|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.
|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.
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