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Bracketology 2011: Could Notre Dame Claim No. 1 Seed?

With conference tournaments happening this week, it's time for a bracketology update. Chris Dobbertean of SBNation.com's latest bracket has Notre Dame as a No. 1 seed, along with Pitt, Kansas and Ohio State. The No. 2 seeds are Purdue, Duke, San Diego State and Florida. Notre Dame moves up after 11 wins in their last 12 Big East games, including victories over Pitt, Louisville, Villanova and UConn. The Fighting Irish's only loss in that time came against West Virginia. Speaking of which, Dobbertean has the Mountaineers as a fifth seed in Notre Dame's West bracket, facing off against Clemson or Michigan State.

Joe Lunardi's latest bracket, meanwhile, has Pitt, Kansas, Ohio State and Duke as No. 1 seeds, with Notre Dame, North Carolina, BYU and Texas taking over the No. 2's. He has WVU as a No. 5 seed, taking on Butler in the first round.

Dobbertean has Colorado, Alabama, Memphis, USC, Washington State, Colorado State, VCU and Penn State as his first four out and next four out, respectively. For Lunardi, it's Alabama, Georgia, USC, Missouri, Baylor, Washington State, Nebraska and Memphis. Penn State is nowhere to be found in Lunardi's bracket. Our own Adam Bittner has argued that Penn State doesn't need to win the Big Ten Tournament to make it to March Madness as long as it has a strong showing, but it's going to be an uphill battle for the Nittany Lions.

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