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March Madness Bracket 2012: NCAA Tournament Bids Awarded By Selection Committee

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NEW ORLEANS, LA - MARCH 10: Marquis Teague #25, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist #14, Anthony Davis #23 and Terrence Jones #3 of the Kentucky Wildcats react in the first half against the Florida Gators during the semifinals of the SEC Men's Basketball Tournament at New Orleans Arena on March 10, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - MARCH 10: Marquis Teague #25, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist #14, Anthony Davis #23 and Terrence Jones #3 of the Kentucky Wildcats react in the first half against the Florida Gators during the semifinals of the SEC Men's Basketball Tournament at New Orleans Arena on March 10, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

After another thrilling installment of championship week, the madness has arrived.

Click HERE for a printable 2012 NCAA tournament bracket!

The 2012 NCAA Tournament bracket has finally been revealed. So, it's time to do some homework, print your brackets and then make your picks. As determined by the selection committee, Kentucky earned the top overall seed, while North Carolina, Syracuse and Michigan State snagged the other No. 1 seeds.

Scroll down to check out the seeds.

The "First Four" will be played on March 13 and 14 and the full-fledged chaos will begin with the second round on March 15-16. The third round will run through the 17 and 18, while the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight games will go through the 22-25. The 2012 Final Four will take place in New Orleans at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and the national semifinals will tip off on March 31, with the championship game to be played on April 2.

Who do you think will advance to the Final Four? Which teams have the easiest path to the Big Easy?

MIDWEST

1. North Carolina
2. Kansas
3. Georgetown
4. Michigan
5. Temple
6. San Diego State
7. St. Mary's
8. Creighton
9. Alabama
10. Purdue
11. NC State
12.* California/South Florida
13. Ohio
14. Belmont
15. Detroit
16.* Lamar/Vermont

WEST

1. Michigan State
2. Missouri
3. Marquette
4. Louisville
5. New Mexico
6. Murray State
7. Florida
8. Memphis
9. Saint Louis
10. Virginia
11. Colorado State
12. Long Beach State
13. Davidson
14. BYU/Iona
15. Norfolk State
16. LIU-Brooklyn

EAST

1. Syracuse
2. Ohio State
3. Florida State
4. Wisconsin
5. Vanderbilt
6. Cincinnati
7. Gonzaga
8. Kansas State
9. Southern Mississippi
10. West Virginia
11. Texas
12. Harvard
13. Montana
14. St. Bonaventure
15. Loyola (MD)
16. UNC-Asheville

SOUTH

1. Kentucky
2. Duke
3. Baylor
4. Indiana
5. Wichita State
6. UNLV
7. Notre Dame
8. Iowa State
9. UConn
10. Xavier
11. Colorado
12. VCU
13. New Mexico State
14. South Dakota State
15. Lehigh
16. Mississippi Valley State / Western Kentucky

From live blogs of all the in-game action to comprehensive coverage of all the madness, on and off the court, throughout the duration of the Big Dance, HuffPost Sports' tournament coverage will bring you all the madness that you can handle.

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