NAIA National Basketball Championships

LEWISTON - The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced on Tuesday the final group of hosts for the 2021 NAIA Men’s and Women’s Basketball National Championship Opening Rounds. Lewis-Clark State College will host both men’s and women’s events on March 12 and 13 in the LCSC Activity Center.

“This has been a season like no other, and LC State is thrilled to be able to host Opening Rounds for women’s and men’s basketball,” LC State President Dr. Cynthia Pemberton said. “We are very proud of our student-athletes, coaches, athletics staff, campus community and the Covid-safety protocols we have not only enacted, but consistently followed through with – all of which have served to make this possible. Go Warriors!”

In January, the National Administrative Council (NAC) approved a basketball measure that reduced the overall field size.

The basketball move will directly affect NAIA National Championship Opening Rounds, which will change from 16, four-team tournaments per gender to eight, six-team (three-team pod) tournaments per gender.

Each opening round site will feature two, three-team “pod” tournaments (per gender) in which the No. 1 seed will receive a bye. The Nos. 2 & 3 teams will play each other on day one, and will face the No. 1 seed in that pod for the championship. The winner of that final game will go to the NAIA National Championship Final Site in either Sioux City, Iowa (women) or Kansas City, Mo. (men).

“We are extremely excited to partner with the NAIA in hosting these events,” Athletic Director Brooke Henze said. “We are very excited for our student-athletes and the community to have this opportunity.”

Preference was given to hosts who could accommodate both genders due to the complexity of logistics of pre-championship COVID-19 testing, which will be a part of all 2021 NAIA championships. In 2022 the men’s and women’s championship will return to 64 team format with (16) regional opening round sites.

Information on ticketing for the events will be released at a later date. Stay up to date with all things Warriors Athletics at lcwarriors.com and on social media @LCWarriors.

Below is the full list of all sites:

Men's Sites

Location Host

  • Alexandria, La. LSU Alexandria (La.)
  • Crestview Hills, Ky. Thomas More (Ky.)
  • Lewiston, Idaho Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)
  • Marion, Ind. Indiana Wesleyan
  • Montgomery, Ala. Faulkner (Ala.)
  • Omaha, Neb. Omaha Sports Commission
  • Park City, Kan. Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference
  • Wichita, Kan. Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference

Women's Sites

Location Host

  • Alexandria, La. LSU Alexandria (La.)
  • Crestview Hills, Ky. Thomas More (Ky.)
  • Indianapolis, Ind. Marian (Ind.)
  • Lakeland, Fla. Southeastern (Fla.)
  • Lewiston, Idaho Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)
  • Omaha, Neb. Omaha Sports Commission
  • Park City, Kan. Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference
  • Wichita, Kan. Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference