March Madness bracket tracker: Updated automatic bids for 2024 NCAA Tournament

Conference tournaments have started – and that means March Madness is here. 

The 2023-24 NCAA men’s basketball tournament will have 32 automatic bids. A handful of conference tournaments have started, and the first four automatic bids will be set this weekend. 

The Ohio Valley Conference will have its tournament championship game on Saturday, and the Missouri Valley Conference, Big South and Atlantic Sun will have their conference championship games on Sunday. The other 28 bids will be part of conference championships week.  

Selection Sunday is March 17. This year’s Final Four is April 6-8 at State Farm Stadium in Phoenix. 

Until the final bracket is released, follow Sporting News’ automatic bid tracker here: 

MORE: Latest projections for men’s bracket | Women’s bracket

NCAA tournament automatic bids 2024

A total of 32 teams will have automatic bids in the 2024 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. A look at the conference tournament dates, championship games and television times for those 32 games that will determine automatic bids:  

All times Eastern 

CONFERENCE DATES CHAMP. TIME TV
America East March 9-16 March 16 11 a.m. ESPN2
American Athletic March 11-16 March 17 3:15 p.m. ESPN
Atlantic 10 March 12-17 March 17 1 p.m. CBS
ACC March 12-16 March 16 8:30 p.m. ESPN
Atlantic Sun March 4-10 March 10 2 p.m. ESPN2
Big 12 March 12-16 March 16 6 p.m. ESPN
Big East March 13-16 March 16 6:30 p.m. Fox
Big Sky March 9-13 March 13 11:30 p.m. ESPN2
Big South March 6-10 March 10 12 p.m. ESPN
Big Ten March 13-17 March 17 3:30 p.m. CBS
Big West March 13-16 March 16 9:30 p.m. ESPN
CAA March 8-12 March 12 7 p.m. CBSSN
C-USA March 12-16 March 16 8:30 p.m. CBSSN
Horizon March 5-12 March 12 7 p.m. ESPN/ESPN2
Ivy March 16-17 March 17 12 p.m. ESPN2
MAAC March 12-16 March 16 7:30 p.m. ESPNU
MAC March 14-16 March 16 7:30 p.m. ESPN2
MEAC March 13-16 March 16 1 p.m. ESPN2
MVC March 7-10 March 10 2 p.m. CBS
MWC March 13-16 March 16 6 p.m. TBD
Northeast March 6-12 March 12 7 p.m. ESPN2
OVC March 6-9 March 9 7 p.m. ESPN2
Pac-12 March 13-16 March 16 9 p.m. Fox
Patriot March 5-13 March 13 7 p.m. CBSSN
SEC March 13-17 March 17 1 p.m. ESPN
Southern March 9-11 March 11 7 p.m. ESPN
Southland March 10-13 March 13 5 p.m. ESPN2
SWAC March 13-16 March 16 9:30 p.m. TBD
Summit March 8-12 March 12 9:30 p.m CBSSN
Sun Belt March 5-11 March 11 6 p.m. ESPN2
WAC March 7-12 March 12 9 p.m. ESPN
West Coast March 13-16 March 16 11:30 p.m. ESPN2

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March Madness bracket predictions

Here are Sporting News’ latest March Madness bracket predictions, according to Bill Bender: March Madness bracket predictions 4.0

Projected No. 1 seeds in NCAA men’s basketball tournament 

SCHOOL RECORD
UConn 27-3
Purdue 27-3
Houston 27-3
Tennessee 26-4

Last four in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament 

SCHOOL RECORD
Colorado State 21-9
Saint John’s 18-12
Colorado  20-9
Providence 19-11

When is the NCAA Men’s Selection Show? 

The NCAA men’s tournament field consists of 68 teams. The 32 automatic bids and 36 at-large bids will be revealed on March 17 at 6 p.m. ET on CBS. 

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