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Men's Basketball - Wed, Mar. 11, 2009

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Georgetown College Tigers will compete in the 72nd Annual Buffalo Funds NAIA National Basketball Tournament for a record 28th time, 18th consecutively, at historic Municipal Auditorium March 18-24.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Georgetown College Tigers will compete in the 72nd Annual Buffalo Funds NAIA National Basketball Tournament for a record 28th time, 18th consecutively, at historic Municipal Auditorium March 18-24.

The NAIA released the field of 32 teams on Wednesday with bracket information to follow on Thursday at 1:00 p.m. (EST).

Coined college basketball's toughest tournament, Municipal Auditorium hosts 32 teams playing in 31 games over a seven-day span. The Championship is a single-elimination tournament featuring 18 automatic qualifiers from 11 Division I affiliated conferences, Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.), 1 host berth, and 13 at-large berths, which are determined using the final regular-season rating released today.

There are 17 teams who did not qualify for last year's event led by Rogers State (Okla.) University. The Hillcats out of the Sooner Athletic Conference are 30-1 overall and have been ranked No. 1 in the last seven polls. The event has a host as the Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC) serves that function. Three teams have qualified from the HAAC: Central Methodist (Mo.), MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) and William Jewell (Mo.). The HAAC was a member of NAIA Division II before this season.

Of the 32 teams, Georgetown is making the most appearances with its 28th and holds the most all-time wins in the Championship with 49 victories. Oklahoma Baptist is making its 21st event and is 48-19 all-time. Defending national champion Oklahoma City did not make this year's qualifiers.

The first 30 games of the Championships will be video-streamed live on the Internet, while the National Championship Game on March 24 at 8:50 p.m. CST will air live nationwide on CBS College Sports Television with Jason Knapp calling the action and Sean Farnham providing color analysis.

  • For more information on the Championships, click here.
  • For complete conference tournament breakdown, click here.

2009 NAIA National Tournament Teams

Team (Record)^ Qualification Trips* Record
Auburn-Montgomery (Ala.) (25-6, 15-3) Southern States Athletic Regular Season Champion 11th 9-10
Azusa Pacific (Calif.) (24-9, 14-6) Golden State Athletic Tournament Champion 17th 24-16
Biola (Calif.) (22-9, 13-7) At-Large #13 16th 19-15
Central Methodist (Mo.) (27-6, 16-4) Heart of America Athletic Regular Season Runner-Up 5th 5-4
Columbia (Mo.) (26-7, 10-4) American Midwest Tournament Champion 14th 3-13
Concordia (Calif.) (26-6, 16-4) At-Large #5 7th 14-5
Cumberland (Tenn.) (25-5, 13-3) At-Large #7 3rd 1-2
Cumberlands (Ky.) (26-6, 9-3) Mid-South Tournament Champion 18th 12-17
Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) (24-9, 13-3) At-Large #6 2nd 0-1
Fresno Pacific (Calif.) (26-7, 17-3) Golden State Athletic Regular Season Champion 2nd 1-1
Georgetown (Ky.) (27-4, 10-2) At-Large #3 28th 49-26
Jarvis Christian (Texas) (23-7, 14-4) Red River Athletic Tournament Champion 3rd 0-2
Lee (Tenn.) (26-7, 14-4) Southern States Athletic Tournament Champion 5th 5-5
Life (Ga.) (23-10) Association of Independents (A.I.I.) Tournament Champion 10th 22-6
Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) (23-8, 7-5) At-Large #10 9th 6-8
Louisiana State-Shreveport (22-11, 12-6) Gulf Coast Athletic Tournament Champion 5th 2-4
McKendree (Ill.) (28-5, 14-0) At-Large #4 12th 10-12
MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) (26-7, 19-1) Heart of America Athletic Tournament & Regular Season Champion 1st 0-0
Montana State-Northern (22-9, 10-4) At-Large #11 4th 3-3
Mountain State (W.V.) (27-4) At-Large #2 11th 18-9
Northwestern Oklahoma State (20-11, 15-7) At-Large #12 6th 4-6
Oklahoma Baptist (27-4, 20-2) At-Large #1 21st 48-19
Oklahoma Christian (23-9, 15-7) At-Large #9 9th 4-8
Robert Morris (Ill.) (24-3, 10-0) Chicagoland Collegiate Tournament Champion 5th 9-4
Rocky Mountain (Mont.) (23-9, 10-4) At-Large #8 6th 0-6
Rogers State (Okla.) (30-1, 21-1) Sooner Athletic Tournament & Regular Season Champion 1st 0-0
Science & Arts (Okla.) (17-15) Sooner Athletic Tournament Runner-Up 5th 10-3
Texas Wesleyan (26-3, 16-2) Red River Athletic Regular Season Champion 10th 11-8
Tougaloo (Miss.) (21-10, 14-4) Gulf Coast Athletic Regular Season Champion 1st 0-0
Union (Tenn.) (28-5, 14-2) TranSouth Athletic Tournament Champion 11th 7-12
Westminster (Utah) (28-4, 11-3) Frontier Tournament Champion 9th 1-9
William Jewell (Mo.) (22-10, 14-6) Host Berth 16th 7-6

^ Based on conference websites
* Includes 2009 Championship; Division I NAIA Championship appearances only
# Based on available records

 
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