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Bracketology: Several bids to be sewn up today

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This is going to be a busy day for the selection committee as 14 more teams automatically qualify for the NCAA Tournament. There aren't any opportunities for someone to steal a bid though. That will have to wait for tomorrow, maybe.

That's because teams that can steal a bid all face conference semifinal matchups today. North Carolina State picked up its biggest win of the season by far when it beat Syracuse on Friday. Now the Wolfpack gets a shot at Duke. A win could give them at-large consideration, but the only sure thing for them is to win on Sunday.

St. Bonaventure has no at-large hopes. The Bonnies need to win it all. They knocked off top seed Saint Louis in the A-10 tournament and now faces St. Joseph's in the semifinals.

Georgia finished tied for second in the SEC and did so without a win over a higher rated team than Missouri (currently 50th). That's pretty much all you need to know about the SEC this year, and why the Bulldogs have no hope of an at-large berth. However, if they beat Kentucky and (likely) Florida, they can steal a bid from someone.

So far, a whopping 16 teams that were the top seed in their conference tournaments have lost, and only four have won bids. Seven more try to win their leagues today, including potential No. 1 seed Arizona, who faces UCLA for the Pac-12 title.

Also, we have the rubber match between San Diego State and New Mexico in the Mountain West tournament, which may look more like rugby than basketball.

Stephen F. Austin plays Sam Houston (not in one on one) for the Southland title as the Lumberjacks try to avoid becoming the team with the best record to be left out of the tournament in the past 20 years.

The Conference USA title will be decided between top seed Louisiana Tech and Tulsa. Golden Hurricane coach Danny Manning is looking to get to the NCAA tournament for the first time as a coach.

Other top seeds looking for titles today are Weber State (Big Sky), Western Michigan (MAC) and North Carolina Central (Mid-Eastern).

In the SWAC, Prairie View A&M, with a current RPI of 301, will look to break the record for the worst RPI ranking ever in the tournament when they take on Texas Southern today. The current record is 287, which was Liberty's RPI ranking last year after winning the Big South title.

The Big West champion will also end up in Dayton. That match up is No. 5 seed Cal State Northridge vs seventh seed Cal Poly.

And finally, just for fun because both teams in each game are in already, we have the American title game between Louisville and Connecticut and the Big 12 championship featuring Iowa State and Baylor.

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