By Andy Glockner
January 03, 2012
2012 NCAA Tournament Projection
 
 
EAST - Boston
 
Pittsburgh
 
1 Syracuse* (Big East)
16 Miss. Valley St. (SWAC)/Maine* (Am. East)
 
 
8 Harvard* (Ivy)
9 Virginia
 
 
Portland
 
5 Gonzaga* (West Coast)
12 Oklahoma/Stanford
 
 
4 Florida
13 VCU* (Colonial)
 
 
Louisville
 
6 Seton Hall
11 New Mexico
 
 
3 Indiana
14 Middle Tennessee State* (Sun Belt)
 
 
Omaha
 
7 Murray State* (Ohio Valley)
10 Purdue
 
 
2 Missouri
15 Oral Roberts* (Summit)
 
SOUTH - Atlanta
 
Louisville
 
1 Kentucky* (SEC)
16 Norfolk State* (MEAC)
 
 
8 Saint Mary's
9 West Virginia
 
 
Portland
 
5 Wisconsin
12 Saint Joseph's/Virginia Tech
 
 
4 Kansas State
13 Iona* (MAAC)
 
 
Nashville
 
6 Creighton
11 Minnesota
 
 
3 Georgetown
14 UW-Milwaukee* (Horizon)
 
 
Omaha
 
7 Southern Miss* (C-USA)
10 Saint Louis
 
 
2 Baylor* (Big 12)
15 Bucknell* (Patriot)
 
 
 
 
 
WEST - Phoenix
 
Pittsburgh
 
1 Ohio State
16 Lamar* (Southland)
 
 
8 Alabama
9 California* (Pac-12)
 
 
Albuquerque
 
5 Marquette
12 Texas
 
 
4 UNLV* (Mountain West)
13 Long Beach State* (Big West)
 
 
Nashville
 
6 Michigan
11 Florida State
 
 
3 Kansas
14 New Mexico State* (WAC)
 
 
Greensboro
 
7 Temple* (Atlantic 10)
10 Wichita State
 
 
2 North Carolina
15 Robert Morris* (Northeast)
 
MIDWEST - St. Louis
 
Greensboro
 
1 Duke* (ACC)
16 Charleston So.* (Big South)/Weber St.* (Big Sky)
 
 
8 Xavier
9 Illinois
 
 
Albuquerque
 
5 Mississippi State
12 Ohio* (MAC)
 
 
4 Louisville
13 Missouri State* (Missouri Valley)
 
 
Columbus
 
6 Vanderbilt
11 Memphis
 
 
3 Michigan State* (Big Ten)
14 Belmont* (Atlantic Sun)
 
 
Columbus
 
7 San Diego State
10 Dayton
 
 
2 Connecticut
15 Davidson* (SoCon)
 
 

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

Last four in: Saint Joseph's, Stanford, Oklahoma, Virginia Tech.

Last four out: Arizona, Northwestern, Pitt, NC State.

Bids by conference: Big Ten (8); Big East (7); Big 12 (6); ACC, SEC, A-10 (5), MWC, MVC (3); WCC, Pac-12, C-USA (2)

Notes: Several teams moved a line off their "natural" seed to accommodate bracketing.

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