|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:
Pitt takes over as the No. 1 overall seed, but still gets stuck with the top 2-seed because of conference conflicts and locational preferences.
Illinois and UNLV both dropped from No. 7 seeds to 9 seeds.
Syracuse dropped from a No. 3 seed to a 5 seed.
Cincinnati dropped from a No. 10 seed to the last team in the field.
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.
|Last four out: VCU, Wichita State, Butler, Alabama.|
New at-large teams in: Michigan State, Memphis.
At-large teams out: VCU, Alabama (lost auto bid).
Bids by conference: Big East (11); Big 12 and Big Ten (6); SEC and ACC (5); Mountain West (4); Pac-10 and Atlantic 10 (3); Colonial and Conference USA (2).
Seed changes: Virginia Tech switched with the Cincinnati/Colorado State play-in game. Baylor switched with Marquette to help slotting. Florida State switched with George Mason.
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