Posted: Tuesday February 21, 2012 1:24PM ; Updated: Tuesday February 21, 2012 1:24PM
Andy Glockner
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Duke climbs back to No. 1 seed-standing, more Bracket Watch

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Duke, Kentucky, Syracuse, Missouri top this week's Bracket Watch as No 1 seeds

C-USA, Missouri Valley, Pac-12 have the lowest number of expected bids at two

Kentucky is the No. 1 overall seed with Syracuse coming in as the second

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

Last four out: Colorado State, Arizona, Central Florida, Texas.

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

Notes: 1) The opening-round at-large games were moved to the 11- and 12-seed lines to help conform to schedule and ease travel.

2) Kentucky is the No. 1 overall seed. Syracuse is No.2, then Missouri and then Duke.

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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