Posted: Tuesday January 17, 2012 12:55PM ; Updated: Tuesday January 17, 2012 12:55PM
Andy Glockner
Andy Glockner>BRACKET WATCH

Baylor grabs No. 1 seed as Arizona, others fall out of NCAA bracket

Story Highlights

Syracuse, Baylor, Duke, Kentucky grab No. 1 seeds in this week's bracket

After a 33-point loss to FSU, North Carolina was downgraded to a No. 3 seed

Big Ten, Big East lead this week's Bracket Watch with 9 and 7 bids respectively

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

* Designated auto-bid winners from each conference, based on best RPI for conference leader (fewest league losses)

Last four in: Saint Louis, BYU, Minnesota, Marshall.

Last four out: Arizona and then take your pick from a group of flawed candidates.

Bids by conference: Big Ten (9); Big East (7); Big 12 and SEC (5); ACC, Mountain West and Atlantic 10 (4); Conference USA and West Coast (3); Pac-12 and Missouri Valley (2)

Note: The at-large play-in games were moved to 11-seeds to accommodate travel from Dayton as well as other bracketing restrictions. New Mexico and Wisconsin swapped seeds to help avoid bracket conflicts.

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

Got a bone to pick with the Bracket Watch? Send feedback to bubblewatch@gmail.com.
 

 
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