Bracket projection: Missouri

Undersized but talented Tigers are a Final Four-caliber team

Updated: March 12, 2012, 4:37 PM ET
By Charlie Creme | Special to Insider
Note: ESPN's Joe Lunardi assigned a team of Bracketologists to put together Insider's Tournament Tips, offering historical analysis of the bracket and in-depth breakdowns on all 68 tournament teams to help you make smart picks.

Lunardi's Logic

I've been saying all season that Mizzou was a long-shot No. 1 seed because of its weak non-conference schedule. Instead, we have the weakest No. 1 seed and the weakest No. 2 seed in the same region. I see both teams, Michigan State and the Missouri, advancing to the Elite Eight with Missouri claiming its first Final Four berth in school history.

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Missouri's complete Bracketology chart

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Women's College Basketball
Charlie Creme projects the women's NCAA Tournament bracket for ESPN.com.