Morning Madness: Tuesday, March 7
Here's what you need to know in college hoops for Tuesday, March 7.
You get an automatic bid! You get an automatic bid! Everyone gets an automatic bid!
OK, maybe not everyone is getting one. But three more tickets were punched for March Madness Monday night.
UNCW, ETSU and Iona are going to the NCAA tournament
UNCW took down College of Charleston in the CAA title game, Eastern Tennessee State survived UNC Greensboro for a 75-70 win in the Southern Conference championship and Iona took overtime to beat Siena 87-86 in the MAAC final.
That gives us seven automatic bids, out of 32 up for grabs. Keep track of all the tickets punched and see the full conference tournament schedule here.
Four more conferences, four more bids tonight
• Horizon League — Northern Kentucky vs. Milwaukee
• Northeast Conference — St. Francis (Pa.) vs. Mt. St. Mary's
• Summit League — South Dakota St. vs. Omaha
• West Coast Conference — Gonzaga vs. St. Mary's
Seven with something to prove
If winning your conference is too boring for you, there are still 36 at-large spots open for the tournament. A problem: There are a lot more than 36 teams after those spots. The competition is fierce. Nobody makes it on rep alone.
NCAA.com's Anthony Chiusano points out seven teams that have something to prove this week.
Take a trip down ACC memory lane
The ACC tournament begins today, so now is the perfect time to reminisce on past tournaments. Unless you're not a fan of fun. Which is also cool, I guess.
NCAA.com's Joe Boozell previews this year's field and offers up some of the most memorable moments in ACC tournament history here.
Explore the penultimate AP Top 25
The Week 18 rankings were released Monday afternoon:
Speaking of numbers, here's a handful
Five. Five more days until Selection Sunday. But that's not the only number. Not today.
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Before we go, here's another digit for you: One — the number of NCAA bracket games that are open now on our website.
Mark your calendar
Selection Sunday: March 12
First Four in Dayton: March 14, 15
First Thursday of the NCAA tournament: March 16
Final Four in Phoenix: April 1-3