Duke returns to top seed line; two No. 2 seeds for Mountain West

Monday February 21st, 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 notable moves:

• Pitt remains the No. 1 overall seed.

• BYU moves into the 2-seed line, giving the Mountain West two No. 2 seeds (along with San Diego State).

• St. John's goes from a No. 7 seed to a 4.

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.
 
Cleveland
 
1 Pittsburgh (Big East)
16 Montana (Big Sky)/Texas So. (SWAC)
 
 
8 Florida State
9 Illinois
 
 
Denver
 
5 Arizona (Pac-10)
12 Marquette
 
 
4 Vanderbilt
13 Harvard (Ivy)
 
 
Chicago
 
6 Syracuse
11 Boston College
 
 
3 Purdue
14 Belmont (Atlantic Sun)
 
 
Tulsa
 
7 UNLV
10 Saint Mary's (West Coast)
 
 
2 Texas (Big 12)
15 Vermont (America East)
 
SOUTHEAST - New Orleans
 
Cleveland
 
1 Ohio State (Big Ten)
16 Florida Atlantic (Sun Belt)
 
 
8 UCLA
9 Georgia
 
 
Tampa
 
5 North Carolina
12 Cleveland State (Horizon)
 
 
4 St. John's
13 UTEP (C-USA)
 
 
Washington, D.C.
 
6 Xavier (Atlantic 10)
11 VCU
 
 
3 Connecticut
14 Bucknell (Patriot)
 
 
Denver
 
7 Missouri
10 Minnesota
 
 
2 BYU (Mountain West)
15 Long Island (Northeast)
 
 
 
 
 
WEST - Anaheim
 
Charlotte
 
1 Duke (ACC)
16 Beth.-Cook. (MEAC)/McNeese St. (Southland)
 
 
8 Old Dominion
9 Utah State (WAC)
 
 
Washington, D.C.
 
5 Kentucky
12 Missouri State (Missouri Valley)
 
 
4 Villanova
13 Coll. of Charleston (SoCon)
 
 
Chicago
 
6 Texas A&M
11 Butler/Memphis
 
 
3 Notre Dame
14 Kent State (MAC)
 
 
Tucson
 
7 Temple
10 Cincinnati
 
 
2 San Diego State
15 Coastal Carolina (Big Sky)
 
SOUTHWEST - San Antonio
 
Tulsa
 
1 Kansas
16 Long Beach State (Big West)
 
 
8 Tennessee
9 Washington
 
 
Tucson
 
5 Louisville
12 Richmond/Gonzaga
 
 
4 Wisconsin
13 Oakland (Summit)
 
 
Tampa
 
6 West Virginia
11 Kansas State
 
 
3 Florida (SEC)
14 Fairfield (MAAC)
 
 
Charlotte
 
7 George Mason (Colonial)
10 Michigan State
 
 
2 Georgetown
15 Morehead State (Ohio Valley)
 
 

Last four out: Virginia Tech, Alabama, Baylor, Clemson.

New at-large teams in: VCU, Kansas State, Gonzaga, Butler.

At-large teams out: Virginia Tech, Baylor, Colorado, Colorado State.

Bids by conference: Big East (11); Big Ten (6); Big 12 and SEC (5); ACC (4); Mountain West, Pac-10, Colonial and Atlantic 10 (3); Conference USA, Horizon and West Coast (2).

Seed changes: To ease bracket conflicts, Syracuse and Arizona switched 5/6, while Marquette and the Butler/Memphis first-round game switched 11/12.

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