2012 NCAA Basketball Conferences

By: Maize_in_Spartyland

 

Below are the 31 conferences with automatic bids to the NCAA Tournament. The members of their conferences are noted. Those in plain typeface are current members. Members who are in bold and italics are members joining the conference. Members with strikethrough are departing. Finally, members with an asterisk (*) are not eligible for post-season play for the 2012-2013 season.

 

America East (no changes)

Albany, Binghamton, Boston University, Hartford, Maine, Maryland-Baltimore County, New Hampshire, Stony Brook, Vermont.

2011-2012 Membership: 9

2012-2013 Membership: 9

 

Atlantic 10 (adding Butler and Virginia Commonwealth)

Butler, Charlotte, Dayton, Duquesne, Fordham, George Washington, La Salle, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Richmond, St. Bonaventure, Saint Joseph’s, Saint Louis, Temple, Virginia Commonwealth (VCU), Xavier.

2011-2012 Membership: 14

2012-2013 Membership: 16

 

ACC (no changes)

Boston College, Clemson Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Miami (FL), North Carolina, North Carolina State, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest.

2011-2012 Membership: 12

2012-2013 Membership: 12

 

Atlantic Sun (losing Belmont, adding Northern Kentucky)

Belmont, East Tennessee State, Florida Gulf Coast, Jacksonville, Kennesaw State, Lipscomb, Mercer, North Florida, Northern Kentucky*, Stetson, USC Upstate.

2011-2012 Membership: 10

2012-2013 Membership: 10

 

Big 12 (losing Missouri and Texas A&M, adding TCU and West Virginia)

Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, West Virginia.

2011-2012 Membership: 10

2012-2013 Membership: 10

 

Big East (losing West Virginia)

Cincinnati, Connecticut, DePaul, Georgetown, Louisville, Marquette, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Providence, Rutgers, Seton Hall, South Florida, St. John’s, Syracuse, Villanova, West Virginia.

2011-2012 Membership: 16

2012-2013 Membership: 15

 

Big Sky (adding North Dakota and Southern Utah)

Eastern Washington, Idaho State, Montana, Montana State, North Dakota, Northern Arizona, Northern Colorado, Portland State, Sacramento State, Southern Utah, Weber State.

2011-2012 Membership: 9

2012-2013 Membership: 11

 

Big South (adding Longwood, splitting divisions)

North Division: Campbell, High Point, Liberty, Longwood, Radford, Virginia Military (VMI).

South Division: Charleston Southern, Coastal Carolina, Gardner-Webb, Presbyterian, NC Asheville, Winthrop.

2011-2012 Membership: 11

2012-2013 Membership: 12

 

Big Ten (no changes)

Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue, Wisconsin.

2011-2012 Membership: 12

2012-2013 Membership: 12

 

Big West (adding Hawaii)

Cal Poly, Cal State Fullerton, Cal State Northridge, Hawaii, Long Beach State, University of the Pacific, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC Riverside, UC Santa Barbara.

2011-2012 Membership: 9

2012-2013 Membership: 10

 

Colonial Athletic Association (losing Virginia Commonwealth (VCU))

Delaware, Drexel, George Mason, Georgia State, Hofstra, James Madison, NC-Wilmington, Northeastern, Old Dominion, Towson, Virginia Commonwealth (VCU), William & Mary.

2011-2012 Membership: 12

2012-2013 Membership: 11

 

Conference USA (no changes)

East Carolina, Houston, Marshall, Memphis, Rice, Southern Methodist (SMU), Southern Miss, Tulane, Tulsa, University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), University of Central Florida (UCF), University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP).

2011-2012 Membership: 12

2012-2013 Membership: 12

 

Horizon League (losing Butler)

Butler, Cleveland State, Detroit, Green Bay, Illinois-Chicago, Loyola (IL), Milwaukee, Valparaiso, Wright State, Youngstown State.

2011-2012 Membership: 10

2012-2013 Membership: 9

 

Ivy (no changes)

Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Pennsylvania, Princeton, Yale.

2011-2012 Membership: 8

2012-2013 Membership: 8

 

MAAC (no changes)

Canisius, Fairfield, Iona, Loyola (MD), Manhattan, Marist, Niagara, Rider, Siena, Saint Peter’s.

2011-2012 Membership: 10

2012-2013 Membership: 10

 

Mid-American (no changes)

East Division: Akron, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Kent State, Miami University, Ohio University.

West Division: Ball State, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Northern Illinois, Toledo, Western Michigan.

2011-2012 Membership: 12

2012-2013 Membership: 12

 

MEAC (no changes)

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.

2011-2012 Membership: 13

2012-2013 Membership: 13

 

Missouri Valley (no changes)

Bradley, Creighton, Drake, Evansville, Illinois State, Indiana State, Missouri State, Northern Iowa, Southern Illinois, Wichita State.

2011-2012 Membership: 10

2012-2013 Membership: 10

 

Mountain West (losing TCU, adding Fresno State and Nevada)

Air Force, Boise State, Colorado State, Fresno State, Nevada, New Mexico, San Diego State, TCU, UNLV, Wyoming.

2011-2012 Membership: 8

2012-2013 Membership: 9

 

Northeast (no changes)

Bryant, Central Connecticut State, Fairleigh Dickinson, Long Island, Monmouth, Mount St. Mary’s, Quinnipiac, Robert Morris, Sacred Heart, St. Francis (NY), St. Francis (PA), Wagner.

2011-2012 Membership: 12

2012-2013 Membership: 12

 

Ohio Valley (adding Belmont, splitting divisions)

East Division: Austin Peay, Eastern Illinois, Murray State, Southeast Missouri State, SIU-Edwardsville, Tennessee-Martin.

West Division: Belmont, Eastern Kentucky, Jacksonville State, Morehead State, Tennessee State, Tennessee Tech.

2011-2012 Membership: 11

2012-2013 Membership: 12

 

PAC-12 (no changes)

Arizona, Arizona State, California, Colorado, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, UCLA, USC, Utah, Washington, Washington State.

2011-2012 Membership: 12

2012-2013 Membership: 12

 

Patriot (no changes)

American, Army, Bucknell, Colgate, Holy Cross, Lafayette, Lehigh, Navy.

2011-2012 Membership: 8

2012-2013 Membership: 8

 

SEC (adding Missouri and Texas A&M)

Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Missouri, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt.

2011-2012 Membership: 12

2012-2013 Membership: 14

 

Southern (no changes)

North Division: Appalachian State, Chattanooga, Elon, Samford, NC-Greensboro, Western Carolina.

South Division: The Citadel, College of Charleston, Davidson, Furman, Georgia Southern, Wofford.

2011-2012 Membership: 12

2012-2013 Membership: 12

 

Southland (losing Texas-Arlington (UTA), Texas-San Antonio (UTSA), and Texas State, adding Oral Roberts)

Central Arkansas, Lamar, McNeese State, Nicholls State, Northwestern State, Oral Roberts, Sam Houston State, Southeastern Louisiana, Stephen F. Austin, Texas-Arlington (UTA), Texas-San Antonio (UTSA), Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Texas State.

2011-2012 Membership: 12

2012-2013 Membership: 10

 

SWAC (Southwestern Athletic Conference) (no changes)

Alabama A&M, Alabama State, Alcorn State, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Grambling State, Jackson State, Mississippi Valley State, Prairie View A&M, Southern, Texas Southern.

2011-2012 Membership: 10

2012-2013 Membership: 10

 

Summit (losing Oral Roberts and Southern Utah, adding Nebraska-Omaha)

Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW), Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), Nebraska-Omaha (UNO)*, North Dakota State, Oakland, Oral Roberts, South Dakota, South Dakota State, Southern Utah, Western Illinois.

2011-2012 Membership: 10

2012-2013 Membership: 9

 

Sun Belt (losing Denver)

East Division: Florida Atlantic (FAU), Florida International (FIU), Middle Tennessee, South Alabama, Troy, Western Kentucky.

West Division: Arkansas-Little Rock (UALR), Arkansas State, Denver, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, North Texas.

2011-2012 Membership: 12

2012-2013 Membership: 11

 

West Coast (no changes)

Brigham Young (BYU), Gonzaga, Loyola Marymount, Pepperdine, Portland, Saint Mary’s, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Clara.

2011-2012 Membership: 9

2012-2013 Membership: 9

 

WAC (losing Fresno State, Hawaii, and Nevada, adding Denver, Seattle, Texas-Arlington (UTA). Texas-San Antonio (UTSA), and Texas State)

Fresno State, Hawaii, Denver, Idaho, Louisiana Tech, Nevada, New Mexico State, San Jose State, Seattle, Texas State, Texas-Arlington (UTA), Texas-San Antonio (UTSA), Utah State.

2011-2012 Membership: 8

2012-2013 Membership: 10

 

 

The Great West and Independents are not eligible for an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

 

Great West (losing North Dakota)

Chicago State, Houston Baptist, New Jersey Institute of Technology (N.J.I.T.), North Dakota, Texas-Pan American, Utah Valley.

2011-2012 Membership: 6

2012-2013 Membership: 5

 

Independents (losing Longwood, Nebraska-Omaha (UNO), and Seattle, adding New Orleans)

Cal State Bakersfield, Longwood, Nebraska-Omaha (UNO), New Orleans, Seattle.

2011-2012 Membership: 5

2012-2013 Membership: 2

 

^ New Orleans will remain Division I. They have halted their transition to Division II.

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