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2012 NCAA Final Four Bracket Predictions

by Blake Stevens on Monday, March 12th, 2012

Selection Sunday has comer and gone, as we are now ready for the Madness to begin. 68 of the best teams college basketball teams in the nation will be competing from now until the end of March for the right to play in New Orleans’ 2012 NCAA Final Four bracket predictions.

So, which teams should we expect to see emerge from each region? Most people would think that each one of the top-seeded teams from each bracket should make it to the Final Four. However, if this year’s conference tournament was any indication, we may be in for a wild month. Let’s take a look at what Selection Sunday committee members decided the seedings should look like:

South region:
1. Kentucky
2. Duke
3. Baylor
4. Indiana
5. Wichita State
6. UNLV
7. Notre Dame
8. Iowa State
9. Connecticut
10. Xavier
11. Colorado
12. VCU
13. New Mexico State
14. South Dakota State
15. Lehigh
16. MVSU/WKU

East region:
1. Syracuse
2. Ohio State
3. Florida State
4. Wisconsin
5. Vanderbilt
6. Cincinnati
7. Gonzaga
8. Kansas State
9. Southern Miss
10. West Virginia
11. Texas
12. Harvard
13. Montana
14. Saint Bonaventure
15. Loyola (MD)
16. NC Ashville

Midwest region:
1. North Carolina
2. Kansas
3. Georgetown
4. Michigan
5. Temple
6. San Diego State
7. Saint Mary’s
8. Creighton
9. Alabama
10. Purdue
11. NC State
12. CAL/USF
13. Ohio
14. Belmont
15. Detroit
16. Lamar/Vermont

West Region:
1. Michigan State
2. Missouri
3. Marquette
4. Louisville
5. New Mexico
6. Murray State
7. Florida
8. Memphis
9. St. Louis
10. Virginia
11. Colorado State
12. Long Beach State
13. Davidson
14. BYU/Iona
15. Norfolk State
16. LIU Brooklyn

The 2012 NCAA Final Four bracket predictions according to NCAA basketball odds are:

South: Kentucky
The Wildcats finished the season ranked first in the country and in the SEC with a 32-2 (Conf: 16-0) record. Losing all but one game all season long was great, as they captured the regular season, SEC title. However, UK doesn’t seem as unbeatable as it did all year after being stunned by Vanderbilt in the SEC championship game, 64-71.

East: Syracuse.
Like the Wildcats, the Orange were also one of the best teams this year, record-wise. Despite all the controversy and hoopla surrounding the offcourt stuff happening around them, Syracuse’s men’s basketball team was able to keep it together and earn a top seed. But, Jim Boeheim & Co. have another thing in common with the Wildcats they would rather not have. After finishing the season with a 31-2 (Conf: 17-1) mark, the Orange were also upset in the conference tournament, falling to Cincinnati 68-71 in the conf semifinals.

Midwest: North Carolina.
With Roy Williams at the helm, the North Carolina Tar Heels finished the season with an impressive 29-5 (Conf: 14-2), good enough for first in the ACC. After beating Maryland and NC State, UNC seem poised to win a conference tournament title as they faced Florida State. But the Heels ran into a team playing with a lot of confidence, and much like their fellow top seeds, were stunned in the championship game, 82-85 by the Noles.

West: Michigan State.
In the case of Tom Izzo and his squad, they would go on to be the only of the bracket top seeds to actually finish the job. After winning a Big Ten regular season title with a 27-7 (Conf: 13-5) mark, many people had doubts about this team going into the conference tournament. However, the Spartans buckled down in the late-going, defeating Iowa, Wisconsin and Ohio State on their way to a conference tournament championship. How of all the Final Four bracket predictions teams, MSU is actually the only one to finish the job in conference tournament week! 

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