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

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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.[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
regular season
Regular season
second place
Second place
record (Conf.)
Harvard 26–4 (12–2) 1946 Ivy League Penn 19–12 (11–3)
Qualifying school Record (Conf.) Seed Last app. Conference
tournament
Conf. finals
runner-up
Runner-up
record (Conf.)
Runner-up
seed
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

At-large bids[edit]

Team Conference Last appearance # of appearances
Alabama SEC 2006 20
Baylor Big 12 2011 7
BYU 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
NC State ACC 2006 21
North Carolina ACC 2011 43
Notre Dame Big East 2011 32
Ohio State Big Ten 2011 24
Purdue Big Ten 2011 25
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
Texas Big 12 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]

East Regional – Boston, Massachusetts
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 Automatic 11
4 Wisconsin Big Ten 24–9 At-large 14
5 Vanderbilt SEC 24–10 Automatic 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 Miss 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 Automatic 46
13 Montana Big Sky 25–6 Automatic 55
14 St. Bonaventure Atlantic 10 20–11 Automatic 58
15 Loyola MAAC 24–8 Automatic 59
16 UNC Asheville Big South 24–9 Automatic 64
Midwest Regional – St. Louis, Missouri
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 Automatic 26
8 Creighton Missouri Valley 28–5 Automatic 29
9 Alabama SEC 21–11 At-large 33
10 Purdue Big Ten 21–12 At-large 37
11 NC 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 Automatic 52
14 Belmont Atlantic Sun 27–7 Automatic 57
15 Detroit Horizon 22–13 Automatic 61
16* Lamar Southland 23–11 Automatic 65
Vermont America East 23–11 Automatic 66
South Regional – Atlanta, Georgia
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 Automatic 44
12 VCU Colonial 28–6 Automatic 49
13 New Mexico State WAC 26–9 Automatic 54
14 South Dakota State Summit 27–7 Automatic 56
15 Lehigh Patriot 26–7 Automatic 60
16* Mississippi Valley State SWAC 21–12 Automatic 67
Western Kentucky Sun Belt 15–18 Automatic 68
West Regional – Phoenix, Arizona
Seed School Conference Record Berth type Overall rank
1 Michigan State Big Ten 27–7 Automatic 4
2 Missouri Big 12 30–4 Automatic 8
3 Marquette Big East 25–7 At-large 10
4 Louisville Big East 26–9 Automatic 16
5 New Mexico Mountain West 27–6 Automatic 20
6 Murray State Ohio Valley 30–1 Automatic 23
7 Florida SEC 23–10 At-large 28
8 Memphis C-USA 26–8 Automatic 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 Automatic 51
13 Davidson Southern 25–7 Automatic 53
14* BYU West Coast 25–8 At-large 48
Iona MAAC 25–7 At-large 50
15 Norfolk State MEAC 25–9 Automatic 62
16 Long Island Northeast 25–8 Automatic 63

*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 Saint 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

References[edit]