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2006 NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament

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2006 NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament

Finals Site  Municipal Auditorium Kansas City, Missouri
Champions  Texas Wesleyan (1st title)
Runner-Up  Oklahoma City (5th title game)
Semifinalists  Oklahoma Baptist (8th Final Four) Robert Morris (Ill.) (2nd Final Four)
Coach of the Year  Terry Waldrop (Texas Wesleyan)

The 2006 Buffalo Funds - NAIA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament was held from March 15 to 21 at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Missouri. This was the 69th annual NAIA DI basketball tournament and featured 32 teams playing in a single-elimination format.

The unranked Texas Wesleyan University Rams defeated the Oklahoma City University Stars by a score of 67 to 65. 2006 marked the second year in a row an unranked team won the National Championship. Undeterred by this loss, the Stars went on to win the next two National Championship titles. The other teams that made it to the NAIA National Semifinals were Oklahoma City University and Robert Morris (Ill.).

Awards and honors

  • Leading scorer: Willie Irick, Oklahoma City; in 5 games Irick scored a total of 85 points, including 31 field goals and 17 free throws averaging 17.0 points per game.
  • Leading rebounder: Freeman Taylor, Robert Morris (Ill.); in 4 games Taylor earned 61 rebounds averaging 15.25 per game
  • Most consecutive tournament appearances: 15th, Georgetown (Ky.)
  • Most tournament appearances: Georgetown (Ky.), 25th of 30, appearances to the NAIA Tournament.
  • References

    2006 NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament Wikipedia