2012 NCAA Bracket: Vermont Lands In Midwest Region, Could Face North Carolina

After a successful regular season, the Vermont Catamounts have landed the 16-seed in the Midwest region for this year's NCAA Tournament, as the selection committee announced on Sunday. The Catamounts are the only team from the America East Conference to make the tournament, earning an automatic invitation after beating Stony Brook in the conference tournament.

The Midwest region should pose numerous challenges for a talented Vermont team. They will play a play-in game against the Lamar Cardinals, with the winner moving on to face No. 1 seeded North Carolina Tar Heels in the first round of 64 teams.

If the Catamounts pull off a massive upset over UNC, they could eventually face the likes of 4-seed Michigan, 3-seed Georgetown or 2-seed Kansas in later rounds.

Vermont will be appearing in the NCAA Tournament for the sixth time time in their history. Their highest finish ever came in 1980 when they beat Weber State and Oregon State to advance to the Sweet 16.

Here is the full bracket for the Midwest Region, as well as the printable bracket for the 2012 NCAA Tournament.

For more on this region and the impending March Madness season, check out SB Nation's college hoops news hub. Stay tuned to our StoryStream for more Harvard recaps, previews and news updates.

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