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NCAA Division II announces predetermined men’s and women’s basketball regional sites

Eight locations selected for each championship as part of pandemic safety protocols

The NCAA Division II Championships Committee has chosen predetermined regional sites for the 2021 NCAA Division II Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships. 

Due to the health and safety protocols surrounding the pandemic, it is necessary to conduct all NCAA championship competition at predetermined sites. The committee believes the sites and hosts chosen will provide an exceptional and safe experience for all participants.

The following sites and hosts were chosen for the men’s championship:

MEN’S BASKETBALL
Region Location/Facility Host(s)
Atlantic West Liberty, West Virginia
Academic, Sports & Recreation Complex
West Liberty University
Central Aberdeen, South Dakota
Barnett Center
Northern State University
East Albany, New York
Albany Capital Center
The College of Saint Rose
Midwest Evansville, Indiana
Ford Center
University of Southern Indiana and the Evansville Sports Corp.
South Valdosta, Georgia
The Complex
Valdosta State University
South Central Lubbock, Texas
Rip Griffin Center
Lubbock Christian University and Visit Lubbock
Southeast Harrogate, Tennessee
B. Frank Turner Arena
Lincoln Memorial University
West Golden, Colorado
Student Recreation Center; Lockridge Arena
Colorado School of Mines

Regional quarterfinal games will begin Saturday, March 13, followed by the semifinals Sunday, March 14, and the regional championship Tuesday, March 16. Winners will advance to the NCAA Division II Men’s Basketball Elite Eight in Evansville, Indiana, on March 24-27.

“We were very pleased with the quantity and quality of the options the committee was able to select from under the circumstances,” said Fran Reidy, chair of the Division II Men’s Basketball Committee and Saint Leo vice president and director of athletics. “We are confident that while predetermined sites are new for our regional format, that each host site has a history of successfully hosting NCAA events and that our basketball student-athletes will have a championship experience at each of the venues.”

The following sites and hosts were chosen for the women’s championship:

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
Region Location/Facility Host(s)
Atlantic Columbus, Ohio
Greater Columbus
Convention Center
Ohio Dominican University and the Greater Columbus Sports Commission
Central Warrensburg, Missouri
Multipurpose Building
University of Central Missouri
East Buffalo, New York
Daemen College
Athletics Complex
Daemen College
Midwest Springfield, Missouri
O’Reilly Family Event Center
Drury University
South Dahlonega, Georgia
UNG Convocation Center
University of North Georgia
South Central Canyon, Texas
First United Bank Center
West Texas A&M University
Southeast Jefferson City, Tennessee
Holt Fieldhouse
Carson-Newman University
West Grand Junction, Colorado
Brownson Arena
Colorado Mesa University

Regional quarterfinal games will begin Friday, March 12, followed by the semifinals Saturday, March 13, and the regional championship Monday, March 15. Winners will advance to the NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball Elite Eight in Columbus, Ohio, on March 23-26.

“On behalf of Division II women’s basketball, we are excited for the upcoming championship and thankful to the hosts of this year’s predetermined sites,” said Lori Hopkins, chair of the Division II Women’s Basketball Committee and deputy athletics director at Northwest Missouri State. “Though we are doing things a little different this year, I have no doubt the quality and excellence of the championship will remain the same for all the participants. A great student-athlete experience is one of our highest priorities, and making sure it is safe and secure for all will go a long way in making this year’s championship memorable for all involved.”

Participating teams will be announced Sunday, March 7. The women’s basketball selection show will be broadcast on ncaa.com at 10 p.m. Eastern time followed by the men’s basketball selection show at 10:30 p.m. Eastern time.