NCAA tourney bracket projections

Insider's exclusive guide to each team's strengths and weaknesses

Originally Published: March 11, 2012
By Joe Lunardi | Special to ESPN Insider

Before filling out your Tournament Challenge bracket, take some time and do your homework. For the 18th consecutive year, ESPN's Joe Lunardi has assigned a team of bracketologists to put together Insider's Tournament Tips, offering in-depth breakdowns and historical analysis of the bracket for all 68 tournament teams to help you make smart picks. Click on any of the teams below to get the inside scoop.

 

East Regional
1. Syracuse vs. 16. UNC Asheville Simulate this game
2. Ohio State vs. 15. Loyola (Md.) Simulate this game
3. Florida State vs. 14. St. Bonaventure Simulate this game
4. Wisconsin vs. 13. Montana Simulate this game
5. Vanderbilt vs. 12. Harvard Simulate this game
6. Cincinnati vs. 11. Texas Simulate this game
7. Gonzaga vs. 10. West Virginia Simulate this game
8. Kansas State vs. 9. Southern Miss Simulate this game
 
Midwest Regional
1. North Carolina vs. 16. Lamar or Vermont Simulate this game
2. Kansas vs. 15. Detroit Simulate this game
3. Georgetown vs. 14. Belmont Simulate this game
4. Michigan vs. 13. Ohio Simulate this game
5. Temple vs. 12. Cal or South Florida Simulate this game
6. San Diego State vs. 11. North Carolina State Simulate this game
7. Saint Mary's vs. 10. Purdue Simulate this game
8. Creighton vs. 9. Alabama Simulate this game
 
South Regional
1. Kentucky vs. 16. Mississippi Valley State or Western Kentucky Simulate this game
2. Duke vs. 15. Lehigh Simulate this game
3. Baylor vs. 14. South Dakota State Simulate this game
4. Indiana vs. 13. New Mexico State Simulate this game
5. Wichita State vs. 12. VCU Simulate this game
6. UNLV vs. 11. Colorado Simulate this game
7. Notre Dame vs. 10. Xavier Simulate this game
8. Iowa State vs. 9. UConn Simulate this game
 
West Regional
1. Michigan State vs. 16. LIU-Brooklyn Simulate this game
2. Missouri vs. 15. Norfolk State Simulate this game
3. Marquette vs. 14. BYU or Iona Simulate this game
4. Louisville vs. 13. Davidson Simulate this game
5. New Mexico vs. 12. Long Beach State Simulate this game
6. Murray State vs. 11. Colorado State Simulate this game
7. Florida vs. 10. Virginia Simulate this game
8. Memphis vs. 9. Saint Louis Simulate this game

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About the simulations: Results are based on more than 3,000 simulations for every NCAA tournament game that calculate how each team's performance changes in response to game conditions and its opponent's abilities. Each game is simulated one play at a time, and the game is replayed a minimum of 3,000 times to generate forecasted winning percentages and player statistics.

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