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2012 NCAA Tournament Projection
 
 
EAST - Boston
 
Pittsburgh
 
1Syracuse* (Big East)
16Miss. Valley St. (SWAC)/Albany* (Am. East)
 
 
8Dayton
9Wisconsin
 
 
Nashville
 
5Louisville
12Stanford
 
 
4Kansas State
13Iona* (MAAC)
 
 
Omaha
 
6Murray State* (Ohio Valley)
11BYU/NC State
 
 
3Kansas
14Oral Roberts* (Summit)
 
 
Louisville
 
7San Diego State
10Purdue
 
 
2Indiana
15Weber State* (Big Sky)
 
SOUTH - Atlanta
 
Louisville
 
1Kentucky* (SEC)
16Norfolk State* (MEAC)
 
 
8Marquette
9Xavier
 
 
Portland
 
5Michigan
12Wichita State
 
 
4West Virginia
13Middle Tennessee State* (Sun Belt)
 
 
Nashville
 
6Southern Miss* (C-USA)
11Virginia Tech/Northwestern
 
 
3Missouri
14Davidson* (SoCon)
 
 
Columbus
 
7Saint Mary's
10Harvard
 
 
2Michigan State* (Big Ten)
15Buffalo* (MAC)
 
 
 
 
 
WEST - Phoenix
 
Pittsburgh
 
1Ohio State
16Bucknell* (Patriot)
 
 
8Virginia
9Mississippi State
 
 
Albuquerque
 
5Creighton* (Missouri Valley)
12Long Beach State* (Big West)
 
 
4Seton Hall
13Colorado* (Pac-12)
 
 
Albuquerque
 
6Temple
11Iowa State
 
 
3UNLV* (Mountain West)
14Cleveland State* (Horizon)
 
 
Greensboro
 
7Alabama
10Memphis
 
 
2Duke* (ACC)
15George Mason* (Colonial)
 
MIDWEST - St. Louis
 
Greensboro
 
1North Carolina
16UNC-Asheville* (Big South)/LIU* (Northeast)
 
 
8Florida
9New Mexico
 
 
Portland
 
5Connecticut
12Northern Iowa
 
 
4Gonzaga
13Belmont* (Atlantic Sun)
 
 
Columbus
 
6Vanderbilt
11Saint Louis
 
 
3Georgetown
14New Mexico State* (WAC)
 
 
Omaha
 
7Illinois
10California
 
 
2Baylor* (Big 12)
15Lamar* (Southland)
 
 

* Designated auto-bid winners from each conference, based on best RPI for conference leader (fewest league losses)

Last four in: Virginia Tech, BYU, Northwestern, NC State.

Last four out: Saint Joseph's, Colorado State, LSU, Arizona.

Bids by conference: Big Ten (8); Big East (7); ACC, Big 12 and SEC (5); Atlantic 10 (4); Pac-12, West Coast, Mountain West, Missouri Valley (3); Conference USA (2)

Note: The at-large play-in games were moved to 11-seeds to accommodate travel from Dayton as well as other bracketing restrictions.

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