March 10, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; The Missouri Tigers and head coach Frank Haith are presented the trophy after winning the 2012 Big 12 Tournament at the Sprint Center. Missouri won 90 - 75. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-US PRESSWIRE

March Madness 2012: Missouri And Kansas Could Meet Again...In the National Championship?

Missouri and Kansas begin their postseason road toward the national championship as play gets under way in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. Both are starting out as No. 2 seeds in their respective regions, the West and Midwest.

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NCAA Tournament Predictions 2012: Kentucky Favored In South Region

The Kentucky Wildcats are the No. 1 team in the country and the top ranked team among all No. 1 seeds in the 2012 NCAA Tournament. Thus it's not surprising that Sports Illustrated has Kentucky headed to the Final Four in New Orleans after winning the South region.

Andy Staples writes, "Whether the Wildcats needed another loss to attain the proper mindset is highly debatable, but they got one. It would be shocking if this group didn't come into the tournament with a laser focus and punch its ticket to New Orleans."

Local fans will likely be rooting for Wichita State to crash the party and change the outcome listed above, but the Shockers are going to have a tough time in the South from the outset, starting with their second round game against Shaka Smart's VCU team. The Shockers had a great season, but it's likely to end sooner rather than later.

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March Madness Predictions: Kansas Jayhawks Favored In Midwest Region

Sports Illustrated's Stewart Mandel has the task of predicting how the Midwest region will play out for the 2012 NCAA Tournament, and he has good news for Kansas Jayhawk fans: he has them all the way to New Orleans in the Final Four. To do so, North Carolina will have to fall among others, but he believes Bill Self's team will be standing in the end.

Mandel writes, "Bill Self's Jayhawks have had a slew of tourney misfortune when faced with capable mid-majors (Bucknell in 2005, Bradley in '06, Northern Iowa in '10 and VCU last year), so it's entirely possible that Saint Mary's or Belmont (who I'm picking to reach the Sweet 16) could torment them this year. But provided Robinson and Tyshawn Taylor get through the first two rounds they'll be at a distinct advantage playing in partisan St. Louis, and they'll catch a break when Creighton or Michigan takes down North Carolina."

Kansas plays No. 15 Detroit in the tourney's second round.

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March Madness Predictions: Kansas State Predicted Over Southern Miss

The East region features a great match-up for local college basketball fans in the second round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament with the No. 8 Kansas State Wildcats facing off against the No. 9 seeded Southern Miss Golden Eagles. Andy Glockner of Sports Illustrated says that the game shouldn't be as close as it might look at first glance, and that Kansas State should have the upper hand.

Glockner writes, "The Golden Eagles were RPI darlings this season, but more analytical ranking systems tell a much different story. Southern Miss finished the season 71st in Pomeroy and 67th in Sagarin's Predictor rankings, making them much more akin to a 13-seed in performance than a 9. Mix in five losses in their final 10 Conference USA games and Kansas State's ultraphysical style against a team that was a galling 313th in D-I in 2-point FG%, and this may not be a very long stay for C-USA's at-large representative."

The next round would likely feature a prominent match-up for Frank Martin's squad versus the No. 1 seeded Syracuse.

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March Madness Predictions 2012: Michigan State Favored Over Missouri In West By Sports Illustrated

Sports Illustrated’s George Dohrmann is predicting the West region for the 2012 NCAA Tournament and unlike many, he’s actually going with the No. 1 seed. In this case, Michigan State is the top seed and Tom Izzo is a strong name to consider this time of year given the record of the Spartans’ coach. However, the Missouri Tigers seem lost in Dohrmann’s process.

Dohrmann writes, “It is a boring choice, but there isn’t a team in the region with the same combination of talent, experience and coaching acumen. When in doubt, pick the team coached by Tom Izzo.”

The Tigers were a 30 win team from a power conference like the Big 12 and are red hot right now after a strong run through the conference tournament that demolished the three-seeded Baylor Bears. It will be interesting to see who comes out on top in the West.

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NCAA Tournament 2012: K-State Season Still A Success No Matter Outcome Of Southern Miss Game

The K-State Wildcats enter the NCAA Tournament as a No. 8 seed and without major expectations. Despite fact they may not make a deep run this season should be remembered positively.

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Printable NCAA Tournament Bracket: 2012 Field Ready To Play

Western Kentucky and Brigham Young already played their way into the tournament. Vermont and Lamar are trying to do the same tonight. Then the field of 64 will be set and the 2012 NCAA Tournament can commence in the way that most of us think of it -- without the smaller lead-ins and with the over-saturation that 16 games in one day can bring. For those who have been procrastinating about joining that office pool or trying your hand at fortune telling after last year's disaster, here's your chance.

Below we have an updated bracket for you to check out that's updated through Tuesday night's games. Kentucky or Kansas? North Carolina or Michigan State? You're likely to lose anyway, but it's fun to at least aim for bragging rights. At least that's what we tell ourselves.

Here's the up-to-date 2012 NCAA Tournament printable bracket, updated through the morning of March 14.

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NCAA Tournament 2012: Thomas Robinson Named Top Player Heading Into Midwest Region Play

As Kansas faces the long road ahead to New Orleans in the upcoming 2012 NCAA Tournament as the No. 2 seed in the Midwest region, the good news is that they have the top player among the 16 teams, including No. 1 seed North Carolina, according to Stewart Mandel. Thomas Robinson is simply that good

Robinson has been putting together a Player of the Year type campaign in Lawrence this season for a KU team that many predicted to take a slide. Instead, Bill Self helped his players coalesce around two stars in Robinson and Tyshawn Taylor and the strategy paid off in the form of an eighth straight Big 12 conference title.

Mandel writes, “The co-favorite for national player of the year, Robinson is a beast on the boards, averaging 11.8 per game (No. 2 nationally) to go with 17.9 points on 53 percent shooting. Besides the UNC pair of Zeller and Henson, there aren’t many players in this region that can match his physicality.”

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NCAA Tournament 2012: Wichita State Versus VCU Labeled 'Juiciest Match-Up' Of South Region

As Sports Illustrated’s’ Andy Staples breaks down the South Region in the upcoming 2012 NCAA Tournament, he holds the first round match-up between Wichita State and Virginia Commonwealth as his favorite. Specifically he calls it the “juiciest match-up”, but he makes his point well when analyzing the entertaining contest that opens up the region. He writes:

The Shockers will face Shaka Smart and the team that shocked college basketball in 2011. For VCU, this is a very different team than the one that raced from the First Four to the Final Four last year. Guard Bradford Burgess is the only returning starter, but the Rams have won 17 of 18 and guaranteed their place in the field by winning the Colonial Athletic Association tournament.

Wichita State, the regular-season champion of the Missouri Valley Conference, hasn’t been to the tournament since a Sweet 16 run in 2006, but Shockers coach Gregg Marshall has plenty of tourney experience. Marshall led Winthrop to seven NCAA tournaments, beating sixth-seeded Notre Dame in the first round of the 2007 tournament.

The Shockers could present under-the-radar problems for other teams despite their 27-5 record, but first they must get past their own sleeper ahead of them. Shaka Smart could cement his status as one of the top young coaches in college basketball if he can work his magic two years running.

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Barack Obama Selects Missouri Among Final Four Teams, Picks UNC To Win 2012 NCAA Tournament

Barack Obama has released his full bracket on ESPN and it’s clear that Obama believes what many sportswriters and college basketball fans have been declaring all along: the Missouri Tigers were shafted in the seeding. The President himself chose the Missouri Tigers to make the trip to the Final Four in New Orleans along with the Kentucky Wildcats, Ohio State Buckeyes and North Carolina Tar Heels.

The Tigers are seeded second to Michigan State and were even chosen as the final No. 2 seed despite having 30 wins from a power conference like the Big 12. The move didn’t make sense at the time, and many are choosing Mizzou to make it that far — a sign that no one quite understands the charm of the Spartans as the top seed.

Frank Haith’s team has enjoyed a magical run in his first year replacing Mike Anderson and it will be an incredible cap to it all if they can make the Final Four.

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NCAA Tournament Predictions: Barack Obama Predicts Missouri, Kentucky Among Final Four Teams

President Barack Obama has filed his official 2012 NCAA Tournament Bracket and he's picked the Missouri Tigers to make it all the way to the Final Four in New Orleans, showing that most believe the Tigers should have won the No. 1 seed over the Michigan State Spartans. The other choices for the President include Kentucky, Ohio State and North Carolina.

The Missouri Tigers won 30 games in a power conference, so it's clear that they can play with anyone. They split the season series with Kansas and demolished the Baylor Bears in the Big 12 conference final. For those who knock them for a poor non-conference schedule, the team has done everything it can do with what it has been given. And it's clear that Missouri can score on anyone at will.

Obama has a bracket challenge available for those interested in matching wits with the leader of the free world.

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NCAA Basketball Tournament 2012 Predictions: Dick Vitale Has Missouri In Final Four

There is perhaps no other figure and voice more prominent and recognizable in the college basketball world than Dick Vitale. He's been a staple for decades now within the college game, so of course we're interested to know who Vitale has winning the whole thing and what he thinks of local favorites. While he has Anthony Davis and Kentucky winning the whole thing, the good news is that he also has the Missouri Tigers beating the Michigan State Spartans and making it to the Final Four in New Orleans.

His short summary reads "Frank Haith's magical year continues all the way to New Orleans." That's a great summation of a season that no one saw coming, and Missouri fans have to love the promise of going to New Orleans in Haith's first season. This will definitely be a fantastic post-season in for college basketball fans.

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NCAA Bracket 2012: Kansas Jayhawks Predicted To Make Final Four

The predictions are rolling out this morning and the news is looking good for local college basketball fans. Bill Connelly is the SB Nation's college basketball editor and he's predicting major success for the Big 12, landing two of the final four spots in New Orleans. Kansas, he predicts, will even go on to the title game against Kentucky.

He writes, "With North Carolina still a bit of an unknown, the Jayhawks are likely the steadiest team in the region. Tyshawn Taylor could either shoot Kansas to a national title or bumble his way to a loss to Purdue, but Robinson, Taylor and company are still in good shape to make a run here, especially in the St. Louis region."

Connelly has the Jayhawks losing to Kentucky in the final game, but a finals appearance for a team that many believed would be a rebuilding year for Bill Self would be an incredible accomplishment. The Jayhawks have been surprising people all season with their ability to play with anyone despite graduating so many seniors and losing the Morris Twins and Josh Selby to the NBA Draft. This might just be Self's finest hour.

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NCAA Tournament Predictions: Missouri Chosen To Make Final Four By SB Nation

Bill Connelly of SB Nation has his predictions out for the 2012 NCAA Tournament and the Missouri Tigers are quicky becoming the pick du jour of several sportswriters to come out of the West region. While Michigan State is the No. 1 seed, Connelly says he has to go with his gut on this, even though the move could “backfire.”

Connelly writes, “We are disrespecting the hell out of Tom Izzo and Michigan State at this point — virtually everybody is picking the Tigers, it seems — and that will almost certainly backfire, especially with the potential for Missouri to slip up against Florida/Virginia or Marquette. But I go with the smoking hot team regardless, even though it makes me nauseous to pick my alma mater to go that far.”

The Tigers won 30 games in the Big 12 and smoked the Baylor Bears in the conference title game, so it's not a stretch to see them emerging from the field. They score at will, are very efficient and are red hot at the right time.

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NCAA Bracket 2012: Missouri Predicted By 7.7 Percent Of Entrants To Win Title By ESPN

In ESPN's Tournament Challenge, the stats are rolling in and the University of Kentucky is the heavy favorite for all entrants into their prediction contest for the 2012 NCAA Tournament. Yet after the big three seeds, the Missouri Tigers come in fourth and the Kansas Jayhawks come in sixth, giving the Big 12 two of the biggest favorites in the country.

Interestingly enough, Baylor even comes in 10th, which means the Big 12 has three of the top ten teams as predicted by entrants and yet none of them are a top seed in the tournament, The final No. 1 seed went to Michigan State as the Big Ten winner, although that was the most questionable among the top tier seeds overall. Here's ESPN's complete list of the top ten:

Kentucky: 32.1 percent
North Carolina: 15 percent
Syracuse: 11.2 percent
Missouri: 7.7 percent
Michigan State: 6.7 percent
Kansas: 5.8 percent
Ohio State: 4.1 percent
Duke: 3.9 percent
Florida State: 2.8 percent
Baylor: 1.5 percent

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NCAA Tournament 2012: Missouri And Kansas Predicted To Make Final Four

As predictions begin to roll in about the 2012 NCAA Tournament, it's interesting to note just how highly many think of the Big 12 teams in the contest, and yet they didn't earn a No. 1 seed. Myron Medcalf of ESPN is the latest to make some bold predictions and says that two Big 12 teams will occupy half of the Final Four in New Orleans when all is said and done.

Medcalf writes, "Among the 2-seeds, Missouri has the easiest path to New Orleans. The Tigers’ speed and perimeter versatility will pose matchup problems for every team in the West Region, including No. 1 seed Michigan State. Kansas losing in the first round to Detroit? Nah. The Jayhawks will beat every team in the Midwest, including the Tar Heels if they face them in the Elite Eight."

If the teams could end up facing each other for another Border War showdown, it would be an incredible game to watch considering how great the first two were this season. What a way for a rivalry so storied to end on the biggest stage possible. The way the two teams have played all season, this scenario is not as far-fetched as some might believe.

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NIT Bracket 2012: Big 12 Avoids Secondary Tournament Altogether

While many teams are looking this morning to the National Invitational Tournament, otherwise known as the 2012 NIT, to see where their teams landed outside of the main field of 64, the Big 12 can rejoice knowing that everyone conceivably had a chance made it into the 2012 NCAA Tournament. Yet for fans of schools like Washington or Arizona, the NIT offers hope for some bragging rights and momentum heading into next season. Here's the full bracket for the 2012 NIT.

Region 1
No. 1 Washington Huskies vs. No. 8 Texas-Arlington Mavericks
No. 4 Northwestern Wildcats vs. No. 5 Akron Zips
No. 3 Oregon Ducks vs. No. 6 LSU Tigers
No. 2 Dayton Flyers vs. No. 7 Iowa Hawkeyes

Region 2
No. 1 Tennessee Volunteers vs. No. 8 Savannah St. Tigers
No. 4 Middle Tenn. St. Blue Raiders vs. No. 5 Marshall Thundering Herd
No. 3 La Salle Explorers vs. No. 6 Minnesota Golden Gophers
No. 2 Miami Hurricanes vs. No. 7 Valparaiso Crusaders

Region 3

No. 1 Seton Hall Pirates vs. No. 8 Stony Brook Seawolves
No. 4 Mississippi St. Bulldogs vs. UMass Minutemen
No. 3 Drexel Dragons vs. Central Florida Knights
No. 2 St. Joseph's Hawks vs. No. 7 Northern Iowa Panthers

Region 4
No. 1 Arizona Wildcats vs. No. 8 Bucknell Bison
No. 4 Oral Roberts Golden Eagles vs. No. 8 Nevada Wolf Pack
No. 3 Stanford Cardinal vs. No. 6 Cleveland St. Vikings
No. 2 Mississippi Rebels vs. No. 7 Illinois St. Redbirds

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NCAA Bracket 2012: Wichita State Has Chance To Shock Basketball World

Pat Forde has made his list of 10 teams that could upset the power balance in the 2012 NCAA Tournament and the 27-5 Wichita State Shockers are certainly one of the best candidates from outside the power conferences to make a strong run deep into the tournament field.

They are the No. 5 seed in the South and face Virginia Commonwealth in their first game. They’ll have to take out the Indiana Hoosiers likely in the next round to advance to the Sweet Sixteen like they did in 2006.

Forde writes, “The Shockers have simply had a great season; their five losses are by a total of 29 points, and two were in overtime. This is a senior-laden bunch that coach Gregg Marshall has brought along steadily since they arrived on campus, winning the NIT last season and now finally earning an NCAA bid. They have inside-outside capability offensively and are solid on defense.”

The senior leadership should play a good role in helping them advance to the field of 32, but Tom Crean’s Hoosiers will be tough to beat. However, you don’t discount a team with only five losses on the season no matter where they’re from.

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NCAA Tournament 2012: Drexel, Nevada, Miami And Oral Roberts Were Last Four Teams Ousted From Bracket

For those fan bases from various schools wondering why your particular college or university didn’t make the 2012 NCAA Tournament, there is a bit of reprieve for you as the selection committee for the entire affair has made themselves available as they explain why they chose what they chose. Surprisingly they’ve also listed the four teams that were the last ones ousted before the bracket was release: Drexel, Nevada, Miami (Fl.) and Oral Roberts.

Each of those squads has reasons to be frustrated and arguments for inclusion over some others perhaps. At the same time, there has to be a bit of comfort in knowing that it was a tough decision to the end for each of these teams like Drexel, for instance, who finished 19-1 in their last 20 games. Not including the Dragons has some upset, but at the very least they can know that it was down to the wire.

Each team is likely headed to the NIT, which will be announced on ESPNU.

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Printable NCAA Tournament Bracket: Office Pools Available Here

Those of you looking to play bookie tomorrow morning in your annual NCAA Tournament office pools, look no further. Your 2012 march madness brackets are now available from SB Nation. The field has been revealed, and Selection Sunday has spoken. The question is, can you beat the odds of 1 in 13-plus million and get them all correct?

You can find the printable bracket for the 2012 NCAA Tournament right here.

Will you go out on a limb and choose a random school to win? How about choose like my wife and go with the cutest mascots or top uniforms (depends on the year and how bored she is at work)? Or are you a play-it-safer and just pick the highest seeds the whole way until the Final Four?

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NCAA Tournament Bracket 2012: Kentucky, Syracuse, Michigan State And North Carolina Grab Top Seeds

The top seeds have all been set and they’ve gone to the teams you would have expected, maybe with the exception of the Michigan State Spartans. The Kentucky Wildcats, North Carolina Tar Heels and Syracuse Orangemen were all comfortably nestled into their No. 1 seed slots before the unveiling of Selection Sunday began.

The entire field has been set and you can see the <a href=“http://www.sbnation.com/2012/3/5/2846518/ncaa-bracket-2012-printable target=”new">entire bracket here. The fields all look very even although the buzz on Twitter is that the South region in particular looks very heavy. Kentucky, Duke, Baylor and Indiana are the top four seeds and other teams like Wichita State, Notre Dame, Xavier and UNLV could all be very dangerous.

But that could be the case for every region. The Missouri Tigers are going to try to show up the Spartans if they can both reach the Elite Eight to prove the doubters wrong on the selection committee. The Kansas Jayhawks, meanwhile, will be the No. 2 seed in the Midwest as they try to take a team most believed was destined to rebuild after major exits last offseason to the NBA and make a Final Four run.

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Selection Sunday: Big 12 Lands Six Teams In NCAA Tournament With Texas Inclusion

The Texas Longhorns grabbed a No. 11 seed in the unveiling of the NCAA Tournament bracket tonight and that gave the Big 12 six teams overall vying for the national championship. The Longhorns will have to face the No. 6 Cincinnati Bearcats in the first round.

The Kansas Jayhawks and Missouri Tigers were already understood to be in the tournament. The same can be said for the Baylor Bears and the Kansas State Wildcats. The Iowa State Cyclones also likely felt very good about their chances and they landed a No. 8 seed opposite UConn. It was Texas that represented the real bubble entry for the Big 12.

Every other team in the Big 12 had a losing record, so any team that was a possibility for the conference made it in. Here are the official Big 12 match-ups for the NCAA Tournament:

No. 2 Kansas vs. No. 15 Detroit
No. 2 Missouri vs. No. 15 Norfolk State
No. 8 Iowa State vs. No. 9 UConn
No. 11 Texas vs. No. 6 Cincinnati
No. 8 Kansas St. vs. No. 9 Southern Miss
No. 3 Baylor vs. No. 14 South Dakota St.

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NCAA Bracket 2012: Iowa State, UConn Faces Off In South Region Of Tournament

The Iowa State Cyclones were one of the Big 12’s surprises this season and warranted a spot in the NCAA Tournament tonight with the announced match-up of the Cyclones at the No. 8 seed in the South region playing against the storied Connecticut program as the No. 9 seed.

The winner will have to go on to face Anthony Davis and the Kentucky Wildcats (most likely) in the second round (er, third round technically), so there’s likely going to be a short trip to the tournament for either team. But the Cyclones would have warranted a slightly higher seed if they had shown up stronger in the Big 12 tournament. Instead they have a hard road ahead.

The Cyclones are one of six Big 12 teams that made the tournament.

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2012 NCAA Bracket: Kansas, North Carolina Lands In Midwest Region

After a successful regular season, the Kansas Jayhawks have landed the No. 2 seed in the Midwest region for this year's NCAA Tournament, as the selection committee announced on Sunday. The Jayhawks won the Big 12 regular conference title for the eighth straight season.

The Midwest region should pose numerous challenges for a talented Kansas team. In the first round of the tournament, the Jayhawks will be facing 15-seeded Detroit with the winner moving on to face the winner of No. St. Mary's vs. the No. 10 seeded Purdue in the second round.

The Jayhawks are obviously among the best teams in the division, but the No. 1 seed North Carolina will post the biggest threat to move on to the Final Four.

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NCAA Tournament 2012: Kansas, Missouri Officially Miss Out On No. 1 Seeds

The Missouri Tigers and Kansas Jayhawks both have legitimate complaints to take up with the selection committee for the 2012 NCAA Tournament. That’s because both teams were passed over for a No. 1 seed in a season where either team deserved a spot as one of the top four programs in the country. Instead, the Big 12 winners and the conference tourney champs were both left high and dry.

The Jayhawks won the Big 12 outright from the regular season, but the Tigers beat Baylor for the Big 12 tournament title. The Tigers even had a 30 win season from a power conference. Instead it was Kentucky, Syracuse, North Carolina and Michigan State at the top.

From the AP report, “The madness in March Madness began before the brackets even came out. Kentucky, Syracuse and North Carolina all earned top seeding for the NCAA tournament Sunday despite weekend losses that brought even more intrigue to the three-week, 67-game tournament.”

That final spot could have went to one team from a power conference, including the 30-win Missouri Tigers. Instead, the Big Ten grabbed and left the Big 12 high and dry.

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