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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.

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

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.

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

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