Chinese University Basketball Association or CUBA, was founded in 1996 and the league was launched in 1998. It is the most competitive and popular college basketball competition in China. This event is held annually and divided into the preliminary stage and the final stage, in which the national championship team is decided through a bracket style elimination event.

Unlike other Chinese athletic organizations, CUBA is a privately funded organization with no affiliation with the Chinese government. Similar to that of the NCAA, the rules of CUBA grant eligibility only to amateur players. CUBA was originally intended to mirror the NCAA Men's Basketball.


The league is divided into 4 divisions, based on the geography of the teams. The top two teams in each division qualify for the CUBA Big 8(Quarter-finals).

Division Teams Division Teams Division Teams Division Teams
Southeast Division
Shanghai Southwest Division Hubei Northwest Division Shanxi (Taiyuan) Northeast Division Beijing
Jiangsu Hunan Shaanxi(Xi'an) Tianjing
Zhejiang Guangxi Gansu Liaoning
Anhui Guizhou Xinjiang Jilin
Jiangxi Yunnan Qinghai Heilongjiang
Fujian Sichuan Ningxia Hebei
Guangdong Chongqing Inner-Mongolia Shandong
Hainan Tibet Henan Macau
Taiwan Hong Kong

2006 playoffs


Teams Matches1st Leg 2nd Leg Tiebreaker (if necessary)
CAUC vs. Henan 1-1 90-80 79-84 Free Throws 4-6
HUE vs. TUT 1-1 75-70 69-74 Free Throws 5-6
Huaqiao vs. NUDT 2-0 100-78 84-50
Shantou vs. WUT 1-1 75-91 65:697 Aggregate 140-160


Teams Matches 1st Leg 2nd Leg Tiebreaker (if necessary)
Henan vs. WUT 0-2 70-76 88-90
Huaqiao vs. TUT 2-0 81-64 69-66


Teams Matches 1st Leg 2nd Leg Tiebreaker (if necessary)
Huaqiao vs. WUT 2-0 83:68 72:54

National Champions