2012 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament: qualifying teams

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This is a list of qualifying teams for the 2012 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. A total of 68 teams entered the tournament. Thirty of the teams earned automatic bids by winning their conference tournaments. The automatic bid of the Ivy League, which does not conduct a post-season tournament, went to its regular season champion. The remaining 37 teams were granted at-large bids, which are extended by the NCAA Selection Committee. All teams are seeded 1 to 16 within their regionals, while the Selection Committee seeded the entire field from 1 to 68.

For the first time ever, the NCAA Selection Committee disclosed each team's seed within the entire field following the announcement of the entire bracket.[1]

Qualifying teams[edit]

Team names are those used on CBSsports.com scoreboards and team pages.

Automatic bids[edit]

Automatic bids to the tournament were granted for winning a conference championship tournament, except for the automatic bid of the Ivy League given to the regular season champion. Seeds listed were seeds within the conference tournaments. Runners-up in bold face were given at-large berths.

Automatic bids
Qualifying School Record (Conf.) Last app. Conference Finish Regular Season
Second Place
Second Place
Record (Conf.)
Finish
Harvard
26–4 (12–2)
1946
Ivy League
1st
Penn
19–12 (11–3)
2nd
Qualifying School Record (Conf.) Last app. Conference
tournament
Seed Conf. Finals
Runner-Up
Runner-Up
Record (Conf.)
Runner-Up
Seed
UNC Asheville
24–9 (16–2)
2011
Big South
1
VMI
17–16 (8–10)
7
Belmont
26–7 (16–2)
2011
Atlantic Sun
1
Florida Gulf Coast
15–17 (18–10)
6
Murray State
30–1 (15–1)
2010
Ohio Valley
1
Tennessee State
20–12 (11–5)
2
Creighton
28–5 (14–4)
2007
Missouri Valley
2
Illinois State
20–13 (9–9)
4
VCU
28–6 (15–3)
2011
CAA
2
Drexel
27–6 (16–2)
1
Loyola (MD)
24–8 (13–5)
1994
MAAC
2
Fairfield
19–14 (12–6)
4
Saint Mary's
27–5 (14–2)
2010
West Coast
1
Gonzaga
25–6 (13–3)
2
Davidson
25–7 (16–2)
2008
Southern
South 1
Western Carolina
17–17 (8–10)
North 4
Western Kentucky
15–18 (7–9)
2009
Sun Belt
East 4
North Texas
18–14 (9–7)
West 4
Detroit
22–13 (11–7)
1999
Horizon
3
Valparaiso
22–11 (14–4)
1
South Dakota State
27–7 (15–3)
Never
Summit
2
Western Illinois
18–14 (9–9)
4
Long Island
25–8 (16–2)
2011
Northeast
1
Robert Morris
24–9 (13–5)
3
Lehigh
26–7 (11–3)
2010
Patriot
2
Bucknell
24–8 (12–2)
1
Montana
25–6 (15–1)
2010
Big Sky
1
Weber State
24–6 (14–2)
2
Memphis
26–8 (13–3)
2011
C-USA
1
Marshall
21–13 (9–7)
6
Vermont
23–11 (13–3)
2010
America East
2
Stony Brook
22–9 (14–2)
1
Norfolk State
25–9 (13–3)
Never
MEAC
2
Bethune-Cookman
18-17 (11–5)
4
Lamar
23–11 (11–5)
2000
Southland
3
McNeese State
17-15 (10–6)
4
Colorado
22–11 (11–7)
2003
Pac-12
6
Arizona
23-10 (12–6)
4
Missouri
30–4 (14–4)
2011
Big 12
2
Baylor
27-7 (12–6)
4
New Mexico
27–6 (10–4)
2010
Mountain West
2
San Diego State
26–6 (10–4)
1
Ohio
27-7 (11-5)
2010
MAC
3
Akron
22–11 (13–3)
1
Mississippi Valley State
21–12 (17–1)
2008
SWAC
1
Texas Southern
15–18 (15-6)
2
Louisville
26–9 (10–8)
2011
Big East
7
Cincinnati
24–9 (12–6)
4
Long Beach State
25–8 (15–1)
2007
Big West
1
UC Santa Barbara
20–10 (12–4)
3
New Mexico State
26–9 (10–4)
2010
WAC
2
Louisiana Tech
18–16 (6–8)
5
Vanderbilt
24−10 (11−6)
2011
SEC
3
Kentucky
32–2 (16–1)
1
Florida State
24–9 (12–4)
2011
ACC
3
North Carolina
29–5 (14–2)
1
St. Bonaventure
20–11 (10-6)
2000
Atlantic 10
4
Xavier
21–12 (10–6)
3
Michigan State
27-7 (13-5)
2011
Big Ten
1
Ohio State
27-7 (13-5)
3

At-large Bids[edit]

Team Conference Last Appearance # of Appearances
Alabama SEC 2006 20
Baylor Big 12 2011 7
Brigham Young West Coast 2011 27
California Pac 12 2010 16
Cincinnati Big East 2011 26
Colorado State Mountain West 2003 9
Connecticut Big East 2011 30
Duke ACC 2011 36
Florida SEC 2011 15
Georgetown Big East 2011 28
Gonzaga West Coast 2011 15
Indiana Big Ten 2008 36
Iona MAAC 2006 8
Iowa State Big 12 2005 14
Kansas Big 12 2011 41
Kansas State Big 12 2011 26
Kentucky SEC 2011 52
Marquette Big East 2011 30
Michigan Big Ten 2011 19
North Carolina ACC 2011 43
North Carolina State ACC 2006 21
Notre Dame Big East 2011 32
Ohio State Big Ten 2011 24
Purdue Big Ten 2011 25
Texas Big 12 2011 30
Saint Louis Atlantic 10 2000 7
San Diego State Mountain West 2011 8
South Florida Big East 1992 3
Southern Miss Conference USA 1991 3
Syracuse Big East 2011 35
Temple Atlantic 10 2011 30
UNLV Mountain West 2011 19
Virginia ACC 2007 17
West Virginia Big East 2011 25
Wichita State Missouri Valley 2006 9
Wisconsin Big Ten 2011 18
Xavier Atlantic 10 2011 23

Listed by region and seeding[edit]

South Regional – Atlanta
Seed School Conference Record Berth type Overall rank
#1 Kentucky SEC 32–2 At-Large 1
#2 Duke ACC 27–6 At-Large 6
#3 Baylor Big 12 27–7 At-Large 9
#4 Indiana Big Ten 25–8 At-Large 15
#5 Wichita State Missouri Valley 27–5 At-Large 19
#6 UNLV Mountain West 26–8 At-Large 21
#7 Notre Dame Big East 22–11 At-Large 25
#8 Iowa State Big 12 22–10 At-Large 30
#9 Connecticut Big East 20–13 At-Large 34
#10 Xavier Atlantic 10 21–12 At-Large 40
#11 Colorado Pac-12 23–11 Tournament Winner 44
#12 VCU Colonial 28–6 Tournament Winner 49
#13 New Mexico State WAC 26–9 Tournament Winner 54
#14 South Dakota State Summit 27–7 Tournament Winner 56
#15 Lehigh Patriot 26–7 Tournament Winner 60
#16* Mississippi Valley State SWAC 21–12 Tournament Winner 67
Western Kentucky Sun Belt 15–18 Tournament Winner 68
West Regional – Phoenix
Seed School Conference Record Berth type Overall rank
#1 Michigan State Big Ten 27–7 Tournament Winner 4
#2 Missouri Big 12 30–4 Tournament Winner 8
#3 Marquette Big East 25–7 At-large 10
#4 Louisville Big East 26–9 Tournament Winner 16
#5 New Mexico Mountain West 27–6 Tournament Winner 20
#6 Murray State Ohio Valley 30–1 Tournament Winner 23
#7 Florida SEC 23–10 At-large 28
#8 Memphis C-USA 26–8 Tournament Winner 31
#9 Saint Louis Atlantic 10 25–7 At-large 36
#10 Virginia ACC 22–9 At-large 39
#11 Colorado State Mountain West 20–11 At-large 41
#12 Long Beach State Big West 25–8 Tournament Winner 51
#13 Davidson Southern 25–7 Tournament Winner 53
#14* Brigham Young West Coast 25–8 At-large 48
Iona MAAC 25–7 At-large 50
#15 Norfolk State MEAC 25–9 Tournament Winner 62
#16 Long Island Northeast 25–8 Tournament Winner 63
East Regional – Boston
Seed School Conference Record Berth type Overall rank
#1 Syracuse Big East 31–2 At-large 2
#2 Ohio State Big Ten 27–7 At-large 7
#3 Florida State ACC 24–9 Tournament Winner 11
#4 Wisconsin Big Ten 24–9 At-large 14
#5 Vanderbilt SEC 24–10 Tournament Winner 18
#6 Cincinnati Big East 24–10 At-large 22
#7 Gonzaga West Coast 25–6 At-large 27
#8 Kansas State Big 12 21–10 At-large 32
#9 Southern Mississippi C-USA 25–8 At-large 35
#10 West Virginia Big East 19–13 At-large 38
#11 Texas Big 12 20–13 At-large 43
#12 Harvard Ivy League 26–4 Regular Season Winner 46
#13 Montana Big Sky 25–6 Tournament Winner 55
#14 St. Bonaventure Atlantic 10 20–11 Tournament Winner 58
#15 Loyola (MD) MAAC 24–8 Tournament Winner 59
#16 UNC-Asheville Big South 24–9 Tournament Winner 64
Midwest Regional – St. Louis
Seed School Conference Record Berth type Overall rank
#1 North Carolina ACC 29–5 At-Large 3
#2 Kansas Big 12 27–6 At-Large 5
#3 Georgetown Big East 23–8 At-Large 12
#4 Michigan Big Ten 24–9 At-Large 13
#5 Temple Atlantic Ten 24–7 At-Large 17
#6 San Diego State Mountain West 26–7 At-Large 24
#7 Saint Mary's West Coast 27–5 Tournament Winner 26
#8 Creighton Missouri Valley 28–5 Tournament Winner 29
#9 Alabama SEC 21–11 At-Large 33
#10 Purdue Big Ten 21–12 At-Large 37
#11 North Carolina State ACC 22–12 At-Large 42
#12* California Pac-12 24–9 At-Large 45
South Florida Big East 20–13 At-Large 47
#13 Ohio MAC 27–7 Tournament Winner 52
#14 Belmont Atlantic Sun 27–7 Tournament Winner 57
#15 Detroit Horizon 22–13 Tournament Winner 61
#16* Lamar Southland 23–11 Tournament Winner 65
Vermont America East 23–11 Tournament Winner 66

*See First Four.


Conferences with multiple bids[edit]

Bids Conference Schools
9 Big East Cincinnati, Connecticut, Georgetown, Louisville, Marquette, Notre Dame, South Florida, Syracuse, West Virginia
6 Big Ten Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Purdue, Wisconsin
6 Big 12 Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri, Texas
5 ACC Duke, Florida State, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Virginia
4 SEC Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, Vanderbilt
4 Mountain West Colorado State, New Mexico, San Diego State, UNLV
4 Atlantic 10 St. Bonaventure, Saint Louis, Temple, Xavier
3 West Coast St. Mary's, Gonzaga, BYU
2 Pac-12 California, Colorado
2 Conference USA Memphis, Southern Miss
2 MAAC Iona, Loyola (MD)
2 Missouri Valley Creighton, Wichita State

All other conferences have only one bid (see Automatic Bids)
NOTE: Teams in bold represent the conference's automatic bid.

Last four teams out[edit]

The Selection Committee also announced the last four teams out of the tournament as part of the Hardcore Brackets special following announcement of the teams. In order, they are Oral Roberts, Miami (Florida), Nevada, and Drexel. Oral Roberts, Nevada, and Drexel will automatically be selected, as regular-season champions, for berths in the National Invitation Tournament, while Miami was also selected for a berth by the NIT Selection Committee.[2]

Bids by state[edit]

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Bids State(s) Schools
5 North Carolina Davidson, Duke, North Carolina, NC State, UNC Asheville
4 California California, Long Beach State, Saint Mary's, San Diego State
4 Kentucky Kentucky, Louisville, Murray State, Western Kentucky
4 New York Iona, Long Island, St. Bonaventure, Syracuse
4 Ohio Cincinnati, Ohio, Ohio State, Xavier
3 Florida Florida, Florida State, South Florida
3 Indiana Indiana, Notre Dame, Purdue
3 Kansas Kansas, Kansas State, Wichita State
3 Michigan Detroit, Michigan, Michigan State
3 Tennessee Belmont, Memphis, Vanderbilt
3 Texas Baylor, Lamar, Texas
3 Virginia Norfolk State, Virginia, VCU
2 Colorado Colorado, Colorado State
2 Mississippi Mississippi Valley State, Southern Miss
2 Missouri Missouri, Saint Louis
2 New Mexico New Mexico, New Mexico State
2 Pennsylvania Lehigh, Temple
2 Wisconsin Marquette, Wisconsin
1 Alabama Alabama
1 Connecticut Connecticut
1 Iowa Iowa State
1 Maryland Loyola (MD)
1 Massachusetts Harvard
1 Montana Montana
1 Nebraska Creighton
1 Nevada UNLV
1 South Dakota South Dakota State
1 Utah BYU
1 Vermont Vermont
1 Washington Gonzaga
1 Washington, D.C. Georgetown
1 West Virginia West Virginia