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Posted at 10:03 AM ET, 02/ 3/2011

NCAA tournament 2011: Where would Ohio State, Texas play in the first round?

By Eric Prisbell

Let's take our first stab at looking at where some teams may play in the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament. As you know, the selection committee makes every effort to keep highly seeded teams close to home. Also keep in mind that Brigham Young cannot play on Sundays and that Georgetown cannot play at Verizon Center.

So it goes like this: Who is the top overall seed? Ohio State? Then the Buckeyes go to Cleveland to play. Who's up next? Texas? Then the Longhorns go to Tulsa. Pittsburgh's next? Send the Panthers to Cleveland, which will have two No. 1 seeds and a pair of No. 8/9 matchups.

CLEVELAND
Ohio State
Pittsburgh

TAMPA

CHARLOTTE
Duke

CHICAGO
Purdue
Notre Dame

WASHINGTON, D.C.
Connecticut
Villanova

TULSA
Texas
Kansas

DENVER
Brigham Young

TUCSON
San Diego State


What I believe: Two Big East teams will wind up at Verizon Center as No. 2 or No. 3 seeds.

Georgetown will not play at Verizon Center and is highly unlikely to play in Cleveland or Tulsa unless the Hoyas plummet down the stretch. If the Hoyas maintain the same level of play, they are likely to wind up in Charlotte, Chicago (if they are seeded better than Notre Dame) or Tampa.

By Eric Prisbell  | February 3, 2011; 10:03 AM ET
 
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