NSU announces the creation of the Small College Basketball Champions Classic

Kansas City, Mo. (NSUWolves.com) — Today, Small College Basketball formally announced the creation of the Small College Basketball Champions Classic, hosted by Northern State University. The event will launch on November 18 & 19, 2022 at Wachs Arena, and will consist of 12 total men’s teams: Four NCAA Division II teams, four NCAA Division III teams and four NAIA teams. The teams, match-ups and game times will be announced at a later date, but the focus will be on bringing elite, national level teams from all three divisions of small college men’s basketball.

Northern State University’s Barnett Center and Wachs Arena is one of the premier NCAA Division II facilities in the nation. The 8,000 seat arena includes an in-ground wood floor installed in 2019, a center-hung digital videoboard/scoreboard, and digital score table displays. The scoreboard, installed by Daktronics, is the largest collegiate center-hung video display system in the state of South Dakota. In addition to the 2019 upgrades listed above, Wachs Arena and the Wolves men’s and women’s basketball programs have led the nation in attendance for the past 13 seasons, dating back to 2007-08.

The facility has hosted numerous tournaments over the years including the South Dakota State Class B Tournament, the Dacotah Bank Classic, and most recently the NCAA Central Region Men’s Basketball Tournament.