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College basketball's NCAA tournament bracket projections: Tourney locks

Jerry Palm of CBS Sports updated his NCAA tournament bracket projections on Saturday. With one day of conference tournament play left, there are only five automatic bids to be handed out before the selection committee reveals the entire bracket.

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Sunday’s games will be exciting, but there’s very little on the line leading up to the NCAA tournament. Only Georgia State and Louisiana-Lafayette have a bid on the line. Otherwise, Michigan has the most to play for on Sunday.

Michigan as a No. 1 seed on the line in Big 10 finale.

Plenty of teams earned their bids on Saturday and if the conference tournament is any indication, next week should be wide open.

Here are the tournament locks and conference winners.

Albany started the day with a championship victory over Stony Brook. The Great Danes, making their second consecutive trip to the NCAA tournament, is projected to be a No.16 seed. Albany finished 4th in the regular season.

Texas Southern won the SWAC with a (19-14) record. Projected as No. 16 seed, the Tigers won nine straight games.

Cal Poly won the Big West with a (13-19) record. They are also projected to be in the first round No. 16 seed game. The Mustangs were under .500 in conference play as well.

Stephen F. Austin is (31-2) and haven’t lost a game since November. They are projected as No. 12 seed. The Lumberjacks will be one of the upset specials come “Selection Sunday.”

Villanova waiting for 'Selection Sunday' brackets.

Western Michigan ran past Toledo for a MAC tournament championship. As of now, the Broncos are projected as a No.13 seed.

New Mexico earned their third straight conference title with an incredible win over San Diego State. The Lobos moved up one spot to the No.6 line, but they may be even higher when the brackets come out.

Danny Manning led the Tulsa Golden Hurricane to a Conference USA championship and a berth into the NCAA tournament.

North Carolina Central won the MEAC with a (28-5) record. They are on a 20 game winning streak. Will they be one of the teams to upset a heavy favorite?

Providence got rid of their bubble with a tremendous performance in the Big East tournament. Still, they are projected to be a double digit seed. That doesn’t happen often with a Big East champion.

Iowa State won the Big 12 and Jerry Palm has the Cyclones as a No.2 seed. Their offensive capability will be key to a long run in the NCAA tournament.

Weber State won the Big Sky with a sweep of the regular season and the tournament. They are (19-11) entering the NCAA tournament.

New Mexico State turned their loss at post game brawl against Utah Valley into a conference championship. The Aggies have a (26-9) record and they project to be a 14 seed. New Mexico State has size and they scored over 75 points per game.


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