 0
Carroll (Montreal) At Large 28-4 2021 7 16 19-14 Frontier Conference 0
Central Methodist (Mo.) At Large 22-10 2010 1 9 8-8 America’s Heart Athletic Conference 0
College of Idaho (Idaho) Cascade Regular Season Champion 29-4 2020 1 24 25-21 Cascade Collegiate Conference 1
Concordia (Neb.) GPAC Tournament Champion 25-6 2020 1 11 11-10 Great Plains Athletic Conference 0
Cumberland (Tennis) At Large 21-8 2009 1 4 1-3 Center-South Conference 0
Cumberland (Ky.) At Large 20-12 2021 9 30 17-28 Center-South Conference 0
Dordt, Iowa At Large 20-10 2014 1 6 6-5 Great Plains Athletic Conference 0
Gospel (Mo.) Heart Regular Season Finalist 22-9 2015 1 14 13-12 America’s Heart Athletic Conference 1
Faulkner (Alabama) At Large 24-6 2021 3 13 12-10 Southern States Athletic Conference 1
Florida College (Florida) CAC Tournament Champion 30-3 N / A 1 1 0-0 Continental Athletics Conference 0
Florida Memorial (Florida) The Sun Tournament Champion 17-10 2007 1 3 2-2 The Sun Conference 0
Freed Hardeman (Tennis) At Large 19-12 2016 1 7 2-6 Center-South Conference 0
Georgetown (Ky.) Mid-South Tournament Champion 25-7 2021 31 41 73-38 Center-South Conference 3
Grace (ind.) Crossroads Tournament Champion 25-8 2020 1 11 13-8 The Carrefour League 1
Grand View (Iowa) Heart host berth 17-10 2010 1 5 3-4 America’s Heart Athletic Conference 0
Hope International (California) At Large 23-7 2020 1 8 6-6 Golden State Athletic Conference 0
Huntington (Ind.) At Large 22-10 2014 1 9 11-8 Crossroads League 0
Northwest Indiana (Ind.) CCAC Regular Season Third Place 23-7 N / A 1 1 0-0 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference 0
Indiana South Bend (Ind.) CCAC Regular Season Finalist 25-6 2021 3 3 1-1 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference 0
Indiana Tech (Ind.) WHAC Regular Season Champion 25-7 2021 5 13 5-12 Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference 0
Indiana Wesleyan (Ind.) Crossroads Regular Season Champion 26-6 2021 14 15 32-10 Crossroads League 3
IU Kokomo (Ind.) River States Tournament Champion 29-3 2020 1 3 2-1 River States Conference 0
Jamestown (ND) At Large 24-9 2021 2 12 9-11 Great Plains Athletic Conference 0
Kansas Wesleyan (Kan.) At Large 22-10 2007 1 6 3-5 Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference 0
Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) At Large 22-10 2021 8 17 10-15 Frontier Conference 0
Lourdes (Ohio) WHAC Tournament Champion 24-7 2013 1 3 0-2 Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference 0
Loyola (La.) SSAC Regular Season/Tournament Champion 31-1 2021 4 8 9-6 Southern States Athletic Conference 1
LSU Alexandria (La.) At Large 20-6 2021 8 8 10-6 Rouge River Athletic Conference 0
LSU Shreveport, La. Red River Tournament Champion 23-7 2021 18 18 12-16 Rouge River Athletic Conference 0
Marianne (Ind.) At Large 25-5 2021 5 9 11-6 Crossroads League 0
Central American Christian (Okla.) At Large 20-12 2021 4 6 9-3 Earlier Athletic Conference 0
Missouri Baptist (Mo.) AMC Tournament Champion 26-5 2019 1 5 0-4 American Midwest Conference 0
Montana Tech Frontier Tournament Champion 26-6 1999 1 3 0-2 Frontier Conference 0
Montreal (NC) AAC Regular Season Finalist 21-9 2020 1 5 1-4 Appalachian Athletic Conference 0
Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio) At Large 20-10 2019 1 ten 7-9 Crossroads League 0
Northwest (Iowa) At Large 21-10 2021 3 24 31-21 Great Plains Athletic Conference 2
Oklahoma Wesleyan (Oklahoma) Regular Season/KCAC Tournament Champion 31-2 2021 5 ten 16-7 Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference 1
Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) CCAC Regular Season/Tournament Champion 30-3 2019 1 21 12-20 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference 0
Oregon Technology Cascade Tournament No. 2 Seed 21-10 2020 1 21 38-17 Cascade Collegiate Conference 4
Ottawa, Ariz. GSAC Tournament Champion 23-9 N / A 1 1 0-0 California Pacific Conference 0
SAGU (Texas) Earlier Tournament Champion 22-8 2021 3 ten 8-8 Earlier Athletic Conference 0
Saint Francis (Ind.) At Large 23-8 2021 3 14 28-10 Crossroads League 1
Saint Katherine (California) Cal Pac Tournament Champion 18-8 N / A 1 1 0-0 California Pacific Conference 0
Science and Arts (Oklahoma) Earlier regular season champion 25-6 2021 3 11 12-9 Earlier Athletic Conference 1
Southeast (Florida) At Large 22-7 2020 1 5 3-3 The Sun Conference 0
Southwest (Kan.) At Large 25-7 2019 1 12 14-10 Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference 1
Stillman (Alabama) At Large 20-8 2021 5 5 1-2 Southern States Athletic Conference 0
Talladega, Alabama SSAC Tournament Finalist 27-5 2021 4 9 6-7 Southern States Athletic Conference 0
South Tennessee (Tennis) At Large 21-10 2017 1 11 9-10 Center-South Conference 0
Thomas More (K.) Mid-South Regular Season Champion 27-4 2021 3 5 3-3 Center-South Conference 0
Tougaloo (Ms.) GCAC Tournament Champion 21-8 2020 1 8 2-6 Gulf Coast Athletic Conference 0
Union (Ky.) AAC Regular Season/Tournament Champion 25-8 2021 2 ten 6-8 Appalachian Athletic Conference 1
Vanguard (California) At Large 18-12 2021 3 6 6-4 Golden State Athletic Conference 1
Warner (Florida) At Large 18-11 2021 2 9 11-8 The Sun Conference 0
Washington Adventist (Md.) CAC Tournament Finalist 19-10 2020 1 6 0-5 Continental Athletics Conference 0
William Jessup (California) At Large 27-6 2019 1 4 1-3 Golden State Athletic Conference 0
William Penn (Iowa) Regular Season/Heart Tournament Champion 30-1 2021 7 12 16-10 America’s Heart Athletic Conference 0
WVU Tech (WVA) River States East Division Champion 26-5 2021 6 6 2-4 River States Conference 0
Xavier University (La.) Red River Highest ARC Finisher 22-6 2021 5 21 5-19 Rouge River Athletic Conference 0