NCAA Tournament Survival Board

Welcome to the 2017-18 HOOPS HD NCAA Tournament Survival Board.  This is the list of teams that mathematically have a chance to make the NCAA tournament and thus (in theory) win the national championship.  It will be updated regularly as teams get eliminated.  The main reasons for eliminations are failing to qualify or losing in a conference tournament without a resume worthy of at-large bid consideration.

With the beginning of the 2017-18 athletic year, 4 programs have completed their transition to Division I and will be eligible for NCAA Tournament consideration this year – the UMass-Lowell River Hawks, the Abilene Christian Wildcats, the Incarnate Word Cardinals and the Grand Canyon Antelopes. Three programs are ineligible due to APR issues – Alabama A&M, Grambling and Southeast Missouri State.

LATEST UPDATE: February 24, 2018 4:20 PM Eastern



CHAMPION (BOLD AND ALL CAPS):  This team has clinched its conference’s automatic bid.

Locks (Bold): This team, despite not winning an automatic bid yet, is considered a lock for at least an at-large bid.  This means that even if the teams loses every game left on its schedule, it will still make the field.

Under Consideration (Italics): This team, despite not winning an automatic bid yet, is at least under consideration (on the bubble) for an at-large bid.  This means that if the team wins every game remaining on its schedule until the conference tournament final, it may get consideration for an at-large bid.

Lose and You’re Screwed (normal text): This team can only make the tournament via an automatic bid.


ACC – 15 (Boston College, ClemsonDuke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Miami-FL, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest)

AMERICA EAST – 9 (Albany, Binghamton, Hartford, Maine, New Hampshire, Stony Brook, UMass-Lowell, UMBC, Vermont)

AMERICAN ATHLETIC – 12 (Central Florida, CincinnatiConnecticut, East Carolina, Houston, Memphis, SMUSouth Florida, Temple, Tulane, Tulsa, Wichita State)

ATLANTIC SUN – 8 (Florida Gulf CoastJacksonville, Kennesaw State, Lipscomb, NJIT, North Florida, Stetson, USC Upstate)

ATLANTIC TEN – 14 (Davidson, Dayton, Duquesne, Fordham, George Mason, George Washington, La Salle, Massachusetts, Richmond, Rhode Island, Saint Joseph’s, Saint Louis,St. Bonaventure, VCU)

BIG TWELVE – 10 (Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas, Texas Tech, West Virginia)

BIG EAST – 10 (Butler, Creighton, DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, St. John’s, Seton Hall, VillanovaXavier)

BIG SKY – 12 (Eastern Washington, Idaho, Idaho State, Montana, Montana State, North Dakota, Northern Arizona, Northern Colorado, Portland State, Sacramento State, Southern Utah, Weber State)

BIG SOUTH – 10 (Campbell, Charleston Southern, Gardner-Webb, High Point, Liberty, Longwood, Presbyterian, Radford, UNC-Asheville, Winthrop)

BIG TEN – 14 (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, MichiganMichigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue, Rutgers, Wisconsin)

BIG WEST – 9 (Cal Poly, Cal State Fullerton, Cal State Northridge, Hawaii, Long Beach State, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC Riverside, UC Santa Barbara)

COLONIAL – 10 (College of Charleston, Delaware, Drexel, Elon, Hofstra, James Madison, Northeastern, Towson, UNC-Wilmington, William & Mary)

CONFERENCE USA – 14 (Charlotte, Florida Atlantic, Florida International, Louisiana Tech, Marshall, Middle Tennessee, North Texas, Old Dominion, Rice, Southern Miss, Texas El Paso, Texas San Antonio, UAB, Western Kentucky)

HORIZON LEAGUE – 10 (Cleveland State, Detroit, Green Bay, Illinois-Chicago, IUPUI, MilwaukeeNorthern Kentucky, Oakland, Wright StateYoungstown State)

IVY LEAGUE – 8 (Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Pennsylvania, Princeton, Yale)

MEAC – 13 (Bethune-Cookman, Coppin State, Delaware State, Florida A&M, Hampton, Howard, Maryland-Eastern Shore, Morgan State, Norfolk State, North Carolina A&T, North Carolina Central, Savannah State, South Carolina State)

METRO ATLANTIC – 11 (Canisius, Fairfield, Iona, Manhattan, Marist, Monmouth, Niagara, Quinnipiac, RiderSaint Peter’s, Siena)

MID-AMERICAN – 12 (AkronBall State, Bowling Green, BuffaloCentral Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Kent State, Miami (Ohio), Northern Illinois, Ohio, ToledoWestern Michigan)

MISSOURI VALLEY – 10 (Bradley, Drake, Evansville, Indiana State, Illinois State, Loyola-Chicago, Missouri State, Northern Iowa, Southern Illinois, Valparaiso)

MOUNTAIN WEST – 11 (Air Force, Boise State, Colorado State, Fresno State, Nevada, New Mexico, San Diego State, San Jose StateUNLVUtah State, Wyoming)

NORTHEAST – 8 (Central Connecticut, Fairleigh Dickinson, LIU-Brooklyn, Mount St. Mary’s, Robert Morris, St. Francis-BK, St. Francis-PA, Wagner)

OHIO VALLEY – 8 (Austin Peay, BelmontEastern Illinois, Murray StateJacksonville State, SIU-Edwardsville, Tennessee State, Tennessee Tech)

PAC TWELVE – 12 (Arizona, Arizona State, California, Colorado, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, UCLA, USC, Utah, Washington, Washington State)

PATRIOT LEAGUE – 10 (American, Army, Boston University, Bucknell, Colgate, Holy Cross, Lafayette, Lehigh, Loyola-MD, Navy)

SEC – 14 (Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana State, Mississippi State, Missouri, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt)

SOUTHERN – 10 (Chattanooga, Citadel, East Tennessee State, Furman, Mercer, Samford, UNC-Greensboro, VMI, Western Carolina, Wofford)

SOUTHLAND – 10 (Abilene Christian, Central Arkansas, Lamar, McNeese State, New Orleans, Nicholls State, Sam Houston State, Southeastern Louisiana, Stephen F. Austin, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi)

SUMMIT LEAGUE – 8 (Denver, Fort Wayne, Nebraska-Omaha, North Dakota State, Oral Roberts, South Dakota, South Dakota State, Western Illinois)

SUN BELT – 12 (Appalachian State, Arkansas-Little Rock, Arkansas State, Coastal Carolina, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Louisiana, Louisiana-Monroe, South Alabama, Texas-Arlington, Texas State, Troy)

SWAC – 8 (Alabama State, Alcorn State, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Jackson State, Mississippi Valley State, Prairie View, Southern, Texas Southern)

WAC – 8 (Cal State Bakersfield, Chicago State, Grand Canyon, New Mexico State, SeattleUtah Valley, UMKC, UTRGV)

WEST COAST – 10 (BYU, GonzagaLoyola Marymount, Pepperdine, Portland, Saint Mary’s, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Pacific)


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