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Bracketology 2012: Northwestern A Longshot In SB Nation's Latest Projections

The 2012 NCAA Tournament selection process is approaching quickly, and according to SB Nation's Bracketology the Northwestern Wildcats are on the outside of March Madness, looking in. The Drexel Dragons, South Florida Bulls, North Carolina State Wolfpack, and Mississippi State Bulldogs are listed of the last four teams to get in to the NCAA Tournament, while Mississippi Rebels, Seton Hall Pirates, Washington Huskies and Iona Gaels are the first four with a major beef for being left out of the big dance.

Meanwhile, Northwestern is among the next quartet of teams headed to the NIT, making sad company with the Tennessee Volunteers, Miami Hurricanes and Dayton Flyers. Here's how the process broke down in the latest run by SB Nation's Chris Dobbertean. Northwestern is part of the Next Four Out crowd, so they would need a major miracle to get in the field at this point.

Bids By Conference Last Four Byes Arrivals Departures
Big East: 9
California Arizona Miami
Big Ten: 7 Southern Mississippi New Mexico State Nevada
Big 12: 6 Colorado State N.C. State Tennessee

SEC: 5
Next Four In Procedural Shifts
MWC: 4
Drexel Southern Mississippi Up to an 11 from a 12
A-10: 3 USF Xavier Down to a 12 from an 11
WCC: 3 N.C. State

CAA: 2 Mississippi State

C-USA: 2 Last Four Out

MVC: 2 Mississippi

Pac-12: 2 Seton Hall

1-Bid Conferences: 19 Washington


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