College Basketball Bracketology: 2011 NCAA Tournament Bracket as of March 6

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College Basketball Bracketology: 2011 NCAA Tournament Bracket as of March 6

This weekly bracketology will evaluate teams based on how they have performed to this point in the season. It will not factor in how they are projected to do in the rest of the season.

Teams that are currently in first place in their respective conference will be given an automatic bid from that conference. A conference in parentheses next to a team indicates a conference champion.

Here is how it will work for conferences whose tournaments have already begun: If the tournament is still in progress, the highest remaining seed in the tournament will get the conference's automatic bid.

To this point, there are three conference tournaments that have been completed, so there are three definite automatic bids.

From the Big South, UNC-Asheville defeated Coastal Carolina to get the Big South's bid to the NCAA Tournament.

From the Atlantic Sun, Belmont gets the automatic bid after defeating North Florida in a blowout on Saturday.

Lastly, Morehead State defeated Tennessee Tech to get its second automatic bid in the last three years. 

With the 68-team format, there will now be four play-in games. There will be two play-in games for the bottom four at-large teams and two play-in games for the bottom four conference tournament winners who earned automatic bids.

In the bracket, the winner of the East Region plays the winner of the West Region, and the winner of the Southwest Region plays the winner of the Southeast Region.

The East Region and the West Region hold the overall No. 1 and No. 4 seeds, respectively. The Southwest Region and Southeast Region hold the overall No. 2 and No. 3 seeds, respectively.

Check back for updates as Selection Sunday gets closer.

 

East Region

No. 1 Ohio State (Big Ten) vs. No. 16 Northern Colorado (Big Sky)/McNeese State (Southland)

No. 8 Temple vs. No. 9 Old Dominion

No. 5 Kentucky vs. No. 12 Missouri State (MVC)

No. 4 Georgetown vs. No. 13 Harvard (Ivy)

No. 6 West Virginia vs. No. 11 Michigan

No. 3 San Diego State vs. No. 14 Morehead State (OVC) 

No. 7 Kansas State vs. No. 10 Illinois

No. 2 Duke vs. Bucknell (Patriot)

 

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Jacob Pullen's Wildcats are one of the hotter teams in the nation.

West Region

No. 1 Notre Dame vs. No. 16 Florida Atlantic (Sun Belt)

No. 8 Utah State (WAC) vs. No. 9 Tennessee

No. 5 Connecticut vs. No. 12 Clemson/Georgia

No. 4 Syracuse vs. No. 13 Oakland (Summit) 

No. 6 Xavier (A-10) vs. No. 11 Michigan State

No. 3 North Carolina (ACC) vs. No. 14 Vermont (America East)

No. 7 Washington vs. No. 10 Florida State

No. 2 BYU (Mountain West) vs. No. 15 Long Beach State (Big West)


Southwest Region

No. 1 Kansas (Big 12) vs. No. 16 Texas Southern (SWAC)/Bethune-Cookman (MEAC) 

No. 8 UNLV vs. No. 9 UAB (C-USA)

No. 5 Vanderbilt vs. No. 12 Virginia Tech 

No. 4 Louisville vs. No. 13 Charleston (SoCon)

No. 6 Cincinnati vs. No. 11 Richmond

No. 3 Wisconsin vs. No. 14 Fairfield (MAAC)

No. 7 George Mason (CAA) vs. No. 10 Marquette

No. 2 Texas vs. No. 15 Kent State (MAC)


Southeast Region

No. 1 Pittsburgh (Big East) vs. No. 16 UNC-Asheville (Big South)

No. 8 Missouri vs. No. 9 UCLA

No. 5 St. John's vs. No. 12 Alabama/Butler

No. 4 Arizona (Pac-10) vs. Belmont (A-Sun)

No. 6 Villanova vs. No. 11 Boston College

No. 3 Florida (SEC) vs. No. 14 Milwaukee (Horizon)

No. 7 Texas A&M vs. No. 10 St. Mary's (WCC)

No. 2 Purdue vs. No. 15 Long Island (NEC)


Last Four In

Butler, Alabama, Clemson, Georgia

Belmont will not have to sweat on Selection Sunday. The Bruins punched their bid to the 2011 NCAA Tournament with a win on Saturday.

First Four Out

Baylor, Gonzaga, Colorado, Washington State

Next Four Out

Memphis, Wichita State, Colorado State, Nebraska

 

Bids by conference:

Big East: 11

ACC: 6

Big Ten: 6

SEC: 6

Big 12: 5

A-10: 3

MWC: 3

Pac-10: 3

CAA: 2

Horizon: 2

 

Don't be afraid to post your opinion in the comments section below. As long as your comments are reasonable and sensible, I will try to respond.

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