There wasn't quite enough on Monday night for a full Morning News post, so I'm just going to post a bubble watch today.
That said, things pick up each day during Championship Week. Today the first major conference tournament tips off, with the ACC tournament starting at 1 PM eastern. And the bubble battles will really start going tomorrow.
While the bubble didn't change last night, we did have three new teams earn auto bids: Manhattan (MAAC), Northeastern (Colonial) and Wofford (SoCon). That pushes us to 29 locks, and we'll add at least three more tomorrow (if Gonzaga loses the WCC title game we'll add a fourth).
The bubble remains 14 teams fighting for 9 spots.
Here is how the bubble stands as we head into Tuesday, March 10th:
Tournament locks (29 teams):
SMU, Duke, Louisville, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Virginia, North Florida, Butler, Georgetown, Villanova, Coastal Carolina, Maryland,
Wisconsin, Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Northeastern, Manhattan, Northern Iowa, Wichita State, Belmont, Arizona,
Utah, Arkansas, Kentucky, Wofford, Gonzaga
Automatic bids yet to be awarded (25, of which 18 are not projected to be won by teams currently locked into the Tournament):
AAC, America East, ACC, A-10, Big East, Big Sky, Big Ten, Big 12, Big West, CUSA, Horizon, Ivy, MAC, MEAC, MWC, NEC, Pac-12, Patriot, SEC, Southland,
Summit, Sun Belt, SWAC, WCC, WAC
Teams that look safe (4):
Cincinnati, Providence, Michigan State, San Diego State
Teams definitely in the Tournament... for now (11):
Davidson, Dayton, Temple, VCU, St. John's, Xavier, Iowa,
Ohio State, Purdue, Colorado State, Georgia
The Bubble (14 teams for 9 bids):
Tulsa, Miami, NC State, Illinois, Indiana, Oklahoma State, Texas,
Boise State, UCLA, Oregon, LSU, Mississippi,
Texas A&M, BYU
Best of the rest (7):
Pittsburgh, Rhode Island, Richmond, UMass, Old Dominion, Louisiana Tech, Stanford
Long shots (15):
Connecticut, Clemson, George Washington, Kansas
State, UTEP, Green Bay, Iona, Buffalo, Central Michigan, Murray State, Arizona State, Alabama, Florida,
Vanderbilt, Stephen F. Austin