NCAA Tournament Bracket 2012 Projections

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NCAA Tournament Bracket 2012 Projections
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Despite losing the SEC Championship to Vanderbilt, Kentucky is still the No. 1 overall seed

This is a projected NCAA Tournament bracket, released prior to the official bracket announcements on Sunday, March 11 at 6:00 PM ET.


Top Seeds

1. Kentucky (Midwest Region, St. Louis): The overall number one seed, even after a loss to Vanderbilt in the SEC Championship game.  The Wildcats’ undefeated SEC regular season, combined with wins over Kansas, North Carolina and Louisville, helped ensure they would not fall from the spot despite the loss on Sunday.

2. Syracuse (East Region, Boston): The Orange held on to the second overall seed despite its loss to Cincinnati in the Big East Tournament semifinal.  A 17-1 mark in the Big East and five wins over Top 25 teams highlights Syracuse’s outstanding regular season.

3. Ohio State/Michigan State winner (South Region, Atlanta): The Big Ten co-champions have virtually identical numbers heading into their Big Ten Championship matchup.  Each team has 10 wins over Top 50 teams, nine road/neutral wins and split during the regular season thanks to wins on the other’s home court.  The winner of the third meeting deserves the edge in seeding.

4. Kansas (West Region, Phoenix): Thanks to North Carolina’s loss to Florida State in the ACC Final, Kansas slides back up to the final No. 1 seed after losing to Baylor in the Big 12 semifinal.  Kansas had an outstanding regular season, winning the Big 12 outright—by two games over Missouri—and beating Ohio State, Georgetown, Baylor (twice) and splitting with Missouri.

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