2014 NCAA Tournament Bracketology: Bracket Projections for March 12

Manhattan defeated Iona to secure a NCAA Tournament bid for the first time since 2004. (Photo: AP | Stephan Savoia
Manhattan defeated Iona to secure a NCAA Tournament bid for the first time since 2004. (Photo: AP | Stephan Savoia
Manhattan defeated Iona to secure a NCAA Tournament bid for the first time since 2004. (Photo: AP | Stephan Savoia

Championship week continues in college basketball with the first round of conference tournaments wrapping up. So far, 12 teams have secured automatic bids to the 2014 NCAA Tournament:

Harvard (Ivy), Eastern Kentucky (OVC), Mercer (Atlantic Sun), Coastal Carolina (Big South), Wichita State (MVC), Delaware (CAA), Wofford (SoCon), Manhattan (MAAC), Milwaukee (Horizon League), Mount St. Mary’s (NEC), North Dakota State (Summit League), Gonzaga (WCC), and American (Patriot).

Additionally, the battle for the final No. 1 seed will heat up this weekend. Florida, Arizona and Wichita State have essentially locked up spots on the top line, but the last one remains pretty open. Villanova is the favorite to grab it if it can win the Big East Tournament, but Kansas, Syracuse, Wisconsin, and maybe even Michigan or Duke could make a run.

Automatic qualifiers are in italics.

SOUTH

WEST

Orlando
1   Florida 1   Arizona
San Diego
16   Mount St. Mary’s/Alabama State 16   Weber State/Coastal Carolina
8   Colorado 8   SMU
9   George Washington 9   Baylor
San Diego
5   Oklahoma 5   New Mexico
Spokane
12   Louisiana Tech 12   North Dakota State
4   Louisville 4   San Diego State
13   Stephen F. Austin 13   Toledo
6   Ohio State 6   Oklahoma State
San Antonio
Raleigh
11   Arizona State 11   Dayton
3   Cincinnati 3   Creighton
14   Eastern Kentucky 14   UC Irvine
St. Louis
7   Massachusetts 7   Kansas State
Buffalo
10   Gonzaga 10   Stanford
2   Kansas 2   Syracuse
15   American 15   Mercer

EAST

MIDWEST

Buffalo
1   Villanova 1   Wichita State
St. Louis
16   Wofford 16   Stony Brook
8   Kentucky 8   Iowa
9   VCU 9   Oregon
Orlando
5   St. Louis 5   Michigan State
Spokane
12   Harvard 12   St. Joe’s/BYU
4   North Carolina 4   Virginia
13   Manhattan 13   Georgia State
Milwaukee
6   UCLA 6   Memphis
San Antonio
11   Tennessee 11   California/Xavier
3   Michigan 3   Iowa State
14   NC Central 14   Milwaukee
Raleigh
7   Connecticut 7   Texas
Milwaukee
10   Nebraska 10   Pittsburgh
2   Duke 2   Wisconsin
15   Delaware
15   Utah Valley

First five out: Arkansas, Missouri, St. John’s, Minnesota, Florida State

Next five out: Green Bay, Providence, Southern Miss, Richmond, LSU

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