At 6p.m. EDT Sunday, the NCAA Tournament Selection Show will announce the 68 teams slated to play for the NCAA Basketball Championship. Thirty-one teams with automatic bids (by virtue of winning their conference) will be joined by 37 at-large selections to participate in the three week tournament commencing March 21 and finishing with the championship game on April 8. The 68 teams in the tournament will be seeded 1-16 in four different brackets. The question is: Who will get the coveted 1-seeds?
Three teams seem like locks for 1-seeds: Gonzaga, Louisville, andIndiana. The fourth, and final, 1-seed is more of a toss-up. Duke orKansas will most likely receive the honor.
Duke would have locked it up if not for their upset at the hands of Maryland on Friday night, their first loss with Ryan Kelly in the line-up, but opened up the door for Kansas, who steam-rolled through the Big 12 Tournament and look poised for a tournament run.
Thirty-one teams receive automatic bids to the NCAA Tournament by virtue of winning their conference tournament. They are joined by 37 at-large bids to fill out the 68-team field that is the NCAA Tournament. For a full list of the teams who have already punched their ticket to the big dance, see below:
Ivy League Conference, season ends March 12, HARVARD
Atlantic Sun Conference: FLORIDA GULF COAST
Ohio Valley Conference: BELMONT
Big South Conference: LIBERTY
Missouri Valley Conference: CREIGHTON
Colonial Athletic Association: JAMES MADISON
Southern Conference: DAVIDSON
Sun Belt Conference: WESTERN KENTUCKY
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference: IONA
West Coast Conference: GONZAGA
Northeast Conference: LIU BUTLER
Horizon League: VALPARAISO
Summit League: SOUTH DAKOTA STATE
Patriot League: BUCKNELL
America East Conference: ALBANY
Conference USA: MEMPHIS
Southwestern Athletic Conference: SOUTHERN
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference: NORTH CAROLINA A&T
Big 12 Conference: KANSAS
Mountain West Conference: NEW MEXICO
Mid American Conference: AKRON
Big East Conference: LOUISVILLE
Southland Conference: NORTHWESTERN STATE
Big Sky Conference: MONTANA
Big West Conference: PACIFIC
Pac-12 Conference: OREGON
Western Athletic Conference: NEW MEXICO STATE
SEC: OLE MISS
A-10: ST. LOUIS
Big 10: OHIO STATE
Look for a printable bracket here.
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