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Big East claims whopping 11 bids

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 best RPI of league leaders.

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

Last four out: Saint Mary's, Xavier, North Carolina State, Georgia.

New at-large teams in: Dayton, Marquette, St. John's.

At-large teams out: USC, Oklahoma State, Washington State.

Seed shifts: Tennessee was a natural 8 seed moved to a 7 to help Louisville avoid conference/rematch conflict. Baylor was a natural 9 seed moved to a 10 to avoid conference conflict. West Virginia was a natural 10 moved to a 9.

Bids by conference: Big East (11); Big 12, ACC and Big Ten (6); SEC (4); Mountain West and Atlantic 10 (3); Pac-10, Conference USA, Horizon, West Coast and Colonial (2).

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