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UConn snags a No. 1 seed

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

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 tournaments 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
 
1Pittsburgh (Big East)
16Long Island (NEC)/Texas So. (SWAC)
 
 
8Xavier (Atlantic 10)
9Boston College
 
 
Denver
 
5Washington (Pac-10)
12VCU (Colonial)
 
 
4Missouri
13Harvard (Ivy)
 
 
Tampa
 
6Vanderbilt
11Missouri State (MVC)
 
 
3Texas A&M
14Florida Atlantic (Sun Belt)
 
 
Charlotte
 
7Cincinnati
10Gonzaga
 
 
2Duke (Atlantic Coast)
15Fairfield (MAAC)
 
SOUTHEAST - New Orleans
 
Cleveland
 
1Ohio State (Big Ten)
16Austin Peay (Ohio Valley)
 
 
8St. John's
9Arizona
 
 
Chicago
 
5Florida (SEC)
12Memphis (Conference USA)
 
 
4Notre Dame
13Oakland (Summit)
 
 
Tucson
 
6Illinois
11Richmond
 
 
3BYU (Mountain West)
14Bucknell (Patriot)
 
 
Washington D.C.
 
7Tennessee
10Old Dominion
 
 
2Syracuse
15Ball State (MAC)
 
 
 
 
 
SOUTHWEST - San Antonio
 
Tulsa
 
1Kansas
16Hampton (MEAC)
 
 
8Florida State
9UNLV
 
 
Chicago
 
5West Virginia
12Dayton/Butler
 
 
4Purdue
13Charleston (SoCon)
 
 
Charlotte
 
6Minnesota
11Marquette
 
 
3Kentucky
14Belmont (Atlantic Sun)
 
 
Tampa
 
7Temple
10Saint Mary's (West Coast)
 
 
2Villanova
15Long Beach State (Big West)
 
WEST - Anaheim
 
Washington D.C.
 
1Connecticut
16Maine (Am. East)/Lamar (Southland)
 
 
8Georgia
9North Carolina
 
 
Denver
 
5Georgetown
12Oklahoma St./UCLA
 
 
4Wisconsin
13Cleveland State (Horizon)
 
 
Tulsa
 
6Louisville
11Utah State (WAC)
 
 
3Texas (Big 12)
14Coastal Carolina (Big South)
 
 
Tucson
 
7Michigan State
10Virginia Tech
 
 
2San Diego State
15Northern Colorado (Big Sky)
 
 

Last four out: Wichita State, Kansas State, Washington State, Maryland.

New at-large teams in: Richmond, Marquette, Dayton, Oklahoma State, UCLA.

At-large teams out: Central Florida, Washington State, Kansas State, Miami (Fla.), Colorado.

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

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

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