Story courtesy: Greg Johnson, NCAA Media Relations
The Division III Championships Committee on Tuesday proposed selection dates and bracket sizes for the 2021 NCAA winter championships.
All recommendations will move forward through the governance process, where they must be supported by the Division III Management Council on Oct. 19-20.
“The Division III Championships Committee would like to thank the sport committees for providing their comments and suggestions about bracket composition,” said Kiki Jacobs, committee chair and director of athletics at Roger Williams. “These are difficult decisions that have to be made right now.”
Two weeks ago, the committee voted to recommend that all winter and spring 2021 national championship brackets and field sizes (team and individual) not exceed 75% of their standard capacity. During the meeting, it reaffirmed this decision.
Committee members emphasized the driving principles of filling out the brackets in each sport, protecting conference automatic qualification access to championships and providing access to schools unaffiliated with automatic qualification when warranted. However, brackets could be reduced if national sponsorship of a sport decreases.
Men’s and women’s basketball
- Selection announcement date: March 7 (automatic qualification deadline: March 6).
- Bracket size: 48 teams.