Duke returns to top seed line; two No. 2 seeds for Mountain West
|2011 NCAA Tournament Projection|
|In this bracket, the East matches up with the West, the Southeast with the Southwest in the national semifinals.|
This week's notable moves:
Pitt remains the No. 1 overall seed.
BYU moves into the 2-seed line, giving the Mountain West two No. 2 seeds (along with San Diego State).
St. John's goes from a No. 7 seed to a 4.
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: Virginia Tech, Alabama, Baylor, Clemson.|
New at-large teams in: VCU, Kansas State, Gonzaga, Butler.
At-large teams out: Virginia Tech, Baylor, Colorado, Colorado State.
Bids by conference: Big East (11); Big Ten (6); Big 12 and SEC (5); ACC (4); Mountain West, Pac-10, Colonial and Atlantic 10 (3); Conference USA, Horizon and West Coast (2).
Seed changes: To ease bracket conflicts, Syracuse and Arizona switched 5/6, while Marquette and the Butler/Memphis first-round game switched 11/12.
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