Tuesday, February 28, 2012

2/29/12 Bracket

Selection Sunday is less than two weeks away.
We will be updating the bracket daily during this stretch.
Here is the latest projection of what the field will be on March 11.
* Indicates the team is new to the bracket.

Be sure to check out all the brackets in the Bracket Matrix: http://bracketproject.50webs.com/matrix.htm

1 seeds: Syracuse, Kentucky, Kansas, Michigan St.

Syracuse stands at an impressive 29-1 as they get ready to host #18 Louisville in their regular season finale. The Orange have already secured a #1 seed in the NCAA tournament, and will be placed in the Boston/East region. Kentucky enters the week 28-1 and hosts Georgia, then travels to #13 Florida. The Wildcats have locked up a #1 seed as well.  They will head to the Atlanta/Southeast region. Kansas beat Oklahoma St. on Monday night and clinched the outright Big 12 title. They finish up the regular season with a home game against Texas, who is the only team to beat the Jayhawks at home in the last four seasons. Michigan St. was beaten badly at #20 Indiana on Tuesday night, but can still clinch the outright Big 10 title with a win over Ohio St. on Sunday. While most brackets will push Michigan St. down to the #2 line, keep in mind that the committee will most likely reward the regular season champion - from the nation's best conference.  Also, the Spartans have played the second most difficult schedule in the nation this year.

2 seeds: Duke, North Carolina, Missouri, Ohio St

Duke survived yet another home loss, by beating Virginia Tech in overtime on Saturday. Tuesday night they beat Wake Forest, now they come home to battle arch rival #6 UNC.  North Carolina has a home game against Maryland Wednesday, before traveling to Duke.  The ACC's crown will be on the line Saturday, and the winner will keep hopes alive for a #1 seed in the NCAA tournament.  Missouri lost two hard fought games last week to Kansas St. & Kansas, but showed that they will be a dangerous team come tournament time. They host Iowa St on Wednesday then travel to struggling Texas Tech.  Ohio St. has began to struggle, losing 3 of 5.  They must regroup quickly as this week they have trips to Northwestern, and Michigan St.  Buckeyes must split the pair or will likely be looking at a 3 seed come March 11.

3 seeds: Marquette, Georgetown, Michigan, Baylor

Marquette continues their impressive stretch, winning 12 of 13 games and are poised to jump Ohio St and reach the #2 seed line.  This week will test the Golden Eagles as they travel to bubble bound Cincinnati, then host #12 Georgetown. If Marquette can win at least 1 of those two games, they will be the #2 seed in the Big East tourney. Georgetown picked up a solid home win over Notre Dame on Monday night 59-41.  The win helped them keep pace for a #3 seed not only in the Big East tourney, but in the NCAA tournament as well.  Michigan lost their first home game of the season on Saturday to Purdue, and have two road games this week to close out their Big 10 schedule - at struggling Illinois & at Penn St. If Michigan wins both games, they will likely be the #2 seed in the Big 10 tournament next week.  Baylor faces Iowa St. on the road in their regular season finale.  This will be a key game for the Bears as they try to wrap up third place in the Big 12.  A loss would likely put Baylor on the #4 seed line for the big dance.

4 seeds: Wisconsin, Indiana, Vanderbilt, Florida St.

5 seeds: Wichita St, Louisville, Florida, Notre Dame

6 seeds: Temple, New Mexico, Murray St, San Diego St.

7 seeds: UNLV, Gonzaga, St. Marys, Kansas St.

8 seeds: St. Louis, Purdue, Memphis, Iowa St

9 seeds: Seton Hall, Creighton, S. Miss, Washington

10 seeds: Long Beach St, West Virginia, Alabama, Virginia

11 seeds: California, BYU, Texas, Drexel

12 seeds: Cincinnati, Miami (FL), St. Joseph's*, Northwestern/Arizona

13 seeds: South Florida/Colorado St*, Oral Roberts, Middle Tenn, Harvard

14 seeds: Valparaiso, Davidson, Iona, Nevada

15 seeds: Belmont, Bucknell, Montana*, Akron

16 seeds: Norfolk St, Vermont, Miss Valley St/UNC Asheville, Texas Arlington/Wagner

Last Four In:     Northwestern, Arizona, South Florida, Colorado St.
First Four Out:  UConn, Xavier, Dayton, VCU
Next Four Out:  NC State, Miss. St, Oregon, Colorado

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