Conference tournaments are here, and that means it’s time to start counting the automatic bids to the Big Dance. 

The 2022-23 NCAA men’s basketball tournament will have 32 automatic bids that will be decided between now and Selection Sunday on March 12. Six of those bids have been decided. and five more will be decided Tuesday. A look at those games: 

Northeast*Fairleigh Dickinson vs. Merrimack7 p.m.ESPN2
HorizonNorthern Kentucky vs. Cleveland State7 p.m. ESPN
CAACharleston vs. UNC-Wilmington7 p.m.CBSSN
West CoastGonzaga (27-5) vs. Saint Mary’s (26-6)9 p.m. ESPN
SummitOral Roberts (29-4) vs. North Dakota State (16-16)9 p.m.ESPN2

Fairleigh Dickinson is in tournament because Merrimack is reclassifying from Division II and is ineligible for the tournament. The other 36 at-large bids will be ticketed during the Selection Show on March 12.

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Here’s a look at the full conference tournament schedule (in alphabetical order). The list below will be updated as teams clinch those automatic bids to the NCAA tournament.

2023 NCAA Tournament automatic bids

TournamentDatesConference champion
America EastMarch 4-11 
AACMarch 10-12 
Atlantic 10March 8-12 
ACCMarch 8-11 
Atlantic SunFeb. 27-March 5Kennesaw State (26-8)
Big 12March 8-11 
Big EastMarch 8-11 
Big SkyMarch 4-8 
Big SouthMarch 1-5UNC-Asheville (27-7)
Big TenMarch 8-12 
Big WestMarch 7-11 
CAAMarch 3-7Charleston (30-3) vs. UNC-Wilmington (24-9)
C-USAMarch 9-11 
HorizonMarch 2-7Northern Kentucky (21-12) vs. Cleveland State (21-12)
Ivy LeagueMarch 11-12 
MAACMarch 7-11 
MACMarch 7-11 
MEACMarch 8-11 
MVCMarch 4-5Drake (27-7)
Mountain WestMarch 9-11 
NortheastMarch 1-7Fairleigh Dickinson (19-14)
OVCMarch 1-4Southeast Missouri State (19-16)
Pac-12March 8-11 
Patriot March 2-8 
SECMarch 8-12 
SouthernMarch 3-6Furman (27-7)
SouthlandMarch 5-8 
SWACMarch 8-11 
SummitMarch 4-7Oral Roberts (29-4) vs. North Dakota State (16-16)
Sun BeltMarch 1-6Louisiana (26-7)
West CoastMarch 3-7Gonzaga (27-5) vs. Saint Mary’s (26-6)
WACMarch 7-11 

After Selection Sunday, the First Four games will tip off March Madness on March 14. The real first round begins after that, on March 16. The second round follows from March 18-19. This year’s Final Four is at the NRG Stadium in Houston from April 1-3. 

Until the final bracket is released, follow SN’s expert predictions in our Field of 68 projections released leading into Selection Sunday.

NCAA Tournament bracket predictions

Here are Sporting News’ latest March Madness bracket predictions, according to Bill Bender: March Madness Bracket Predictions 7.0.

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