Posted: Monday January 10, 2011 11:17AM ; Updated: Monday January 10, 2011 1:34PM
Andy Glockner
Andy Glockner>BRACKET WATCH

Pac-10 stock rising with four bids

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The Big East easily has the most bids with 11; the Big Ten and Big 12 get six each

Last four teams out: Baylor, Memphis, Miami (Fla.) and Florida State

New at-large teams in: Oklahoma St., Washington St., USC, Georgia, Saint Mary's

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.

 
 
SOUTHEAST - New Orleans
 
Cleveland
 
1 Ohio State (Big Ten)
16 Hampton (MEAC)
 
 
8 Old Dominion (Colonial)
9 St. John's
 
 
Tulsa
 
5 Florida (SEC)
12 UAB (Conference USA)
 
 
4 Texas A&M
13 Oakland (Summit)
 
 
Tucson
 
6 Louisville
11 Georgia
 
 
3 BYU
14 Long Beach State (Big West)
 
 
Washington D.C.
 
7 North Carolina
10 Richmond
 
 
2 Connecticut
15 Hofstra (Colonial)
 
EAST - Newark, N.J.
 
Charlotte
 
1 Duke (ACC)
16 Florida Atlantic (A. Sun)/Wagner (Northeast)
 
 
8 Minnesota
9 Central Florida
 
 
Denver
 
5 Washington (Pac-10)
12 Missouri State (Missouri Valley)
 
 
4 Missouri
13 Princeton (Ivy)
 
 
Charlotte
 
6 Vanderbilt
11 Maryland
 
 
3 Georgetown
14 Bucknell
 
 
Tucson
 
7 West Virginia
10 Michigan State
 
 
2 San Diego State (Mountain West)
15 Fairfield (MAAC)
 
 
 
 
 
SOUTHWEST - San Antonio
 
Tulsa
 
1 Kansas (Big 12)
16 Nicholls State (Southland)
 
 
8 Tennessee
9 Butler (Horizon)
 
 
Chicago
 
5 Temple (Atlantic 10)
12 USC /Marquette
 
 
4 Illinois
13 College of Charleston (SoCon)
 
 
Chicago
 
6 Boston College
11 Washington State
 
 
3 Notre Dame
14 Akron (MAC)
 
 
Cleveland
 
7 Gonzaga
10 Oklahoma State
 
 
2 Pittsburgh
15 Jacksonville (Atlantic Sun)
 
WEST - Anaheim
 
Washington D.C.
 
1 Syracuse (Big East)
16 No. Colorado (Big Sky)/Jackson St. (SWAC)
 
 
8 UNLV
9 Arizona
 
 
Denver
 
5 Texas
12 Utah State (WAC)
 
 
4 Purdue
13 Vermont (America East)
 
 
Tampa
 
6 Wisconsin
11 Saint Mary's/ Dayton
 
 
3 Villanova
14 Coastal Carolina (Big South)
 
 
Tampa
 
7 Kansas State
10 Cincinnati
 
 
2 Kentucky
15 Austin Peay (Ohio Valley)
 
 

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.

For more in-depth analysis, check out the Bubble Watch.

Got a bone to pick with the Bracket Watch? Send feedback to bubblewatch@gmail.com.
 

 
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