March 2, 2009


NCAA Release

INDIANAPOLIS---The NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Committee announced today the field of 60 teams for the 2009 NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Championship.

Thirty-nine conferences have been granted automatic qualification for the 2009 championship.  Three independent teams (Pool B) and 18 other at-large teams from the remaining independent teams and automatic qualifying conferences who did not receive their conference automatic qualification (Pool C) were selected by using specific selection criteria approved by the Division III Championships Committee.

Four two-team, first-round games will be conducted Thursday, March 5 with the winners advancing to play four teams which received first-round byes Saturday, March 7.  Twelve sites will host four teams for first- and second-round competition Friday-Saturday, March 6-7. Second-round winners will advance to one of four sectional-round sites March 13-14.  Winners of the four sectional games will advance to the finals March 20 and 21.  All games, except the finals, will be played on the campuses of competing institutions.  The finals will be conducted at the Salem Civic Center in Salem, Virginia.


 Conferences receiving automatic qualification are:


Automatic Qualifier Team

Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference

Medaille  (21-7)

American Southwest Conference

Texas-Dallas  (24-4)

Capital Athletic Conference

Wesley  (18-9)

Centennial Conference

Gettysburg  (18-8)

City University of New York Athletic Conference

Brooklyn  (22-5)

College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin

Wheaton (Illinois)  (24-3)

Colonial States Athletic Conference

Gwynedd-Mercy  (22-5)

Commonwealth Conference

Widener  (22-5)

Commonwealth Coast Conference

New England  (24-4)

Empire 8

Rochester Institute  (19-8)

Freedom Conference

DeSales  (22-5)

Great Northeast Athletic Conference

St. Joseph’s (Maine)  (21-7)

Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference

Transylvania  (21-5)

Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference

Cornell  (21-6)

Liberty League

Rensselaer  (15-12)

Little East Conference

Massachusetts-Dartmouth  (25-3)

Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference

Bridgewater State  (20-6)

Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association

Hope  (21-7)

Midwest Conference

Lawrence  (19-6)

Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference

St. Thomas (Minnesota)  (27-0)

New England Small College Athletic Conference

Middlebury  (24-3)

New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference

MIT  (20-8)

New Jersey Athletic Conference

Richard Stockton  (25-2)

North Atlantic Conference

Husson  (16-11)

North Coast Athletic Conference

Wooster  (22-6)

North Eastern Athletic Conference

SUNY Institute of Technology  (22-6)

Northern Athletics Conference

Aurora  (16-12)

Northwest Conference

Whitworth  (22-5)

Ohio Athletic Conference

John Carroll  (23-4)

Old Dominion Athletic Conference

Virginia Wesleyan  (17-12)

Presidents’ Athletic Conference

Thomas More  (19-8)

Skyline Conference

St. Joseph’s (Long Island)  (24-3)

St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference

Fontbonne  (18-8)

Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps  (21-6)

Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference

Centre  (23-4)

State University of New York Athletic Conference

College of Brockport  (14-14)

University Athletic Association

Washington U. in St. Louis  (23-2)

USA South Athletic Conference

Averett  (20-8)

Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference

Wisconsin-Stevens Point  (23-4)


Pool B


Elms  (26-1)


Maryville (Tennessee)  (20-6)


Scranton  (21-6)






Pool C


Amherst  (21-6)


Baruch  (23-5)


Brandeis  (17-8)


Capital  (24-4)


Carnegie Mellon  (19-6)


Elmhurst  (20-7)


Farmingdale State  (24-3)


Franklin & Marshall  (22-5)


Guilford  (21-5)


Ithaca  (24-2)


Puget Sound  (24-3)


Rhode Island  (23-5)


Salem State  (21-6)


St. Lawrence  (20-6)


Trinity (Texas)  (23-4)


Wisconsin-Platteville  (22-5)


Wisconsin-Whitewater  (22-5)


Worcester Polytechnic  (20-5)


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