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What Are March Madness Automatic Bids?

Before the spring flowers bloom, we plant ourselves on the couch to watch college basketball's most anticipated tournament -- March Madness.

The elimination-style bracket features 68 of the nation's best with half receiving NCAA tournament automatic bids. So, how do they decide who gets the March Madness automatic bids? And which teams have earned one for 2023? 

What Are Automatic Bids For March Madness?

There are 32 automatic bids to be handed out annually, divided between the 32 divisions in college basketball. At the end of the regular season, programs battle on the court during their respective conference tournaments that are played over a week span. The winner of the conference tournament punches their ticket and is awarded one of the automatic bids and a chance to fight for the National Championship.

Teams are seeded in these tournaments based on regular season records. As expected, the better your record then the higher you will be seeded and will receive a bye through one or two rounds. This is a massive bonus because any chance for extra rest and preparation can lend a hand in getting you a coveted automatic bid. Division 1 conference tournaments are wrapping up this weekend, with selection Sunday scheduled for March 12. Once the brackets are set, you'll be able to place your tournament picks

march Madness Automatic Bids 2023

Which Teams Have Earned 2023 Automatic Bid?
ConferenceAutomatic BidChampionship Date
America EastVermontMarch 11, 11 a.m. ET
American AthleticMemphisMarch 12, 3:15 p.m. ET
Atlantic 10VCUMarch 12, 1 p.m. ET
ACCDukeMarch 11, 8:30 p.m. ET
ASUNKennesaw StateMarch 5, 3 p.m. ET
Big 12TexasMarch 11, 6 p.m. ET
Big EastMarquetteMarch 11, 6:30 p.m. ET
Big SkyMontana StateMarch 8, 11:30 p.m. ET
Big SouthUNC-AshevilleMarch 5, 1 p.m. ET
Big TenPurdueMarch 12, 3:30 p.m. ET
Big WestUC Santa BarbaraMarch 11, 9:30 p.m. ET
CAACollege of CharlestonMarch 7, 7 p.m. ET
Conference USAFlorida AtlanticMarch 11, 8:30 p.m. ET
Horizon LeagueNorthern KentuckyMarch 7, 7 p.m. ET
Ivy LeaguePrincetonMarch 12, 12 p.m. ET
MAACIonaMarch 11, 7:30 p.m. ET
MACToledoMarch 11, 7:30 p.m. ET
MEACHowardMarch 11, 1 p.m. ET
Missouri ValleyDrakeMarch 5, 2 p.m. ET
Mountain WestSan Diego StateMarch 11, 6 p.m. ET
NortheastFairleigh DickinsonMarch 7, 7 p.m. ET
Ohio ValleySoutheast Missouri StateMarch 4, 8 p.m. ET
Pac-12ArizonaMarch 11, 10:30 p.m. ET
Patriot LeagueColgateMarch 8, 7:30 p.m. ET
SECAlabamaMarch 12, 1 p.m. ET
SouthernFurmanMarch 6, 7 p.m. ET
SouthlandTexas A&M - Corpus ChristiMarch 8, 5 p.m. ET
SWACTexas SouthernMarch 11, 5:30 p.m. ET
Summit LeagueOral RobertsMarch 7, 9 p.m. ET
Sun BeltLouisianaMarch 6, 7 p.m. ET
West CoastGonzagaMarch 7, 9 p.m. ET
WACGrand CanyonMarch 11,11:30 p.m. ET

Automatic Bids FAQ

What Is A March Madness Automatic Bid?

An automatic bid is awarded to the 32 champions from the conference tournaments in college basketball. The automatic bid will earn the team a guaranteed spot in the March Madness tournament, which features 68 teams in an elimination-style bracket tournament.

What Is Selection Sunday For March Madness?

Selection Sunday is a broadcast once all conference tournaments have been accounted for. During the selection show, all 68 teams for the upcoming March Madness will be announced and the bracket will be revealed. Once the bracket is set, take a peek at our KenPom Ratings to look at the round-robin from a novice bettor perspective.

How Does A Team Get An Automatic Bid?

Win. If a group wants to secure their automatic bid to March Madness, they need to win their respective conference tournament. This will be easier to do if they carry a solid regular season record, which will seed them higher in the conference tournament and give them byes through one or two rounds. Keep in mind, winning a conference championship will not alter March Madness seeding. 

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