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.
|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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