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Pitt holds No. 1 seed despite early exit from Big East tournament

2011 NCAA Tournament Projection
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Notable moves:

• Pitt holds onto a No. 1 seed despite losing its Big East tournament opener for the third straight season.

• Colorado is safer in the bubble picture after completing a three-game sweep of Kansas State and advancing to the Big 12 semifinals.

• Michigan State didn't really do anything notable -- defeating Iowa in the first round of the Big Ten tournament -- but we're running out of teams that can catch MSU. It's really a process of elimination with the Spartans' bid candidacy.

Last four out: Clemson, Memphis, USC, Saint Mary's.

New at-large teams in: None

At-large teams out: None

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

BRACKET KEY

League winners (automatic qualifiers) are listed with their conference for clarity.

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

* Team officially won its league's automatic bid.

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

GENERAL NOTES

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 tournament's 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.

Projected 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.

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

Got a bone to pick with the Bracket Watch? Send feedback to bubblewatch@gmail.com.
 
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