2008 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament: qualifying teams

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This is a list of qualifying teams for the 2008 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament. A total of 65 teams entered the tournament. Thirty of the teams earned automatic bids by winning their conference tournaments. The automatic bid of the Ivy League, which does not conduct a post-season tournament, went to its regular season champion. The remaining 34 teams were granted "at-large" bids, which are extended by the NCAA Selection Committee. All teams are seeded 1 to 16 within their regionals, while the Selection Committee seeded the entire field from 1 to 65.

Qualifying teams[edit]

Team names are those used on ESPN.com scoreboards and team pages.

Automatic bids[edit]

Automatic bids to the tournament were granted for winning a conference championship tournament, except for the automatic bid of the Ivy League given to the regular season champion. Seeds listed were seeds within the conference tournaments. Runners-up in bold face were given at-large berths.

Automatic bids
Qualifying school Record (Conf.) Last app. Conference
regular season
Regular season
second place
Second place
record (Conf.)
Cornell 20–5 (14–0) 1988 Ivy League Brown 19–10 (11–3)
Qualifying school Record (Conf.) Seed Last app. Conference
tournament
Conf. finals
runner-up
Runner-up
record (Conf.)
Runner-up
seed
North Carolina 32–2 (14–2) 1 2007 ACC Clemson 24–10 (10–6) 3
UMBC 24–8 (13–3) 1 Never America East Hartford 18–16 (10–6) 2
Temple 21–12 (11–5) 2 2001 Atlantic 10 Saint Joseph's 21–13 (9–7) 5
Belmont 25–8 (14–2) 1 2007 Atlantic Sun Jacksonville 18–13 (12–4) 2
Kansas 31–3 (13–3) 2 2007 Big 12 Texas 31–7 (13–3) 1
Pittsburgh 26–9 (10–8) 7 2007 Big East Georgetown 28–6 (15–3) 1
Portland State 23–9 (14–2) 1 Never Big Sky Northern Arizona 21–11 (11–5) 2
Winthrop 22–11 (10–4) 2 2007 Big South North Carolina-Asheville 23–10 (10–4) 1
Wisconsin 29–4 (16–2) 1 2007 Big Ten Illinois 16–19 (5–13) 10
Cal State Fullerton 24–8 (12–4) 3 1978 Big West UC Irvine 18–16 (9–7) 5
George Mason 23–10 (12–6) 3 2006 CAA William & Mary 17–16 (10–8) 5
Memphis 31–1 (16–0) 1 2007 C-USA Tulsa 25–14 (8–8) 7
Butler 28–3 (16–2) 1 2007 Horizon Cleveland State 21–13 (12–6) 2
Siena 22–10 (13–5) 1 2002 MAAC Rider 23–11 (13–5) 2
Coppin State 16–20 (7–9) 7 1997 MEAC Morgan State 22–11 (14–2) 1
Kent State 28–6 (13–3) 1 2006 Mid-American Akron 24–11 (11–5) 3
Drake 28–4 (15–3) 1 1971 Missouri Valley Illinois State 25–10 (13–5) 2
UNLV 26–7 (12–4) 2 2007 Mountain West Brigham Young 27–8 (14–2) 1
Mount St. Mary's 18–14 (11–7) 4 1999 Northeast Sacred Heart 18–14 (13–5) 3
Austin Peay 24–10 (16–4) 1 2003 Ohio Valley Tennessee State 15–17 (10–10) 6
UCLA 31–3 (16–2) 1 2007 Pac 10 Stanford 28–8 (13–5) 2
American 21–11 (10–4) 1 Never Patriot Colgate 18–14 (7–7) 2
Georgia 17–16 (4–12) East 6 2002 SEC Arkansas 23–12 (9–7) West 2
Davidson 26–6 (20–0) 1 2007 Southern Elon 14–19 (9–11) 7
Texas-Arlington 21–11 (7–9) 7 Never Southland Northwestern State 15–18 (9–7) 5
Oral Roberts 24–8 (16–2) 1 2007 Summit IUPUI 26–7 (15–3) 2
Western Kentucky 27–6 (16–2) 3 2003 Sun Belt Middle Tennessee State 17–15 (11–7) 4
Mississippi Valley State 17–15 (12–6) 2 1996 SWAC Jackson State 14–20 (10–8) 4
Boise State 25–8 (12–4) 4 1994 WAC New Mexico State 21–14 (12–4) 3
San Diego 21–13 (11–3) 3 2003 West Coast Gonzaga 25–8 (13–1) 1

At-large bids[edit]

Team Conference Last appearance # of appearances
Arizona Pac-10 2007 27
Arkansas SEC 2007 29
Baylor Big 12 1988 5
BYU Mountain West 2007 24
Clemson ACC 1998 8
Connecticut Big East 2006 28
Duke ACC 2007 32
Georgetown Big East 2007 25
Gonzaga WCC 2007 11
Indiana Big Ten 2007 35
Kansas State Big 12 1996 23
Kentucky SEC 2007 50
Louisville Big East 2007 34
Marquette Big East 2007 26
Miami (FL) ACC 2002 6
Michigan State Big Ten 2007 22
Mississippi State SEC 2005 9
Notre Dame Big East 2007 29
Oklahoma Big 12 2006 26
Oregon Pac-10 2007 10
Purdue Big Ten 2007 22
Saint Joseph's Atlantic 10 2004 19
Saint Mary's WCC 2005 5
South Alabama Sun Belt 2006 8
Stanford Pac-10 2007 16
Tennessee SEC 2007 16
Texas Big 12 2007 26
Texas A&M Big 12 2007 9
USC Pac-10 2007 14
Vanderbilt SEC 2007 10
Villanova Big East 2007 29
Washington State Pac-10 2007 6
West Virginia Big East 2006 21
Xavier Atlantic 10 2007 19

Listed by region and seeding[edit]

East Regional – Charlotte
Seed School Conference Record Berth type
1 North Carolina ACC 32–2 Automatic
2 Tennessee SEC 29–4 At-large
3 Louisville Big East 24–8 At-large
4 Washington State Pac-10 24–8 At-large
5 Notre Dame Big East 24–7 At-large
6 Oklahoma Big 12 22–11 At-large
7 Butler Horizon 29–3 Automatic
8 Indiana Big Ten 25–7 At-large
9 Arkansas SEC 22–11 At-large
10 South Alabama Sun Belt 26–6 At-large
11 Saint Joseph's Atlantic 10 21–12 At-large
12 George Mason CAA 23–10 Automatic
13 Winthrop Big South 22–11 Automatic
14 Boise State WAC 25–8 Automatic
15 American Patriot 21–11 Automatic
16 Mount St. Mary's Northeast 18–14 Automatic
Coppin State MEAC 16–20 Automatic
Midwest Regional – Detroit
Seed School Conference Record Berth type
1 Kansas Big 12 31–3 Automatic
2 Georgetown Big East 27–5 At-large
3 Wisconsin Big Ten 29–4 Automatic
4 Vanderbilt SEC 26–7 At-large
5 Clemson ACC 24–9 At-large
6 USC Pac-10 21–11 At-large
7 Gonzaga WCC 25–7 At-large
8 UNLV Mountain West 26–7 Automatic
9 Kent State Mid-American 28–6 Automatic
10 Davidson Southern 26–6 Automatic
11 Kansas State Big 12 20–11 At-large
12 Villanova Big East 20–12 At-large
13 Siena MAAC 22–10 Automatic
14 Cal State Fullerton Big West 24–8 Automatic
15 UMBC America East 24–8 Automatic
16 Portland State Big Sky 23–9 Automatic
South Regional – Houston
Seed School Conference Record Berth type
1 Memphis C-USA 33–1 Automatic
2 Texas Big 12 28–6 At-large
3 Stanford Pac-10 26–7 At-large
4 Pittsburgh Big East 26–9 Automatic
5 Michigan State Big Ten 25–8 At-large
6 Marquette Big East 24–9 At-large
7 Miami ACC 22–10 At-large
8 Mississippi State SEC 22–10 At-large
9 Oregon Pac-10 18–13 At-large
10 Saint Mary's WCC 25–6 At-large
11 Kentucky SEC 18–12 At-large
12 Temple Atlantic 10 21–12 Automatic
13 Oral Roberts Summit 24–8 Automatic
14 Cornell Ivy League 22–5 Automatic
15 Austin Peay Ohio Valley 24–10 Automatic
16 Texas–Arlington Southland 21–11 Automatic
West Regional – Phoenix
Seed School Conference Record Berth type
1 UCLA Pac-10 31–3 Automatic
2 Duke ACC 27–5 At-large
3 Xavier Atlantic 10 27–6 At-large
4 Connecticut Big East 24–8 At-large
5 Drake Missouri Valley 28–4 Automatic
6 Purdue Big Ten 24–8 At-large
7 West Virginia Big East 24–10 At-large
8 BYU Mountain West 27–7 At-large
9 Texas A&M Big 12 24–10 At-large
10 Arizona Pac-10 19–14 At-large
11 Baylor Big 12 21–10 At-large
12 Western Kentucky Sun Belt 27–6 Automatic
13 San Diego WCC 21–13 Automatic
14 Georgia SEC 17–16 Automatic
15 Belmont Atlantic Sun 25–8 Automatic
16 Mississippi Valley State SWAC 17–15 Automatic

Bids by conference[edit]

Bids Conference(s) Schools
8 Big East #2 Georgetown, #3 Louisville, #4 Connecticut, #4 Pittsburgh, #5 Notre Dame #6 Marquette, #7 West Virginia, #12 Villanova
6 Big 12 #1 Kansas, #2 Texas, #6 Oklahoma, #9 Texas A&M, #11 Baylor, #11 Kansas State
Pac-10 #1 UCLA, #3 Stanford, #4 Washington State, #6 USC, #9 Oregon, #10 Arizona
SEC #2 Tennessee, #4 Vanderbilt, #8 Mississippi State, #9 Arkansas, #11 Kentucky, #14 Georgia
4 ACC #1 North Carolina, #2 Duke, #5 Clemson, #7 Miami (FL)
Big Ten #3 Wisconsin, #5 Michigan State, #6 Purdue, #8 Indiana
3 Atlantic 10 #3 Xavier, #11 Saint Joseph's, #12 Temple
WCC #7 Gonzaga, #10 Saint Mary's, #13 San Diego
2 Mountain West #8 BYU, #8 UNLV
Sun Belt #10 South Alabama, #12 Western Kentucky
1 21 other conferences See Automatic Bids

Bids by state[edit]

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Bids State(s) Schools
6 California Cal State Fullerton, Saint Mary's, San Diego, Stanford, UCLA, USC
5 Tennessee Austin Peay, Belmont, Memphis, Tennessee, Vanderbilt
4 Indiana Butler, Indiana, Notre Dame, Purdue
Pennsylvania Pittsburgh, Saint Joseph's, Temple, Villanova
Texas Baylor, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas-Arlington
3 Kentucky Kentucky, Louisville, Western Kentucky
Maryland Coppin State, Mount St. Mary's, UMBC
North Carolina Davidson, Duke, North Carolina
2 Kansas Kansas, Kansas State
Mississippi Mississippi State, Mississippi Valley State
New York Cornell, Siena
Ohio Kent State, Xavier
Oklahoma Oklahoma, Oral Roberts
Oregon Oregon, Portland State
South Carolina Clemson, Winthrop
Washington Gonzaga, Washington State
Washington, D.C. American, Georgetown
Wisconsin Marquette, Wisconsin
1 Alabama South Alabama
Arizona Arizona
Arkansas Arkansas
Connecticut Connecticut
Florida Miami (FL)
Georgia Georgia
Idaho Boise State
Iowa Drake
Michigan Michigan State
Nevada UNLV
Utah BYU
Virginia George Mason
West Virginia West Virginia

Other teams considered (bubble teams)[edit]

  • Arizona State, 19-12, NIT SEED: 1
  • Illinois State, 24-9, NIT SEED: 2
  • Massachusetts, 21-10, NIT SEED: 2
  • Ohio State, 19-13, NIT SEED: 1
  • Virginia Tech, 19-13, NIT SEED: 1
  • Florida, 21-11, NIT SEED: 2

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