Each season, over 200 NJCAA Division I men's basketball teams take aim towards the ultimate prize - a trip to Hutchinson, Kansas, for a chance to compete for a national championship. The 2017 season marks the 70th NJCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship - known as The Tournament.
NJCAA Division I men's basketball is comprised of 16 districts across the country and the champion of each district receives an automatic bid to The Tournament, which is a 24-team, single-elimination championship.
Region and District Championships for DI Men's Basketball are scheduled to be completed by Saturday, March 11, 2017.
In addition to the 16 district champions, four (4) at-large teams and four (4) zone qualifiers advance to The Tournament. At-large selections are made by the NJCAA Division I Men's Basketball Committee. At-large selections will be made by the committee on Sunday, March 12. 'Zone qualifiers' come from four grouped districts (predetermined by the committee) and rotate among the 16 districts each season. For the 2017 tournament the four 'zone qualifiers' will come from Districts 2, 7, 10 and 14.
Once the 24 team field is set, the NJCAA Division I Men's Basketball Committee seeds the field to complete the bracket with the top eight seeds receiving byes to the second round. The fully seeded bracket will be released by the NJCAA on Monday, March 13 at approximately 2:30 p.m. (Eastern) on Twitter (@NJCAA).