Go Dragons, Win State
The championship is a 32-team, single-elimination tournament featuring 13 automatic qualifiers from 11 Division I affiliated conferences, two automatic independent qualifiers, and 17 at-large berths. The tournament bracket will be released at 5:00 p.m. (CST) on Wednesday, March 8.
First-Round on Wednesday, March 14 and Thursday, March 15, with eight games: 9 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:15 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 6:15 p.m., 8:45 p.m., and 10:30 p.m. (Note: Last two games on Thursday are at 8 p.m. and 9:45 p.m.).
Second-Round on Friday, March 16, with eight games: 9 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:15 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 6:15 p.m., 8 p.m., and 9:45 p.m.
Quarterfinals on Saturday, March 17, with four games: 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Semifinals on Monday, March 19, with games at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Championship on Tuesday, March 20 at 7 p.m. (CST)
Coaches meeting, 3 p.m., Tuesday, March 13, Doubletree Hotel Downtown, Woodward Room
Tip-Off Banquet, 6 p.m., Tuesday, March 13, Greenwood Cultural Center, 322 North Greenwood
Parade of Champions, 8 p.m., Wednesday, March 14, Convention Center
All-tournament tickets (9 sessions): $60 for adults and $40 for youth (under 14). To order all-tournament tickets prior to March 1, call 918/494-8828. After March 1, call Carson Attractions at 918/584-2000.
Single session tickets: Day Session - Adult-$6.00, Youth/Senior Citizen - $4.00; Evening Session- Adult - $10.00, Youth/Senior Citizen-$8.00. Single session tickets are available March 1 by calling Carson Attractions at 918/584-2000 or visiting Carsons at the Convention Center.
All prices include service charge. Other charges may apply for phone and credit card orders.
Team and fan travel needs can be managed by Anthony Travel (1-866-284-NAIA), the official NAIA travel agency. For local transportation, contact Enterprise Rent-a-Car at 918/832-1818.
NAIA Tournament Headquarters is located in the Dover Room at the Doubletree Hotel Downtown (616 W. 7th Street, 918/587-8000). Twenty teams will stay at the Doubletree and 12 teams will stay at the Tulsa Southern Hills Marriott (71st & Lewis,
During my sophomore and junior years at Wayne State College (Wayne, NE), I was a member of basketball teams that qualified for the NAIA Tournament held in Kansas City, Missouri at the Municipal Auditorium.
My memories include the great hospitality provided to us by our team sponsors. This included going to dinner with them at a great Kansas City restaurant and eating a fabulous steak (I can still taste it). Maybe my most vivid memory is walking from our hotel to the arena through the labyrinth of crowded tunnels. Hundreds of fans and teams (in their colorful warm-ups) would be walking to and from the games and the excitement was palpable.
On the first night of the tournament (Monday), the opening ceremony took place. The cornerstone of that ceremony was a parade of all the...