Notre Dame joins top seed line
|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:
I did an entire seed scrub of the S-curve and a few teams made sizable moves ...
ACC regular season champ North Carolina went from a No. 4 seed to a 2.
SEC champ Florida jumps from a No. 5 to a 3.
Surging Cincinnati went from a 10 to a 6.
Notre Dame is a new No. 1 seed.
There was no simple way to avoid the pair of possible Big East Sweet 16 games in the West region.
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.
League winners (automatic qualifiers) are listed with their conference for clarity. 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.
* Team has officially won its league's automatic bid.
Last four out: VCU, Clemson, Gonzaga, Penn State.|
New at-large teams in: Alabama, Boston College.
At-large teams out: Baylor, Gonzaga.
Bids by conference: Big East (11); Big 12, Big Ten and SEC (6); ACC (5); Mountain West, Pac-10, Atlantic 10 (3); Colonial and Horizon (2).
Seed changes: To ease bracket conflicts, Georgetown and Vanderbilt switched 5 and 6 seeds.
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