Posted: Tuesday December 27, 2011 4:02PM ; Updated: Tuesday December 27, 2011 11:21PM
Andy Glockner

'Cuse, Duke snag No.1 seeds in first Bracket Watch of 2011 season

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Duke, Kentucky, Syracuse and Ohio State grab No. 1 seeds in Bracket Watch

Big Ten, Big East are leading other conferences with 9 and 8 bids, respectively

Expect bid distribution to switch up once conference play starts this week

2012 NCAA Tournament Projection
EAST - Boston
1 Duke* (ACC)
16 Miss. Valley St. (SWAC)/Maine* (Am. East)
8 Murray State* (Ohio Valley)
9 Saint Joseph's* (Atlantic 10)
5 Georgetown
12 Marshall
4 Indiana
13 Cal/Dayton
6 Michigan
11 Saint Louis
3 Connecticut
14 Davidson* (SoCon)
7 Northern Iowa* (Missouri Valley)
10 Virginia
2 Florida
15 New Mexico State* (WAC)
SOUTH - Atlanta
1 Kentucky
16 Norfolk State* (MEAC)
8 Seton Hall
9 Florida State
5 Michigan State
12 Texas
4 UNLV* (Mountain West)
13 Long Beach State* (Big West)
6 Xavier
11 Purdue
3 Marquette
14 VCU* (Colonial)
7 Vanderbilt
10 Illinois
2 Baylor* (Big 12)
15 Lamar* (Southland)
WEST - Phoenix
1 Syracuse* (Big East)
16 South Dakota State* (Summit)
8 Temple
9 Alabama* (SEC)
5 Mississippi State
12 Memphis
4 Kansas
13 Belmont
6 Gonzaga* (West Coast)
11 Wichita State
3 Wisconsin
14 Denver* (Sun Belt)
7 West Virginia
10 Ohio* (MAC)
2 North Carolina
15 Wagner* (Northeast)
MIDWEST - St. Louis
1 Ohio State
16 Charleston So.* (Big South)/Weber St.* (Big Sky)
8 San Diego State
9 Pittsburgh
5 Creighton
12 Arizona* (Pac-12)
4 Kansas State
13 Saint Mary's/Northwestern
6 Minnesota* (Big Ten)
11 Harvard* (Ivy)
3 Missouri
14 Cleveland State* (Horizon)
7 Southern Miss* (Conference USA)
10 Iona* (MAAC)
2 Louisville
15 Bucknell* (Patriot)

Last four in: California, Dayton, Northwestern, Saint Mary's.
Last four out: New Mexico, BYU, Indiana State, Stanford.

Bids by conference: Big Ten (9); Big East (8); Big 12, SEC, Atlantic 10 (5); ACC (4); C-USA, Missouri Valley (3); West Coast, Mountain West, Pac-12 (2)

Notes: Bids don't go by conference, but things will normalize once conference play begins. It will be very difficult for the Big Ten to get nine of 12 teams in, and I'd expect the Mountain West and Atlantic 10 to be closer to three bids each than a three-bid gap.

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

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