Posted: Tuesday February 28, 2012 12:34PM ; Updated: Tuesday February 28, 2012 12:34PM
Andy Glockner

Bracket Watch: Michigan State scores No. 1 seed, as Mizzou drops

Story Highlights

Syracuse, Kentucky, Michigan State, Duke grab No. 1 seeds in bracket projections

Last four out of Bracket Watch: Saint Joseph's, Arizona, BYU and South Florida

Big East and Big Ten lead the conference pack with nine and seven bids expected

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

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

Last four in: Xavier, Colorado State, Northwestern, Texas.

Last four out: Saint Joseph's, Arizona, BYU, South Florida.

Bids by conference: Big East (9); Big Ten (7); Big 12 (6); SEC and ACC (5); Atlantic 10 and Mountain West (4); Conference USA, West Coast, Missouri Valley and Pac-12 (2).

Notes: Mississippi State and Seton Hall switched seeds to ease bracket conflicts.

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

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