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 through three major tournaments. From Big 12 bracket busters to non-stop NAIA action, here's the lowdown before all the madness.


March 10-13 | T-Mobile Center


  • One of the most exhilarating college basketball conference tournaments in the country, the Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Championship welcomes 10 teams to KC for the 20th time in 2021, more than any other city.
  • A Kansas City tradition, the competition features nine games in four days, with the championship match taking place on Saturday, March 13.
  • In accordance with local and state health guidelines, T-Mobile Center has introduced several practices to keep athletes and fans safe. Here's what you need to know before you go. 
  • A limited supply of all-session tickets will go on sale Friday, Feb. 26 at noon CST exclusively at T-MobileCenter.com.


March 11-14 | Municipal Auditorium


  • The 2021 Phillips 66 Big 12 Women's Basketball Championship welcomes 10 teams to Municipal Auditorium for nine exciting matchups, culminating with the title game on Sunday, March 14. 
  • Ticket information will be announced soon. 
  • In addition to great hoops action, Municipal Auditorium and the adjacent Kansas City Convention Center will also host the Big 12 Blood Drive, March 10-12. Donate to the cause and earn a chance to win some Big 12 memorabilia. Learn more.

2021 NAIA Men’s Basketball National Championship

March 18-23 | Municipal Auditorium


  • As college basketball’s oldest national championship, the men’s tournament returns to Kansas City for the 75th time in 2021 (1937-1943; 1945-1975; and 2002-present).
  • The NAIA is comprised of nearly 300 accredited small colleges and universities in North America.
  • Described by The New York Times as “basketball paradise,” for the basketball fanatic, the competition will host 16 teams in a 15-game, single-elimination format with the Champion being crowed on March 23. 
  • Tickets are still available. Single-game tickets start as low as $20 per person and all-tournament passes begin at $90. Purchase tickets via TicketMaster, the Municipal Auditorium box office or by calling 816-513-5074. Capacity will be limited to 20% due to COVID-19 restrictions. All ticket groups will be socially distanced.

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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