Dalton State Gets A Four Seed In NAIA Tournament

Thursday, March 8, 2018

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has officially announced the 32 qualifiers for the 81st annual NAIA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship. The event takes place at Municipal Auditorium in downtown Kansas City, Mo., March 14 – 20.

This year's field consists of 14 automatic berths, one host berth and 17 at-large spots. Automatic qualification is given to conference regular-season champions, regular-season runners-up, 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 today. To access the poll, click HERE.

The NAIA Network (www.NAIANetwork.com) – the association's official video streaming home – will broadcast the first 30 games leading up to the championship final on ESPN3. The video platform, powered by Stretch Internet, allows users access 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 $34.95. Click here for more information.

Qualifier Notes
- The Master's (Calif.) is the championship overall No. 1 seed for the first time in school history with a 29-2 record. The Mustangs have been ranked No. 1 in each of the last three Coaches' Top 25 Polls. The Master's is looking to become the first No. 1 seed to win it all since former member Mountain State (W.Va.) in 2004.
- No teams enter the championship with an undefeated record. The Master's holds the most season wins and fewest losses with a 29-2 record.
- Three teams – Dillard (La.), Langston (Okla.) and Life (Ga.) – carry the fewest season wins into the postseason.
- Seven current qualifiers have won at least one previous national title, led by the six banners collected by Oklahoma City. Life (Ga.) (3), Georgetown (Ky.) (2) and Texas Wesleyan (2) are the other clubs with multiple rings.
- Defending national champion Texas Wesleyan is seeking its third national championship title win. The Rams are looking to go back-to-back and become the first Division I program to do since Oklahoma City accomplished this in 2007 and 2008.
- Eighteen teams have made at least 10 appearances at the national championship. Georgetown (Ky.) holds the all-time NAIA basketball championship record with 2018 being its 37th all-time trip. The Tigers are 66-36 overall at the tournament. 
- The Mid-South Conference is sending six members to the national championship, the most of any conference. The Sooner Athletic Conference claims five tournament teams.
- Central Baptist (Ark.) and Graceland (Iowa) punched their first-ever tickets to the NAIA Division Men's Basketball postseason. The Mustangs earned a trip as an at-large, while Graceland was champions of the Heart of America Athletic Conference tournament.
- Of the teams with at least one previous appearance, Central Methodist (Mo.) is snapping the longest drought. The Eagles last played in the 2010 tournament when they got bounced out in the first round.

There are 23 returning teams that appeared in the 2017 championship.

2018 NAIA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship Qualifiers (alphabetical)

Team

Qualification

Overall Record*

Apps^

Champs Record

Last Time

Consecutive

Campsbellville (Ky.)

At-Large

23-9

12th

9-11

2016

--

Carroll (Mont.)

Frontier Conference Tournament Champion

27-5

12th

11-11

2017

3rd

Central Baptist (Ark.)

At-Large

21-8

1st

0-0

1st

1st

Central Methodist (Mo.)

At-Large

27-5

7th

7-6

2010

--

Columbia (Mo.)

American Midwest Conference Regular-Season Champion

27-4

22nd

13-21

2017

8th

Cumberlands (Ky.)

At-Large

21-9

26th

17-25

2017

5th

Dalton State (Ga.)

Southern States Athletic Conference Tournament Runner-Up

24-8

3rd

7-1

2017

2nd

Dillard (La.)

Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Tournament Champion

20-9

8th

4-7

2017

3rd

Georgetown (Ky.)

At-Large

25-6

37th

66-36

2017

27th

Graceland (Iowa)

Heart of America Athletic Conference Tournament Champion

24-10

1st

0-0

1st

1st

Harris-Stowe State (Mo.)

American Midwest Conference Tournament Champion

23-10

2nd

0-1

2017

2nd

Hope International (Calif.)

At-Large

25-5

6th

6-5

2017

6th

Langston (Okla.)

At-Large

20-11

6th

2-5

2017

3rd

Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)

At-Large

23-9

13th

3-12

2017

4th

Life (Ga.)

At-Large

20-11

17th

26-13

2017

2nd

Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)

Mid-South Conference Tournament Champion

23-8

12th

9-11

2013

--

LSU Alexandria (La.)

Red River Athletic Conference Tournament Champion

25-7

4th

4-3

2017

4th

LSU Shreveport (La.)

Red River Athletic Conference Regular-Season Champion

27-4

14th

8-13

2017

14th

Montana Western

At-Large

25-7

15th

8-14

2017

4th

Oklahoma City

At-Large

23-8

24th

47-16

2017

4th

Our Lady of the Lake (Texas)

At-Large

21-11

4th

4-3

2016

--

Peru State (Neb.)

Host Bid

21-13

15th

6-15

2016

--

Pikeville (Ky.)

At-Large

28-4

11th

11-9

2017

5th

SAGU (Texas)

Sooner Athletic Conference Tournament Champion

24-9

7th

5-6

2017

6th

Science & Arts (Okla.)

At-Large

21-10

8th

10-6

2017

2nd

Texas Wesleyan

Sooner Athletic Conference Regular-Season Champion

22-10

16th

18-13

2017

3rd

The Master's (Calif.)

Golden State Athletic Conference Tournament Champion

29-2

9th

7-8

2017

2nd

Wayland Baptist (Texas)

At-Large

23-9

18th

9-17

2016

--

Westmont (Calif.)

At-Large

24-7

20th

21-19

2017

4th

William Carey (Miss.)

Southern States Athletic Conference Regular-Season Champion

25-5

12th

2-11

2017

3rd

William Penn (Iowa)

Heart of America Athletic Conference Regular-Season Champion

27-4

3rd

5-2

2017

3rd

Xavier (La.)

At-Large

24-8

18th

4-17

2016

--

* Record submitted by school into DakStats
^ Championship appearance includes the 2018 event

 



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