Bracketology 2012: Notre Dame Projected By SB Nation As No. 7 Seed Out West

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 09: Peyton Siva #3 and Wayne Blackshear #25 of the Louisville Cardinals jump to block the shot of Eric Atkins #0 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the semifinals of the Big East men's basketball tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 9, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish got bounced from the Big East Conference Tournament by the Louisville Cardinals, and SB Nation has them currently projected as a No. 7 seed in the 2012 NCAA Tournament.

The 2012 NCAA Tournament selection process is approaching quickly, and according to SB Nation's Bracketology the Notre Dame Fighting Irish are currently projected to enter March Madness as a No. 7 seed in the West bracket. That would set Notre Dame up for a first-round matchup against the No. 10 seed Texas Longhorns, with the potential for second-round game against Jared Sullinger and the No. 2 seed Ohio State Buckeyes.

The Irish suffered a disappointing loss in the Big East Conference semifinals against the Louisville Cardinals, scoring just 50 points and getting buried by a 26-4 run at the end of the first half. Even so, their spot in the 2012 NCAA Tournament is safe, but their seed and matchup may take a bit of a hit.

Here's a complete look at the latest update of SB Nation's NCAA Bracketology:

Teams that have clinched automatic bids appear in all caps.

St. Louis (Fri/Sun)
(2) EAST
Boston (Thu/Sat)
Louisville (Thu/Sat) Pittsburgh (Thu/Sat)
1 Kentucky (SEC) 1 Syracuse
8 Iowa State 8 Vanderbilt
9 Purdue 9 Kansas State
Portland (Thu/Sat) Albuquerque (Thu/Sat)
5 CREIGHTON (MVC) 5 Temple
12 Arizona (Pac-12) 12 BYU
4 Florida State 4 Indiana
13 DAVIDSON (Southern) 13 Mississippi State/USF
Columbus (Fri/Sun) Albuquerque (Thu/Sat)
6 Wichita State 6 Cincinnati (Big East)
11 West Virginia 11 Southern Miss.
3 Michigan 3 Baylor
14 BELMONT (A-Sun) 14 Akron (MAC)
Omaha (Fri/Sun) Greensboro (Fri/Sun)
7 San Diego State (MWC) 7 New Mexico
10 VCU (CAA) 10 HARVARD (Ivy)
2 Missouri (Big 12) 2 Duke
(4) WEST
Phoenix (Thu/Sat)
Atlanta (Fri/Sun)
Omaha (Fri/Sun) Greensboro (Fri/Sun)
1 Kansas 1 North Carolina (ACC)
16 Lamar (Southland) 16 Norfolk State/Stony Brook
8 Saint Louis (A-10) 8 ST. MARY'S (WCC)
9 Alabama 9 Connecticut
Nashville (Fri/Sun) Portland (Thu/Sat)
12 Colorado State 12 Xavier
4 Wisconsin 4 Louisville
13 N.C. State/Drexel 13 SOUTH DAKOTA ST. (Summit)
Pittsburgh (Thu/Sat) Nashville (Fri/Sun)
6 Gonzaga 6 Memphis (C-USA)
11 Virginia 11 California
3 Georgetown 3 Marquette
14 LOYOLA (MD) (MAAC) 14 New Mexico State (WAC)
Louisville (Thu/Sat) Columbus (Fri/Sun)
7 Notre Dame 7 Florida
10 Texas 10 Long Beach St. (Big West)
2 Ohio State 2 Michigan State (Big Ten)
15 LEHIGH (Patriot) 15 DETROIT (Horizon)
Tuesday: To Louisville
Tuesday: To Albuquerque
16 Miss. Valley State (SWAC) 13 Mississippi State
Wednesday: To Greensboro Wednesday: To Nashville
16 Norfolk State (MEAC) 13 N.C. State
16 Stony Brook (AmEast) 13 Drexel

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