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March Madness Bracket Tracker: Automatic Bidding List Update for 2021 NCAA Tournament

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Conference tournaments are underway in college basketball before March Madness.

A total of 31 automatic bids will be awarded for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament in 2021 with the Ivy League on hiatus, the only conference that does not have a tournament. (Normally the 68 field includes 32 self-qualifiers and 36 general offers).

A total of 11 bids have been decided and 20 more will be handed out on the conference championship weekend. Saturday’s schedule includes 15 conference championship games:

Saturday March 11

East america Hartford 64, UMass-Lowell 50 11:00
MEAC State of Norfolk v State of Morgan 13 hours
MAAC Iona vs. Fairfield 4 p.m.
Large 12 Texas v Oklahoma State 6 p.m.
West Mountain State of San Diego vs. State of Utah 6 p.m.
SWAC Texas Southern vs. Prairie View A&M 6 p.m.
Big East Georgetown vs. Creighton 6.30 p.m.
MAC Ohio vs. Buffalo 7:30 p.m.
Big sky Montana State vs. Eastern Washington 8 p.m.
ACC Georgia Tech vs. Florida State 8:30 p.m.
C-USA Western Kentucky vs. North Texas 9 p.m.
Southland Nicholls vs. Abilene Christian 9:30 p.m.
Pac-12 Oregon State vs. Colorado 22 hours
WAC Grand Canyon vs State of New Mexico 22 hours
Big West UC-Santa Barbara vs. UC-Irvine 11:30 p.m.

Here’s a look at the full conference tournament schedule (in alphabetical order). The list below will be updated as teams score their tickets for March Madness. Sporting News will follow all automatic auctions to March Madness below as the range begins to fill. The rest of the automatic auctions will be decided Sunday selection, which is March 14.

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March Madness bracket automatic auctions 2021

East america Hartford (15-8)
AAC March 11-14
ACC March 9-13
Atlantic 10 March 3 to 14
Atlantic Sun Freedom (23-5)
Big East March 10-13
Big sky March 10-13
Great South Winthrop (23-1)
Big ten March 10-14
Large 12 March 10-13
Big West March 9-13
Colonial Drexel (12-7)
USA Conference March 9-13
Horizon League Cleveland State (19-7)
Ivy league No tournament
MAAC March 9-13
Average american March 11-13
MEAC March 10-13
Missouri Valley Loyola-Chicago (24-4)
West Mountain March 10-13
Northeast Mount St. Mary’s (12-10)
Ohio Valley Morehead State (23-7)
Pac-12 March 10-13
Patriot March 6 to 14
SECOND March 10-14
From South UNC-Greensboro (21-8)
Southland March 10-13
Mountain peak Oral Roberts (16-10)
Sun belt Appalachian State (17-11)
SWAC March 9, 12-13
WAC March 10-13
Western coast Gonzaga (26-0)

Following the selection on Sunday, the first four games will end March Madness in Dayton, Ohio on March 18. The real first round will then begin, from March 19 to 20. The second round will follow from March 21 to 22.

Until final support is released, follow the predictions of SN experts in our Field of 68 projections published every week before the Sunday of the selection.

NCAA Tournament Support Predictions

Here are the latest Sporting News March Madness bracket predictions, according to Bill Bender as of March 10:

No. 1 seeds

  • Gonzaga
  • Baylor
  • Michigan
  • Illinois

Last four in

  • Duck
  • State of Utah
  • Colorado State
  • Syracuse

The first four out

  • Be Miss
  • Xavier
  • Saint Louis
  • Boise State

Read the rest of our field of 68 screenings here.


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