March Madness 2012: Automatic Bids To NCAA Tournament

Something exciting started happening today: the first automatic bids to the NCAA Tournament were handed out.

The Murray State Racers won the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament, making official what we’ve known for a long time now, which is that the Racers are going dancing. UNC-Asheville also won their conference tournament, earning the Big South’s automatic bid to the dance.

Over the next seven days, 29 more automatic bids will be doled out. Below is a handy table to keep them all straight. We’ll update it as the bids are handed out, leading up to the 2012 NCAA Tournament.

2012 Automatic Bids to NCAA Tournament

Conference Team Record
America East Conference Vermont Catamounts 23-11 (13-3)
Atlantic 10 Conference St. Bonaventure Bonnies 20-11 (10-6)
Atlantic Coast Conference Florida State Seminoles 24-9 (10-4)
Atlantic Sun Conference Belmont Bruins 27-7 (16-2)
Big 12 Conference Missouri Tigers 30-4 (14-4)
Big East Conference Louisville Cardinals 26-9 (10-8)
Big Sky Conference Montana Grizzlies 25-6 (15-1)
Big South Conference UNC Asheville Bulldogs 24-9 (16-2)
Big 10 Conference Michigan State Spartans 27-7 (13-5)
Big West Conference Long Beach State 49ers 25-8 (15-1)
Colonial Athletic Association VCU Rams 28-6 (15-3)
Conference USA Memphis Tigers 26-8 (13-3)
Horizon League Detroit Titans 22-13 (11-7)
Ivy League Harvard Crimson 26-4 (12-2)
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Loyola (MD) Greyhounds 24-8 (13-5)
Mid-American Conference Ohio Bobcats 27-7 (11-5)
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Norfolk St Spartans 25-9 (13-3)
Missouri Valley Conference Creighton Blue Jays 28-5 (14-4)
Mountain West Conference New Mexico Lobos 27-6 (10-4)
Northeast Conference LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds 25-8 (16-2)
Ohio Valley Conference Murray State Racers 30-1 (15-1)
Pac-12 Conference Colorado Buffaloes 23-11 (11-7)
Patriot League Lehigh Mountain Hawks 26-7 (11-3)
Southeastern Conference Vanderbilt Commodores 24-10 (10-6)
Southern Conference Davidson Wildcats 25-7 (16-2)
Southland Conference Lamar Cardinals 23-11 (11-5)
Southwestern Athletic Conference Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils 22-12 (17-1)
Summit League South Dakota State 27-7 (15-3)
Sun Belt Conference Western Kentucky 15-18 (7-9)
West Coast Conference St. Mary's Gaels 27-5 (14-2)
Western Athletic Conference New Mexico State Aggies 26-9 (10-4)


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