Kansas City’s love affair with college basketball stands out more than ever during the month of March as the city prepares to host postseason play for four big-time collegiate organizations. Each tournament showcases the highest level of talent in their respective levels of play, as well as rabid fan bases ready to support their teams through the final possession. Remember to act fast—tickets sell out quickly.

Kansas City rolls out the red carpet every March, hosting more college basketball games than anywhere else in the country. In 2018, the total comes to 62 teams and 57 games in just 17 days.


March 1-4, Municipal Auditorium

  • Now in its 37th year overall, this is the 16th year that Kansas City will host the Championship.
  • The MIAA is comprised of 14 accredited small colleges and universities in North America.
  • Each competition will host 12 teams in an 11-game, single-elimination format.
  • Tickets are still available. Single-game tickets start as low as $20 per person. Purchase Men's Championship tickets here and Women's Championship tickets here.
  • The championship games will be held Sunday, March 4 at 1 p.m. (women's) and 3:30 p.m. (men's). 


March 7-10, Sprint Center

  • One of the most exhilarating college basketball conference tournaments in the country, the 2018 Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Championship welcomes 10 teams to Sprint Center for the 10th time in 11 years (2008, 2010-2018).
  • The tournament festivities feature far more than just basketball, including spirit rallies, the Big 12 Run and much more. Full details on all of the activities can be found here
  • A Kansas City tradition, the competition features nine games in four days, with the championship match taking place on Saturday, March 10.
  • Tickets go on sale Feb. 10 at 10 a.m.

81st Annual NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball National Championship

March 14-20, Municipal Auditorium

  • As college basketball’s oldest national championship, the men’s tournament returns to Kansas City for the 73rd time in 2018 (1937-1943; 1945-1975; and 2002-present).
  • Attracts nearly 40,000 fans over its six-day stretch.
  • The NAIA is comprised of nearly 300 accredited small colleges and universities in North America.
  • The competition will host 32 teams in a 31-game, single-elimination format. The field of participants includes 17 automatic qualifiers, one host berth and 14 at-large bids.

  • Tickets are still available. Single-game tickets start as low as $20 per person and all-tournament passes begin at $90. Purchase tickets here, the Municipal Auditorium box office or by calling 816-595-8122. 
  • Special events include Meet the Players at Children's Mercy Park (March 13), St. Patrick's Family Fun Day (March 17) and KC Star $5 Night (March 20). Returning in 2018 is the NABC-NAIA Shoot & Slam (March 17), a three-point and dunk contest presented by US Bank. For more information, visit naiahoops.com.

2018 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship Regional

March 23-26, Sprint Center

  • Four of the best teams in the country head to Kansas City to compete for a chance at championship glory in Columbus, Ohio. 
  • Depending on timing, tickets may be sold out but can still be purchased through The NCAA Experience and NCAA Ticket Exchange. More info can be found here.

The College Basketball Experience

All month long, The College Basketball Experience (CBE) and National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame will host extended operational hours during the month of March. For a complete schedule of extended hours, go to collegebasketballexperience.com.

History of College Basketball in Kansas City

Missouri Valley Special Collections, Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City, MO

Basketball in Kansas City is more than just another sport—it’s a regional pastime. From James Naismith, innovator and inventor of basketball, to college basketball’s longest running tournament the NAIA’s National College Basketball Tournament, Kansas City remains a fervent basketball town.

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