Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Predicted 2009 NCAA Tourney Auto-bids

Here's the fourteen teams I think that will get into the NCAA tournament entirely on the strength of winning their conference tourney.

Nevada (WAC):
Belmont (Atlantic Sun):
Cornell (Ivy):
North Dakota State (Summitt):
Montana (Big Sky):
Hartford (America East):
Morgan State (MEAC):
American (Patriot):
Central Connecticut St. (NEC):
Murray State (OVC):
UNC-Asheville (Big South):
Pacific (Big West ):
Stephen F. Austin (Southland):
Alabama State (SWAC):

Additional thought:
I've ordered these in a list of relative strength, from those at the bottom who will land #16 seeds to those at the top who just might snag a #13 seed. Also, I think this is going to be a rough year for the WAC, not that they won't get multiple teams in the postseason tournaments, but I think it's a pretty sure bet that only the Western Athletic Conference-tourney winner is going to the Big Dance.


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