Bracketology 2012: UConn Helps Itself While Harvard Punches Its Ticket

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 06: Ryan Boatright #11 and Shabazz Napier #13 of the Connecticut Huskies celebrate after defeating the DePaul Blue Demons during their first round game of the 2012 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 6, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

UConn moves one step closer to the Big Dance while Harvard punches its ticket without moving a muscle.

After a mild Tuesday of Championship Week basketball, SB Nation's Chris Dobbertean has come out with his latest Bracketology projections.

With a very convincing win yesterday, UConn hasn't taken itself off the bubble yet, but made a nice stride. As Dobbertean points out, the Huskies had to have that game and secured it early on. If they can win against West Virginia today, Jim Calhoun's bunch might have done enough to warrant an at-large bid.

A team that is definitely dancing is Harvard. For the first time since 1946, the Crimson are back in the NCAA Tournament after watching Penn lose to Princeton. Currently, Dobbertean has Harvard sitting on the 11 line.

Other teams that clinched automatic bids yesterday are Western Kentucky, Detroit and South Dakota State. Give the Hilltoppers of Western Kentucky credit, they overcame a coach getting fired in the middle of the season to make it. However with a 15-18 record, it's almost a certainty they'll be a No. 16 seed.

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