03/11/2012 05:03 pm ET

Selection Sunday 2012 LIVE: NCAA Tournament Brackets Revealed

68 teams in total.

31 automatic bids.

37 at-large bids.

All teams seeded 1-16 and dispatched to four regions, comprising one giant bracket.

That sounds like one extremely tough task for the NCAA Division I Selection Committee to complete. Nevertheless, the Selection Committee must take in all of the information available (RPI, strength of schedule, top-50 wins etc.) and determine the field for the 2012 NCAA Tournament. How do they do it? What's the selection process like?

"It's unbelievable how we go through the process and evaluate and compare team to team," said LSU athletic director Joe Alleva last Sunday, one of the 10 committee members. "It's just so thorough, unbelievable and very, very time-consuming. There's probably 50 to 55 that are all so close to choose from. There are probably 20 teams that could fit into those last five or six spots. The first 30 are easy to pick, the last seven you're splitting hairs."

As of a couple hours before the Selection Sunday show, ESPN's Bracketologist Joe Lunardi has BYU, South Florida, N.C. State and Seton Hall as the last four teams in the big dance. He has Drexel, Washington (the Pac-12 regular season champs), Mississippi State and Iona as the last four teams out.

Will the Selection Committee prove Lunardi wrong? Scroll down for live Selection Sunday updates and click here to follow HuffPost Sports' March Madness coverage.

03/11/2012 6:43 PM EDT

@ YahooForde :

Wolfpack are the 68th team announced, relief in Raleigh. Sorry to Seton Hall, Washington, Miss State, Drexel. Oy, Drexel.

03/11/2012 6:42 PM EDT

@ ESPNAndyKatz :

UNC-Kansas Elite Eight? Roy vs. Bill Self? Let's see if it happens. Lot of upset possibilities here.

03/11/2012 6:42 PM EDT


@ ESPNAndyKatz :

Regular season champs of CAA, Pac-12 don't make it.

03/11/2012 6:41 PM EDT

@ ESPNHomeCourt :

RT @RealJayWilliams: Teams that were close but no cigar: Seton Hall, Washington, MSST, Drexel & Miami.

03/11/2012 6:41 PM EDT

@ ESPNAndyKatz :

Drexel, Washington, Miss State, Miami all out.

03/11/2012 6:41 PM EDT

@ lukewinn :

Iona over Drexel. Wow.

03/11/2012 6:39 PM EDT


No. 2 Kansas will play No. 15 Detroit

No. 7 Saint Mary's will play No. 10 Purdue

No. 3 Georgetown will play No. 14 Belmont

No. 6 San Diego State will play No. 11 N.C. State

03/11/2012 6:36 PM EDT


No. 1 North Carolina will play the winner of Lamar/Vermont for No. 16 seed

No. 8 Creighton will play No. 9 Alabama

No. 5 Temple will play the winner of South Florida/Cal for the No. 12 seed.

No. 4 Michigan will play No. 13 Ohio

03/11/2012 6:34 PM EDT

@ YahooForde :

Nervous list: USF, NW, Miss State, Drexel ... who am I missing?

03/11/2012 6:33 PM EDT

@ ESPNAndyKatz :

Second time Gonzaga has to come east in a 7-10 game to play a regional team (Davidson in Raleigh) and now WVU in Pittsburgh.