March Madness: Final List of Automatic Bids 3/14

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), Robert Morris Colonials (23-11, Northeast), Montana Grizzlies (22-9, Big Sky), Lehigh Mountain Hawks (22-10, Patriot), Houston Cougars (19-15, Conference USA), Vermont Catamounts (25-9, America East), Morgan State Bears (27-9, MEAC), Sam Houston State Bearkats (25-7, Southland), Kansas Jayhawks (32-2, Big XII), Ohio Bobcats (21-14, MAC), San Diego State Aztecs (25-8, Mountain West), Washington Huskies (24-9, Pac-10), Arkansas Pine Bluff Golden Lions (17-15, SWAC), West Virginia Mountaineers (27-6, Big East), Santa Barbara Gauchos (20-9, Big West), New Mexico State Aggies (22-11, WAC)

Teams that clinched automatic bids on Sunday…

Kentucky Wildcats (32-2, SEC): G John Wall missed the shot right at the end of regulation that ultimately ended up being stuck back in to send the Cats' game with the Bulldogs to overtime, but he changed his fortunes with an acrobatic three-pointer that may have ultimately kept MSU out of the NCAA Tournament. Now, Kentucky has made a gripe to be the #1 overall seed. Expect to see this team make a huge run into April.

Temple Owls (29-5, Atlantic 10): The Owls won one of the toughest conferences in America that no one paid attention to most of the season. This is a team with a stifling defense that seemingly holds down every one of its opponents under 60 points. The A-10 champs deserve some preferential treatment in the brackets, and anything less than #3 seed would be a brutal disappointment.

Ohio State Buckeyes (27-7, Big Ten): Blowing out Minnesota was impressive for the Buckeyes on Sunday, but even winning the Big Ten probably won't be good enough to put HC Thad Motta's team on the #1 line. F Evan Turner is clearly one of the best players in the entire country, and he had three major games at Conseco Fieldhouse for the Buckeyes. Depth could become an issue though, as four of the starting five each averaged over 40 minutes per game over the L/3 days.

Duke Blue Devils (29-5, ACC): Have the Blue Devils earned a #1 seed? We think so, even though they ultimately never really got challenged by one of the better teams in the ACC. This was a down conference this year at the top, but save North Carolina and Boston College, there were really never any off nights. Duke's top three scorers are all lethal, and after putting forth a good effort at getting rid of the Yellow Jackets in the ACC Finale, it is a team that is in fine form going into March Madness.

Lou Palumbo is the founder and part owner of the Sports Handicapping Community. He's been writing and posting free picks and sports handicapping strategies on the Cappersinfo forums and website for 15 years now. He enjoys handicapping just as much as he did from the very first day he built the original Cappersinfo website.

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