March Madness bracket tracker: Updated list of automatic bids to 2021 NCAA Tournament

March Madness bracket tracker: Updated list of automatic bids to 2021 NCAA Tournament

Conference tournaments are under way in college basketball in advance of 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 pause, the only conference that does not have a tournament. (Normally the field of 68 consists of 32 auto-qualifiers and 36 at-large bids). 

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

Saturday, March 13

America East Hartford 64, UMass-Lowell 50
MEAC Norfolk State 71, Morgan State 63
MAAC Iona 60, Fairfield 51
Big 12 Texas 91, Oklahoma State 86
Mountain West San Diego State 68, Utah State 57
SWAC Texas Southern 80, Prairie View A&M 61
Big East Georgetown 73, Creighton 48
MAC Ohio vs. Buffalo 
Big Sky Montana State vs. Eastern Washington
ACC Georgia Tech vs. Florida State
C-USA Western Kentucky vs. North Texas
Southland Nicholls vs. Abilene Christian
Pac-12 Oregon State vs. Colorado 

Sunday, March 14

Patriot Loyola (Md.) vs. Colgate 12 p.m.
Atlantic 10 VCU vs. St. Bonaventure 1 p.m.
SEC Alabama vs. LSU 1 p.m.
AAC Cincinnati vs. Houston 3:15 p.m.
Big Ten Ohio State vs. Illinois 3:30 p.m.

Here’s a look at the full conference tournament schedule (in alphabetical order). The list below will be updated as teams punch their tickets to March Madness. Sporting News will track all of the automatic bids to March Madness below as the bracket starts to fill out. The rest of the automatic bids will be decided on Selection Sunday, which is March 14.  

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March Madness bracket automatic bids 2021

America East Hartford (15-8)
AAC March 11-14
ACC March 9-13
Atlantic 10 March 3-14
Atlantic Sun Liberty (23-5)
Big East Georgetown (12-12)
Big Sky March 10-13
Big South Winthrop (23-1)
Big Ten March 10-14
Big 12 Texas (19-7)
Big West March 9-13
Colonial Drexel (12-7)
Conference USA March 9-13
Horizon League Cleveland State (19-7)
Ivy League No tournament
MAAC Iona (12-5)
Mid-American March 11-13
MEAC Norfolk State (16-7)
Missouri Valley Loyola-Chicago (24-4)
Mountain West San Diego State (22-4)
Northeast Mount St. Mary’s (12-10)
Ohio Valley Morehead State (23-7)
Pac-12 March 10-13
Patriot March 6-14
SEC March 10-14
Southern UNC-Greensboro (21-8)
Southland March 10-13
Summit Oral Roberts (16-10)
Sun Belt Appalachian State (17-11)
SWAC Texas Southern (16-8)
WAC March 10-13
West Coast Gonzaga (26-0)

After Selection Sunday, the First Four games will tip March Madness off in Dayton, Ohio, on March 18. The real first round begins after that, on March 19-20. The second round follows from March 21-22.  

Until the final bracket is released, follow SN’s expert predictions in our Field of 68 projections released every week leading into Selection Sunday. 

NCAA Tournament bracket predictions

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

No. 1 seeds

  • Gonzaga
  • Baylor
  • Michigan
  • Illinois

Last four in

  • Drake
  • Utah State
  • Colorado State
  • Syracuse

First four out

  • Ole Miss
  • Xavier
  • St. Louis
  • Boise State

Read the rest of our Field of 68 projections here.

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