2018 Big 12 Men's Basketball Championship

March Basketball in Kansas City

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 dozens of basketball games and teams from across the country. Here's how to ensure you don't miss a moment of the action.


March 2-6 | Municipal Auditorium

Municipal Auditorium

  • 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 will be available via Ticketmaster, campus ticket offices and at the Municipal Box Office. Single-game tickets start as low as $20 per person.
  • The championship games will be held Sunday, March 6, at 1 p.m. (women's) and 3:30 p.m. (men's).


March 9-12 | T-Mobile Center

Big 12 Tournament

  • One of the most exhilarating college basketball conference tournaments in the country, the 2022 Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Championship welcomes nine teams to T-Mobile Center for the 13th consecutive year of competition in KC.
  • 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 eight games in four days, with the championship match taking place on Saturday, March 12.
  • Limited single-session tickets are on sale now.


March 10-13 | Municipal Auditorium

Big 12 Women's Basketball Championship at Municipal Auditorium

  • The 2022 Phillips 66 Big 12 Women's Basketball Championship welcomes 10 teams to Municipal Auditorium for nine exciting matchups, as well as other fan activities.
  • 2022 marks the second consecutive year in which both the Women's and Men's Big 12 Basketball Championships will take place in KC.

84th Annual NAIA Men’s Basketball National Championship

March 17-22 | Municipal Auditorium

  • As college basketball’s oldest national championship, the men’s tournament returns to Kansas City for the 76th time in 2022 (1937-1943; 1945-1975; and 2002-2019; 2021-present).
  • The tournament 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 16 teams in a 15-game, single-elimination format.


  • All-tournament and single-day tickets are available now.
  • Returning in 2022 is the NABC-NAIA Shoot & Slam, a three-point and dunk contest. For more information, visit naiahoops.com.

The College Basketball Experience

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.

See the History