NCAA Tournament Locks and Conference Finals (3/9 edition)

March 09, 2011 |


    Here we are just a few days from selection Sunday. The major conference tournaments are beginning to get underway, giving the bubble teams one last chance to make their case. Isn’t it wonderful.

  The last couple of days ended the drama for a few teams. It seemed like just a couple of weeks ago that pundits were saying Butler and Gonzaga both might miss the tournament. I guess we don’t have to worry about that pair of Bulldogs staying home.

2011 NCAA Tournament                      

Certain At-Large Locks (33)                           Automatic Bids(13)

Xavier (OH)                                                               UNC-Asheville

Temple                                                                       Belmont

Duke                                                                           Morehead State

N. Carolina                                                              Indiana State

Kansas                                                                      St. Peter’s

Texas                                                                         Gonzaga

Texas A&M                                                            Old Dominion

Kansas State                                                             Wofford

Missouri                                                                      Butler

Pitt                                                                                 Oakland (MI)

Notre Dame                                                           Arkansas-Little Rock

Louisville                                                              Long Island/Robert Morris

Syracuse                                                                Montana/N. Colorado

St. John’s

West Virginia





Ohio State



George Mason


San Diego State








Utah State


   Until the bubble teams start playing in their conference tournaments we won’t be able to add any to the At-Large locks. We are steadily adding numbers to the automatic bid side. In addition to Butler and the Zags, Ark-Little Rock played themselves into a probable play-in game with their surprising run to the Sun Belt title.

    Don’t sleep on Oakland University. They have tournament experience from last year, so they won’t be in awe. They have an NBA type big man, and quality shooters. They will probably be a 13 seed and could give somebody some trouble. Two more bids will go out tonight. Both will be low seeds.  Robert Morris tries to get back to the tournament with a new coach after putting a serious scare into Villanova last year; while Northern Colorado might make the tournament in only their 5th year as a D1 team.