Selection Sunday Bracketology: Kentucky Locks Up Overall No. 1 Seed
Here's the final edition of my bracketology for the 2011-12 season.
As the final conference championship games are completed throughout the day, I will continue updating this article accordingly.
With the 68-team format, there will be four play-in games. There will be two play-in games for the bottom four at-large teams and two play-in games for the bottom four conference tournament winners who earned automatic bids.
In the bracket, the winner of the South Region plays the winner of the West Region, and the winner of the Midwest Region plays the winner of the East Region.
The South Region and the West Region hold the overall No. 1 and No. 4 seeds, respectively. The East Region and Midwest Region hold the overall No. 2 and No. 3 seeds, respectively.
Automatic bids: UNC-Asheville (Big South), Murray State (OVC), Belmont (A-Sun), Creighton (MVC), Loyola-MD (MAAC), VCU (CAA), Davidson (SoCon), St. Mary's (WCC), Western Kentucky (Sun Belt), Detroit (Horizon), South Dakota State (Summit), LIU (NEC), Lehigh (Patriot), and Montana (Big Sky), Harvard (Ivy), Vermont (A-East), Memphis (C-USA), Norfolk State (MEAC), Lamar (Southland), Missouri (Big 12), Colorado (Pac-12), New Mexico (MWC), Ohio (MAC), Mississippi Valley State (SWAC), Louisville (Big East), Long Beach State (Big West), New Mexico State (WAC), Saint Bonaventure (A-10), Florida State (ACC), Vanderbilt (SEC), Michigan State (Big Ten).
No. 1 Kentucky vs. No. 16 Miss. Valley State (SWAC)/Western Kentucky (Sun Belt)
No. 8 Kansas State vs. No. 9 Connecticut
No. 5 Murray State (OVC) vs. No. 12 Brigham Young/South Florida
No. 4 Wisconsin vs. No. 13 Saint Bonaventure (A-10)
No. 6 New Mexico (MWC) vs. No. 11 Long Beach State (Big West)
No. 3 Baylor vs. No. 14 Loyola-MD (MAAC)
No. 7 Cincinnati vs. No. 10 West Virginia
No. 2 Duke vs. No. 15 Montana (Big Sky)
No. 1 North Carolina vs. No. 16 Norfolk State (MEAC)
No. 8 Memphis (C-USA) vs. No. 9 Virginia
No. 5 Vanderbilt (SEC) vs. No. 12 Colorado (Pac-12)
No. 4 Indiana vs. No. 13 Virginia Commonwealth (CAA)
No. 6 Florida vs. No. 11 Harvard (Ivy)
No. 3 Louisville vs. No. 14 New Mexico State (WAC)
No. 7 Temple vs. No. 10 Texas
No. 2 Kansas vs. No. 15 Detroit (Horizon)
No. 1 Syracuse vs. No. 16 Vermont (A-East)/Lamar (Southland)
No. 8 Iowa State vs. No. 9 Saint Louis
No. 5 UNLV vs. No. 12 Seton Hall/California
No. 4 Florida State (ACC) vs. No. 13 Ohio (MAC)
No. 6 Notre Dame vs. No. 11 Xavier
No. 3 Michigan vs. No. 14 Davidson (SoCon)
No. 7 St. Mary's (WCC) vs. No. 10 Alabama
Which bubble team most deserves a bid to the 2012 NCAA tournament?
No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 15 LIU-Brooklyn (NEC)
No. 1 Michigan State (Big Ten) vs. No. 16 UNC-Asheville (Big South)
No. 8 San Diego State vs. No. 9 Purdue
No. 5 Wichita State vs. No. 12 NC State
No. 4 Georgetown vs. No. 13 South Dakota State (Summit)
No. 6 Creighton (MVC) vs. No. 11 Colorado State
No. 3 Marquette vs. No. 14 Belmont (A-Sun)
No. 7 Gonzaga vs. No. 10 Southern Miss
No. 2 Missouri (Big 12) vs. No. 15 Lehigh (Patriot)
Last Four In
Seton Hall, Brigham Young, South Florida, California
First Four Out
Mississippi State, Drexel, Washington, Iona
Next Four Out
Mississippi, Miami-FL, Dayton, Northwestern
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