2012 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament
|2012 NCAA Division I
Men's Basketball Tournament
2012 Final Four logo
|Finals site||Mercedes-Benz Superdome
New Orleans, Louisiana
|Champions||Kentucky (8th title, 11th title game,
15th Final Four)
|Runner-up||Kansas (9th title game,
14th Final Four)
|Winning coach||John Calipari (1st title)|
|MOP||Anthony Davis Kentucky|
The 2012 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament was a single-elimination tournament involving 68 schools playing to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division I college basketball. It began on March 13, 2012, and concluded with the championship game on April 2 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.
The Final Four consisted of Kentucky, making their second appearance in the Final Four under John Calipari, Louisville, making their second appearance under Rick Pitino and first since 2005, Kansas, making their first appearance since winning the 2008 national championship under head coach Bill Self by defeating Calipari's Memphis team, and Ohio State, making their first appearance since their runner-up finish in 2007 and second under coach Thad Matta.
Kentucky defeated Kansas 67-59 to win their first national championship since Tubby Smith led the team there in 1998. This was Calipari's first national championship in four trips to the Final Four, having previously gone there with Kentucky in 2011, Memphis in 2008 and Massachusetts in 1996.
Upsets were once again the story of the tournament in 2012, and for the first time ever two #15 seeds won in the same tournament. In the South Region, #15 Lehigh of the Patriot League defeated #2 Duke. In the West Region, #15 Norfolk State of the MEAC, making their first ever NCAA tournament appearance, defeated #2 Missouri. In addition to this, Ohio won a game as a double digit seed for the second time in four tournaments as the #13 seed Bobcats defeated #4 seed Michigan to advance to the third round of the Midwest Region. A team from the First Four games also won in the Round of 64 for the second consecutive year as South Florida defeated Midwest #5 seed Temple, setting up a #12 vs. #13 matchup that Ohio won.
Virginia Commonwealth, a Final Four team from 2011 as an #11 seed, made the 2012 tournament as a #12 seed and once again made the round of 32 by defeating South #5 seed Wichita State. The South Region saw four double digit seeds win in their opening games, as Colorado and Xavier joined VCU and Lehigh as victors. Xavier advanced to the Sweet Sixteen, where they were defeated by Baylor.
Despite the upsets, all four top seeds advanced to the Sweet Sixteen for the first time since 2009. Three made it to the Elite Eight, as only Michigan State of the West Region lost. Kentucky was the only one to advance to the Final Four as Syracuse and North Carolina lost in their regional finals.
Two teams made their first NCAA tournament appearances in school history: MEAC champion Norfolk State and Summit League champion South Dakota State. Ivy League champion Harvard made its first appearance since 1946.
All four teams from the state of Ohio (Cincinnati, Ohio, Ohio State, and Xavier) made it to the Sweet 16, marking the first time in tournament history any state has been represented by four teams in the round of 16. This tournament was also the first tournament since 1985 to feature no teams in the Sweet 16 from the Mountain or Pacific Time Zones.
It is also the first tournament ever that both national semifinals and the national championship game were regular season rematches.
- 1 Tournament procedure
- 2 Tournament schedule and venues
- 3 Automatic qualifiers
- 4 Qualified teams
- 5 Qualifying teams
- 6 Last four teams out
- 7 Bids by state
- 8 References
- 9 Bracket
- 9.1 First Four – Dayton, Ohio
- 9.2 South Regional – Atlanta, Georgia
- 9.3 West Regional – Phoenix, Arizona
- 9.4 East Regional – Boston, Massachusetts
- 9.5 Midwest Regional – St. Louis, Missouri
- 9.6 Final Four – Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana
- 10 Game summaries
- 11 Record by conference
- 12 Media
- 13 Courts
- 14 See also
- 15 References
A total of 68 teams entered the tournament. Thirty out of 31 automatic bids were given to the teams that won their conference tournament. The remaining automatic bid was awarded to the Ivy League regular season champion since they do not hold a conference tournament. The remaining 37 teams were granted "at-large" bids, which were extended by the NCAA Selection Committee on March 11.
Eight teams—the four lowest-seeded automatic qualifiers and the four lowest-seeded at-large teams—will play in the First Four (the successor to what had been popularly known as "play-in games" through the 2010 tournament). The winners of these games will advance to the main draw of the tournament.
Tournament schedule and venues
- First Four (March 13 and 14)
- Second and third rounds
- March 15 and 17
- March 16 and 18
- Regional sites
- March 22 and 24
- March 23 and 25
- Final Four - New Orleans (March 31 and April 2)
The following teams were automatic qualifiers for the 2012 NCAA field by virtue of winning their conference's tournament (except for the Ivy League, whose regular-season champion received the automatic bid).
|Atlantic 10||St. Bonaventure||6th||2000|
|Big South||UNC Asheville||3rd||2011|
|Big Ten||Michigan State||26th||2011|
|Big West||Long Beach State||6th||2007|
|Mountain West||New Mexico||13th||2010|
|Ohio Valley||Murray State||15th||2010|
|SWAC||Mississippi Valley State||5th||2008|
|Summit||South Dakota State||1st||Never|
|Sun Belt||Western Kentucky||22nd||2009|
|West Coast||Saint Mary's||7th||2010|
|WAC||New Mexico State||19th||2010|
This is a list of qualifying teams for the 2012 NCAA Division I Men's 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.
Team names are those used on CBSsports.com scoreboards and team pages.
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.
|Qualifying school||Record (Conf.)||Last app.||Conference
|Harvard||26–4 (12–2)||1946||Ivy League||Penn||19–12 (11–3)|
|Qualifying school||Record (Conf.)||Seed||Last app.||Conference
|Florida State||24–9 (12–4)||3||2011||ACC||North Carolina||29–5 (14–2)||1|
|Vermont||23–11 (13–3)||2||2010||America East||Stony Brook||22–9 (14–2)||1|
|St. Bonaventure||20–11 (10-6)||4||2000||Atlantic 10||Xavier||21–12 (10–6)||3|
|Belmont||26–7 (16–2)||1||2011||Atlantic Sun||Florida Gulf Coast||15–17 (18–10)||6|
|Missouri||30–4 (14–4)||2||2011||Big 12||Baylor||27-7 (12–6)||4|
|Louisville||26–9 (10–8)||7||2011||Big East||Cincinnati||24–9 (12–6)||4|
|Montana||25–6 (15–1)||1||2010||Big Sky||Weber State||24–6 (14–2)||2|
|UNC Asheville||24–9 (16–2)||1||2011||Big South||VMI||17–16 (8–10)||7|
|Michigan State||27–7 (13–5)||1||2011||Big Ten||Ohio State||27–7 (13–5)||3|
|Long Beach State||25–8 (15–1)||1||2007||Big West||UC Santa Barbara||20–10 (12–4)||3|
|VCU||28–6 (15–3)||2||2011||CAA||Drexel||27–6 (16–2)||1|
|Memphis||26–8 (13–3)||1||2011||C-USA||Marshall||21–13 (9–7)||6|
|Detroit||22–13 (11–7)||3||1999||Horizon||Valparaiso||22–11 (14–4)||1|
|Loyola (MD)||24–8 (13–5)||2||1994||MAAC||Fairfield||19–14 (12–6)||4|
|Ohio||27–7 (11–5)||3||2010||MAC||Akron||22–11 (13–3)||1|
|Norfolk State||25–9 (13–3)||2||Never||MEAC||Bethune-Cookman||18–17 (11–5)||4|
|Creighton||28–5 (14–4)||2||2007||Missouri Valley||Illinois State||20–13 (9–9)||4|
|New Mexico||27–6 (10–4)||2||2010||Mountain West||San Diego State||26–6 (10–4)||1|
|Long Island||25–8 (16–2)||1||2011||Northeast||Robert Morris||24–9 (13–5)||3|
|Murray State||30–1 (15–1)||1||2010||Ohio Valley||Tennessee State||20–12 (11–5)||2|
|Colorado||22–11 (11–7)||6||2003||Pac-12||Arizona||23-10 (12–6)||4|
|Lehigh||26–7 (11–3)||2||2010||Patriot||Bucknell||24–8 (12–2)||1|
|Vanderbilt||24–10 (11–6)||3||2011||SEC||Kentucky||32–2 (16–1)||1|
|Davidson||25–7 (16–2)||South 1||2008||Southern||Western Carolina||17–17 (8–10)||North 4|
|Lamar||23–11 (11–5)||3||2000||Southland||McNeese State||17–15 (10–6)||4|
|South Dakota State||27–7 (15–3)||2||Never||Summit||Western Illinois||18–14 (9–9)||4|
|Western Kentucky||15–18 (7–9)||East 4||2009||Sun Belt||North Texas||18–14 (9–7)||West 4|
|Mississippi Valley State||21–12 (17–1)||1||2008||SWAC||Texas Southern||15–18 (15–6)||2|
|New Mexico State||26–9 (10–4)||2||2010||WAC||Louisiana Tech||18–16 (6–8)||5|
|Saint Mary's||27–5 (14–2)||1||2010||West Coast||Gonzaga||25–6 (13–3)||2|
|Team||Conference||Last appearance||# of appearances|
|Colorado State||Mountain West||2003||9|
|Iowa State||Big 12||2005||14|
|Kansas State||Big 12||2011||26|
|Notre Dame||Big East||2011||32|
|Ohio State||Big Ten||2011||24|
|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|
|West Virginia||Big East||2011||25|
|Wichita State||Missouri Valley||2006||9|
Listed by region and seeding
*See First Four.
Conferences with multiple bids
|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||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
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.
Bids by state
|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|
|1||South Dakota||South Dakota State|
|1||West Virginia||West Virginia|
- Ohio is more than just Buckeye State ESPN.com, March 21, 2012
- Davis, Withey will host block party in final ESPN.com, April 1, 2012
- 'Hardcore' breakdown of bracket NCAA, March 11, 2012
- 2012 NCAA tournament information Fox Sports, September 22, 2009
- First Four to remain in Dayton NCAA, July 8, 2011
* – Denotes overtime period
First Four – Dayton, Ohio
Both games on March 13 saw historic comebacks:
- In the opener, Western Kentucky trailed by 16 points with 4:51 remaining before storming back to win 59–58. It was the largest comeback in the last five minutes of an NCAA tournament game; the previous record was 15 by Illinois against Arizona in the 2005 Elite Eight.
- In the second game of the night, BYU set a record for the largest comeback in a NCAA tournament game, as they were down by 25 points at one point and came back to beat Iona 78–72. The largest previous deficit overcome in the tournament was 22 points by Duke against Maryland in the 2001 national semifinals.
In addition, the March 13 session was notable for the attendance of Barack Obama, president of the United States, and David Cameron, prime minister of Great Britain. Cameron was in the U.S. for bilateral political and economic talks with Obama.
South Regional – Atlanta, Georgia
|Louisville – Thu/Sat|
|Portland – Thu/Sat|
|13||New Mexico State||66|
|Albuquerque – Thu/Sat|
|14||South Dakota State||60|
|Greensboro – Fri/Sun|
South Regional all-tournament team
West Regional – Phoenix, Arizona
|Columbus – Fri/Sun|
|12||Long Beach State||68|
|Portland – Thu/Sat|
|Louisville – Thu/Sat|
|Omaha – Fri/Sun|
West Regional all-tournament team
East Regional – Boston, Massachusetts
|Pittsburgh – Thu/Sat|
|Albuquerque – Thu/Sat|
|Nashville – Fri/Sun|
|Pittsburgh – Thu/Sat|
East Regional all-tournament team
Midwest Regional – St. Louis, Missouri
|Greensboro – Fri/Sun|
|Nashville – Fri/Sun|
|6||San Diego State||65|
|11||North Carolina State||79|
|11||North Carolina State||66|
|Columbus – Fri/Sun|
|11||North Carolina State||57|
|Omaha – Fri/Sun|
Midwest Regional all-tournament team
Final Four – Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana
|National Championship Game
Final Four all-tournament team
Final Four all-tournament team: Anthony Davis, Kentucky; Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Kentucky; Doron Lamb, Kentucky; Thomas Robinson, Kansas; Tyshawn Taylor, Kansas
Final Four most outstanding player: Anthony Davis, Kentucky
|Louisville Cardinals 61, Kentucky Wildcats 69|
|Scoring by half: 28–35, 33–34|
|Pts: P. Siva 11
Rebs: G. Dieng 12
Asts: P. Siva 3
|Pts: A. Davis 18
Rebs: A. Davis 14
Asts: M. Teague 5
|Ohio State Buckeyes 62, Kansas Jayhawks 64|
|Scoring by half: 34–25, 28–39|
|Pts: W. Buford 19
Rebs: J. Sullinger 11
Asts: A. Craft 3
|Pts: T. Robinson 18
Rebs: E. Johnson 10
Asts: T. Taylor 9
|Kansas Jayhawks 59, Kentucky Wildcats 67|
|Scoring by half: 27–41, 32–26|
|Pts: T. Taylor 19
Rebs: T. Robinson 17
Asts: T. Taylor 3
|Pts: D. Lamb 22
Rebs: A. Davis 16
Asts: A. Davis 5
Record by conference
|Conference||# of Bids||Record||Win %||R64||R32||S16||E8||F4||CG||NC|
- The R64, R32, S16, E8, F4, CG, and NC columns indicate how many teams from each conference were in the round of 64 (second round), round of 32 (third round), Sweet 16, Elite Eight, Final Four, championship game, and national champion, respectively.
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2012 marked the second year of a 14-year partnership between CBS Sports and Turner Broadcasting cable networks TBS, TNT and truTV to cover the entire tournament under the NCAA March Madness banner. CBS aired the Final Four and championship rounds for the 31st consecutive year.
- Greg Gumbel (New York and New Orleans) – Second Round, Third Round, Regionals, Final Four and National Championship Game
- Ernie Johnson Jr. (New York and Atlanta) – First Four, Second Round, Third Round and Regional Semi-Finals
- Matt Winer (Atlanta) – First Four, Second Round and Third Round
- Greg Anthony (New York and New Orleans) – First Four, Second Round, Third Round, Regionals, Final Four and National Championship Game
- Charles Barkley (New York and New Orleans) – First Four, Second Round, Third Round, Regionals, Final Four and National Championship Game
- Mike Brey (Atlanta) – Third Round
- Seth Davis (Atlanta and New Orleans) – First Four, Second Round, Third Round, Regional Semi-Finals, Final Four and National Championship Game
- Steve Lavin (New York) – Third Round
- Frank Martin (New York) – Regional Finals
- Shaka Smart (Atlanta) – Regional Semi-Finals
- Kenny Smith (New York and New Orleans) – First Four, Second Round, Third Round, Regionals, Final Four and National Championship Game
- Steve Smith (Atlanta) – First Four, Second Round, Third Round and Regional Semi-Finals
- Jay Wright (Atlanta) – First Four and Second Round
- Jim Nantz/Clark Kellogg/Steve Kerr/Tracy Wolfson – First Four at Dayton, Ohio; Second and Third Round at Greensboro, North Carolina; South Regionals at Atlanta, Georgia; Final Four at New Orleans, Louisiana
Kerr joined Nantz and Kellogg during the First Four, Final Four, and National Championship games
- Marv Albert/Steve Kerr/Craig Sager – Second and Third Round at Omaha, Nebraska; Midwest Regionals at St. Louis, Missouri
- Verne Lundquist/Bill Raftery/Lesley Visser – Second and Third Round at Louisville, Kentucky; East Regionals at Boston, Massachusetts
- Kevin Harlan/Len Elmore/Reggie Miller/Marty Snider – Second and Third Round at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; West Regionals at Phoenix, Arizona
- Ian Eagle/Jim Spanarkel/Lewis Johnson – First Four at Dayton, Ohio; Second and Third Round at Nashville, Tennessee
- Brian Anderson/Dan Bonner/Jenn Hildreth – Second and Third Round at Portland, Oregon
- Tim Brando/Mike Gminski/Otis Livingston – Second and Third Round at Columbus, Ohio
- Spero Dedes/Bob Wenzel/Jaime Maggio – Second and Third Round at Albuquerque, New Mexico
Number of games per network
- CBS: 26
- TBS: 16
- TruTV: 13
- TNT: 12
Second and Third Round
- Kevin Calabro and Bill Frieder – Second and Third Round at Portland, Oregon
- Dave Sims and Michael Cage – Second and Third Round at Albuquerque, New Mexico
- Scott Graham and Kevin Grevey – Second and Third Round at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- Ted Robinson and Kyle Macy – Second and Third Round at Louisville, Kentucky
- Wayne Larrivee and John Thompson – Second and Third Round at Columbus, Ohio
- Kevin Kugler and Tom Brennan – Second and Third Round at Omaha, Nebraska
- Brad Sham and Pete Gillen – Second and Third Round at Nashville, Tennessee
- Gary Cohen and Reid Gettys – Second and Third Round at Greensboro, North Carolina
- Kevin Kugler and Pete Gillen – East Regional at Boston, Massachusetts
- Wayne Larrivee and Fran Fraschilla – Midwest Regional at St. Louis, Missouri
- Ian Eagle and John Thompson – South Regional at Atlanta, Georgia
- Dave Sims and Bill Frieder – West Regional at Phoenix, Arizona
- Kevin Kugler, John Thompson and Bill Raftery – New Orleans, Louisiana
All tournament sites continued to use the uniform courts that were first introduced tournament-wide in 2010, except for a slight variation at the East Regionals in Boston at the TD Garden, where a parquet floor court pattern similar to that used by the hometown Boston Celtics was used.
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