Originally posted on Philly Sports Live  |  Last updated 3/11/12

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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

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