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Pitt takes over as No. 1 overall seed after Ohio State's first loss

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.

 
 
EAST - Newark, N.J.
 
Cleveland
 
1Pittsburgh (Big East)
16Long Island (NEC)/Texas So. (SWAC)
 
 
8George Mason (Colonial)
9UNLV
 
 
Denver
 
5Syracuse
12Virginia Tech
 
 
4Purdue
13UTEP (C-USA)
 
 
Washington, D.C.
 
6Xavier (Atlantic 10)
11Michigan State
 
 
3Connecticut
14Belmont (Atlantic Sun)
 
 
Charlotte
 
7UCLA
10Georgia
 
 
2Duke (Atlantic Coast)
15Vermont (America East)
 
SOUTHEAST - New Orleans
 
Cleveland
 
1Ohio State (Big Ten)
16Florida Atlantic (Sun Belt)
 
 
8Washington
9Florida State
 
 
Tampa
 
5Kentucky
12Princeton (Ivy)
 
 
4Villanova
13Valparaiso (Horizon)
 
 
Denver
 
6Missouri
11Marquette
 
 
3BYU (Mountain West)
14Fairfield (MAAC)
 
 
Chicago
 
7Temple
10Utah State (WAC)
 
 
2Notre Dame
15Bucknell (Patriot)
 
 
 
 
 
WEST - Anaheim
 
Tulsa
 
1Kansas
16Hampton (MEAC)/McNeese St. (Southland)
 
 
8Minnesota
9Old Dominion
 
 
Washington, D.C.
 
5Vanderbilt
12Memphis/Colorado
 
 
4Louisville
13Coll. of Charleston (SoCon)
 
 
Chicago
 
6Tennessee
11Cincinnati/Colorado State
 
 
3Wisconsin
14Kent State (MAC)
 
 
Tucson
 
7St. John's
10Baylor
 
 
2San Diego State
15Montana (Big Sky)
 
SOUTHWEST - San Antonio
 
Tulsa
 
1Texas (Big 12)
16Long Beach State (Big West)
 
 
8Saint Mary's (West Coast)
9Illinois
 
 
Tucson
 
5North Carolina
12Missouri State (Missouri Valley)
 
 
4West Virginia
13Oakland (Summit)
 
 
Tampa
 
6Texas A&M
11Richmond
 
 
3Florida (SEC)
14Coastal Carolina (Big South)
 
 
Charlotte
 
7Arizona (Pac-10)
10Boston College
 
 
2Georgetown
15Murray State (Ohio Valley)
 
 

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.

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

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