Bracketology 2012: Kentucky, North Carolina Projected As Top Seeds

NEW ORLEANS, LA - MARCH 10: Doron Lamb #20 of the Kentucky Wildcats controls the ball against the defense of Erving Walker #11 of the Florida Gators in the second half 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)

The latest NCAA Tournament projections show the Kentucky Wildcats nailing down the top seed and staying close to home in the South Regional hosted by Atlanta.

The Kentucky Wildcats dominance this season has all but clinched the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournamenteven before Sunday's SEC Tournament final against Vanderbilt. The Wildcats chief competition was Syracuse who was upset in the semifinals of the Big East tournament. As the tournament's No. 1 seed, the Wildcats would be staying close to home in the South Regional to be held in Atlanta.

Kentucky continued its push for 19 wins in 19 SEC games and the No. 1 overall seed (which it has all but locked up anyway) by defeating Florida. The Wildcats, who currently head up the South region, will take on Vanderbilt for the conference's auto-bid this afternoon (1 p.m. ET, ABC).

North Carolina is all but assured of a No. 1 seed and is likely headed to Greensboro for the first round of the tournament as part of the St Louis Regional.

For more Bracketology updates head over to Blogging The Bracket. For more March Madness news and notes check out SB Nation's College Basketball page.

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