Big 12 claims two No. 1 seeds; Michigan State drops out altogether
|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 significant changes:
Texas has jumped up to the top seed line, giving the Big 12 a pair of No. 1s (along with Kansas).
Preseason AP No. 2 Michigan State has dropped out of the bracket altogether.
UCLA was a No. 12 seed last week (and a play-in game participant), but this week the Bruins received an 8.
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: Michigan State, Memphis, Butler, Missouri State.|
New at-large teams in: VCU, Colorado, Colorado State.
At-large teams out: Michigan State, Penn State, Washington State.
Bids by conference: Big East (11); Big 12 and SEC (6); Big Ten and ACC (5); Mountain West (4); Pac-10, Atlantic 10 and Colonial (3).
Seed changes: Wichita State switched with an at-large play-in game to help slotting.
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