With the NCAA Tournament quickly approaching, it’s time to start mapping out the famous bracket, or infamous depending on how well you usually fill it out. It’s starting to seem more and more like this year’s tourney will be as crazy — or crazier — than it’s been in years past.
Teams are already punching their tickets to the Big Dance and it’s time to start looking at who has already sealed their fate and will be playing for a national title and who doesn’t even have to worry when Selection Sunday comes on March 16.
Here are the automatic bids:
–Harvard Crimson (26-4, 13-1): Ivy League champions
–Eastern Kentucky Colonels (24-9, 13-5): Ohio Valley Conference champions
–Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (21-12, 12-5): Big South champions
–Mercer Bears (26-8, 14-4): Atlantic Sun champions
–Wofford Terriers (20-12, 11-5): Southern Conference champions
–Manhattan Jaspers (25-7, 15-5): Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference champions
–Milwaukee Panthers (21-13, 7-9): Horizon League champions
–Mount St. Mary’s Mountaineers (16-16, 9-7): Northeast Conference champions
–North Dakota State Bison (25-6, 12-2): Summit League champions
–American Eagles (20-12, 13-5): Patriot League champions
–Albany Great Danes (18-14, 9-7): American East Conference champions
–Texas Southern Tigers (19-14, 12-6): Southwestern Athletic Conference champions
–N.C. Central Eagles (28-5, 16-1): Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference champions
–Cal Poly Mustangs (13-19, 6-10): Big West Conference champions
–Weber State Wildcats (19-11, 14-6): Big Sky Conference champions
–Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks (31-2, 18-0): Southland Conference champions
–New Mexico State Aggies (26-9, 12-4): Western Athletic Conference champions
–UL-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns (23-11, 11-7): Sun Belt Conference champions
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