March Madness 2011 Predictions: Southeast Region Of The NCAA Tournament Bracket

The East region is done and we're on to the Southeast region as we work our way through the NCAA Tournament bracket predictions. Pittsburgh leads the region, taking the No. 1 seed during Sunday's Selection show. The Southeast region is as difficult as ever to predict, with no clear-cut favorite in the bunch. Among the top-four seeds -- Pittsburgh, Florida, BYU and Wisconsin -- nobody stands out in the bracket, with each team having flaws that could easily be exposed.

In the Southeast region, the Gonzaga Bulldogs will face the St. John's Red Storm in Denver in the second round. Keep an eye on BYU guard Jimmer Fredette as he takes his show to the NCAA Tournament.

Be sure to grab a printable bracket and get to work filling it out ahead of the start of March Madness.

First Four
UNC Asheville def. Arkansas-Little Rock. It shouldn't matter much as the No. 1 seed awaits in the next round.

Second Round
No. 1 Pittsburgh def. No. 16 UNC. Again, No. 16 seeds don't win.
No. 9 Old Dominion def. No. 8 Butler. Should be a close game as both these teams are seeded just right, but ODU gets the edge in the KenPom rankings.
No. 12 Utah State def No. 5 Kansas State. Again looking at Pomeroy's rankings shows the Aggies are grossly under-seeded while Kansas State is over-seeded. Let's go with Utah State and a "winning team" chant.
No. 13 Belmont def. No. 4 Wisconsin. This is the prime 13 over four game. Wisconsin ended the season with a thud, losing its final two games, while Belmont is way under-seeded. Could be a fun upset.
No. 11 Gonzaga def. No. 6 St. John's. Homer pick. I'm not a huge fan of Gonzaga, but let's go with the in-state team. Gonzaga is also ranked higher in Pomeroy's rankings.
No. 3 BYU def. No. 14 Wofford. The Terriers are going to get Jimmer'd.
No. 7 UCLA def. No. 10 Michigan State. The Bruins face-plant in the Pac-10 Tournament doesn't inspire confidence, but the Spartans have been wildly inconsistent all season.
No. 2 Florida def. No. 15 UC Santa Barbara. 15 over two is hard to come by and this won't be it.

Third Round
No. 1 Pittsburgh def. No. 9 Old Dominion. Yes, Pittsburgh struggled to end the season. No, Pittsburgh won't lose here.
No. 12 Utah State def. No. 13 Belmont. One double-digit seed will make it and the Aggies get the edge in KenPom's rankings.
No. 3 BYU def. No. 11 Gonzaga. The Zags' run ends here as Jimmer-mania continues.
No. 2 Florida def. No. 7 UCLA. Florida is over-seeded, but UCLA shouldn't give the Gators too much trouble here.

Regional Semifinals
No. 1 Pittsburgh def. No. 12 Utah State. 
No. 3 BYU def. No. 2 Florida. Without Brandon Davies, this is tough, but I still get the feeling Florida is seeded too high.

Regional Final
No. 1 Pittsburgh over No. 3 BYU. Pittsburgh's guards take over, slowing Fredette down to advance to the Final Four.

For more on the bracket predictions, check out the rest of our NCAA Tournament predictions StoryStream. To break down the bracket with Gonzaga and Washington fans, be sure to stop by SB Nation's The Slipper Still Fits and UW Dawg Pound.

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