UPDATED: 2012 NCAA Tournament Bracket Prediction
This update takes into account all games through Wednesday March 7th, and some games that took place on Thursday, March 8th.
There was absolutely no movement on the top eight seed lines, as nearly all the games of the past couple days have involved bubble teams or worse. The few protected seeds that played since the NCAA bracket was last updated have all emerged victorious.
So, let’s take a look at the lower seeds.
Three teams won their conference tournaments to capture automatic bids: Detroit (Horizon), Lehigh (Patriot), and Western Kentucky (Sun Belt). They knock out three former projected autobids: Valparaiso, Bucknell, and North Texas.
Two other at large teams fell out of the the bracket: Northwestern and Seton Hall. Northwestern lost their Big Ten tournament opener today, falling in overtime to Minnesota. That was enough to push them into the first four out. Seton Hall, meanwhile, beat Providence, but lost to Louisville. They fell out partly because they wasted an opportunity for a big win, but also because upon further review, I think Drexel and Miami are both on the right side of the bubble, and somebody had to go.
As mentioned above, Drexel and Miami FL round out the new additions to the 2012 March Madness bracket prediction.
The last four out today: Seton Hall, Tennessee, Northwestern, Oregon
The next four out: Dayton, North Carolina State, St. Joseph’s, Iona