2016 NCAA Tournament: Teams with March Madness automatic bids









Conference tournament week has arrived in college basketball and Selection Sunday is less than a week away. Here's a list of which teams have locked up bids to the Big Dance.

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Its almost time to dance.
With Selection Sunday just days away and tip-off of the 2016 NCAA Tournament next week, its officially time to start using the best two words in sports lexicon: March Madness.
In a season that holds no true favorite to cut down the nets, its anyones tournament. That means conference championship week holds extra weight than in any recent year. Unlike when a dominant Kentucky or Duke hovers over the field, the 2015-16 season has changed the narrative and given hope to any team--big conference to mid-major to No. 16 seed--for something special to happen when the tournament tips.

How will the New Jersey schools do? Can Seton Hall secure excellent seeding? Does Monmouth need to win a rubber match vs. Iona to secure a berth in a magical year for the school and program? Will Villanova take care of business in the Big East and secure the No. 1 overall seed in the bracket?
As we await the unveiling of the 2016 bracket on Sunday evening, heres a list of teams that can rest easy through the magic of winning a conference tournament and be assured of an invitation to the big dance:
MISSOURI VALLEY: Northern Iowa
BIG SOUTH: UNC Asheville 
ATLANTIC SUN: Florida Gulf Coast
IVY: Yale
OHIO VALLEY: Austin Peay
METRO ATLANTIC: Iona
COLONIAL: UNC Wilmington
SOUTHERN: Chattanooga
HORIZON: Green Bay
NORTHEAST: Fairleigh Dickinson
By Selection Sunday, the committee will have to sort out the conference champions with automatic bids, at-large teams undoubtably in the dance and an array of bubble teams that will be waiting and hoping for an invitation to do damage in a wide-open field. 
Joe Giglio may be reached at . Follow him on Twitter @JoeGiglioSports. Find on Facebook.





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Conference tournament week has arrived in college basketball and Selection Sunday is less than a week away. Here's a list of which teams have locked up bids to the Big Dance.

Watch video




Its almost time to dance.
With Selection Sunday just days away and tip-off of the 2016 NCAA Tournament next week, its officially time to start using the best two words in sports lexicon: March Madness.
In a season that holds no true favorite to cut down the nets, its anyones tournament. That means conference championship week holds extra weight than in any recent year. Unlike when a dominant Kentucky or Duke hovers over the field, the 2015-16 season has changed the narrative and given hope to any team--big conference to mid-major to No. 16 seed--for something special to happen when the tournament tips.

How will the New Jersey schools do? Can Seton Hall secure excellent seeding? Does Monmouth need to win a rubber match vs. Iona to secure a berth in a magical year for the school and program? Will Villanova take care of business in the Big East and secure the No. 1 overall seed in the bracket?
As we await the unveiling of the 2016 bracket on Sunday evening, heres a list of teams that can rest easy through the magic of winning a conference tournament and be assured of an invitation to the big dance:
MISSOURI VALLEY: Northern Iowa
BIG SOUTH: UNC Asheville 
ATLANTIC SUN: Florida Gulf Coast
IVY: Yale
OHIO VALLEY: Austin Peay
METRO ATLANTIC: Iona
COLONIAL: UNC Wilmington
SOUTHERN: Chattanooga
HORIZON: Green Bay
NORTHEAST: Fairleigh Dickinson
By Selection Sunday, the committee will have to sort out the conference champions with automatic bids, at-large teams undoubtably in the dance and an array of bubble teams that will be waiting and hoping for an invitation to do damage in a wide-open field. 
Joe Giglio may be reached at jgiglio@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @JoeGiglioSports. Find NJ.com on Facebook.





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