By Andy Glockner
January 18, 2011
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
 
1 Pittsburgh (Big East)
16 Chattanooga (SoCon)/Texas So. (SWAC)
 
 
8 Old Dominion
9 Central Florida
 
 
Denver
 
5 Wisconsin
12 Oakland (Summit)
 
 
4 Texas
13 Valparaiso (Horizon)
 
 
Chicago
 
6 Louisville
11 Utah State (WAC)
 
 
3 Missouri
14 Ball State (MAC)
 
 
Charlotte
 
7 Tennessee
10 Saint Mary's (West Coast)
 
 
2 Duke (Atlantic Coast)
15 Coastal Carolina (Big South)
 
SOUTHEAST - New Orleans
 
Cleveland
 
1 Ohio State (Big Ten)
16 Austin Peay (Ohio Valley)
 
 
8 Boston College
9 Cincinnati
 
 
Charlotte
 
5 Vanderbilt
12 Harvard (Ivy)
 
 
4 West Virginia
13 UAB (Conference USA)
 
 
Tucson
 
6 Minnesota
11 Miami (Fla.)
 
 
3 BYU
14 Bucknell (Patriot)
 
 
Washington D.C.
 
7 Washington (Pac-10)
10 Xavier (Atlantic 10)
 
 
2 Connecticut
15 Florida Atlantic (Sun Belt)
 
 
 
 
 
SOUTHWEST - San Antonio
 
Tulsa
 
1 Kansas (Big 12)
16 McNeese State (Southland)
 
 
8 Temple
9 Georgia
 
 
Chicago
 
5 Illinois
12 Florida State/Colorado
 
 
4 Notre Dame
13 James Madison (Colonial
 
 
Tulsa
 
6 Florida
11 Virginia Tech/Butler
 
 
3 Texas A&M
14 Belmont (Atlantic Sun)
 
 
Tucson
 
7 St. John's
10 Washington State
 
 
2 San Diego State (Mountain West)
15 Northern Colorado (Big Sky)
 
WEST - Anaheim
 
Washington D.C.
 
1 Syracuse
16 Long Island (NEC)/Morgan St. (MEAC)
 
 
8 UNLV
9 Arizona
 
 
Denver
 
5 Georgetown
12 Missouri State (Missouri Valley)
 
 
4 Purdue
13 Vermont (America East)
 
 
Tampa
 
6 Michigan State
11 Kansas State
 
 
3 Villanova
14 Iona (MAAC)
 
 
Tampa
 
7 Gonzaga
10 North Carolina
 
 
2 Kentucky (SEC)
15 Long Beach State (Big West)
 
 

Last four out: Richmond, Marquette, Maryland, Dayton.

New at-large teams in: Florida State, Miami, Colorado, Virginia Tech, Washington State, Butler (no auto).

At-large teams out: Oklahoma State, Richmond, Maryland, Marquette, Dayton, USC.

Bids by conference: Big East (10); ACC, Big 12 and Big Ten (6); SEC (5); Pac-10 and Mountain West (3); Atlantic 10, Conference USA, Horizon, West Coast and Colonial (2).

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