BLACK COLLEGE SPORTS HISTORY & LEGENDS

FIRST BLACK COLLEGE BASKETBALL DISTRICTS (NAIA)

After a long and arduous uphill battle, The National Intercollegiate Athletic Association plotted a road map for the inclusion of Black College basketball teams into the annual national invitational tournament, which was the biggest college platform at the time. The first- District 6- clumped all of the teams together and the outright champion was decided after individual conference champions met to decide the one representative that would be the pole bearer in Kansas City, Missouri. As recorded  Black College Steering Committee Executive Secretary Mack Greene (Central State, Ohio), Tennessee State became the first team to step on the floor in Kansas City.  It soon became evident that this system did not allow some of the other Black college teams a fair opportunity, and other districts were formed in the regions where these schools resided.  This opened the door for some of the best college basketball competition ever, and produced several national champions- two of whom became three-time repeat champions (Tennessee State- 1957, ’58, ’59) and Kentucky State (1970, ’71, ’72).

(Legend: Record= Tournament Games Won-Lost,  *=NAIA Champions)

District 6
1958      Texas Southern (4-1)
1959      Grambling State (1-1)
1960     (E) Savannah State   (1-1)
             (W) Grambling State (2-1)
1961     (A) Savannah State (0-1)
             (B) Grambling State  (5-0)  
            NAIA National Champions
1962    (A) Savannah State (1-1)
             (B) Prairie View        (5-0)
           NAIA National Champions
1963    (A) Miles                    (0-1)
             (B) Grambling State (3-2)
1964      (A) Miles                   ( 1-1)
               (B) Grambling State (1-1)
1965      Albany State (1-1)
1966      Bethune-Cookman (0-1)
1967      Albany State (0-1)
1968      Albany State (0-1)
1969      –
1970      South Carolina State (0-1)
1972      –
1972      –
1973 South Carolina State (1-1)

District 8
1958-67  –      
1968      Bishop College (0-1)
1969      –
1970      Wiley College (1-1)
1971      Texas Southern (0-1)
1972      Bishop College (0-1)
1973-75  –  
1976      Texas Southern (2-1)
1977      Texas Southern (5-0)                            NAIA National Champs
1978-79  –      
1980      Paul Quinn (0-1)
1981      –
1982      Paul Quinn (0-1)
1983-87  –           
1988      Paul Quinn (0-1)
1989      –
1990      Paul Quinn (0-1)
1991 –

District 19
1958-68  –      
1969      Maryland State (4-1)
1970      Maryland State (2-1)
1971      –
1972      MD – Eastern Shore (0-1)
1973      MD – Eastern Shore (4-1)
1974-75  –      
1976      Coppin State (5-0)                                 NAIA National Champions 
1977      –
1978      Hampton (0-1)
1979      Norfolk State (1-1)
1980      Hampton (0-1)
1981      Norfolk State (0-1)
1982      Hampton (4-1)
1983      Lincoln, PA (0-1)
1984-92  –   

District 22
1958-62  –      
1963      Central State, 0 (1-1)
1964      –
1965      Central State, 0 (5-0)
1966      Central State, 0 (2-1)
              NAIA National Champs 
1967      –
1968      Central State, 0 (5-0)
              NAIA National Champs
1969      Central State, 0 (0-1)
1970      Central State, 0 (2-1)
1971-75  –     
1976      Central State, 0 (0-1)
1977      Central State, 0 (0-1)
1978      Central State, 0 (2-1)
1979      Central State, 0 (2-1)
1980-92  –

District 28
1958-62      –      
1963           West Virginia State (1-1)

1964-86      –      
1987           West Virginia State (4-1)
1988-92      – 

 

District 29
1959           Tennessee State (5-0)
1959           Kentucky State (0-1)
1960           Tennessee State (4-1)
1961           Winston-Salem St (2-1)
1962           Winston-Salem St (1-1)
1963           Winston-Salem St (0-1)
1964           –
1965           Winston-Salem St (2-1)
1966           Norfolk State (3-2)
1967-68     –  
1969           Elizabeth City State (3-2)
1970           –
1971           Elizabeth City St (4-11)
1972           Elizabeth City State (0-1)
1973           –
1974           Virginia State (0-1)
1975           Norfolk State (1-1)
1976           Norfolk State (1-1)
1977-92      –  

District 30
1958-64      –       
1965           Southern (2-1)
1966           Grambling State (4-1)
1967           Alcorn State (0-1)
1968           Alcorn State (0-1)
1969           Grambling State (0-1)
1970-74      –       
1975           Alcorn State (4-1)
1976           Alcorn State (0-1)
1977           Alcorn State (2-1)
1978           Mississippi Valley St (0-1)
1979           –       
1980           Dillard (0-1)
1981           Xavier (0-1)
1982           Xavier (0-1)
1983-90      –    
1991           Xavier (0-1)
1992           –      

District 31
1958-59      –       
1962           Maryland State (0-1)
1962-64     –       
1965           Maryland State (0-1)
1966-92      –   

District 32
1958-76      –      
1977           Kentucky State (0-1)
1978           –
1979           Kentucky State (0-1)
1980-92      –

NAIA: The Breakthrough and Championships That Followed

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