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2011 NCAA Tournament Projection
In this bracket, the Southeast matches up with the Southwest, the East with the West in the national semifinals.

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. Teams can be moved a seed line up or down to conform to bracketing rules. Auto bids in traditional one-bid leagues were determined by RPI, even if league games have been played (e.g. Morehead State has defeated Murray State in the Ohio Valley).

 
 
SOUTHEAST - New Orleans
 
Cleveland
 
1Ohio State (Big Ten)
16Hampton (MEAC)
 
 
8Old Dominion
9Florida State
 
 
Denver
 
5Louisville
12Miami (Fla.)/USC
 
 
4Texas A&M
13Oakland (Summit)
 
 
Tulsa
 
6Notre Dame
11Cleveland State (Horizon)
 
 
3Missouri
14Coastal Carolina (Big South)
 
 
Washington D.C.
 
7UNLV
10Central Florida (C-USA)
 
 
2Connecticut
15North Texas (Sun Belt)
 
EAST - Newark, N.J.
 
Charlotte
 
1Duke (ACC)
16American (Patriot)/Jackson St. (SWAC)
 
 
8West Virginia
9Gonzaga
 
 
Tucson
 
5Illinois
12Utah State (WAC)
 
 
4Kansas State
13UC Santa Barbara (Big West)
 
 
Chicago
 
6Minnesota
11Washington State
 
 
3Temple (Atlantic 10)
14Iona (MAAC)
 
 
Cleveland
 
7Florida
10Baylor
 
 
2Pittsburgh
15Northern Arizona (Big Sky)
 
 
 
 
 
SOUTHWEST - San Antonio
 
Tulsa
 
1Kansas (Big 12)
16Lipscomb (Atlantic Sun)
 
 
8Vanderbilt
9Arizona
 
 
Chicago
 
5Boston College
12Oklahoma State/Cincinnati
 
 
4Purdue
13Princeton (Ivy)
 
 
Tucson
 
6Tennessee
11Drexel (Colonial)
 
 
3San Diego State (Mountain West)
14Portland (West Coast)
 
 
Charlotte
 
7Michigan State
10Richmond
 
 
2Georgetown
15Quinnipiac (Northeast)
 
WEST - Anaheim
 
Washington D.C.
 
1Syracuse (Big East)
16Austin Peay (OVC)/Furman (SoCon)
 
 
8Butler
9North Carolina
 
 
Denver
 
5BYU
12Kent State (MAC)
 
 
4Texas
13Northern Iowa (Missouri Valley)
 
 
Tampa
 
6Washington (Pac-10)
11Memphis
 
 
3Villanova
14Vermont (America East)
 
 
Tampa
 
7Wisconsin
10Maryland
 
 
2Kentucky (SEC)
15Nicholls State (Southland)
 
 

Last four out: Xavier, Marquette, Dayton, Wichita State

Bids by conference: Big East (9); Big 12 (7); ACC and Big Ten (6); SEC and Pac-10 (4); Mountain West (3); Atlantic 10, Conference USA, Horizon, West Coast and Colonial (2)

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