Posted: Monday January 24, 2011 11:35AM ; Updated: Monday January 24, 2011 2:42PM
Andy Glockner
Andy Glockner>BRACKET WATCH

UConn snags a No. 1 seed

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The Big East claims 11 bids, while the Big Ten accounts for the second-most at six

Syracuse dropped off the top seed line after a tough, two-loss week

Last four out: Wichita State, Kansas State, Washington State, Maryland

2011 NCAA Tournament Projection
In this bracket, the East matches up with the Southwest, the Southeast 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. 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 Long Island (NEC)/Texas So. (SWAC)
 
 
8 Xavier (Atlantic 10)
9 Boston College
 
 
Denver
 
5 Washington (Pac-10)
12 VCU (Colonial)
 
 
4 Missouri
13 Harvard (Ivy)
 
 
Tampa
 
6 Vanderbilt
11 Missouri State (MVC)
 
 
3 Texas A&M
14 Florida Atlantic (Sun Belt)
 
 
Charlotte
 
7 Cincinnati
10 Gonzaga
 
 
2 Duke (Atlantic Coast)
15 Fairfield (MAAC)
 
SOUTHEAST - New Orleans
 
Cleveland
 
1 Ohio State (Big Ten)
16 Austin Peay (Ohio Valley)
 
 
8 St. John's
9 Arizona
 
 
Chicago
 
5 Florida (SEC)
12 Memphis (Conference USA)
 
 
4 Notre Dame
13 Oakland (Summit)
 
 
Tucson
 
6 Illinois
11 Richmond
 
 
3 BYU (Mountain West)
14 Bucknell (Patriot)
 
 
Washington D.C.
 
7 Tennessee
10 Old Dominion
 
 
2 Syracuse
15 Ball State (MAC)
 
 
 
 
 
SOUTHWEST - San Antonio
 
Tulsa
 
1 Kansas
16 Hampton (MEAC)
 
 
8 Florida State
9 UNLV
 
 
Chicago
 
5 West Virginia
12 Dayton/Butler
 
 
4 Purdue
13 Charleston (SoCon)
 
 
Charlotte
 
6 Minnesota
11 Marquette
 
 
3 Kentucky
14 Belmont (Atlantic Sun)
 
 
Tampa
 
7 Temple
10 Saint Mary's (West Coast)
 
 
2 Villanova
15 Long Beach State (Big West)
 
WEST - Anaheim
 
Washington D.C.
 
1 Connecticut
16 Maine (Am. East)/Lamar (Southland)
 
 
8 Georgia
9 North Carolina
 
 
Denver
 
5 Georgetown
12 Oklahoma St./UCLA
 
 
4 Wisconsin
13 Cleveland State (Horizon)
 
 
Tulsa
 
6 Louisville
11 Utah State (WAC)
 
 
3 Texas (Big 12)
14 Coastal Carolina (Big South)
 
 
Tucson
 
7 Michigan State
10 Virginia Tech
 
 
2 San Diego State
15 Northern Colorado (Big Sky)
 
 

Last four out: Wichita State, Kansas State, Washington State, Maryland.

New at-large teams in: Richmond, Marquette, Dayton, Oklahoma State, UCLA.

At-large teams out: Central Florida, Washington State, Kansas State, Miami (Fla.), Colorado.

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

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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