By Andy Glockner
February 07, 2011
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 significant changes:

• Texas has jumped up to the top seed line, giving the Big 12 a pair of No. 1s (along with Kansas).

• Preseason AP No. 2 Michigan State has dropped out of the bracket altogether.

• UCLA was a No. 12 seed last week (and a play-in game participant), but this week the Bruins received an 8.

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.
1 Pittsburgh (Big East)
16 Long Island (NEC)/Texas So. (SWAC)
8 Washington
9 Saint Mary's (West Coast)
5 Kentucky
12 College of Charleston (SoCon)
4 Wisconsin
13 Princeton (Ivy)
6 Missouri
11 Richmond
3 Notre Dame
14 Kent State (MAC)
10 Cincinnati
2 Duke (Atlantic Coast)
15 Fairfield (MAAC)
SOUTHEAST - New Orleans
1 Ohio State (Big Ten)
16 Hampton (MEAC)
9 Utah State (WAC)
5 Texas A&M
12 Wichita State (Missouri Valley)
4 Florida
13 Oakland (Summit)
Washington, D.C.
6 North Carolina
11 VCU/Colorado
3 Villanova
14 Coastal Carolina (Big South)
7 Xavier (Atlantic 10)
10 Marquette
2 San Diego State
15 Florida Atlantic (Sun Belt)
WEST - Anaheim
1 Texas (Big 12)
16 No. Colorado (Big Sky)/McNeese St. (Southland)
8 Florida State
9 St. John's
5 Purdue
12 Alabama (SEC)
4 Louisville
13 Cleveland State (Horizon)
6 Vanderbilt
11 Virginia Tech
3 BYU (Mountain West)
14 Murray State (Ohio Valley)
Washington D.C.
7 Arizona (Pac-10)
10 Old Dominion
2 Connecticut
15 Bucknell (Patriot)
SOUTHWEST - San Antonio
1 Kansas
16 Long Beach State (Big West)
8 Minnesota
9 George Mason (Colonial)
5 Tennessee
12 Colorado State/Baylor
4 West Virginia
6 Temple
11 Boston College
3 Syracuse
14 Belmont (Atlantic Sun)
7 Illinois
10 Georgia
2 Georgetown
15 Vermont (America East)

Last four out: Michigan State, Memphis, Butler, Missouri State.

New at-large teams in: VCU, Colorado, Colorado State.

At-large teams out: Michigan State, Penn State, Washington State.

Bids by conference: Big East (11); Big 12 and SEC (6); Big Ten and ACC (5); Mountain West (4); Pac-10, Atlantic 10 and Colonial (3).

Seed changes: Wichita State switched with an at-large play-in game to help slotting.

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