2012 NCAA Tournament Bracket Predictions

March 13, 2012

You gotta love this time of year: March Madness.  The NCAA Basketball Tournament kicks off this week, with the play-in games tipping off this evening (Tuesday March 13).  Below is my initial bracket predictions, all the way through the Final Four.  I will post updates after each round with predictions reflecting those who actually play. (Yes, this mean I expect to be wrong sometimes.)

A printable bracket can be downloaded by clicking: 2012 NCAA Tourney

Play-in Games

  • Western Kentucky > Mississippi Valley State
  • Iona > BYU
  • Vermont > Lamar
  • Californina > South Florida

Round One

East Region

  • 1 Syracuse > 16 UNC-Asheville
  • 2 Ohio State > 15 Loyola-MD
  • 3 Florida State > 14 St Bonaventure
  • 4 Wisconsin > 13 Montana
  • 5 Vanderbilt > 12 Harvard
  • 6 Cincinnati > 11 Texas
  • 10 West Virginia > 7 Gonzaga
  • 9 Southern Mississippi > 8 Kansas State

South Region

  • 1 Kentucky > 16 Western Kentucky
  • 2 Duke > 15 Lehigh
  • 3 Baylor > 14 San Diego State
  • 4 Indiana > 13 New Mexico State
  • 12 Virginia Commonwealth > 5 Wichita State
  • 11 Colorado > 6 UNLV
  • 7 Notre Dame > 10 Xavier
  • 9 Connecticut > 8 Iowa State

Midwest Region

  • 1 North Carolina > 16 Vermont
  • 2 Kansas > 15 Detroit
  • 14 Belmont > 3 Georgetown
  • 13 Ohio > 4 Michigan
  • 5 Temple > 12 California
  • 11 North Carolina State > 6 San Diego State
  • 10 Purdue > 7 St Mary’s
  • 9 Alabama > 8 Creighton

West Region

  • 1 Michigan State > 16 Long Island Univ.
  • 2 Missouri > 15 Norfolk State
  • 3 Marquette > 14 Iona
  • 4 Louisville > 13 Davidson
  • 5 New Mexico > 12 Long Beach State
  • 6 Murray State > 11 Colorado State
  • 7 Florida > 10 Virginia
  • 8 Memphis > 9 St Louis

Round 2

East Region

  • 1 Syracuse > 9 Southern Mississippi
  • 10 West Virginia > 2 Ohio State
  • 6 Cincinnati > 3 Florida State
  • 5 Vanderbilt > 4 Wisconsin

South Region

  • 1 Kentucky > 9 Connecticut
  • 2 Duke > 7 Notre Dame
  • 3 Baylor > 11 Colorado
  • 12 Virginia Commonwealth > 4 Indiana

Midwest Region

  • 1 North Carolina > 9 Alabama
  • 2 Kansas > 10 Purdue
  • 14 Belmont > 11 North Carolina State
  • 5 Temple > 13 Ohio

West Region

  • 1 Michigan State > 8 Memphis
  • 2 Missouri > 7 Florida
  • 3 Marquette > 6 Murray State
  • 4 Louisville > 5 New Mexico

Sweet 16

East Region

  • 5 Vanderbilt > 1 Syracuse
  • 10 West Virginia > 6 Cincinnati

South Region

  • 1 Kentucky > 12 Virginia Commonwealth
  • 3 Baylor > 2 Duke

Midwest Region

  • 1 North Carolina > 5 Temple
  • 2 Kansas > 14 Belmont

West Region

  • 1 Michigan State > 4 Louisville
  • 2 Missouri > 3 Marquette

Elite 8

East Region

  • 5 Vanderbilt > 10 West Virginia

South Region

  • 1 Kentucky > 3 Baylor

Midwest Region

  • 1 North Carolina > 2 Kansas

West Region

  • 2 Missouri > 1 Michigan State

Final Four

  • Vanderbilt
  • Kentucky
  • North Carolina
  • Missouri

NCAA Champions:

Kentucky

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