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2011 NCAA Tournament Projection
In this bracket, the East matches up with the Southwest, the Southeast 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. 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)/Jackson St. (SWAC)
 
 
8Michigan State
9Florida State
 
 
Denver
 
5Louisville
12Cleveland State (Horizon)
 
 
4Missouri
13Harvard (Ivy)
 
 
Chicago
 
6Tennessee
11Washington St./Richmond
 
 
3Notre Dame
14Kent State (MAC)
 
 
Charlotte
 
7Minnesota
10Utah State (WAC)
 
 
2Duke (Atlantic Coast)
15Fairfield (MAAC)
 
SOUTHEAST - New Orleans
 
Cleveland
 
1Ohio State (Big Ten)
16Maine (America East)
 
 
8St. John's
9Old Dominion
 
 
Tampa
 
5West Virginia
12UCLA/Penn State
 
 
4Texas A&M
13Oakland (Summit)
 
 
Washington, D.C.
 
6Washington (Pac-10)
11Wichita State
 
 
3Villanova
14Coastal Carolina (Big South)
 
 
Tucson
 
7Temple
10Georgia
 
 
2San Diego State
15Florida Atlantic (Sun Belt)
 
 
 
 
 
SOUTHWEST - San Antonio
 
Tulsa
 
1Kansas (Big 12)
16Austin Peay (Ohio Valley)
 
 
8UNLV
9Cincinnati
 
 
Denver
 
5Wisconsin
12Memphis (C-USA)
 
 
4Syracuse
13Alabama (SEC)
 
 
Charlotte
 
6Xavier (Atlantic 10)
11VCU (Colonial)
 
 
3Kentucky
14Belmont (Atlantic Sun)
 
 
Tampa
 
7North Carolina
10Saint Mary's (West Coast)
 
 
2Georgetown
15Long Beach State (Big West)
 
WEST - Anaheim
 
Washington D.C.
 
1Connecticut
16Beth.-Cook.(MEAC)/McNeese St. (Southland)
 
 
8Arizona
9Boston College
 
 
Chicago
 
5Florida
12Marquette
 
 
4Purdue
13Charleston (SoCon)
 
 
Tucson
 
6Vanderbilt
11Missouri State (Missouri Valley)
 
 
3BYU (Mountain West)
14Bucknell (Patriot)
 
 
Tulsa
 
7Illinois
10Virginia Tech
 
 
2Texas
15Montana (Big Sky)
 
 

Last four out: Maryland, George Mason, Colorado State, Gonzaga.

New at-large teams in: Washington State, Wichita State, Penn State, Florida (Alabama is new SEC auto bid).

At-large teams out: Gonzaga, Oklahoma State, Butler, Dayton.

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

Seed changes: Michigan State and Florida State swapped seeds to conform to bracketing rules.

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

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