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    Championship Week: Auto-bid Madness

    MBB conference tournaments get underway this week. Here are my auto-bid guesses for conferences that begin postseason prior to next week.

    Since seedings are still uncertain for leagues with regular season games left to play, I won’t tackle those right now. Perhaps next weekend...

    For reference, here are brackets and schedules.

    (If projected winner is not top seed, that team is noted in parentheses).
    America East
    : Vermont
    Atlantic Sun: Florida Gulf Coast
    Big South: Coastal Carolina (High Point)
    Colonial: Towson (Delaware)
    Horizon: Green Bay
    MAAC: Manhattan (Iona)
    Missouri Valley: Wichita State
    Northeast: Bryant (Robert Morris)
    Ohio Valley: Belmont
    Patriot: Boston U
    Southern: Davidson
    Summit: North Dakota State
    West Coast: Gonzaga

    Harvard can clinch Ivy outright with one win in final two games. (Ivy does not hold postseason tournament).

    (Note: My success rate at predicting auto-bids is fairly low but oh well...)


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    Re: Championship Week: Auto-bid Madness

    Nice work cyclones500. My cinderella team this year is the 20-6 Incarnate Word Cardinals of the Southland. I believe it's their first season in Division 1. That has to be the oddest sounding team name this side of NJIT (New Jersey Institute of Technology).



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    Re: Championship Week: Auto-bid Madness

    Outside of someone upsetting Gonzaga/BYU or Wichita State, are there really any league's with a potential bid stealer this year?



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    Re: Championship Week: Auto-bid Madness

    Quote Originally Posted by MNCyGuy View Post
    Outside of someone upsetting Gonzaga/BYU or Wichita State, are there really any league's with a potential bid stealer this year?
    Green Bay and Southern Miss, but that is a huge longshot.

    We had a contest last year to predict the conference champs, we should do that this year


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    Re: Championship Week: Auto-bid Madness

    There's always 1 or 2 teams that come out of nowhere to win their conference tourney. That's the beauty of March Madness. Any team in the mid-majors can grab a tourney spot if they get hot at the right time.



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    Re: Championship Week: Auto-bid Madness

    Quote Originally Posted by IHavNoCyCash View Post
    Green Bay and Southern Miss, but that is a huge longshot.

    We had a contest last year to predict the conference champs, we should do that this year
    I'd be in for that.

    If so, I can work on the rest of my autos pre-bracketing.


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    Re: Championship Week: Auto-bid Madness

    Quote Originally Posted by IHavNoCyCash View Post
    Green Bay and Southern Miss, but that is a huge longshot.
    True, list is pretty thin this year for multi-bid "mid-major" leagues.


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    Re: Championship Week: Auto-bid Madness

    Quote Originally Posted by IHavNoCyCash View Post
    We had a contest last year to predict the conference champs, we should do that this year
    For anyone who wants to participate in the contest, here’s the blank slate. We’d probably have to get rolling on it asap in case there are early upsets. I thought about setting up something about a week ago then failed to do so.

    To clarify for those perhaps unaware — this is auto-bid, conference tournament champions, not regular-season winners (Exception: Ivy League)

    America East: 
    American: 
    Atlantic 10:
    ACC: 
    Atlantic Sun: 
    Big 12:
    Big East:
    Big Sky:
    Big South: 
    Big Ten:
    Big West: 
    Colonial:
    Conference USA: 
    Horizon:
    Ivy:
    Metro Atlantic: 
    Mid-American: 
    Mid-Eastern: 
    Missouri Valley:
    Mountain West: 
    Northeast:
    Ohio Valley:
    Pac-12: 
    Patriot:
    SEC: 
    Southern: 
    Soutland: 
    SWAC: 
    Summit:
    Sun Belt: 
    West Coast:
    WAC: 

    Note on SWAC: Four teams are ineligible to be auto-qualifier: Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Grambling, Mississippi Valley State and Southern ... but all are allowed in the conference tournament -- auto bid will go to team that advances furthest; tiebreaker is tournament seeding.


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    Quote Originally Posted by DiehardClone View Post
    That has to be the oddest sounding team name this side of NJIT (New Jersey Institute of Technology).
    I don't think NJIT is as strange as IUPUI: Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.



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    Re: Championship Week: Auto-bid Madness

    America East: Vermont
    American: Louisville
    Atlantic 10: UMASS
    ACC: Duke
    Atlantic Sun: Mercer
    Big 12: Kansas
    Big East: Villanova
    Big Sky: Weber State
    Big South: Winthrop
    Big Ten: MSU
    Big West: UC Santa Barbara
    Colonial: Delaware
    Conference USA: La Tech
    Horizon: Green Bay
    Ivy: Harvard
    Metro Atlantic: Iona
    Mid-American: Toledo
    Mid-Eastern: North Carolina Central
    Missouri Valley: Indiana State
    Mountain West: SDSU
    Northeast: Wagner
    Ohio Valley: Belmont
    Pac-12: Arizona
    Patriot: Bucknell
    SEC: Florida
    Southern: Davidson
    Soutland: Stephen F. Austin
    SWAC: Southern
    Summit: NDSU
    Sun Belt: Georgia St.
    West Coast: BYU
    WAC: New Mexico State



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    America East: Stony Brook
    American: Louisville
    Atlantic 10: VCU
    ACC: Syracuse
    Atlantic Sun: FGCU
    Big 12: Kansas
    Big East: Nova
    Big Sky: North Dakota
    Big South: VMI
    Big Ten: Wisconsin
    Big West: UC Santa Barbara
    Colonial: Delaware
    Conference USA: La Tech
    Horizon: Green Bay
    Ivy: Harvard
    Metro Atlantic: Iona
    Mid-American: Western Michigan
    Mid-Eastern: North Carolina Central
    Missouri Valley: Wichita St
    Mountain West: New Mexico
    Northeast: Central Connecticut State
    Ohio Valley: Belmont
    Pac-12: UCLA
    Patriot: Bucknell
    SEC: Florida
    Southern: Davidson
    Soutland: Stephen F. Austin
    SWAC: Southern
    Summit: NDSU
    Sun Belt: Georgia St.
    West Coast: BYU
    WAC: New Mexico State



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    Re: Championship Week: Auto-bid Madness

    Quote Originally Posted by DiehardClone View Post
    My cinderella team this year is the 20-6 Incarnate Word Cardinals of the Southland. I believe it's their first season in Division 1.
    They are not eligible for the tourney until 2018.



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    Re: Championship Week: Auto-bid Madness

    America East: Vermont
    American: UConn
    Atlantic 10: VCU
    ACC: Duke
    Atlantic Sun: Florida Gulf Coast
    Big 12: Kansas
    Big East: Villanova
    Big Sky: Weber State
    Big South: Coastal Carolina
    Big Ten: Michigan State
    Big West: UCSB
    Colonial: Towson
    Conference USA: UTEP
    Horizon: Green Bay
    Ivy: Harvard
    Metro Atlantic: Manhattan
    Mid-American: Toledo
    Mid-Eastern: N.C. Central
    Missouri Valley: Wichita State
    Mountain West: San Diego State
    Northeast: Bryant
    Ohio Valley: Belmont
    Pac-12: UCLA
    Patriot: Boston U
    SEC: Florida
    Southern: Davidson
    Soutland: Stephen F. Austin
    SWAC: Texas Southern
    Summit: North Dakota State
    Sun Belt: Western Kentucky
    West Coast: Gonzaga
    WAC: New Mexico State


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    Re: Championship Week: Auto-bid Madness

    Additional note on SWAC: Since Southern and three others are ineligible, but can play in conference tournament, do we score auto-bid as the team that wins or team that receives the auto-bid?

    Here's how it will work as far as NCAA qualifier: SWAC allows ineligible teams to play in conference tournament

    I did mine as NCAA-qualifier, so I didn't rule out Southern winning conference tournament. (Or, for simplicity, we could have it both ways, I guess)


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    Re: Championship Week: Auto-bid Madness

    Quote Originally Posted by JD720 View Post
    They are not eligible for the tourney until 2018.
    True. A few other new D-1 teams aren't eligible this year, too, because of transition, but can't find list at quick glance.


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