**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.
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)
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)
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)
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
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