While the East is certainly daunting, the Big East conference’s sheer presence in the Tournament is equally overwhelming. With 11 total spots in the NCAA Tournament and a No. 1 berth in the Southeast Region for Pittsburgh, all eyes on the Big East. Only five teams in the entire conference didn't get an invite to the Big Dance, causing both expectations and doubts to soar. While Pitt took the Big East’s regular season title, Connecticut and its star guard Kemba Walker sailed through the tournament for the conference title. And the Huskies weren’t alone in impressing the nation with competitive tournament play as Notre Dame, Louisville, and Syracuse all came through in hard-fought games.
Returning national champions Duke are the front runners in the West Division, as Sunday’s ACC Championship rout of North Carolina earned the Blue Devils a No. 1 seed. But there's plenty of power beyond Duke in the play of Texas, UConn, and San Diego State. And the final No. 1 position for the 2011 bracket was awarded to Kansas.