Kansas wrangles No. 1 seed in latest edition of Bracket Watch

Tuesday February 14th, 2012
2012 NCAA Tournament Projection
EAST - Boston
1 Syracuse* (Big East)
16 Miss. Valley St.* (SWAC)/Vermont* (Am. East)
8 Virginia
9 Alabama
5 Temple* (Atlantic 10)
12 Seton Hall/NC State
4 Indiana
13 Akron* (MAC)
6 Creighton
11 BYU
3 UNLV* (Mountain West)
14 Iona* (MAAC)
7 Florida
10 Purdue
2 Duke* (ACC)
15 Weber State* (Big Sky)
SOUTH - Atlanta
1 Kentucky* (SEC)
16 Long Island* (Northeast)
8 Saint Louis
9 Iowa State
5 Saint Mary's* (West Coast)
12 Long Beach State* (Big West)
4 Michigan
13 Cleveland State* (Horizon)
6 Florida State
11 Xavier/Northwestern
3 Marquette
14 Drexel* (Colonial)
7 Murray State* (Ohio Valley)
10 Illinois
2 Baylor
15 Davidson* (Southern)
MIDWEST - St. Louis
1 Missouri
16 Norfolk State* (MEAC)
8 Mississippi State
9 Harvard* (Ivy)
5 Wichita State* (Missouri Valley)
12 Minnesota
4 San Diego State
13 Middle Tennessee State* (Sun Belt)
6 Gonzaga
11 Connecticut
3 North Carolina
14 Nevada* (WAC)
7 Southern Miss (Conference USA)
10 West Virginia
2 Michigan State* (Big Ten)
15 Bucknell* (Patriot)
WEST - Phoenix
1 Kansas* (Big 12)
16 UNC-Asheville* (Big South)/UT-Arlington* (Southland)
8 Notre Dame
9 New Mexico
5 Wisconsin
12 Miami (Fla.)
4 Louisville
13 Dayton
6 Vanderbilt
11 California* (Pac-12)
3 Georgetown
14 Belmont* (Atlantic Sun)
7 Memphis
10 Kansas State
2 Ohio State
15 Oral Roberts* (Summit)

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

Last four in: Seton Hall, NC State, Northwestern, Xavier.

Last four out: Arizona, Cincinnati, Texas, Colorado State.

Bids by conference: Big Ten (9); Big East (8); ACC (6); SEC and Big 12 (5); Atlantic 10 (4); West Coast and Mountain West (3); Missouri Valley and Conference USA (2).

Notes: Harvard and Kansas State swapped seeds to help solve bracket conflicts. The opening-round at-large games were moved to the 11- and 12-seed lines to help conform to schedule and ease travel. Kentucky is the No. 1 overall seed. Syracuse is No.2, then Missouri and then Kansas.

For more in-depth analysis, check out the Bubble Watch.

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