March Madness bracket tracker: Updated list of automatic bids to 2021 NCAA Tournament

Conference tournaments are under way in college basketball in advance of March Madness.   

A total of 31 automatic bids will be awarded for the NCAA men’s basketball tournament in 2021 with the Ivy League on pause, the only conference that does not have a tournament. (Normally the field of 68 consists of 32 auto-qualifiers and 36 at-large bids). Plans could change given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in the United States.  But as of now, it’s all systems go. 

Sporting News will track all of the automatic bids to March Madness below as the bracket starts to fill out. The rest of the automatic bids will be decided on Selection Sunday, which is March 14.  

Here’s a look at the full conference tournament schedule (in alphabetical order). The list below will be updated as teams punch their tickets to March Madness. 

March Madness bracket automatic bids 2021

After Selection Sunday, the First Four games will tip March Madness off in Dayton, Ohio, on March 18. The real first round begins after that, on March 19-20. The second round follows from March 21-22.  

Until the final bracket is released, follow SN’s expert predictions in our Field of 68 projections released every week leading into Selection Sunday. 

NCAA Tournament bracket predictions

Here are Sporting News’ latest March Madness bracket predictions, according to Ryan Fagan as of March 2:

No. 1 seeds

Last four in

First four out

Read the rest of our Field of 68 projections here.

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