Saturday March 12th, 2011

2011 NCAA Tournament Projection

BRACKET KEY

SI.com's Andy Glockner will continually update his bracket projections for the 2011 NCAA Basketball Tournament. The following projections were finalized after Saturday's slate of conference-tournament games ... but predate any results from Sunday's action -- which includes tournament finals for the SEC, Big Ten and ACC, among others. League winners (automatic qualifiers) are listed with their conference for clarity.

* Team officially won its league's automatic bid.

 
 
EAST - Newark, N.J.
 
Cleveland
 
1Ohio State (Big Ten)
16UNC Asheville* (Big South)
 
 
8Old Dominion* (Colonial)
9Villanova
 
 
Tampa
 
5Vanderbilt
12Clemson/USC
 
 
4Louisville
13Belmont* (Atlantic Sun)
 
 
Washington, D.C.
 
6Texas A&M
11Michigan State
 
 
3Syracuse
14Long Island U. (Northeast)
 
 
Charlotte
 
7UNLV
10Richmond (A-10)
 
 
2North Carolina (ACC)
15Boston U.* (America East)
 
SOUTHWEST - San Antonio
 
Tulsa
 
1Kansas (Big 12)
16UC Santa Barbara* (Big West)
 
 
8Utah State* (WAC)
9UCLA
 
 
Tucson
 
5St. John's
12Georgia/Virginia Tech
 
 
4Wisconsin
13Indiana State* (Missouri Valley)
 
 
Washington, D.C.
 
6Xavier
11Memphis* (Conference USA)
 
 
3Connecticut* (Big East)
14Morehead State* (Ohio Valley)
 
 
Charlotte
 
7Kansas State
10Illinois
 
 
2Duke
15St. Peter's* (MAAC)
 
 
 
 
 
WEST - Anaheim
 
Chicago
 
1Notre Dame (Big East)
16Hampton* (MEAC)/UALR* (Sun Belt)
 
 
8George Mason
9Florida State
 
 
Denver
 
5Arizona
12Gonzaga* (West Coast)
 
 
4Kentucky
13Princeton* (Ivy)
 
 
Tulsa
 
6Cincinnati
11Michigan
 
 
3Texas
14Wofford* (SoCon)
 
 
Tucson
 
7Tennessee
10Marquette
 
 
2San Diego State* (Mountain West)
15Akron* (MAC)
 
SOUTHEAST - New Orleans
 
Cleveland
 
1Pittsburgh
16UTSA* (Southland)/Alabama St. (SWAC)
 
 
8Temple
9Missouri
 
 
Denver
 
5West Virginia
12Penn State
 
 
4BYU
13Oakland (Summit)
 
 
Chicago
 
6Georgetown
11Colorado
 
 
3Purdue
14Bucknell* (Patriot)
 
 
Tampa
 
7Washington (Pac-10)
10Butler* (Horizon)
 
 
2Florida (SEC)
15Northern Colorado* (Big Sky)
 
 

GENERAL NOTES

East plays West and Southeast plays Southwest in national semifinals.

Last four in: Georgia, USC, Clemson, Virginia Tech
Last four out: Alabama, VCU, UAB, Saint Mary's

New at-large teams in: USC, Clemson
At-large teams out: Alabama, VCU

Bids by conference: Big East (11); Big Ten (7); Big 12 (6); SEC and ACC (5), Pac-10 (4); Mountain West, Atlantic 10 (3); Colonial (2)

Notable moves:
*Florida moves up to a 2-seed. UConn claims a 3-seed after its Big East tournament title. The final bracket will need to account for the SEC and ACC finals and the possibility of Dayton stealing a bid in the A-10, as well as one final consideration of the bubble teams.

*Colorado and Penn State swapped seeds to avoid conference conflicts.

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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