We here at NAIA Hoops Report are pumped to welcome Red Banner Roundball on board to the site. Red Banner Roundball has a passion for putting together projections for the NAIA National Tournament. He has been doing it for years and now that the NAIA is 1 Division we have teamed up with them to help bring you a NAIA Bracketology Report. Red Banner will act as our “Joey Brackets” per say as we continue to look for ways to bring you the best NAIA Hoops Coverage around!

The Bracket

Overall Seeding

Field Notes:
Last four on the inside: Cumberlands, Thomas More, Jamestown, Dillard

First four on the outside: William Jessup, Texas Wesleyan, Grace (IN), Wayland Baptist

Next four on the outside: Xavier, Martin Methodist, Cornerstone, Concordia (NE)


Teams who have clinched a National Tournament spot:
#1 Indiana Wesleyan – Crossroads League Regular Season Champions
#3 William Penn – Heart of America Athletic Conference Regular Season Champions
#6 Shawnee State – Mid-South Conference Regular Season Champions
#7 Faulkner – Southern States Athletic Association Regular Season Champions
#9 Morningside – Great Plains Athletic Conference Regular Season Champions
#23 Warner – The Sun Conference Regular Season Champions
#18 Bethel (KS) – Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Regular Season Champions
Olivet Nazarene – Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Regular Season Champions
Holy Cross – Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Runner-Up
Vanguard – Golden State Athletic Conference West Champions
– We have the bracket set up so that two teams from the same conference aren’t paired up in the same POD. 
– With that in mind, a few teams are having to leave their ARC’s and regions in order to make things work.

ARC Rankings

Crossroads League
Mid-South Conference
River States Conference
Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference
American Midwest Conference
Heart of America

Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference

California Pacific Conference
Great Plains Athletic Conference
North Star Athletic Conference
Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference
Appalachian Athletic Conference
Gulf Coast Athletic Conference
Southern States Athletic Conference
The Sun Conference
American Independent Institutions
Red River Athletic Conference
Sooner Athletic Conference
Cascade Collegiate Conference
Frontier Conference
Golden State Athletic Conference

Bid Breakdown


48 Teams will make it into the 2020-21 NAIA National Tournament. 37 auto-bids and 11 at-large selections will make up the field of 48.

-We are entering the NAIA Conference Tournament Season, so buckle up! Bubble teams will have their last chance to improve their resumes while they also sweat out other conference tournaments. 

– NAIA At-Large selections will be Teams within the RPI Top 80 and will be graded on this criteria:

1. Record vs RPI Top 50

2. Overall Record Winning %


4. Strength of Schedule

5. Net Efficiency

6. Area Rating

Bubble Watch

Texas WesleyanSACW1 7-31230
Bethel INCLW14-61941
Wayland BaptistSACW1 6-41823
JamestownGPACL2 6-41979
St Francis (IN)CLW57-32062
Cumberlands (KY)MSCW1 6-42448
Martin MethodistMSCW35-52543
ColumbiaAMCL1 7-327100
Mid-America ChristianSACW5 6-231122
Ottawa (KS)KCACW2 6-43271
Dakota WesleyanGPACW2 7-33483
Indiana TechWHACL18-240103
MidAmerica NazareneHEARTW58-24474

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