NCAA Bracket 2011 Preview: Southwest Region Teams Led By Kansas, Notre Dame

Kansas basketball took the No. 1 seed in the 2011 NCAA Tournament bracket's Southwest Regional, which will be played at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas on March 24 and 26. That's a 685-mile drive from campus to March Madness, for you Kansas Jayhawks fans. They'll draw Boston University in their NCAA basketball tournament opener.

The region's biggest surprise is UNLV taking the No. 8 seed. Other big-name Southwesters include Notre Dame (No. 2), Purdue (No. 3), Louisville (No. 4), and Vanderbilt (No. 5). 

Kansas won the Big 12 Tournament, held the AP No. 1 ranking for a spell, and only dropped two games all year.

Here's the regional's complete seeding:

No. 1 Kansas vs. No. 16 Boston University Terriers in Tulsa on Friday

No. 8 UNLV Runnin' Rebels vs. No. 9 Illinois Fighting Illini in Tulsa on Friday

No. 5 Vanderbilt Commodores vs. No. 12 Richmond Spiders in Denver on Thursday

No. 4 Louisville Cardinals vs. No. 11 Morehead St. Eagles in Denver on Thursday

No. 6 Georgetown Hoyas vs. (No. 13 USC Trojans/VCU Rams play-in game) in on Friday

No. 3 Purdue Boilermakers vs. No. 14 Saint Peter's in Chicago on Friday

No. 7 Texas A&M Aggies vs. No. 10 Florida St. Seminoles in Chicago on Friday

No. 2 Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. No. 15 Akron Zips in Chicago on Friday

For more on the 2011 NCAA Tournament, browse the rest of SB Nation's NCAA Basketball hub and our list of 300 unique team communities.

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