Selection Sunday: Bracket Revealed; Kentucky Earns No. 1 Overall Seed

The NCAA Tournament bracket has been released. Kentucky is your No. 1 overall seed, and as always, there are a handful of very sad bubble teams. Ready to make your picks? Get your printable bracket.

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NCAA Bracket 2012: South Region Gets Kentucky, No. 1 Overall Seed

The South Region of the 2012 NCAA Tournament bracket may well belong to the Kentucky Wildcats. John Calipari's Wildcats are the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament, and get a bracket that sets up nicely for them, with what could be a short road to the Final Four consisting of an in-state trip to Louisville and a drive down to Atlanta.

The Wildcats got favorable No. 2 and No. 3 seeds, too: No. 2 Duke and No. 3 Baylor are less imposing than some of the other teams on those seed lines. But they may have a tougher round of 32 game than most teams, with No. 9 UConn looming. Elsewhere in the South, No. 5 Wichita State and No. 12 VCU meet in the second round in a tussle of mid-majors, and No. 10 Xavier breezed into the tournament after being considered a bubble team in recent weeks.

Here's the full South Region bracket for the 2012 NCAA Tournament:

No. 1 Kentucky
No. 16 Mississippi Valley State OR Western Kentucky

No. 8 Iowa State
No. 9 UConn

No. 5 Wichita State
No. 12 VCU

No. 4 Indiana
No. 13 New Mexico State

No. 6 UNLV
No. 11 Colorado

No. 3 Baylor
No. 14 South Dakota State

No. 7 Notre Dame
No. 10 Xavier

No. 2 Duke
No. 15 Lehigh

Other NCAA Tournament Regions: East | Midwest | West

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NCAA Bracket 2012: East Region Headlined By Syracuse Orange

The East Region of the 2012 NCAA Tournament bracket may well belong to the Syracuse Orange. The Orange are the second No. 1 seed in the Tournament, behind the Kentucky Wildcats, who are the overall No. 1.

Syracuse are heavy favorites in their bracket, which also includes No. 2 seeds Ohio St. Buckeyes. The Orange finished their 2011-12 season with a 31-2 record, going 17-1 in the Big East.

Here's the full East Region bracket for the 2012 NCAA Tournament:

No. 1 Syracuse
No. 16 UNC Asheville

No. 8 Kansas State
No. 9 Southern Miss

No. 5 Vanderbilt
No. 12 Harvard

No. 4 Wisconsin
No. 13 Montana

No. 2 Ohio State
No. 15 Loyola

No. 7 Gonzaga
No. 10 West Virginia

No. 3 Florida State
No. 14 St. Bonaventure

No. 6 Cincinnati
No. 11 Texas

Other NCAA Tournament Regions: South | Midwest | West

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Printable 2012 NCAA Bracket Now Available

The 2012 NCAA Tournament field has only been out a short amount of time, but you're probably all ready to start filling things out, narrowing down picks and prepping that perfect bracket. It's the most wonderful time of the year for college basketball fans, and with the field now all set the real work begins.

Here's the 2012 NCAA Tournament printable bracket, updated through March 14.

If you're looking for more NCAA Tournament resources, the bracket has links to team blogs corresponding to the lucky 68 who made the field. You'll find all sorts of expert analysis, commentary and communities full of discussion to help you gain that extra advantage when picking your bracket.

For those ready to move beyond the paper and pen office pools, be sure to head over to Yahoo! and fill out a bracket. Also be sure to visit Sports Illustrated's March Madness guide for tips and tricks when picking your bracket.

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NCAA Bracket 2012: Midwest Region Led By No. 1 Seed North Carolina

The Midwest Region of the 2012 NCAA Tournament bracket may well belong to the North Carolina Tar Heels. The Tar Heels are one of four No. 1 seeds in the tournament, along with the Kenucky Wildcats, Syracuse Orange and Michigan St. Spartans. UNC will get a bracket that sets up nicely for them, with what could be a short road to the Final Four.

The Tar Heels will be joined by No. 2 seeds Kansas Jayhawks. North Carolina finished their 2011-12 season with a 29-5 record, going 14-2 in the ACC.

Here's the full Midwest Region bracket for the 2012 NCAA Tournament:

No. 1 North Carolina
No. 16 Lamar / Vermont (First Four)

No. 8 Creighton
No. 9 Alabama

No. 5 Temple
No. 12 California / South Florida (First Four)

No. 4 Michigan
No. 13 Ohio

No. 6 San Diego State
No. 11 North Carolina State

No. 3 Georgetown
No. 14 Belmont

No. 7 St. Mary's
No. 10 Purdue

No. 2 Kansas
No. 15 Detroit

Other NCAA Tournament Regions: East | West | South

Who do you think will win this region? Let us know in the comments below.

For more on the 2012 NCAA Tournament bracket, stay with SB Nation's Selection Sunday StoryStream, and stick around SB Nation's NCAA Tournament hub for a complete printable NCAA Tournament bracket and tons of analysis on who was snubbed, who got the best bracket, and who will make it all the way to New Orleans and the Final Four.

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NCAA Bracket 2012: West Region Has Michigan State At No. 1

Michigan State earned the fourth No. 1 seed in the 2012 NCAA Tournament with a spectacular performance in the Big Ten Tournament. The Spartans got rewarded with a regional stocked with tournament champions.

No. 2 Missouri won the Big 12 Tournament, No. 4 Louisville ran through the Big East Tournament, No. 5 New Mexico took home the Mountain West title, and a slew of other tournament winners will join the Spartans in the West. The biggest surprise of Selection Sunday so far is in the West, too: Iona will play BYU in the First Four in Dayton for the right to earn a No. 14 seed and play No. 3 Marquette.

Here's the full West Region bracket for the 2012 NCAA Tournament:

No. 1 Michigan State
No. 16 Long Island

No. 8 Memphis
No. 9 Saint Louis

No. 5 New Mexico
No. 12 Long Beach State

No. 4 Louisville
No. 13 Davidson

No. 6 Murray State
No. 11 Colorado State

No. 3 Marquette
No. 14 BYU OR Iona

No. 7 Florida
No. 10 Virginia

No. 2 Missouri
No. 15 Norfolk State

Other NCAA Tournament Regions: East | Midwest | South

Who do you think will win this region? Let us know in the comments below.

For more on the 2012 NCAA Tournament bracket, stay with SB Nation's Selection Sunday StoryStream, and stick around SB Nation's NCAA Tournament hub for a complete printable NCAA Tournament bracket and tons of analysis on who was snubbed, who got the best bracket, and who will make it all the way to New Orleans and the Final Four.

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Bracketology 2012: The Wait Is Almost Over, It's Time For The Final Guess

Thanks to a victory over Ohio State, Michigan State grabbed the fourth top seed in our final bracket projection for 2012. At the other end of the field, N.C. State's bubble may have burst after St. Bonaventure claimed the Atlantic 10 title.

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Kentucky Vs. Vanderbilt, SEC Championship 2012 Final Score: Commodores Upset Wildcats For Conference Title

The second half of Sunday's 2012 SEC Tournament championship game lived up to the exciting first half that preceded it. The Kentucky Wildcats led 62-55 with five minutes to go, but only scored two points the rest of the way. The Vanderbilt Commodores reasserted themselves on the boards and took advantage of their free throw opportunities late to hold on for a 71-64 win.

The second half was somehow even more dunktastic than the first. Terrence Jones was the biggest culprit on the day, with back-to-back slams to extend the Wildcats' lead to five just before the midway point of the half.

Jones finished with 12 points and led the team with 11 rebounds. Darius Miller, returning to UK's starting lineup after playing off the bench the previous two games, apparently responded well to head coach John Calipari's motivation and lead the Wildcats with 16 points on 7-for-17 shooting. Forward Anthony Davis had 12 points and 10 rebounds.

The Wildcats played stellar defense in the second half, finishing with eight blocks for the game. They bullied the Commodores on the perimeter, but Vanderbilt was able to find success inside. Jeffery Taylor and Festus Ezeli put up 18 and 17 points, respectively. Taylor also had 12 rebounds as well as two key first-half three pointers.

Vanderbilt's effectiveness under the rim led to an uncharacteristically high number of fouls against the Wildcats. The Commodores went 21-for-32 from the free throw line, outscoring the Wildcats by nine points from the stripe. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist fouled out with 2:50 to go to leave UK shorthanded.

The loss was Kentucky's first to an SEC team this season. Despite the loss, they should earn a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament and may still take the No. 1 overall spot considering that Syracuse and UNC also failed to secure conference tournament titles. Vanderbilt could climb even higher in the seedings after coming in as a No. 6 seed in SB Nation's latest bracketology rankings. At the moment, they are simply enjoying what was an incredibly hard-fought, emotional win.

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For more on Sunday's game, check out Kentucky blog Sea Of Blue and Vanderbilt blog Anchor Of Gold. Head over to SB Nation NCAA Basketball for more news and notes on conference tournaments and the rest of March Madness. For more on the SEC Tournament, stay with this StoryStream or visit Team Speed Kills.
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ACC Tournament Championship 2012, North Carolina Vs. Florida State: Noles Win Their First-Ever ACC Tournament

The Florida State Seminoles exited halftime with a 49-40 lead over the North Carolina Tar Heels in the 2012 ACC Championship Game and held that lead for much of the second half. The Tar Heels were able to go on a run and pull within four points, but the Seminoles were able to rally back and regain their nearly double-digit lead. Seminoles head coach Leondard Hamilton became a bit frustrated on the sideline late in the game and employed his team to play smart.

Within the final minutes of the game, North Carolina once again pulled back within four points and the two sides couldn't sink a bucket until UNC guard Kendall Marshall hit a late three-point shot that put North Carolina down by just one point. The closing seconds resulted in North Carolina fouling FSU and putting them on the line, hoping to get some rebounds. Okaro White missed his free throw for the Noles, but Marshall missed the three-point shot that would have put North Carolina up a point.

Deividas Dulkys grabbed the rebound for Florida State and was immediately fouled, putting him on the line. Dulkys sank both of his shots to push FSU's lead to three points. North Carolina pushed the ball to mid-court and called a timeout with 3.3 seconds left, but the ensuing inbound pass from Tyler Zeller to P.J. Hairston led to a long three-point attempt that clanked off the back of the rim as Florida State won the ACC Tournament 85-82.

For more on the two teams, check out Florida Seminoles blog Tomahawk Nation and North Carolina blog Carolina March. For more on college tournaments nationwide, head over to SB Nation's dedicated NCAA basketball hub. For more on the ACC tourney, make sure to follow this StoryStream.

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