Selection Sunday is quickly approaching and college basketball teams around the country are clinching their spot in the tournament. Although brackets remain unfinished, more teams have begun punching their ticket to March Madness.
NCAA Tournament Qualifiers
This year 30 teams have earned an automatic bid to the tourney. Moreover, 38 at-large spots are available for remaining teams to qualify for March Madness.
The Ivy League has opted not to participate in the tournament this season due to COVID-19; therefore, their spot will be up for grabs by an at-large team.
March Madness Automatic Bids
Eleven schools have already solidified their spot in the March Madness bracket.
Here is the full list of college basketball teams who have received an automatic bid to the 2021 NCAA tournament: Liberty, Winthrop, Drexel, Cleveland State, Loyola-Chicago, Mount St. Mary’s, Morehead State, UNC-Greensboro, Oral Roberts, Appalachian State, and Gonzaga.
The bracket awaits which teams from 19 other conferences will be playing in the tournament. Seeding has yet to be determined, however, teams will continue playing throughout the week to improve their odds of earning a higher ranking.
Will the Big East Keep Its Dominance Alive?
The conference that has sent the most teams to the NCAA tournament is the Big East. Currently, the Big East holds the record of 11 teams from one conference to attend March Madness.
In 2011, the conference sent the following schools: Pittsburgh, Notre Dame, Syracuse, UConn, Louisville, West Virginia, Cincinnati, Georgetown, St. John’s, Villanova, and Marquette.
That season, No. 3 seeded UConn took home the national championship trophy with a victory over Butler.
By the week’s end, more teams will have paved their way to a spot in the big dance. Conference tournaments will conclude on March 14 before Selection Sunday bracketology begins.
The highly anticipated March Madness tournament will tip-off next week. Catch the live-action as the First Four will start next Thursday, followed by the Round of 64 beginning next Friday.