Reporter Amelia Rayno fills in the blanks for the 68-team field.


automatic qualifiers (31)

League School

America East Albany (N.Y.)

ACC Miami or North Carolina

Atlantic Sun Florida Gulf Coast

Atlantic 10 Saint Louis or VCU

Big East Louisville

Big Sky Montana

Big South Liberty

Big Ten Wisconsin or Ohio State

Big 12 Kansas

Big West UC Irvine or Pacific

Colonial James Madison

Conference USA Memphis

Horizon League Valparaiso

Ivy League Harvard

Metro-Atlantic Iona

Mid-American Akron

MEAC North Carolina A&T

Missouri Valley Creighton

Mountain West New Mexico

Northeast LIU-Brooklyn

Ohio Valley Belmont

Pac-12 Oregon

Patriot League Bucknell

SEC Florida or Ole Miss

Southern Davidson

Southland Northwestern State

Summit League South Dakota State

SWAC Southern

Sun Belt Western Kentucky

West Coast Gonzaga

WAC N.M. State or Texas-Arlington



Big East (7): Syracuse, Georgetown, Marquette, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Villanova

Big Ten (6): Wisconsin or Ohio State, Indiana, Michigan State, Michigan, Illinois, Minnesota

Pac-12 (4): UCLA, Arizona, Colorado, California

Mountain West (4): UNLV, San Diego State, Colorado State, Boise State

Big 12 (4): Kansas State, Oklahoma State, Oklahom a, Iowa State

Atlantic 10 (4): Saint Louis or VCU, Butler, Temple, La Salle

ACC (3): Miami or North Carolina, Duke, North Carolina State

SEC (2): Florida or Ole Miss, Missouri

Missouri Valley (1): Wichita State

Conference USA (1): Southern Miss

West Coast (1): St. Mary’s


The No. 1 seeds


There is plenty of controversy about whether the Zags should get a No. 1 but very little doubt that they will. The Bulldogs’ competition has been light this season, sure, but they haven’t slipped up, either, easier said than done.


– after plowing through a tough Big Ten -- Indiana just needs to prove its not exhausted.


Just to remind us of the exciting season of hoops this has been, the Cardinals pulled off a significant turnaround in their conference championship on Saturday, falling behind Syracuse by 15 before charging back. Yeah, this tournament should be interesting.


Let’s take a gander at the credentials: The Blue Devils have the No. 1 RPI in the country, No. 1 strength of schedule and rank seventh in the nation in scoring. With Ryan Kelly back and rolling, Duke has claimed its spot.


tournament dates

Tuesday, Wednesday: First Four in Dayton, Ohio

Thursday-next Sunday: Second- and third-round games

March 28-31: Regional semifinals and finals in Washington, Los Angeles, Indianapolis and Arlington, Texas

April 6, 8: Final Four at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta