Duke, Kansas, Ohio State and Syracuse own early No. 1 seeds
|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).
|Last four out: Northwestern, Virginia Tech, Washington State, Marquette.|
Multi-bid conferences: Big East (9); ACC and Big 12 (7); Big Ten (6), SEC (4); Atlantic 10, Mountain West and Conference USA (3); Pac-10, Horizon and West Coast (2).
This early in the process, there is still a good amount of subjectivity involved in determining the value of a team's performance and/or its computer profile. There are also a few deserving teams that are getting squeezed because teams like Southern Mississippi are technically in line for an auto bid.
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