Posted: Tuesday January 10, 2012 11:58AM ; Updated: Tuesday January 10, 2012 11:58AM
Andy Glockner
Andy Glockner>BRACKET WATCH

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

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Syracuse, Kentucky, Ohio State and North Carolina all grab No. 1 seeds this week

Saint Joseph's, Colorado State, LSU and Arizona are the week's last four out

Big Ten and Big East lead conferences with the most NCAA tournament bids

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.

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

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