2018 Men's Basketball Team

On March 5, the Graceland men's basketball team made history in a packed Closson Center, claiming their first Heart of America Athletic Conference Tournament crown with a 95-68 victory over Peru State College. In front of a standing room only crowd, Graceland not only hosted their first Heart Conference Title game, but also earned an automatic berth into the 81st Annual NAIA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship — their first NAIA National Championship appearance in program history.

The Yellowjackets knocked off the 2017 reigning national champions, Texas Wesleyan University, in their opening-round matchup March 15 at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City — the team's first NAIA tournament win in their national debut.

Graceland won five straight games in six days to claim the championship title March 20, defeating Louisiana State University–Alexandria in overtime with a 3-pointer at the buzzer. Tremendous support was felt with record-breaking tournament attendance, and the Graceland community came Together across the world on social media.

Follow along below for more about the fairy-tale ending of the 2018 men's basketball team.