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2011 NCAA Tournament Bracket: UCLA Gets No. 7 Seed, Opens With Michigan St; USC In Play-In Game With VCU For No. 11 Seed

The 2011 NCAA Tournament field has been announced, and the UCLA Bruins are a No. 7 seed in the Southeast Region. UCLA will play their opening round game against the No. 10 seed Michigan St. Spartans on Thursday in Tampa. The winner of UCLA vs. Michigan St. plays the winner of No. 2 Florida vs. No. 15 UCSB on Saturday.

USC, which advanced to the semifinals of the Pac-10 Tournament before losing to Arizona on Friday night, will open with a play-in game, something the NCAA wants to technically call the "first round," against Virginia Commonwealth on Wednesday. The winner between USC and VCU will be the No. 11 seed in the Southwest Region, to battle the No. 6 Georgetown Hoyas in the real first round on Friday in Chicago.

The 2011 Pac-10 Conference Tournament champion Washington Huskies are a No. 7 seed in the East Region, and will play No. 10 Georgia in the opening round.  The regular season champion Arizona Wildcats are a No. 5 seed in the West Region, and will play Memphis in the first round. San Diego State, Mountain West tournament champions, got the No. 2 seed in the West.

For the full NCAA Tournament bracket, click here.

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