Posted: Monday February 7, 2011 11:45AM ; Updated: Monday February 7, 2011 3:58PM
Andy Glockner
Andy Glockner>BRACKET WATCH

Big 12 claims two No. 1 seeds; Michigan State drops out altogether

Story Highlights

The Big East leads the way with 11 bids, while the Big 12 and SEC earn six apiece

Last four out: Michigan State, Memphis, Butler, Missouri State

New at-large teams in: VCU, Colorado, Colorado State

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 significant changes:

• Texas has jumped up to the top seed line, giving the Big 12 a pair of No. 1s (along with Kansas).

• Preseason AP No. 2 Michigan State has dropped out of the bracket altogether.

• UCLA was a No. 12 seed last week (and a play-in game participant), but this week the Bruins received an 8.

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 Washington
9 Saint Mary's (West Coast)
 
 
Denver
 
5 Kentucky
12 College of Charleston (SoCon)
 
 
4 Wisconsin
13 Princeton (Ivy)
 
 
Chicago
 
6 Missouri
11 Richmond
 
 
3 Notre Dame
14 Kent State (MAC)
 
 
Charlotte
 
7 UNLV
10 Cincinnati
 
 
2 Duke (Atlantic Coast)
15 Fairfield (MAAC)
 
SOUTHEAST - New Orleans
 
Cleveland
 
1 Ohio State (Big Ten)
16 Hampton (MEAC)
 
 
8 UCLA
9 Utah State (WAC)
 
 
Tampa
 
5 Texas A&M
12 Wichita State (Missouri Valley)
 
 
4 Florida
13 Oakland (Summit)
 
 
Washington, D.C.
 
6 North Carolina
11 VCU/Colorado
 
 
3 Villanova
14 Coastal Carolina (Big South)
 
 
Tucson
 
7 Xavier (Atlantic 10)
10 Marquette
 
 
2 San Diego State
15 Florida Atlantic (Sun Belt)
 
 
 
 
 
WEST - Anaheim
 
Tulsa
 
1 Texas (Big 12)
16 No. Colorado (Big Sky)/McNeese St. (Southland)
 
 
8 Florida State
9 St. John's
 
 
Chicago
 
5 Purdue
12 Alabama (SEC)
 
 
4 Louisville
13 Cleveland State (Horizon)
 
 
Denver
 
6 Vanderbilt
11 Virginia Tech
 
 
3 BYU (Mountain West)
14 Murray State (Ohio Valley)
 
 
Washington D.C.
 
7 Arizona (Pac-10)
10 Old Dominion
 
 
2 Connecticut
15 Bucknell (Patriot)
 
SOUTHWEST - San Antonio
 
Tulsa
 
1 Kansas
16 Long Beach State (Big West)
 
 
8 Minnesota
9 George Mason (Colonial)
 
 
Tucson
 
5 Tennessee
12 Colorado State/Baylor
 
 
4 West Virginia
13 UTEP (C-USA)
 
 
Charlotte
 
6 Temple
11 Boston College
 
 
3 Syracuse
14 Belmont (Atlantic Sun)
 
 
Tampa
 
7 Illinois
10 Georgia
 
 
2 Georgetown
15 Vermont (America East)
 
 

Last four out: Michigan State, Memphis, Butler, Missouri State.

New at-large teams in: VCU, Colorado, Colorado State.

At-large teams out: Michigan State, Penn State, Washington State.

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

Seed changes: Wichita State switched with an at-large play-in game to help slotting.

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

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