Who’s in the field?

Amelia Rayno fills in the blanks for the 68-team field:

Automatics (32)

Conference School

Ivy League Harvard

Ohio Valley Belmont

Atlantic Sun North Florida

Big South Coastal Carolina

Missouri Valley Northern Iowa

Colonial Athletic Northeastern

Metro Atlantic Ath. Manhattan

Southern Wofford

Horizon Valparaiso

Northeast Robert Morris

Summit North Dakota State

West Coast Gonzaga

Patriot Lafayette

America East Albany

Atlantic Coast UNC/Notre Dame

Big East Villanova/Xavier

Big Sky Montana/E. Washington

Big 12 Iowa State

Big West Hawaii/UC Irvine

Conference USA UAB

Mid-American Buffalo/CMU

Mid-Eastern Athletic Hampton

Mountain West Wyoming

Pac-12 Arizona/Oregon

Southland Sam Houston/SF Austin

SWAC Texas Southern

WAC Seattle/New Mexico State

American Athletic SMU/UConn

Atlantic 10 VCU/Dayton

Big Ten Wisconsin/MSU

Southeastern Kentucky/Ark.

Sun Belt Ga. State/Ga. Southern

At large (36)

Big Ten (6): Wisconsin or Michigan State, Iowa, Indiana, Purdue, Ohio State, Maryland

Big 12 (5): Kansas, Texas, West Virginia, Baylor, Oklahoma

ACC (5): North Carolina or Notre Dame, Duke, North Carolina State, Louisville, Virginia

Big East (4): Villanova or Xaxier, Butler, St. John’s, Providence

Atlantic 10 (3): VCU or Dayton, Davidson, Richmond

American Athletic (3): SMU or UConn, Tulsa, Cincinnati

SEC (2): Kentucky or Arkansas, LSU

Mountain West (2): San Diego State, Colorado State

Pac-12 (2): Arizona or Oregon, Utah

Missouri Valley (1): Wichita State

Conference USA (1): Old Dominion

MAAC (1): Iona

Mountain West (1): Boise State

Ohio Valley (1): Murray State

The No. 1 seeds

Kentucky: No surprises here. After knocking off Auburn on Saturday, the Wildcats remain the only undefeated team in the country and will likely head to the NCAA tournament trying to do something that hasn’t been done in nearly 40 years.

Virginia: The Cavaliers fell to North Carolina in the ACC semifinals on Friday night, but after a season of dominance, the regular-season champs for the second straight year and the owners of college basketball’s No. 1 defense probably won’t be budging from the top line.

Villanova: Some may disagree with the Wildcats’ spot among the elite, but those who have been paying attention see good cause. While Villanova isn’t “sexy,” as coach Jay Wright says, the roster is built on experience and balance.

Wisconsin: If the Badgers win the Big Ten tournament — and there’s every sign they will — Wisconsin should reach the pinnacle it’s strived for all season after losing to Kentucky in the Final Four last year. Wisconsin had the highest of expectations coming into this season, but if anything, its surpassed them.

 

tournament dates

Sunday: Selection show (5 p.m., Ch. 4)

Tuesday-Wednesday: First Four games in Dayton, Ohio

Thursday-Sunday: Second- and third-round games

March 26-29: Regional semifinals and finals in Cleveland, Los Angeles, Houston and Syracuse, N.Y.

April 4, 6: Final Four in Indianapolis