First NAIA Black College Districts (Basketball)2018-01-23T03:58:34+00:00

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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)

Tennessee State began a three year championship run in 1957 under famed head coach John B. McLendon, Jr. and MVP Dick Barnett

The Tigers of Tennessee State make history as they claimed their third consecutive NAIA title in 1959.

Grambling State captured the 1961 championship behind MVP Charles Hardnett and future NBA Hall of Fame center Willis Reed.

Kentucky State duplicated the Tigers 3-peat from 1970-71, led by the nation’s leading scorer Travis Grant and leading rebounder Elmore Smith.

District/YearSchoolPlayoff Records
District 6
1958Texas Southern 4-1
1959Grambling State 1-1
1960(E) Savannah State
(W) Grambling State
1-1
2-1
1961(A) Savannah State
B) Grambling State
NAIA National Champions
0-1)
(5-0
1962(A) Savannah State
(B) Prairie View
1-1
5-0
1963(A) Miles
(B) Grambling State
0-1
3-2
1964(A) Miles
(B) Grambling State
1-1
1-1
1965Albany State 1-1
1966Bethune-Cookman 0-1
1967Albany State 0-1
1968Albany State 0-1
1969*
1970South Carolina State 0-1
1971*
1972*
1973South Carolina State 1-1
District 8
1958-67*
1968Bishop College0-1
1969*
1970Wiley College 1-1
1971Texas Southern 0-1
1972Bishop College 0-1
1973-75*
1976Texas Southern 2-1
1977Texas Southern
NAIA National Champs
5-0
1978-79*
1980Paul Quinn 0-1
1981*
1982Paul Quinn 0-1
1983-87*
1988Paul Quinn 0-1
1989*
1990Paul Quinn 0-1
1991*
District 19
1958-68*
1969Maryland State 4-1
1970Maryland State 2-1
1971*
1972Maryland Eastern Shore 0-1
1973Maryland Eastern Shore 4-1
1974-75*
1976Coppin State 5-0
1977*
1978Hampton 0-1
1979Norfolk State 1-1
1980Hampton 0-1
1981Norfolk State 0-1