March Madness: Current NCAA Tournament Bids 3/12


Teams that are already in the NCAA Tournament…

Cornell Big Red (27-4, Ivy League), Winthrop Eagles (19-13, Big South), Murray State Racers (30-4, Ohio Valley), East Tennessee State Buccaneers (20-14, Atlantic Sun), Northern Iowa Panthers (28-4, Missouri Valley), St. Mary's Gaels (26-5, West Coast), Siena Saints (27-6, Metro Atlantic), Old Dominion Monarchs (26-8, Colonial), Wofford Terriers (26-8, Southern), Oakland Golden Grizzlies (26-8, Summit), Butler Bulldogs (28-4, Horizon), North Texas Mean Green (24-8, Sun Belt)

Teams that clinched automatic bids on Wednesday…

Robert Morris Colonials (23-11, Northeast): It went right down to the wire, but the Colonials locked up the NEC's bid to the NCAA Tournament by the final count of 52-50 over Quinnipiac. G Karon Abraham shot 7/14 from the floor on a night where shots came at a premium to score 16 to lead Robert Morris to victory. Now, it will probably be subjected to sitting on the #15 or #16 line, which almost certainly means a first round exit from the NCAA Tournament.

Montana Grizzlies (22-9, Big Sky): We warned you to keep an eye on G Anthony Johnson, and if you missed his ridiculous performance in the second half against Weber State on Wednesday, you missed a doozy. He led Montana back from down 40-20 at halftime by scoring a whopping 42 points on 13/22 shooting and 14/14 from the foul line. He'll be the only hope for the Grizzlies to move their way into the second round of the NCAA Tournament, but in all likelihood, it's not going to happen as a #14 or #15.

Teams vying for automatic bids on Friday…

Lafayette Leopards (19-12, Patriot): The Leopards only went 8-6 in the regular season in Patriot League action, but they've successfully made it to the final of their conference tournament behind the scoring prowess of G Jim Mower. Mower has scored 36 points in his two postseason  games. The problem is going to be trying to figure out how to stop Lehigh from beyond the arc, where Lafayette is allowing opposing teams to shoot 38.7%.

Lehigh Mountain Hawks (21-10, Patriot): That's bad news against a Lehigh team that shoots 40.2% from three-point land. The leading sharpshooter for a squad that scores 75.2 points per game is G CJ McCollum. Not only is McCollum shooting 43% from long range, but he is also the top scorer in the conference at 18.9 points per game. The Mountain Hawks also need to work on their defense, as they allow 70.4 points per game.

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