NCAA Tournament Brackets 2011: Selection Sunday Edition

Jesse Kramer@Jesse_KramerCorrespondent IMarch 13, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 12:  Jared Sullinger #0 and Deshaun Thomas #1 of the Ohio State Buckeyes react against the Michigan Wolverines during the semifinals of the 2011 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament at Conseco Fieldhouse on March 12, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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**This article will be updated as the day goes on until the Big Ten championship game.

Finally, the day every college basketball fan anticipates has arrived. Later today, the official bracket for the 2011 NCAA tournament will be announced.

Conference tournament champions will get automatic bids.

Teams with automatic bids: Boston U, Richmond, Duke, Belmont, Kansas, Connecticut, Northern Colorado, UNC-Asheville, Ohio State, UC Santa Barbara, Old Dominion, Memphis, Butler, Princeton, St. Peter's, Akron, Hampton, Indiana State, San Diego State, Long Island, Morehead State, Washington, Bucknell, Kentucky, Wofford, UTSA, Alabama State, Oakland, UALR, Gonzaga and Utah State.

These teams will have the conference that they won listed next to them in parentheses in the bracket.

Now for some logistics.

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.

East Region

No. 1 Ohio State (Big Ten) vs. No. 16 Texas-San Antonio (Southland)/Alabama State (SWAC)

No. 8 Richmond (A-10) vs. No. 9 UCLA

No. 5 St. John's vs. No. 12 Alabama/Virginia Tech

No. 4 Wisconsin vs. No. 13 Belmont (A-Sun)

No. 6 Georgetown vs. No. 11 Michigan

No. 3 Texas vs. No. 14 Wofford (SoCon)

No. 7 UNLV vs. No. 10 Butler (Horizon)

No. 2 North Carolina vs. No. 15 Northern Colorado (Big Sky)

West Region

No. 1 Notre Dame vs. No. 16 UC Santa Barbara (Big West)

No. 8 George Mason vs. No. 9 Villanova

No. 5 Arizona vs. No. 12 Memphis (C-USA)

No. 4 Syracuse vs. No. 13 Indiana State (MVC)

No. 6 Texas A&M vs. No. 11 Illinois

No. 3 Brigham Young vs. No. 14 Long Island (NEC)

No. 7 Xavier vs. No. 10 Gonzaga (WCC)

No. 2 Connecticut (Big East) vs. No. 15 Boston U (A-East)

Southwest Region

No. 1 Kansas (Big 12) vs. No. 16 Hampton (MEAC)/Arkansas-Little Rock (Sun Belt)

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

No. 5 Vanderbilt vs. No. 12 Clemson/Penn State

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

No. 6 Kansas State vs. No. 11 Michigan State

No. 3 San Diego State (MWC) vs. No. 14 Bucknell (Patriot)

No. 7 Temple vs. No. 10 Florida State 

No. 2 Pittsburgh vs. No. 15 Akron (MAC)

Southeast Region

No. 1 Duke (ACC) vs. No. 16 UNC-Asheville (Big South)

No. 8 Old Dominion (CAA) vs. No. 9 Tennessee

No. 5 West Virginia vs. No. 12 St. Mary's

No. 4 Florida vs. No. 13 Princeton (Ivy)

No. 6 Washington (Pac-10) vs. No. 11 Colorado

No. 3 Kentucky (SEC) vs. No. 14 Morehead State (OVC) 

No. 7 Cincinnati vs. No. 10 Missouri

No. 2 Purdue vs. No. 15 St. Peter's (MAAC)

Last Four In

Virginia Tech, Alabama, Penn State, Clemson

First Four Out

Boston College, Georgia, Missouri State, UAB

Next Four Out

USC, Harvard, Virginia Commonwealth, Cleveland State  

Bids by Conference

Big East—11

Big Ten—7

Big 12—6








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