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Which colleges made March Madness? How do teams qualify? | NCAA Tournament

March Madness is officially here and the 68 teams have been decided after Selection Sunday. The race to the Final Four in New Orleans begins Tuesday.

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March Madness is officially here after and the 68 teams have been decided after Selection Sunday. The race to the Final Four in New Orleans begins Tuesday.
Ethan MillerAFP

Conference Tournament season is in the rear view, and it’s the most wonderful time of the college basketball year. March Madness is officially underway after Selection Sunday tipped off the the sprint to the Final Four in New Orleans.

Another year of Madness awaits

There are a total of 68 teams that will be vying for college basketball’s top prize in the one-off tournament that has treated us to countless upsets and hundreds of buzzer beating finishes.

Of the 68 teams qualified for the tournament, there are 32 teams that will received automatic bids by winning their Conference Championship. Teams all the way from the SEC to the Southland earn automatic entry by sweeping through the tournament and capturing the conference title.

This is usually the case for every school, but this year’s ASUN Conference tournament champions, Bellarmine, will not be going dancing because of an NCAA rule that teams who jump from Division II to Division I have to sit out the tournament for four years. Regular season champions Jacksonville State will go dancing in their place.

At large bids and bubble teams

The other 36 teams are selected in what is called at-large bids. This is where things can get interesting, as a selection committee of 12 decides the fate of the teams that are “on the bubble.”

For the teams in the Associated Press Top-25 it’s usually a shoe in that they qualify for the Big Dance, but any team not on the list is subject to the bubble. Which basically means a team had a strong enough season to be considered for the tournament, but leave the fate of their future in the hands of the committee.

This is the committee of 12 that have decided the 2022 NCAA Tournament at-large bids:

Tom Burnett (Chair), Southland Conference Commissioner

Chris Reynolds, Bradley Vice President of Intercollegiate Athletics

Mike O’Brien, Toledo Vice President and Athletic Director

Bernadette McGlade, Atlantic 10 Conference Commissioner

Charles McClelland, Southweestern Athletic Conference Commissioner

Jamie Pollard, Iowa State Athletic Director

Bubba Cunningham, North Carolina Athletic Director

Mark Coyle, Minnesota Athletic Director

Marin Jarmond, UCLA Athletic Director

Greg Byrne, Alabama Athletic Director

Keith Gill, Sun Belt Conference Commissioner

Barry Collier, Butler Athletic Director

Without further ado, here are the 68 teams that will be looking to lift the trophy on Monday, April 4th.

Conference Tournament automatic bids:

AAC: Houston

ACC: Virginia Tech

America East: Vermont

Atlantic 10: Richmond

ASUN: Bellarmine

Big East: Villanova

Big Sky: Montana State

Big South: Longwood

Big Ten: Iowa

Big 12: Kansas

Big West: Cal State Fullerton

Colonial: Delaware

Conference USA: UAB

Horizon League: Wright State

Ivy League: Yale

MAAC: St. Peter’s

MAC Akron

MEAC: Norfolk State

Missouri Valley: Loyola-Chicago

Mountain West: Boise State

Northeast: Bryant

Ohio Valley: Murray State

Pac 12: Arizona

Patriot: Colgate

SEC: Tennessee

Southern: Chattanooga

Southland: Texas A&M CC

Summit: S. Dakota State

Sun Belt: Georgia State

SWAC: Texas Southern

WAC: New Mexico

West Coast: Gonzaga

Full official seed list, including at large bids

1. Gonzaga (26 - 3)

2. Arizona (31 - 3)

3. Kansas (28 - 6)

4. Baylor (26 - 6)

5. Auburn (27 - 5)

6. Kentucky (26 - 7)

7. Villanova (26 - 7)

8. Duke (28 - 6)

9. Wisconsin (24 - 7)

10. Tennessee (26 - 7)

11. Purdue (27 - 7)

12. Texas Tech (25 - 9)

13. UCLA (25 - 7)

14. Illinois (22 - 9)

15. Providence (25 - 5)

16. Arkansas (25 - 8)

17. UConn (23 - 9)

18. Houston (29 - 5)

19. Saint Mary's (CA) (25 - 7)

20. Iowa (26 - 9)

21. Alabama (19 - 13)

22. LSU (22 - 11)

23. Texas (21 - 11)

24. Colorado St. (25 - 5)

25. Southern California (26 - 7)

26. Murray St. (30 - 2)

27. Michigan St. (22 - 12)

28. Ohio St. (19 - 11)

29. Boise St. (27 - 7)

30. North Carolina (24 - 9)

31. San Diego St. (23 - 8)

32. Seton Hall (21 - 10)

33. Creighton (22 - 11)

34. TCU (20 - 12)

35. Marquette (19 - 12)

36. Memphis (21 - 10)

37. San Francisco (24 - 9)

38. Miami (FL) (23 - 10)

39. Loyola Chicago (25 - 7)

40. Davidson (27 - 6)

41. Iowa St. (20 - 12)

42. Michigan (17 - 14)

43. Wyoming (25 - 8)

44. Rutgers (18 - 13)

45. Indiana (20 - 13)

46. Virginia Tech (23 - 12)

47. Notre Dame (22 - 10)

48. UAB (27 - 7)

49. Richmond (23 - 12)

50. New Mexico St. (26 - 6)

51. Chattanooga (27 - 7)

52. South Dakota St. (30 - 4)

53. Vermont (28 - 5)

54. Akron (24 - 9)

55. Longwood (26 - 6)

56. Yale (19 - 11)

57. Colgate (23 - 11)

58. Montana St. (27 - 7)

59. Delaware (22 - 12)

60. Saint Peter's (19 - 11)

61. Jacksonville St. (21 - 10)

62. Cal St. Fullerton (21 - 10)

63. Georgia St. (18 - 10)

64. Norfolk St. (24 - 6)

65. Wright St. (21 - 13)

66. Bryant (22 - 9)

67. Texas Southern (18 - 12)

68. A&M-Corpus Christi (23 - 11)

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