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BYU snags a No. 1 seed

2011 NCAA Tournament Projection
In this bracket, the East matches up with the West, the Southeast with the Southwest in the national semifinals.

This week's notable moves:

• Ohio State is the new No. 1 overall seed.

• BYU is a new 1-seed.

• Florida got squeezed and dropped from the last No. 3 seed to the first 5 because of the good work of teams just behind it.

• The Southwest features a rematch between Xavier and Butler -- something the committee attempts to avoid -- but that was the best solution to a bunch of seeding, conference and other rematch conflicts.

• Coastal Carolina was moved from a 15 to a 16 because of personnel losses.

With the addition of three at-large spots (increasing the field to 68 teams), there are now four play-in games, dubbed the "First Four." Two games will match the tournament's lowest seeds, Nos. 65 through 68, with the winners claiming a No. 16 seed. The other two games will feature the last four teams of the 37 at-large qualifiers, with the winners likely receiving No. 11 or 12 seeds.

The top-four seeds in each region, starting with the No. 1 seeds, receive geographic preference when possible. An imbalance in high seeds between regions (e.g. if more than two top-four seeds are closest to the same subregional location) may force a protected seed into a secondary location.

League winners (automatic qualifiers) are listed with their conference for clarity. Auto-bid winners in traditional one-bid leagues are determined by the best RPI from the team(s) with the fewest league losses. Teams can be moved a seed line up or down to conform to bracketing rules.

 
 
EAST - Newark, N.J.
 
Cleveland
 
1Ohio State (Big Ten)
16Florida Atlantic (Sun Belt)
 
 
8Arizona (Pac-10)
9Florida State
 
 
Tampa
 
5Florida (SEC)
12Colorado/Gonzaga
 
 
4Syracuse
13Oakland (Summit)
 
 
Washington, D.C.
 
6Texas A&M
11Michigan State
 
 
3Louisville
14Vermont (America East)
 
 
Charlotte
 
7George Mason (Colonial)
10Richmond
 
 
2Duke (ACC)
15Fairfield (MAAC)
 
SOUTHEAST - New Orleans
 
Cleveland
 
1Pittsburgh (Big East)
16No. Colorado (Big Sky)/Texas So. (SWAC)
 
 
8Tennessee
9Utah State (WAC)
 
 
Tampa
 
5Missouri
12Missouri State (Missouri Valley)
 
 
4North Carolina
13Princeton (Ivy)
 
 
Denver
 
6West Virginia
11Washington
 
 
3Wisconsin
14Bucknell (Patriot)
 
 
Tulsa
 
7UNLV
10Marquette
 
 
2Texas
15Long Beach State (Big West)
 
 
 
 
 
WEST - Anaheim
 
Denver
 
1BYU (Mountain West)
16Beth.-Cook. (MEAC)/McNeese St. (Southland)
 
 
8Old Dominion
9Kansas State
 
 
Washington, D.C.
 
5Kentucky
12UAB (C-USA)
 
 
4Connecticut
13College of Charleston (SoCon)
 
 
Charlotte
 
6Vanderbilt
11Baylor/Michigan
 
 
3Georgetown
14Wisconsin-Milwaukee (Horizon)
 
 
Chicago
 
7Temple
10Cincinnati
 
 
2Purdue
15Murray State (Ohio Valley)
 
SOUTHWEST - San Antonio
 
Tulsa
 
1Kansas (Big 12)
16Coastal Carolina (Big South)
 
 
8Georgia
9Illinois
 
 
Tucson
 
5Xavier (Atlantic 10)
12Butler
 
 
4St. John's
13Belmont (Atlantic Sun)
 
 
Tucson
 
6Villanova
11Saint Mary's (West Coast)
 
 
3San Diego State
14Kent State (MAC)
 
 
Chicago
 
7UCLA
10Virginia Tech
 
 
2Notre Dame
15Long Island (Northeast)
 
 

Last four out: Penn State, Alabama, Boston College, Colorado State.

New at-large teams in: Virginia Tech, Baylor, Colorado, Michigan.

At-large teams out: VCU, Boston College, Minnesota, Memphis.

Bids by conference: Big East (11); Big 12 (7); Big Ten (6); SEC (5); ACC (4); Mountain West, Pac-10 and Atlantic 10 (3); Colonial, Horizon and West Coast (2).

Seed changes: To ease bracket conflicts, both West Virginia/Missouri and Vanderbilt/Xavier swapped 5 and 6 seeds. Butler and the Baylor/Michigan play-in game swapped 11 and 12.

For more in-depth analysis, check out the Bubble Watch.

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