March Basketball in Kansas City
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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 goes all out every March, hosting more college basketball games than anywhere else in the country. In 2020, the total comes to 72 teams and 67 games in just 21 days.
2020 MIAA WOMEN'S AND MEN'S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
- Now in its 39th year overall, this is the 18th year that Kansas City will host the Championships.
- The MIAA is comprised of 14 accredited small colleges and universities in North America.
- Each competition will host 10 teams in an 9-game, single-elimination format.
- Tickets are still available. Single-game tickets start as low as $20 per person. Purchase tickets here.
- The championship games will be held Sunday, March 8, at 3:30 p.m. (men's) and TBA (women's).
2020 PHILLIPS 66 BIG 12 MEN'S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
- One of the most exhilarating college basketball conference tournaments in the country, the 2020 Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Championship welcomes 10 teams to Sprint Center for the 12th time in 13 years (2008, 2010-present).
- The tournament festivities feature far more than just basketball, including spirit rallies, the Big 12 Run and much more, all right in the high-energy Power & Light District. 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 14.
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2020 PHILLIPS 66 BIG 12 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
- The 2020 Phillips 66 Big 12 Women's Basketball Championship welcomes 10 teams to Municipal Auditorium for nine exciting matchups, as well as other fan activities, like Youth Night and Brunch & Basketball.
- Returning to Kansas City for the first time since 2012, this year also marks the first time in seven years in which both the Women's and Men's Big 12 Big 12 Basketball Championships will take place in KC.
83rd Annual NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball National Championship
- As college basketball’s oldest national championship, the men’s tournament returns to Kansas City for the 75th time in 2020 (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.
- Returning in 2020 is the NABC Shoot & Slam (March 21), a three-point and dunk contest presented by U.S. Bank. For more information, visit naiahoops.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.