The 2012 NCAA Tournament bracket and field has been announced, and Vermont will receive a 16-seed in the Midwest region. The Catamounts' first opponent will be the No. 16 seed Lamar Cardinals, and they will play on Wednesday at Dayton, OH. in a First Four game. If the Catamounts win their First Four game against Lamar, they will face the No. 1 seed North Carolina on Thursday.
Vermont earned the 16-seed by winning the America East Conference Tournament. The Catamounts took home the championship with a 51-43 win over Stony Brook in the title game on Saturday. During the regular season, Vermont went 22-11 and 13-3 in the America East, finishing second to Stony Brook. That meant the Catamounts ultimately had to win on Stony Brook's home floor to make it to the Big Dance.
Here's a look at the Midwest Region of the 2012 NCAA Tournament bracket:
No. 1 North Carolina vs. No. 16 Lamar/Vermont, Friday
No. 8 Creighton vs. No. 9 Alabama, Friday
No. 5 Temple vs. No. 12 Cal/South Florida, Friday
No. 4 Michigan vs. No. 13 Ohio, Friday
No. 2 Kansas vs. No. 15 Detroit, Friday
No. 7 Saint Mary's vs. No. 10 Purdue, Friday
No. 3 Georgetown vs. No. 14 Belmont, Friday
No. 6 San Diego State vs. No. 11 NC State, Friday