Posted: Monday March 5, 2012 11:13AM ; Updated: Sunday March 11, 2012 5:38PM
Andy Glockner
Andy Glockner>BRACKET WATCH

Conference tournaments shake up NCAA bracket predictions

Story Highlights

Kentucky, Kansas, North Carolina, Syracuse clinch No. 1s for NCAA tournament

Bracket Watch's last four tournament teams in: Seton Hall, BYU, Drexel, Marshall

The Big Ten and Big 12 conferences are both on track to receive six bids a piece

2012 NCAA Tournament Projection
 
 
EAST - Boston
 
Pittsburgh
 
1 Syracuse
16 Miss. Valley St.* (SWAC)/ Western Kentucky* (Sun Belt)
 
 
8 Iowa State
9 Alabama
 
 
Albuquerque
 
5 San Diego State
12 Virginia
 
 
4 Wisconsin
13 Marshall/BYU
 
 
Albuquerque
 
6 Florida
11 West Virginia
 
 
3 Baylor
14 Davidson* (SoCon)
 
 
Greensboro
 
7 Murray State* (Ohio Valley)
10 Purdue
 
 
2 Duke
15 Lehigh* (Patriot)
 
SOUTH - Atlanta
 
Louisville
 
1 Kentucky
16 UNC-Asheville* (Big South)
 
 
8 Gonzaga
9 Saint Louis
 
 
Portland
 
5 Wichita State
12 Long Beach State* (Big West)
 
 
4 Florida State* (ACC)
13 Ohio* (MAC)
 
 
Louisville
 
6 Cincinnati
11 California
 
 
3 Michigan
14 New Mexico State* (WAC)
 
 
Omaha
 
7 UNLV
10 Harvard* (Ivy)
 
 
2 Missouri* (Big 12)
15 Montana* (Big Sky)
 
 
 
 
 
MIDWEST - St. Louis
 
Greensboro
 
1 North Carolina
16 Vermont* (Am. East)/Norfolk St. * (MEAC)
 
 
8 Kansas State
9 Connecticut
 
 
Nashville
 
5 Vanderbilt* (SEC)
12 Drexel/Seton Hall
 
 
4 Indiana
13 Belmont* (Atlantic Sun)
 
 
Nashville
 
6 Memphis* (Conference USA)
11 Texas
 
 
3 Louisville* (Big East)
14 South Dakota State* (Summit)
 
 
Pittsburgh
 
7 Temple
10 Colorado State
 
 
2 Ohio State
15 Detroit* (Horizon)
 
WEST - Phoenix
 
Columbus
 
1 Michigan State* (Big Ten)
16 Lamar* (Southland)
 
 
8 Notre Dame
9 Southern Miss
 
 
Portland
 
5 New Mexico* (Mountain West)
12 St. Bonaventure* (Atlantic 10)
 
 
4 Georgetown
13 Colorado* (Pac-12)
 
 
Columbus
 
6 Creighton* (Missouri Valley)
11 Xavier
 
 
3 Marquette
14 Loyola (Md.)* (MAAC)
 
 
Omaha
 
7 Saint Mary's* (West Coast)
10 VCU* (Colonial)
 
 
2 Kansas
15 Long Island* (Northeast)
 
 
belmont

* Teams in black are actual auto-bid winners from completed tournaments.

Last four in: Seton Hall, BYU, Drexel, Marshall.

Last four out: NC State, Iona, South Florida, Dayton.

Bids by conference: Big East (9); Big 12 and Big Ten (6); ACC (5); SEC and Mountain West (4); Atlantic 10, West Coast and Conference USA (3), Colonial, Pac-12 and Missouri Valley (2).

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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