KANSAS CITY, MO -- The NAIA has finalized approval of a men's and women's basketball postseason tournament format which will include 64 qualifiers, 16 four-team opening rounds and a 16-team final site tournament. This decision comes after the Council of Presidents (COP) approval in April 2018 to move to a single division in both men's and women's basketball, effective for the 2020-21 academic year.
The final format comes after the Divisions in Basketball Task Force nearly two-year review and recommendation for a single basketball division with potential formats.
The rationale behind the decision was that a 64 qualifier/16-team final site tournament will offer a superior student-athlete experience, as well as provide the best opportunity for cost savings and team travel reimbursement. This format also retains the same amount of national qualifiers as it did for the current two-division format.