2011 March Madness Field of 68 Projections: February 28

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2011 March Madness Field of 68 Projections: February 28
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I had BYU as a No. 1 seed last week, and after the Cougars won at San Diego State on Saturday to improve to 4-0 against the RPI's top 25, everyone is jumping on the bandwagon.

Pitt returns to the top line after a brief one-week absence because its loss at Louisville was not as bad as Texas' at Colorado or Duke's at Virginia Tech. Kansas and Ohio State round out the No. 1 seeds.

So now that we know the top seeds, what other 64 teams fill out the bracket?

As always, I am not trying to guess how teams will finish the year. I am simply seeding them based on their current résumés.

I like to break teams down into three categories:

1. Wallflowers are bubble teams because everyone wants to get into the Big Dance, but not all have the guts to ask a girl out onto the dance floor.

2. Elite teams that are safely in the field are Dancing with a Hottie.

3. In the middle are the schools that are Dancing with Their Sister.

But with less than two weeks remaining until Selection Sunday, the Dancing with Their Sister category has been removed. There just aren't enough games remaining for teams projected as 5-8 seeds to fall out of the field.

Last year, I placed 22nd out of 83 bracketologists across the country in my final projections—ahead of Joe Lunardi of ESPN, Yahoo!, Rivals.com and the two other guys from Bleacher Report.

You can also check out my projections and Bubble Watch video at FoxSports.com.

The tournament will be expanding from 65 to 68 teams for the first time this year, and while that is completely ridiculous, at least it's not 96 teams. Because of this, I'll begin my projections this season with my two First Four at-large matchups. The two First Four automatic bid games will be listed at the bottom of this article:

(12a) Florida State versus (12d) Richmond

(12b) Virginia Tech versus (12c) Colorado

First 10 teams out: Alabama, Boston College, Maryland, Gonzaga, Colorado State, Clemson, Cleveland State, Baylor, Southern Miss, UTEP

The projections are presented in slideshow format, with each major conference receiving its own slide. First up is the ACC.

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