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NCAA Bracket 2011: Pitt Named No. 1 Seed

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Pitt will be the No. 1 seed in the Southeast. The other three No. 1 seeds will be Ohio State, Kansas and Duke. The Panthers are the third No. 1 seed and would meet Kansas in the Final Four if both teams were to get that far. Pitt’s early departure from the Big East Tournament raised some doubts about whether Pitt would be a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tourney, but Notre Dame got left out in the cold. Ohio State and Kansas were clear choices, and Duke looked like a clear choice as well after the Blue Devils won the ACC championship over North Carolina.

The Selection Show is unfolding slowly, and only the No. 1 seeds have been announced so far. We’ll wait to see who Pitt’s first-round opponent will be, as well as where the West Virginia Mountaineers and Penn State Nittany Lions will be seeded. West Virginia will probably be something like a No. 6 or No. 7 seed, while Penn State will probably be around a No. 11 seed.

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