Several conferences wrapped up tournament play on Tuesday. The winners of the championship games will get automatic bids to the NCAA Tournament, while the losers can hope for an at-large bid if they’ve put together a solid case throughout the regular season. Let’s take a look at how Tuesday’s results will affect bracketology projections ahead of Selection Sunday.
Key games for bracketology on March 7
Gonzaga 77, Saint Mary’s 51
The Zags got the advantage in this series with a huge win over Saint Mary’s in Las Vegas. The Gaels will drop after this loss, though they will remain in the tournament with an at-large bid, while Gonzaga will hope to get a No. 2 seed at the highest. The Bulldogs are more likely to end up with a No. 3 seed, while we can expect to see Saint Mary’s in the 6-7 seed range.
Oral Roberts 92, NDSU 58
The 2021 March Madness darlings are back in the tourney. You’ll remember ORU from their legendary Sweet Sixteen run as a No. 15 seed, and with a crushing victory in the Summit League Championship, the Golden Eagles are back in the Big Dance. We can expect to see them in the 12-13 seed range this year.
Charleston 63, UNCW 58
Charleston, the early-season Cinderella, has clawed their way back up to the top and will head to the NCAA Tournament after winning the CAA Conference Final. The Cougars now have a whopping 31 wins under their belt this season, and will enter the tournament in the 12-13 seed range to get battle-tested against much bigger programs.
Other teams that received an automatic bid on Tuesday: Northern Kentucky 63, Cleveland State 61 in Horizon League final, Merrimack 67, Fairleigh Dickinson 66 in Northeast Conference final