Posted: Monday February 28, 2011 11:02AM ; Updated: Monday February 28, 2011 4:09PM
Andy Glockner
Andy Glockner>BRACKET WATCH

BYU snags a No. 1 seed

Story Highlights

Last four out: Penn State, Alabama, Boston College, Colorado State

New at-large teams in: Virginia Tech, Baylor, Colorado, Michigan

Bids by conference: Big East (11); Big 12 (7); Big Ten (6); 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:

• Ohio State is the new No. 1 overall seed.

• BYU is a new 1-seed.

• Florida got squeezed and dropped from the last No. 3 seed to the first 5 because of the good work of teams just behind it.

• The Southwest features a rematch between Xavier and Butler -- something the committee attempts to avoid -- but that was the best solution to a bunch of seeding, conference and other rematch conflicts.

• Coastal Carolina was moved from a 15 to a 16 because of personnel losses.

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

Last four out: Penn State, Alabama, Boston College, Colorado State.

New at-large teams in: Virginia Tech, Baylor, Colorado, Michigan.

At-large teams out: VCU, Boston College, Minnesota, Memphis.

Bids by conference: Big East (11); Big 12 (7); Big Ten (6); SEC (5); ACC (4); Mountain West, Pac-10 and Atlantic 10 (3); Colonial, Horizon and West Coast (2).

Seed changes: To ease bracket conflicts, both West Virginia/Missouri and Vanderbilt/Xavier swapped 5 and 6 seeds. Butler and the Baylor/Michigan play-in game swapped 11 and 12.

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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