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The 1961 NAIA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament was held in March at Municipal Auditoriummarker in Kansas City, Missourimarker. The 24th annual NAIA basketball tournament featured 32 teams playing in a single-elimination format . The championship game featured the 13th seeded Grambling and the 3rd seeded Georgetown. For the first time since seeding, in 1958, the 3rd place game featured the 1st and 2nd seeds, Northern Michigan, and Westminster.

Awards and honors

  • Leading scorer: est. 1963
  • Leading rebounder: est. 1963
  • Player of the Year: est. 1994
  • Most tournament appearances: Georgetown (Ky.), 5th of 28, appearances to the NAIA Tournament
  • All-time leading scorer; first appearance: Willis Reed, 16th Grambling (La.) (1961,63,64), 12 games 108 field goals 39 free throws 265 total points, 22.8 average per
  • All-time leading scorer; second appearance: Hershell West, 15th Grambling (La.) (1960,61,63), 13 games, 116 field goals, 37 free throws, 269 total points, 20.7 average per game.

1961 NAIA bracket

  •  * denotes overtime.

3rd place game

The third place game featured the losing teams from the national semifinalist to determine 3rd and 4th places in the tournament. This game was played until 1988.


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