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Conference tournaments shake up NCAA bracket predictions

2012 NCAA Tournament Projection
 
 
EAST - Boston
 
Pittsburgh
 
1Syracuse
16Miss. Valley St.* (SWAC)/ Western Kentucky* (Sun Belt)
 
 
8Iowa State
9Alabama
 
 
Albuquerque
 
5San Diego State
12Virginia
 
 
4Wisconsin
13Marshall/BYU
 
 
Albuquerque
 
6Florida
11West Virginia
 
 
3Baylor
14Davidson* (SoCon)
 
 
Greensboro
 
7Murray State* (Ohio Valley)
10Purdue
 
 
2Duke
15Lehigh* (Patriot)
 
SOUTH - Atlanta
 
Louisville
 
1Kentucky
16UNC-Asheville* (Big South)
 
 
8Gonzaga
9Saint Louis
 
 
Portland
 
5Wichita State
12Long Beach State* (Big West)
 
 
4Florida State* (ACC)
13Ohio* (MAC)
 
 
Louisville
 
6Cincinnati
11 California
 
 
3Michigan
14New Mexico State* (WAC)
 
 
Omaha
 
7UNLV
10Harvard* (Ivy)
 
 
2Missouri* (Big 12)
15Montana* (Big Sky)
 
 
 
 
 
MIDWEST - St. Louis
 
Greensboro
 
1North Carolina
16Vermont* (Am. East)/Norfolk St. * (MEAC)
 
 
8Kansas State
9Connecticut
 
 
Nashville
 
5Vanderbilt* (SEC)
12Drexel/Seton Hall
 
 
4Indiana
13Belmont* (Atlantic Sun)
 
 
Nashville
 
6Memphis* (Conference USA)
11Texas
 
 
3Louisville* (Big East)
14South Dakota State* (Summit)
 
 
Pittsburgh
 
7Temple
10Colorado State
 
 
2Ohio State
15Detroit* (Horizon)
 
WEST - Phoenix
 
Columbus
 
1Michigan State* (Big Ten)
16Lamar* (Southland)
 
 
8Notre Dame
9Southern Miss
 
 
Portland
 
5New Mexico* (Mountain West)
12St. Bonaventure* (Atlantic 10)
 
 
4Georgetown
13Colorado* (Pac-12)
 
 
Columbus
 
6Creighton* (Missouri Valley)
11Xavier
 
 
3Marquette
14Loyola (Md.)* (MAAC)
 
 
Omaha
 
7Saint Mary's* (West Coast)
10VCU* (Colonial)
 
 
2Kansas
15Long Island* (Northeast)
 
 
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* Teams in black are actual auto-bid winners from completed tournaments.

Last four in: Seton Hall, BYU, Drexel, Marshall.

Last four out: NC State, Iona, South Florida, Dayton.

Bids by conference: Big East (9); Big 12 and Big Ten (6); ACC (5); SEC and Mountain West (4); Atlantic 10, West Coast and Conference USA (3), Colonial, Pac-12 and Missouri Valley (2).

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