Posted: Monday February 21, 2011 9:59AM ; Updated: Monday February 21, 2011 12:48PM
Andy Glockner
Andy Glockner>BRACKET WATCH

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

Story Highlights

Pitt remains the No. 1 overall seed, while St. John's jumps from a No. 7 to a 4

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

Bids by conference: Big East (11); Big Ten (6); Big 12 and SEC (5); ACC (4)

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.

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

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