The NCAA Division II Men’s Basketball Committee is set to announce the 64-team field for the 2018 NCAA DII Men’s Basketball Championship at 10:30 p.m. Eastern on Sunday, March 4.

Automatic qualification will be awarded to the winners of the 24 conferences that participate in the 64-team tournament. The remaining 40 teams are selected at large by the committee.

Eight regional tournaments, consisting of eight teams each, begin play on March 10 and play through March 13. The regional champions then head to the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota for the 2018 NCAA Division II Men’s Elite Eight. Play tips off in the quarterfinals on Tuesday, March 20 and concludes with the championship game on Saturday, March 24.

Northwest Missouri State enters the tournament as the reigning champions. The Bearcats defeated Fairmont State 71-61 to become the first program in DII history to win the football and basketball championship in the same year. They are looking to become the first team to repeat as tournament champions since the 1993 and 1994 Cal State Bakersfield squads.

Conferences that will receive automatic qualification are: 

California Collegiate Athletic Association  
Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference  
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association  
Conference Carolinas  
East Coast Conference  
Great American Conference  
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference  
Great Lakes Valley Conference  
Great Midwest Athletic Conference  
Great Northwest Athletic Conference  
Gulf South Conference  
Heartland Conference  
Lone Star Conference  
Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association  
Mountain East Conference  
Northeast-10 Conference  
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference  
Pacific West Conference  
Peach Belt Conference  
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference  
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference  
South Atlantic Conference  
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference  
Sunshine State Conference  

Wayne Cavadi is in his third year covering all things Division II sports for In the “offseason”, he covers the Atlanta Braves minor league system for FanRag Sports and SB Nation’s Minor League Ball. His work has appeared on Bleacher Report,, and


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