(Final update at 4:55 ET)

Welcome to the Selection Sunday edition of The Comeback Bracketology. The last six automatic bids will be handed out Sunday afternoon and then at 5:30 p.m. ET, we’ll find out the entire field.

The bracket holds 32 automatic bids for conference champions (noted below with italics), and the remaining 36 are at-large selections.

Here’s the full field of 68 through results of March 11 with some notes and analysis on the bracket below.

EAST
MIDWEST
Buffalo
1
Villanova
1 Kansas
Tulsa
16
South Dakota State/Mount St. Mary’s
16
New Orleans/UC Davis
8 Northwestern 8 Virginia Tech
9 VCU 9 Seton Hall
Orlando
5 Virginia 5 Purdue
Milwaukee
12 UNC Wilmington 12 Vermont
4 Florida 4 Notre Dame
13
Winthrop
13
Bucknell
Tulsa
6 Cincinnati 6 Saint Mary’s
Sacramento
11 Wake Forest/Providence 11 Xavier
3 Baylor 3 Oregon
14
Iona
14
Northern Kentucky
Greenville
7 Minnesota 7 Wisconsin
Indianapolis
10 Vanderbilt 10 Wichita State
2 Duke 2 Kentucky
15
Jacksonville State
15
Kent State
SOUTH
WEST
Salt Lake City
1 Arizona 1 Gonzaga
Salt Lake City
16
Texas Southern
16
NC Central
8 Dayton 8 South Carolina
9 Arkansas 9 Oklahoma State
Milwaukee
5 Iowa State 5 SMU
Buffalo
12 Nevada 12 Rhode Island
4 Butler 4 West Virginia
13 New Mexico State 13
Princeton
Indianapolis
6 Michigan 6 Creighton
Orlando
11 Middle Tennessee 11 Kansas State/USC
3 Louisville 3 Florida State
14
East Tennessee State
14
Florida Gulf Coast
Greenville
7 Maryland 7 Miami
Sacramento
10 Marquette 10 Michigan State
2 North Carolina 2 UCLA
15
Troy
15
North Dakota

Last four in: USC, Kansas State, Wake Forest, Providence

In whispering distance: Syracuse, Illinois State

In talking distance: Iowa, Illinois, Indiana

In shouting distance: TCU, Cal, Georgia

Bracket notes:

**(2:49 ET) Rhode Island is our championship week bid stealer after knocking off VCU in the Atlantic 10 title game. With the Rams earning an auto bid, one of the earlier at-larges has to go. And I think the team that gets bounced will be Syracuse.

** The final No. 1 seed in the South Region is still up in the air going into Sunday. I think Arizona (1 seed, South) will get the final spot over Duke (2 seed, East), thanks to a better overall record, road/neutral record and non-conference strength of schedule. But I would not be surprised to see the Blue Devils sneak onto the top line, either.

We’ll see how much the committee values quality road/neutral wins as Duke has five against the RPI Top 25. Kentucky (2 seed, Midwest) will also have an argument for a No. 1 seed if it beats Arkansas in the SEC finals.

**Going into Selection Sunday, there is still one bid stealer on the menu: Rhode Island in the Atlantic 10. If Rhode Island (first team out) can beat VCU in the A10 championship game, the Rams will eat up a spot and knock Syracuse (last team in) out of the field.

**The loser of the Big Ten championship game between Michigan and Wisconsin should remain a No. 7 seed, but the winner could jump to a No. 6 seed if SMU loses in the American finals.

**We’ll see a handful of new faces in this year’s tournament, whether through automatic bids or at-larges. North Dakota (15 seed, West) won the Big Sky title and UC Davis (16 seed, East) won the Big West on Saturday, joining Northern Kentucky (14 seed, Midwest) and Northwestern (8 seed, East) as first-time dancers.

Bids by conference:

ACC — 9
Big East — 7
Big Ten — 7
Big 12 — 6
SEC — 5
Pac-12 — 4
A10 — 3
AAC — 2
WCC — 2

About Jesse Kramer

Jesse is a writer and editor for The Comeback. He has also worked for SI.com and runs The Catch and Shoot, a college basketball website based in Chicago. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Follow Jesse on Twitter @Jesse_Kramer.