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Duke earns overall No. 1 seed in first 68-team bracket …

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Defending champion Duke sits atop our first 68-team NCAA Tournament bracket for 2011. The other teams on the top line: Purdue, Kentucky, and Michigan State.  With the Wildcats moving up (from our April look-ahead), Kansas now headlines a strong group of No. 2-seeds that include Ohio State, Texas, and Villanova. 

UPDATE (8/3):  Since this look-ahead was first published on July 24, Northwestern’s Kevin Coble has decided not to return to the Wildcats for the 2010-2011 season.  With that information, I have updated the bracket, moving NC State into the Opening Round and Northwestern into the First Five out.

The first real question, however, is … which teams face off in the new Opening Round (considered the First Four).  These four games will be played in Dayton, with winners moving into the traditional 64-team bracket design.  The last four at-large teams are paired, along with teams seeded 65-68 on the S-curve.  Our initial projection looks like this … St. John’s vs. NC State | St. Louis vs. Miami-FL | Lehigh vs. Vermont | Jackson State vs. SF Austin

As I have time, I’ll be working on a graphic to showcase these pairings.  For now, these teams are listed in the bracket with a “/” in between; the winner goes on the seed line indicated.  The St. John’s-St.Louis winner becomes a 12-seed in the East, playing Missouri in Tampa.  The Northwestern-Miami winner gets a 12-seed opposite national runner-up Butler (game in Tucson, Southeast Region).  The other winners earn 16-seeds in the Southwest and West.

Enough talk for now.  Several teams moved one seed line to accommodate bracketing issues.  BYU always creates some chaos because the Cougars cannot be placed in Friday-Sunday sites.  Have a different opinion?  Send a rebound.  The breakdown by conference and other teams considered are listed below the bracket.

Continue reading to see the bracket …

Couple of quick reminders … the NCAA has renamed a couple of regions for 2011. We will have the East (Newark), Southeast (New Orleans), Southwest (San Antonio), and West (Anaheim).  As usual, teams listed in CAPS are projected league champions unless a school typically goes by an abbreviation (BYU, UCLA, etc).

68-TEAM BRACKET PROJECTION for 2011 | Posted: July 24, 2010

EASTNewark   SOUTHWESTSan Antonio
Charlotte   Chicago
1) DUKE   1) PURDUE
16) MORGAN STATE   16) JACKSON ST/SF AUSTIN
8) Wisconsin   8) Texas A&M
9) WICHITA STATE   9) Richmond
     
Tampa   Charlotte
5) Missouri   5) Tennessee
12) St. John’s/NC State   12) Louisville
4) Florida   4) North Carolina
13) OLD DOMINION   13) MURRAY STATE
     
Denver   Tampa
6) XAVIER   6) Georgetown
11) Arizona   11) Mississippi State
3) Kansas State   3) MEMPHIS
14) WEBER STATE   14) CHARLESTON
     
Washington, DC   Tulsa
7) Illinois   7) SAN DIEGO ST
10) Virginia Tech   10) Minnesota
2) VILLANOVA   2) Texas
15) E. TENNESSEE ST.   15) HARVARD
     
SOUTHEAST – New Orleans   WEST – Anaheim
Cleveland   Chicago
1) KENTUCKY   1) Michigan State
16) WINTHROP   16) LEHIGH/VERMONT
8) Connecticut   8) Temple
9) Florida State   9) Georgia Tech
     
Tucson   Denver
5) BUTLER   5) WASHINGTON
12) St.Louis/Miami-FL   12) UTAH STATE                    
4) Baylor   4) Syracuse
13) OHIO   13) OAKLAND
     
Washington, DC   Tucson
6) Wake Forest   6) GONZAGA
11) New Mexico   11) BYU
3) Pittsburgh   3) West Virginia
14) FAIRFIELD   14) PACIFIC
     
Cleveland   Tulsa
7) California   7) Maryland
10) Mississippi   10) Georgia
2) Ohio State   2) KANSAS
15) ROBERT MORRIS    15) NORTH TEXAS 

 

NOTES on the BRACKET: Duke is the No. 1 overall seed in this projection, followed by Purdue, Kentucky, and Michigan State.  Next in line (No. 2 seeds): Kansas, Ohio State, Texas, Villanova

Last Five teams in (at large): Arizona, St. John’s, Miami-FL, St. Louis, NC State

First Five teams out (at large): Washington State, Dayton, VCU, UCLA, Northwestern

Also considered (not listed in any order): UNLV, Northern Iowa, Rhode Island, Cincinnati, Cleveland State, Creighton, South Florida, George Mason, Texas Tech, Nevada, Arizona State, UTEP, UAB, Virginia, Oregon

Conference Breakdown: ACC (9), Big East (8), Big  Ten (6), SEC (6), Big 12 (6), Atlantic 10 (4), Pac-10 (3), Mountain West (3)

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