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

Sporting News logo Sporting News 3/14/2021 Bill Bender

Conference tournaments are underway 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. It's the only conference that does not have a tournament this year. (Normally the Field of 68 consists of 32 automatic qualifiers and 36 at-large bids.) 

Twenty-six auto-bids have been decided thus far. The last five will be given out on Sunday, the final day of the conference championship weekend. 

Sunday, March 14

CONFERENCE MATCHUP TIME (ET)
Patriot Loyola (Md.) vs. Colgate Noon
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 the automatic bids to March Madness below as the bracket fills 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

CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT DATES
America East Hartford (15-8)
AAC March 11-14
ACC Georgia Tech (17-8)
Atlantic 10 March 3-14
Atlantic Sun Liberty (23-5)
Big East Georgetown (12-12)
Big Sky Eastern Washington (16-7)
Big South Winthrop (23-1)
Big Ten March 10-14
Big 12 Texas (19-7)
Big West UC Santa Barbara (22-4)
Colonial Drexel (12-7)
Conference USA North Texas (17-9)
Horizon League Cleveland State (19-7)
Ivy League No tournament
MAAC Iona (12-5)
Mid-American Ohio (16-7)
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 Oregon State (17-12)
Patriot March 6-14
SEC March 10-14
Southern UNC-Greensboro (21-8)
Southland Abilene Christian (23-4)
Summit Oral Roberts (16-10)
Sun Belt Appalachian State (17-11)
SWAC Texas Southern (16-8)
WAC Grand Canyon (17-6)
West Coast Gonzaga (26-0)

After Selection Sunday, the First Four games will tip off March Madness in Bloomington and West Lafayette, Ind., 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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