By Andy Glockner
January 24, 2012
2012 NCAA Tournament Projection
 
 
EAST - Boston
 
Pittsburgh
 
1 Syracuse* (Big East)
16 UT-Arlington* (Southland)/Boston U.* (Am. East)
 
 
8 Temple
9 Memphis
 
 
Louisville
 
5 Kansas State
12 NC State/BYU
 
 
4 Indiana
13 Davidson* (Southern)
 
 
Albuquerque
 
6 Connecticut
11 Purdue
 
 
3 UNLV
14 Oral Roberts* (Summit)
 
 
Greensboro
 
7 Wisconsin
10 Harvard* (Ivy)
 
 
2 Duke* (Atlantic Coast)
15 Bucknell* (Patriot)
 
SOUTH - Atlanta
 
Louisville
 
1 Kentucky* (SEC)
16 Long Island* (Northeast)
 
 
8 Florida State
9 Wichita State
 
 
Portland
 
5 Saint Mary's* (West Coast)
12 Cincinnati
 
 
4 San Diego State* (Mountain West)
13 Middle Tennessee State* (Sun Belt)
 
 
Greensboro
 
6 Illinois
11 Stanford
 
 
3 Georgetown
14 Iona* (MAAC)
 
 
Albuquerque
 
7 Dayton* (Atlantic 10)
10 Southern Miss* (Conference USA)
 
 
2 Baylor
15 Weber State* (Big Sky)
 
 
 
 
 
MIDWEST - St. Louis
 
Pittsburgh
 
1 Ohio State
16 Miss. Valley St.* (SWAC)/UNC-Asheville* (Big South)
 
 
8 Xavier
9 Florida
 
 
Portland
 
5 Vanderbilt
12 Colorado State
 
 
4 Creighton* (Missouri Valley)
13 Long Beach State* (Big West)
 
 
Columbus
 
6 Gonzaga
11 Iowa State
 
 
3 West Virginia
14 Belmont (Atlantic Sun)
 
 
Omaha
 
7 Michigan
10 California* (Pac-12)
 
 
2 Missouri
15 Akron* (MAC)
 
WEST - Phoenix
 
Omaha
 
1 Kansas* (Big 12)
16 Norfolk State* (MEAC)
 
 
8 Mississippi State
9 Virginia
 
 
Nashville
 
5 Seton Hall
12 Marshall/Saint Louis
 
 
4 Murray State* (Ohio Valley)
13 Cleveland State* (Horizon)
 
 
Nashville
 
6 Marquette
11 Minnesota
 
 
3 North Carolina
14 Nevada* (WAC)
 
 
Columbus
 
7 Alabama
10 Louisville
 
 
2 Michigan State* (Big Ten)
15 George Mason* (Colonial)
 
 

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

Last four in: Marshall, NC State, Saint Louis, BYU.

Last four out: Oregon, New Mexico, Northwestern, Arizona.

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

Note: Cincinnati and Stanford swapped seeds to help avoid bracket conflicts.

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