1. Sports
Send to a Friend via Email

Your suggestion is on its way!

An email with a link to:

http://basketball.about.com/od/ncaatournament/a/automaticbids.htm

was emailed to:

Thanks for sharing About.com with others!

You can opt-out at any time. Please refer to our privacy policy for contact information.

2010 NCAA Tournament: Automatic Bids

When these conferences crown their champs, 31 of 65 brackets will be occupied.

By

SYRACUSE, NY - MARCH 25: Fans of the Cornell Big Red cheer for Cornell against the Kentucky Wildcats during the east regional semifinal of the 2010 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Carrier Dome on March 25, 2010 in Syracuse, New York.
Jim McIsaac / Getty Images
Updated May 07, 2014
When the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee convenes on Selection Sunday, their work is nearly half-done. Of the 65 spots in your bracket, 31 are automatically assigned to conference champions -- leaving 34 spots for "at large" teams to be selected on their relative merits.

The following conferences will all receive automatic bids to the 2010 NCAA Tournament. All but the Ivy League will hold tournaments in early March to crown champions; the Ivy League's bid goes to the team with the best regular season record.

Automatic Bids: 2012 NCAA Tournament

With Championship Week in full swing, eight teams have already earned their invitations to the Big Dance, including 2012 Final Four surprise Virginia Commonwealth.

Conferences with Automatic Bids

  1. America East Conference
  2. Atlantic 10 Conference
  3. Atlantic Coast Conference
  4. Atlantic Sun Conference
  5. Big 12 Conference
  6. Big East Conference
  7. Big Sky Conference
  8. Big South Conference
  9. Big Ten Conference
  10. Big West Conference
  11. Colonial Athletic Association
  12. Conference USA
  13. Horizon League
  14. Ivy League
  15. Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
  16. Mid-American Conference
  17. Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
  18. Missouri Valley Conference
  19. Mountain West Conference
  20. Northeast Conference
  21. Ohio Valley Conference
  22. Pac-10 Conference
  23. Patriot League
  24. Southeastern Conference
  25. Southern Conference
  26. Southland Conference
  27. Southwestern Athletic Conference
  28. Summit League
  29. Sun Belt Conference
  30. West Coast Conference
  31. Western Athletic Conference
  1. About.com
  2. Sports
  3. NBA
  4. College Basketball
  5. NCAA Tournament
  6. 2010 NCAA Tournament: Automatic Bids

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.