2012 NCAA Tournament Bracket

The 2012 NCAA men’s basketball tournament will start on or about March 13th with the Final Four occurring on March 31st in New Orleans, Louisiana. The 2012 NCAA Championship game is scheduled for April 2nd, 2012 with all of the final four games being played at the Superdome. The location for the First Four will be in Dayton Ohio and be played on March 13-14, 2012. The 2012 NCAA regionals will occur in Boston, Atlanta, Phoenix, and St. Louis and all of the tournament games will be available for fans to watch again this March similar to the 2011 tournament.

How Often Has the NCAA Basketball Tournament Expanded?

Several times over the life of the tournament. The 2012 NCAA tournament will be the second year that there are 68 teams competing for the National championship. Here is a breakdown of the expansion years. Of note, teams would not always play in the NCAA Tournament when it was newer, instead opting for the NIT Tournament.

1939–1950: 8 teams

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1951–1952: 16 teams
1953–1974: varied between 22 and 25
1975–1978: 32 teams
1979: 40 teams
1980–1982: 48 teams
1983: 52 teams (four play-in games )
1984: 53 teams (five play-in games)
1985–2000: 64 teams
2001–2010: 65 teams (with 1 x play-in game)
2011–present: 68 teams (four play-in games in the First Four)

Facts About NCAA Basketball Tournament #1 Seeds

During the history of the NCAA Tournament, all four #1 seeds have only made it to the Final Four in the same year one time. That was in 2008 when Kansas, North Carolina, UCLA, and Memphis all won their respective regionals. The Memphis victories would later be vacated by the NCAA due to the play of an ineligible player. Six times in the history of the tournament have two #1 seeds played for the national championship:
1982 North Carolina defeated Georgetown
1993 North Carolina defeated Michigan
1999 Connecticut defeated Duke
2005 North Carolina defeated Illinois
2007 Florida defeated Ohio State
2008 Kansas defeated Memphis

2012 NCAA Tournament Bracket

2012 NCAA Tournament Printable Bracket

Last Updated: March 11th, 2012

2012 NCAA Tournament First Four (First Round) Bracket

March 13th and 14th 2012

Dayton, Ohio UD Arena University of Dayton

2012 NCAA Tournament Second and Third Round Brackets

March 15/17, 2012
Pittsburgh, PA, Consol Energy Center, Duquesne University

Portland, OR, Rose Garden Arena, University of Oregon

Albuquerque, NM, The Pit Arena, University of New Mexico

Louisville, KY, KFC Yum Arena, University of Louisville

March 16/18, 2012

Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena (Formerly Sommet Center), Ohio Valley Conference

Omaha, NE, CenturyLink Center (Formerly the Qwest Center), Creighton University

Columbus, OH, Nationwide Arena, Ohio State University

Greensboro, NC, Greensboro Coliseum, Atlantic Coast Conference

2012 NCAA Tournament Regional Brackets

March 22/24, 2012

East Regional
Boston, MA, TD Garden, Boston College

West Regional
Phoenix, AZ, US Airways Center, Arizona State University

March 23/25, 2012

South Regional
Atlanta, GA, Georgia Dome, Georgia Institute of Technology

* Note the Georgia Dome has been selected to be the host of the 2013 NCAA Tournament Final Four.

Midwest Regional

St. Louis, MO, Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis University

2012 NCAA Final Four Bracket

31 March/April 2, 2012
Superdome
New Orleans, LA
Tulane

2012 NCAA # 1 Seeds

The number one seeds in order with the region in parenthesis are:  Kentucky (South Region), Syracuse (East Region), North Carolina (Midwest Region) and Michigan State (West Region). The winner of the NCAA South region will play the winner of the west. The East Winner will take on the Midwest winner in the 2012 Final Four.

2012 NCAA Bracket

2012 NCAA South Region Bracket(Atlanta, Georgia)

Louisville, Kentucky
Date: Thursday, March 15, 2012
No.1 Kentucky vs. No. 16 Mississippi Valley State/Western Kentucky winner
No. 8 Iowa State vs. No. 9 Connecticut

Portland, Oregon
Date: Thursday, March 15, 2012
No. 5 Wichita State vs. No. 12 Virginia Commonwealth
No. 4 Indiana vs. No. 13 New Mexico State

Albuquerque, New Mexico
Date: Thursday, March 15, 2012
No. 6 UNLV vs. No. 11 Colorado
No. 3 Baylor vs. No. 14 South Dakota State

Greensboro, North Carolina
Date: Friday, March 16, 2012
No. 7 Notre Dame vs. No. 10 Xavier
No. 2 Duke vs. No. 15 Lehigh

2012 NCAA  West Region Bracket(Phoenix, Arizona)

Columbus, Ohio
Date: Friday March 16, 2012
No. 1 Michigan State vs. No. 16 Long Island University
No. 8 Memphis vs. No. 9 St. Louis

Portland, Oregon
Date: Thursday, March 15, 2012
No. 5 New Mexico vs. No. 12 Long Beach State
No. 4 Louisville vs. No. 13 Davidson

Louisville, Kentucky
Date: Thursday, March 15, 2012
No. 6 Murray State vs. No. 11 Colorado State
No. 3 Marquette vs. No. 14 BYU/Iona winner

Omaha, Nebraska
Date: Friday, March 16, 2012
No. 7 Florida vs. No. 10 Virginia
No. 2 Missouri vs. No. 15 Norfolk State

2012 NCAA East Region Bracket (Boston, MA)

Pittsburgh, PA
Date: Thursday, March 15, 2012
No. 1 Syracuse vs. No. 16 UNC-Asheville
No. 8 Kansas State vs. No. 9 Southern Miss

Albuquerque, New Mexico
Date: Thursday, March 15, 2012
No. 5 Vanderbilt vs. No. 12 Harvard
No. 4 Wisconsin vs. No. 13 Montana

Nashville, TN
Date: Friday, March 16, 2012
No. 6 Cincinnati vs. No. 11 Texas
No. 3 Florida State vs. No. 14 St. Bonaventure

Pittsburgh, PA
Date: Thursday, March 15, 2012
No. 7 Gonzaga vs. No. 10 West Virginia
No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 15 Loyola (MD)

2012 NCAA Midwest Region Bracket (St. Louis, MO)

Greensboro, North Carolina
Date: Friday, March 16, 2012
No. 1 North Carolina vs. No. 16 Lamar/Vermont winner
No. 8 Creighton vs. No. 9 Alabama

Nashville, TN
Date: Friday, March 16, 2012
No. 5 Temple vs. No. 12 California/USF winner
No. 4 Michigan vs. No. 13 Ohio

Columbus, Ohio
Date: Friday, March 16, 2012
No. 6 San Diego State vs. No. 11 NC State
No. 3 Georgetown vs. No. 14 Belmont

Omaha, Nebraska
Date: Friday, March 16, 2012
No. 7 Saint Mary’s vs. No. 10 Purdue
No. 2 Kansas vs. No. 15 Detroit

2012 NCAA Bracket Scores

2012 NCAA Bracket First Round Scores

Date: Tuesday March 13th, 2012

TIME (ET)    Matchup/Score

6:40 PM          (16) Western Kentucky 59 vs (16) Mississippi Valley State   58    tru TV

9:10 PM          (14) Iona 72 vs (14) Brigham Young 78       tru TV

Date: Wed March 14th, 2012

TIME (ET)    Matchup/Score

6:40 PM          (16) Vermont 71 vs (16) Lamar 59 truTV

9:10 PM          (12) South Florida 65 vs (12) California 54 truTV

2012 NCAA Bracket Second Round Scores

Date: Thursday March 15th, 2012

TIME (ET)    Matchup/Score

12:15 PM        (11) Colorado State 41 vs (6) Murray State 58     CBS

12:40 PM        (9) Southern Miss 64 vs (8) Kansas State 70         truTV

1:40 PM          (13) Davidson 62 vs (4) Louisville 69        TBS

2:10 PM          (13) Montana 49 vs (4) Wisconsin 73         TNT

2:45 PM          BYU 68 at (3) Marquette 88 CBS

3:10 PM          (16) UNC-Asheville 65 vs (1) Syracuse 72           truTV

4:10 PM          (12) Long Beach State 68 vs (5) New Mexico 75  TBS

4:40 PM          (12) Harvard 70 vs (5) Vanderbilt 79         TNT

6:50 PM          (16) WKU 66 at (1) Kentucky 81 TBS

7:15 PM          (12) Virginia Commonwealth 62 vs (5) Wichita State 59  CBS

7:20 PM          (10) West Virginia 54 vs (7) Gonzaga 77   TNT

7:27 PM          (14) South Dakota State 60 vs (3) Baylor 68         truTV

9:20 PM          (9) Connecticut 64 vs (8) Iowa State 77    TBS

9:45 PM          (13) New Mexico State 66 vs (4) Indiana 79         CBS

9:50 PM          (15) Loyola (MD) 59 vs (2) Ohio State 78 TNT

9:57 PM          (11) Colorado 68 vs (6) UNLV 64 truTV

Date: Friday March 16th, 2012

TIME (ET)    MATCHUP   TV      PPV    MOBILE       

12:15 PM        (11) Texas vs (6) Cincinnati*  CBS

12:40 PM        (11) North Carolina State vs (6) San Diego State*    truTV

1:40 PM          (9) Alabama vs (8) Creighton*           TBS

2:10 PM          (10) Virginia vs (7) Florida*   TNT

2:45 PM          (14) St. Bonaventure vs (3) Florida State*     CBS

3:10 PM          (14) Belmont vs (3) Georgetown*      truTV

4:10 PM          TBA at (1) North Carolina      TBS

4:40 PM          (15) Norfolk State vs (2) Missouri*    TNT

6:50 PM          (9) Saint Louis vs (8) Memphis*         TBS

7:15 PM          (15) Lehigh vs (2) Duke*        CBS

7:20 PM          (13) Ohio vs (4) Michigan*     TNT

7:27 PM          (10) Purdue vs (7) Saint Mary’s*        truTV

9:20 PM          (16) LIU Brooklyn vs (1) Michigan State*    TBS

9:45 PM          (10) Xavier vs (7) Notre Dame*         CBS

9:50 PM          TBA at (5) Temple      TNT

9:57 PM          (15) Detroit vs (2) Kansas*     truTV

2012 NCAA Bracket Third Round Scores

2012 NCAA Tournament Scores – Third Round

Date: Saturday March 17th, 2012

TIME (ET) MATCHUP TV
12:15 PM (8) Kansas State vs (1) Syracuse* CBS
2:45 PM (7) Gonzaga vs (2) Ohio State* CBS
5:15 PM (6) Murray State vs (3) Marquette* CBS
6:10 PM (5) Vanderbilt vs (4) Wisconsin* TNT
7:10 PM (12) Virginia Commonwealth vs (4) Indiana* TBS
7:45 PM (8) Iowa State vs (1) Kentucky* CBS
8:40 PM (11) Colorado vs (3) Baylor* TNT
9:40 PM (5) New Mexico vs (4) Louisville* TBS

Date: Sunday March 18th, 2012

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