Five more automatic bids will be handed out today before Greg Gumbel starts reading off the bracket on CBS this evening. In four of them, largely nothing about the bracket that the selection committee has constructed will change. Kentucky, Arkansas, VCU, Dayton, Wisconsin, and Michigan State's places inside the bracket are largely set in stone, while whichever team wins the Sun Belt title game (either Georgia State or Georgia Southern) will likely get the exact same spot as the other one would.
The real question is in the American Athletic Conference final. SMU is safely inside the bracket, while Connecticut is nowhere near it. The Huskies don't even merit discussion on the last bracket update from yesterday morning on Blogging The Bracket, while ESPN's Joe Lunardi has them as the 6th team out of the bracket. They're not getting in without that AAC title, but let's be honest: Ryan Boatright can shoot them into the tournament.
Here's the schedule for the day. All times are Central, and we'll see you at 5pm for the Selection Show.
|12pm||SEC Title: #1 Kentucky vs #2 Arkansas||ESPN|
|12pm||Atlantic 10 Title: #2 Dayton vs #5 VCU||CBS|
|12pm||Sun Belt Title: #1 Georgia State vs #2 Georgia Southern||ESPN2|
|2:15pm||AAC Title: #1 SMU vs #6 Connecticut||ESPN|
|2:15pm||Big Ten Title: #1 Wisconsin vs #2 Michigan State||CBS|