Pac-10 stock rising with four bids
|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 best RPI of league leaders.
|Last four out: Baylor, Memphis, Miami (Fla.), Florida State.|
New at-large teams in: Oklahoma State, Washington State, USC, Georgia, Saint Mary's.
At-large teams out: Florida State, Miami (Fla.), Marquette, Cleveland State, Memphis.
Seed shifts: To avoid bracket conflicts, Michigan State was a 9 seed that switched with St. John's, and USC was an 11 seed that switched with Dayton.
Bids by conference: Big East (11); Big 12 and Big Ten (6); SEC (5); ACC and Pac-10 (4); Mountain West and Atlantic 10 (3), Conference USA, West Coast and Colonial (2).
Note: Despite a win, Baylor dropped out from last week's 9 seed. A look at the Bears' overall profile moved them well down the S-curve now that subjectivity is being minimized.
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