March Madness Bracket: First Teams Punch Automatic Bids

Saturday saw three teams punch their ticket to the NCAA Tournament: Belmont, Florida Gulf Coast, and Harvard. 

There are 31 automatic bids to the NCAA Tournament (30 conference tournaments and the winner of the Ivy League regular season) plus 37 at-large bids. Starting March 8, the conference tournaments start coming to a close, and the NCAA bracket starts to fill up. 

Belmont won the Ohio Valley Conference with a thrilling victory over Murray State in overtime. 

Florida Gulf Coast beat Mercer 88-75 to earn it's first trip ever to the big dance. 

Harvard clinced the Ivy League crown, the only conference that doesn't have a conference tournament.  

The three automatic bids earned yesterday will be low level seeds (12 and lower, most likely), did we meet one of this year's Cinderellas?

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Liam Boylan-Pett

Liam is a culture writing intern at PolicyMic. His work has appeared in "Running Times" and other running publications. He is also a professional middle-distance runner for the New Jersey-New York Track Club. After graduating from Columbia University with his bachelor's degree, he earned a Master's of Professional Studies in Journalism from Georgetown University. Originally from Bath, Mich, he spends his time watching TV, reading longform journalism, and thinking about who is going to be in the NCAA basketball tournament's Final Four.

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