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Selection Sunday is Today

         Note: This file has been updated to include all games through Sunday, March 14

Conference Leaders

There are 31 Division I conferences that receive automatic bids to the NCAA Tournament, beginning March 16th.
The selection committee evaluates the nation's other teams' resumes and the top 34 teams come away with a spot in the 65-team field.

Here is a list of teams that are currently the top seed (or top remaining seed) in their conference tournaments with their conference in parentheses. Teams with asterisks after their name have already clinched an automatic bid:

Georgia Tech will play Duke in the ACC tournament championship today. Virginia Tech lost the first game of the tournament, the Hokies are on the  bubble. Georgia Tech will make the tournament after reaching the tournament finals. Duke also remains in the hunt for a No. 1 seed in the NCAAs, after beating Miami and advancing to the ACC championship game. Virginia Tech will have to wait and sweat it out to see if they make it into the tournament.
Conference Leader
At Large Bids

Big 12

Top-seeded Kansas is a lock to be a No. 1 seed in the big dance. Kansas beat Kansas State 72-64 in the Big 12 tournament championship game. Kansas State could be as high as a # 2 seed in the NCAAs after winning 26 times this season.

Conference Leader
At Large Bids

Big East

West Virginia and their senior leader Da'Sean Butler's made his second game-winning shot in three days and lifted WVU to a 60-58 victory over Georgetown in the Big East tournament championship game.This win most likely will earn WVU a  #2 seed at least. Half of the Big East appears to be headed to the NCAA tournament like expected. Seton Hall's chances have been greatly reduced due to the wuality of basketball of the other bubble teams during the last few days.
Conference Leader
At Large Bids

Big Ten

Both, or one of Illinois and Minnesota may make it into the NCAA tournament. The question is will there be room for both of these teams in the NCAA tournament?  It's a difficult decision to decide to leave the Gophers out of the 65-team field, after they upset the #2 seed Purdue 69-42 on Saturday, even know it was without Purdue's Star Robbie Hummel. Minnesota has five high quality wins. Illinois had a chance to beat Ohio State, but lost to Ohio State in two overtimes. Illinois still has a small chance to make the  field, but not over Minnesota.
Conference Leader
At Large Bids

Washington probably stole an at-large bid from another bubble team by knocking off Cal in the Pac-10 tournament championship game. Washington was in decent shape to make the tournament before beating the Cal, but the Pac-10 now looks like  it will have two teams in the NCAA's. Arizona State was eliminated from having any chance as a team to make it after Minnesota and Washington won.
Conference Leader
At Large Bids

Mississippi State can steal a spot in the tournament with a win over Kentucky in the championship game.  If the Bulldogs lose, they are probably still ahead of Florida in the SEC's bubble order. The Bulldogs upset Vanderbilt 62-52 in the semifinals.
Conference Leader
At Large Bids
Atlantic 10

Many  bubble teams won on Saturday and crushed Rhode Island's change to make the tournament after losing to Temple. Temple will play Richmond on Sunday for the A-10 tournament championship.
Conference Leader
At Large Bids
Mountain West
The Mountain West conference will most likely send four teams to the NCAA tournament, after San Diego State upset UNLV in the MWC tournament championship game. The Aztecs were looking good before upsetting the UNLV at their home court and now have the league's automatic bid.
Conference Leader
At Large Bids
After running through C-USA play, sporting a 15-1 record, UTEP will make the NCAA Tournament no matter what…Memphis is looking to join the Miners as the conference's 2nd team. They lost to Kansas (on a neutral court) by 2 points, before losing to UMass by just 1 point. Losses to ranked teams in Tennessee and Syracuse followed. But all season long, the Tigers have played good basketball against top tier opponents and that should continue into the C-USA Tournament. Memphis lost to  Houston and are most likely out of the tournament.  UAB was in the field of 65 to begin last week, but may now be on the outside looking in after Memphis and UTEP completed their season-sweeps of the Blazers. They lost on a last-second dunk to regular-season champion, UTEP in the season-finale. UAB has a poor record against RPI Top 50 opponents (1-5), but they don't have a single "bad" loss. In fact, everyone of their defeats has been by less than 10 points. UAB lost to Southern Miss. in the conference Tournament and are now out.
Conference Leader
At Large Bids

West Coast
Despite not winning the WCC, Gonzaga is a lock for the NCAA Tournament. They have been in the Top 25 all season long. They have beaten Wisconsin in the Maui Invitational, as well as Illinois, Memphis and St. Mary's all on the road. They hold a record of 4-3 against RPI Top 50 foes and sport a record of 13-4 in neutral court/road games this season. Look for Gonzaga to still pick up a high seed next Sunday...
Conference Leader
At Large Bids
Butler (Horizon) *
Road to Success: Defeated #5 Cleveland State. #2 Wright State.
Washington (Pac-10) *
Road to Success: Beat California in the championship game.
Cornell (Ivy) *
Road to Success: Won regular-season crown.
Duke (Atlantic Coast) *
Road to Success: Beat Georgia Tech in the championship game.
Saint Mary's (West Coast) *
Road to Success: Double-bye; defeated #3 Portland, #1 Gonzaga.
Kansas (Big 12) *
Road to Success: Beat Kansas State in the championship game.
Ohio (Mid-American) *
Road to Success: Beat Akron in the championship game.
Kentucky (SEC) *
Road to Success: Beat Mississippi State in the championship game.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff (Southwestern Athletic) *
Road to Success: Beat Texas Southern in the championship game.
Lehigh (Patriot) *
Road to Success: Defeated #8 Army, #4 American, #3 Lafayette
East Tennessee State (Atlantic Sun) *
Road to Success: Defeated #4 Campbell, #8 Kennesaw State, #6 Mercer
Montana (Big Sky) *
Road to Success: Defeated #6 Portland State, #1 Weber State
Morgan State (Mid-Eastern Athletic) *
Road to Success: Beat South Carolina State in the championship
Murray State (Ohio Valley) *
Road to Success: Defeated #8 Tennessee State, #4 Eastern Illinois, #2 Morehead State
San Diego State (Mountain West) *
Road to Success: Beat UNLV in the championship game.
North Texas (Sun Belt) *
Road to Success: Defeated #10 Louisiana-Monroe, #6 Denver, #1 Troy
Northern Iowa (Missouri Valley) *
Road to Success: Defeated #8 Drake, #5 Bradley, #2 Wichita State
Oakland (Summit) *
Road to Success: Defeated #5 IPFW, #2 IUPUI
Old Dominion (CAA) *
Road to Success: Defeated #8 Towson, #5 VCU, #3 William & Mary
Ohio State (Big Ten) *
Road to Success: Beat Minnesota in the championship game.
Robert Morris (Northeast) *
Road to Success: Defeated #3 Mount St. Mary's, #1 Quinnipiac
Sam Houston State (Southland) *
Road to Success: Beat Stephen F. Austin in the championship game.
Siena (Metro Atlantic Athletic) *
Road to Success: Defeated #9 Manhattan, #5 Rider, #2 Fairfield
West Virginia (Big East) *
Road to Success: Beat Georgetown in the championship game.
Temple (A-10) *
Road to Success: Beat Richmond in the championship game.
UC Santa Barbara (Big West) *
Road to Success: Beat Long Beach State in the championship game.
Houston (C-USA) *
Road to Success: Beat UTEP in the championship game.
New Mexico State (Western Athletic) *
Road to Success: Beat Utah State in the championship game.
Vermont (America East) *
Road to Success: Beat  Boston in the championship game.
Winthrop (Big South) *
Road to Success: Defeated #6 Liberty (80-72), #2 Radford (61-46), #1 Coastal Carolina (64-53)
Wofford (Southern) *
Road to Success: defeated North #4 UNC-Greensboro, North #2 Western Carolina; North #1 Appalachian State
Last Three In

Minnesota, Utah State, Virginia Tech

First Three Out

Florida, Mississippi State, Illinois,
At-Large Contenders

As March Madness is just a week away and conference tournaments are underway, we have a much greater feel for who the 34 at-large teams might be. Leaving the conference champions (or predicted postseason champions) aside, has come up with 25 locks for the NCAA Tournament; that leaves 9 teams to fill the 34 openings in the eyes of our selection committee. These teams will need anywhere from one win to several wins in their postseason tournaments to reach NCAA Tournament Status. We take a look at the Tournament field and predict who you can expect to find in your 2010 March Madness brackets.