Apr 7, 2011, 10:36 AM EDT
We just finished another great NCAA Tournament. Ready for more? Sure. So why not take an early look at March Madness – 2012. Yes, there’s a lot we don’t know. Several players will decided whether to make a leap to the NBA or return to college. It may be especially challenging this year with the threat of an NBA lockout. That in mind, here’s a not-too-serious, but fun look ahead at what we might see on Selection Sunday next March. It’s a good thing these things are actually decided on the court.
Based on what we know and/or anticipate … our No. 1 seeds are Kentucky, North Carolina, Syracuse, and Ohio State. Connecticut, the defending champs, open as a 2 seed.
NOTE: In the 68-team format you will notice two pairing games that represent the First Four pairings. In this bracket the First Four games would be … South Carolina vs. Dayton | Virginia vs. BYU | UT-San Antonio vs. NC-Ashville | Hampton vs. Tx-Southern. The final four at-large teams are paired along with the teams seeded 65-68 on the S-curve. The matchups are indicated in the bracket below.
BRACKET PROJECTION … 2012
|EAST – Boston||SOUTHEAST – Atlanta|
|1) North Carolina||1) Kentucky|
|16) Hampton / Tx-Southern||16) NC-Asheville / UT-San Antonio|
|8 Colorado||8 USC|
|9) Georgia||9) Georgetown|
|5) Marquette||5) Texas A-M|
|12) Harvard||12) Maryland|
|4) Wisconsin||4) Memphis|
|13) Creighton||13) Kent State|
|6) Butler||6) Missouri|
|11) Illinois||11) Washington State|
|3) Vanderbilt||3) Michigan|
|14) Wofford||14) Bucknell|
|7) George Mason||7) Xavier|
|10) Kansas State||10) New Mexico|
|2) Connecticut||2) Louisville|
|15) Florida-Atlantic||15) Murray State|
|SOUTHWEST – St. Louis||WEST – Phoenix|
|1) Syracuse||1) Ohio State|
|16) Montana||16) UC-Santa Barbara|
|8 Michigan State||8 West Virginia|
|9) Temple||9) Washington|
|5) Alabama||5) Gonzaga|
|12) Virginia / BYU||12) South Carolina / Dayton|
|4) UCLA||4) Cincinnati|
|13) Utah State||13) Belmont|
|6) Florida||6) Pittsburgh|
|11) California||11) VCU|
|3) Kansas||3) Arizona|
|14) Iona||14) Long Island|
|7) Villanova||7) Florida State|
|10) Purdue||10) Wichita State|
|2) Duke||2) Texas|
|15) Vermont||15) Oral Roberts|
NOTES on the BRACKET: Kentucky is the overall No. 1 seed followed by North Carolina, Syracuse, and Ohio State.
Last Five teams in (at large): Maryland, BYU, South Carolina, Virginia, Dayton
First Five teams out (at large): Notre Dame, Old Dominion, Clemson, St. John’s, Duquesne
Also considered (at large): Virginia Tech, Penn State, Nebraska, Arkansas, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Indiana, Marshall, Tulsa, St. Mary’s, San Francisco, Hofstra, Indiana State, UW-Milwaukee, Detroit, Western Michigan, Akron, Mississippi State, Colorado State, San Diego State, Richmond, UAB, UTEP, Oakland
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