UNC pushes its way to a No. 1 seed, more bracket predictions

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