For the second straight year, four HBCU teams will be playing in the NCAA Division II men’s basketball tournament.
These teams include the Virginia Union Panthers, Tuskegee Golden Tigers, Miles Golden Bears, and the Winston-Salem State Rams.
Virginia Union will play against Fairmont State in the first round in their first national tournament appearance since 2018.
The Panthers had the best record in the CIAA in the regular season finishing 22-6 overall and 12-4 against the CIAA.
Tuskegee will open up their tournament run against the two-seed West Alabama. They also finished with the best record in the SIAC in the regular season finishing with a 20-8 overall record and a 15-5 record against the SIAC.
Winston-Salem State will face off against Indiana (Pa.) as they enter the tournament coming off winning their second CIAA championship in the past three seasons.
Lastly, Miles College is against Nova Southeastern. The team finished with a 20-6 overall record and a 15-5 conference record in the regular season. They went on to claim their third SIAC title in the past four seasons following their win over Benedict.
Seven of the eight regional tournaments, consisting of eight teams each, will be conducted on March 11, 12, and 14 while one regional tournament also consisting of eight teams will be conducted on March 10, 11, and 13. The eight regional champions will advance to the quarterfinals in conjunction with the 2023 NCAA Division II Men’s Elite Eight. The quarterfinal, semifinal, and championship games will be conducted at the Ford Center in Evansville, Indiana, on March 21, 23, and 25.