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Full 2012 NCAA Bracket: Big East Represented By Nine Teams

Here's the full March Madness bracket. Pitt and West Virginia are both leaving the Big East in the near future, and while those schools won't miss the Big East from a football perspective, this year's bracket shows that, despite some grousing about its performance last year, the Big East is still the most highly-regarded college basketball conference. This year's field features nine Big East teams: No. 1 Syracuse, No. 3 Marquette, No. 3 Georgetown, No. 4 Louisville, No. 6 Cincinnati, No. 7 Notre Dame, No. 9 UConn, No. 10 West Virginia, and No. 12 South Florida. (The only Big East school with a reasonable tournament case that got left out was Seton Hall.) No other conference got more than six teams.

SOUTH
No. 1 Kentucky vs. Miss. Valley St./Western Kentucky , Thursday 3/15/12
No. 8 Iowa State vs. No. 9 UConn, Thursday 3/15/12
No. 5 Wichita State vs. No. 12 VCU, Thursday 3/15/12
No. 4 Indiana vs. No. 13 New Mexico State, Thursday 3/15/12
No. 2 Duke vs. No. 15 Lehigh, Friday 3/16/12
No. 7 Notre Dame vs. No. 10 Xavier, Friday 3/16/12
No. 3 Baylor vs. No. 14 South Dakota State, Thursday 3/15/12
No. 6 UNLV vs. No. 11 Colorado, Thursday 3/15/12

WEST
No. 1 Michigan State vs. LIU, Friday 3/16/12
No. 8 Memphis vs. No. 9 Saint Louis, Friday 3/16/12
No. 5 New Mexico vs. No. 12 Long Beach State, Thursday 3/15/12
No. 4 Louisville vs. No. 13 Davidson, Thursday 3/15/12
No. 2 Missouri vs. No. 15 Norfolk State, Friday 3/16/12
No. 7 Florida vs. No. 10 Virginia, Friday 3/16/12
No. 3 Marquette vs. No. 14 BYU/Iona, Thursday 3/15/12
No. 6 Murray State vs. No. 11 Colorado State, Thursday 3/15/12

EAST
No. 1 Syracuse vs. UNC Asheville, Thursday 3/15/12
No. 8 Kansas State vs. No. 9 So. Miss, Thursday 3/15/12
No. 5 Vanderbilt vs. No. 12 Harvard, Thursday 3/15/12
No. 4 Wisconsin vs. No. 13 Montana, Thursday 3/15/12
No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 15 Loyola (Md.), Thursday 3/15/12
No. 7 Gonzaga vs. No. 10 West Virginia, Thursday 3/15/12
No. 3 Florida State vs. No. 14 St. Bonaventure, Friday 3/16/12
No. 6 Cincinnati vs. No. 11 Texas, Friday 3/16/12

MIDWEST
No. 1 North Carolina vs. Lamar/Vermont, Friday 3/16/12
No. 8 Creighton vs. No. 9 Alabama, Friday 3/16/12
No. 5 Temple vs. No. 12 Cal/South Florida, Friday 3/16/12
No. 4 Michigan vs. No. 13 Ohio, Friday 3/16/12
No. 2 Kansas vs. No. 15 Detroit, Friday 3/16/12
No. 7 Saint Mary's vs. No. 10 Purdue, Friday 3/16/12
No. 3 Georgetown vs. No. 14 Belmont, Friday 3/16/12
No. 6 San Diego State vs. No. 11 NC State, Friday 3/16/12

Here's a printable bracket.

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