NCAA Bracket 2011: Southwest Region Bracket Features Kansas, Notre Dame

The 2011 NCAA Men’s basketball tournament brackets are now being released we now have a completed Southwest region bracket, based out of San Antonio. The number one seeded Kansas Jayhawks have an interesting path to the Final Four with Notre Dame as the number two seed.

This particular region might have killed St. Mary’s bracket chances. VCU and USC both made the tournament after appearing to be well down the bubble. My personal favorites, the UNLV Runnin Rebels, find themselves facing Coach Long Kruger’s former Illinois squad, and then having to deal with Kansas if the top seeds hold. I’d have preferred a 7 seed, but being in the tournament is better than sitting at home.

Louisville is probably the only real darkhorse I see at this point. I think Kansas could roll to the final four in this region. I suppose Purdue could make a run but I really don’t trust the Big Ten come tournament time.

1 – Kansas Jayhawks
16 – Boston University Terriers

8 – UNLV Runnin Rebels
9 – Illinois Illini

4 – Louisville Cardinals
13 – Morehead State Eagles

5 –  Vanderbilt Commodores
12 – Richmond Spiders

3 – Purdue Boilermakers
14 – Saint Peters Peacocks

6 – Georgetown Hoyas
11 – USC Trojans/Virginia Commonwealth University Rams

7 – Texas A&M Aggies
10 – Purdue Boilermakers

2 – Notre Dame Fighting Irish
15 – Akron Zips

Head over to SBNation.com for printable brackets and NCAA tournament updates.

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