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College Basketball: 2012-13 NCAA Tournament Projections

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The first college basketball games of the NCAA Tournament are more than four months from the start of the season, which begins Nov. 9, but it's never too early to start projections for March Madness.

Here is our best guess of how the field might appear Tournament play begins on March 19 with the First Four in Dayton.

SEED

MIDWEST

EAST

SOUTH

WEST

1

Indiana

Louisville

Kentucky

Kansas

 

2

Ohio State

Arizona

Michigan

Syracuse

 

3

Duke

Michigan State

NC State

UCLA

 

4

Missouri

San Diego State

North Carolina

UNLV

 

5

Baylor

Memphis

Notre Dame

Florida

6

Tennessee

Florida State

Marquette

Creighton

7

VCU

Cincinnati

Georgia

Minnesota

8

Kansas State

Texas

Oklahoma State

Wisconsin

9

BYU

Saint Mary's

Cal

Saint Louis

10

Pittsburgh

West Virginia

Georgetown

USF

11

Colorado State

New Mexico

Wichita State

Temple

12

Stanford/Marshall

Miami/Arkansas

Drexel

Harvard

13

Davidson

Utah State

Ohio

Murray State

14

Middle Tennessee

Valparaiso

Lehigh

Long Beach State

15

Oral Roberts

LIU-Brooklyn

South Dakota State

Montana

16

Savannah State

Vermont

Charleston Southern/

Loyola (Md.)/

 

 

 

Southern

Mercer

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Projected NIT Field
Alabama
Butler
Clemson
Colorado
Delaware
Denver
George Mason
Georgia
Illinois
Illinois State
Iowa
Iowa State
Maryland
Northern Iowa
Northwestern
Oklahoma
Ole Miss
Oregon State
Providence
Purdue
Rutgers
Saint Joseph's
San Diego
Seton Hall
St. Bonaventure
St. John's
Texas A&M
UMass
USC
UTEP
Virginia
Washington
   

NCAA Tournament bids by conference

Big East (8): Cincinnati, Georgetown, Louisville, Marquette, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, USF
Big 12 (6): Baylor, Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma State, Texas, West Virginia
Big Ten (6): Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State, Wisconsin
ACC (5): Duke, Florida State, Miami, NC State, North Carolina
SEC (5): Arkansas, Florida, Kentucky, Missouri, Tennessee
Mountain West (4): Colorado State, New Mexico, San Diego State, UNLV
Pac-12 (4): Arizona, Cal, Stanford, UCLA
Atlantic 10 (3): Saint Louis, Temple, VCU
West Coast (3): BYU, Gonzaga, Saint Mary's
Conference USA (2): Marshall, Memphis
Missouri Valley (2): Creighton, Wichita State
America East: Vermont
Atlantic Sun: Mercer
Big Sky: Montana
Big South: Charleston Southern
Big West: Long Beach State
Colonial: Drexel
Horizon: Valparaiso
Ivy: Harvard
MAAC: Loyola (Md.)
MAC: Ohio
MEAC: Savannah State
Northeast: LIU-Brooklyn
Ohio Valley: Murray State
Patriot: Lehigh
Southern: Davidson
Southland: Oral Roberts
Summit: South Dakota State
Sun Belt: Middle Tennessee
SWAC: Southern
WAC: Utah State