March 3, 2009

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.