Conference tournaments are underway in college basketball before March Madness.
A total of 31 automatic bids for the NCAA men's basketball tournament in 2021 will be awarded to the Ivy League with the award, the only conference that does not have a tournament. (Normally 32 auto-qualifiers and 36 big bids are made in the region of 68). Plans may change in view of the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic in the United States. But as of now, all systems have to go.
Sporting News will track all automatic bids until March Madness as the brackets begin to fill. The remaining automatic bids will be selected on Sunday, March 14.
See the full conference tournament schedule (in alphabetical order) here. The list below will be updated as teams punch their tickets for March Madness.
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March Madness Bracket Automatic Bid 2021
|the seminar||Natural dates|
|America East||March 27-18, March 6-13|
|Atlantic 10||March 3-14|
|Atlantic sun||March 3-7|
|Big east||10-13 March|
|Big sky||10-13 March|
|Big south||27 February, 1–7 March|
|Big ten||10-14 March|
|Big 12||10-13 March|
|Big west||March 9-13|
|Conference USA||March 9-13|
|Horizon League||25 February, 2–9 March|
|Ivy League||No tournament|
|Middle american||March 11-13|
|Missouri Valley||March 4-7|
|Mountain west||10-13 March|
|Ohio valley||March 3-6|
|Pac 12||10-13 March|
|South country||10-13 March|
|Hemp belt||March 5-8|
|SWAC||March 9, 12-13|
|Western coast||March 4-9|
After Selection Sunday, the first four games will tip March Madness in Dayton, Ohio on 18 March. The real first round then begins on 19–20 March. The second round will take place from 21–22 March.
Follow the SN's expert predictions in our field of 68 estimates released every week leading up to the selection Sunday, until the final bracket is released.
NCAA tournament bracket forecast
As of March 2, Sporting News' latest March Madness bracket predictions according to Ryan Fagan are:
Number 1 seed
In the last four
- Boise state
- Georgia tech
- Saint Louis
First four out
- Michigan state
- Seton Hall
- The ruler
Read the rest of our 68 projections area here.