Wednesday's Projection: Butler's auto bid opens door for Colorado
|2011 NCAA Tournament Projection|
Notable developments: Villanova dropped from a 7-seed to a 9 after losing to South Florida and could drop even further depending on what happens the rest of the week.
Last four out: Saint Mary's, Clemson, Memphis, Penn State.
New at-large teams in: Colorado.
At-large teams out: Butler (moves to auto-bid in place of UW-Milwaukee).
Bids by conference: Big East (11); Big 12, Big Ten and SEC (6); ACC (5), Mountain West, Pac-10, Atlantic 10 and Colonial (3).
League winners (automatic qualifiers) are listed with their conference for clarity.
In this bracket, the East matches up with the West, the Southeast with the Southwest in the national semifinals.
* Team officially won its league's automatic bid.
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 tournament's 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.
Projected 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.
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