As No. 1 seeds maintain ground, Pac-10 improves Bracket stock

Monday December 27th, 2010
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 RPI, even if league games have been played (e.g. Morehead State has defeated Murray State in the Ohio Valley).

SOUTHEAST - New Orleans
1 Ohio State (Big Ten)
16 Hampton (MEAC)
8 Old Dominion
9 Florida State
5 Louisville
12 Miami (Fla.)/USC
4 Texas A&M
13 Oakland (Summit)
6 Notre Dame
11 Cleveland State (Horizon)
3 Missouri
14 Coastal Carolina (Big South)
Washington D.C.
10 Central Florida (C-USA)
2 Connecticut
15 North Texas (Sun Belt)
EAST - Newark, N.J.
1 Duke (ACC)
16 American (Patriot)/Jackson St. (SWAC)
8 West Virginia
9 Gonzaga
5 Illinois
12 Utah State (WAC)
4 Kansas State
13 UC Santa Barbara (Big West)
6 Minnesota
11 Washington State
3 Temple (Atlantic 10)
14 Iona (MAAC)
7 Florida
10 Baylor
2 Pittsburgh
15 Northern Arizona (Big Sky)
SOUTHWEST - San Antonio
1 Kansas (Big 12)
16 Lipscomb (Atlantic Sun)
8 Vanderbilt
9 Arizona
5 Boston College
12 Oklahoma State/Cincinnati
4 Purdue
13 Princeton (Ivy)
6 Tennessee
11 Drexel (Colonial)
3 San Diego State (Mountain West)
14 Portland (West Coast)
7 Michigan State
10 Richmond
2 Georgetown
15 Quinnipiac (Northeast)
WEST - Anaheim
Washington D.C.
1 Syracuse (Big East)
16 Austin Peay (OVC)/Furman (SoCon)
8 Butler
9 North Carolina
12 Kent State (MAC)
4 Texas
13 Northern Iowa (Missouri Valley)
6 Washington (Pac-10)
11 Memphis
3 Villanova
14 Vermont (America East)
7 Wisconsin
10 Maryland
2 Kentucky (SEC)
15 Nicholls State (Southland)

Last four out: Xavier, Marquette, Dayton, Wichita State

Bids by conference: Big East (9); Big 12 (7); ACC and Big Ten (6); SEC and Pac-10 (4); Mountain West (3); Atlantic 10, Conference USA, Horizon, West Coast and Colonial (2)

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