NCAA Tournament 2012 Bracket Update: Kansas State Is 8 Seed, Will Face Southern Miss on Thursday

KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 08: Frank Martin head coach of the Kansas State Wildcats reacts after a foul call on his team during a game against the Baylor Bears in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Basketball Tournament March 8, 2012 at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

The Wildcats earned a 8 seed in the 2012 NCAA Tournament and will face Southern Miss in their first game.

The 2012 NCAA Tournament bracket and field has been announced, and the Kansas State Wildcats will receive an 8 seed in the East region. The Wildcats' first opponent will be the Southern Miss Golden Eagles, and they will play on Thursday in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. If the Wildcats wins their first matchup, they will face the winner of No. 1 Syracuse and No. 16 UNC-Asheville .

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The Kansas State Wildcats earned the 8 after finishing 21-10 overall and 10-8 in the Big 12, falling to Baylor in the conference tournament semifinals. Frank Martin's squad has an interesting profile of wins. The Wildcats beat Big 12 tournament champion Missouri twice and Baylor once, but also have a loss to Oklahoma in there.

Here's a look at the East region of the 2012 NCAA Tournament bracket:

No. 1 Syracuse vs. No. 16 UNC-Asheville, Pittsburgh, Penn., Thursday

No. 8 Kansas State vs. No. 9 Southern Miss, Pittsburgh, Penn., Thursday

No. 5 Vanderbilt vs. No. 12 Harvard, Albuquerque, N.M., Thursday

No. 4 Wisconsin vs. No. 13 Montana, Albuquerque, N.M., Thursday

No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 15 Loyola (MD), Pittsburgh, Penn., Thursday

No. 7 Gonzaga vs. No. 10 West Virginia, Pittsburgh, Penn., Thursday

No. 3 Florida State vs. No. 14 St. Bonaventure, Nashville, Tenn., Friday

No. 6 Cincinnati vs. No. 11 Texas, Nashville, Tenn., Friday

For more on Kansas State, visit Bring On The Cats. For more coverage on the Wildcats in the 2012 NCAA Tournament, visit SB Nation Kansas City's STORYSTREAM. Click here for a link to our NCAA bracket 2012.

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