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Posted at 11:25 AM ET, 01/20/2012

NCAA tournament bracketology: Eric Prisbell’s field of 68

Here’s my latest projected NCAA tournament field of 68.

Boston Region

Seed Team Conference
1 Syracuse* Big East
2North Carolina ACC
3 Creighton* Missouri Valley
4Michigan Big Ten
5 Virginia ACC
6West Virginia Big East
7 Dayton* Atlantic 10
8 Harvard* Ivy
9 Alabama SEC
10 Louisville Big East
11 Marshall* Conference USA
12 Minnesota Big Ten
13 Iona* MAAC
14 George Mason* CAA
15 Akron* MAC
16 LIU*/Stony Brook* Play-in

Atlanta Region

Seed Team Conference
1 Duke* ACC
2Missouri Big 12
3 Georgetown Big East
4Indiana Big Ten
5 Florida SEC
6Illinois Big Ten
7 Murray State* Ohio Valley
8 Xavier Atlantic 10
9 New Mexico Mountain West
10 Florida State ACC
11 Cincinnati Big East
12 Memphis/Colorado State Play-in
13 Davidson* Southern
14 Middle Tennessee* Sun Belt
15 Norfolk State* MEAC
16 Lamar* Southland

St. Louis Region

Seed Team Conference
1 Kentucky* SEC
2Kansas Big 12
3 Michigan State Big Ten
4Connecticut Big East
5 San Diego State Mountain West
6Gonzaga West Coast
7 Marquette Big East
8 Wisconsin Big Ten
9 Wichita State Missouri Valley
10 Stanford Pacific-12
11 Temple Atlantic 10
12 Central Florida/Brigham Young Play-in
13 Belmont* Atlantic Sun
14 Oral Roberts* Summit
15 Cleveland State* Horizon
16 UNC Asheville*/Miss. Valley State* Play-in

Phoenix Region

Seed Team Conference
1 Baylor* Big 12
2Ohio State Big Ten
3 Vanderbilt SEC
4UNLV* Mountain West
5 Saint Mary's* West Coast
6Seton Hall Big East
7 Kansas State Big 12
8 Mississippi State SEC
9 Purdue Big Ten
10 California* Pac-12
11 Northwestern Big Ten
12 Southern Mississippi Conference USA
13 Long Beach State* Big West
14 Nevada* WAC
15 Weber State* Big Sky
16 Bucknell* Patriot

Top seeds

Syracuse: With Dion Waiters coming off the bench, depth is the calling card for this Orange team.

Kentucky: Can Anthony Davis’s shot-blocking prowess lead Coach John Calipari to his first national title.

Duke: The Blue Devils perhaps are the least flawed team in an overall flawed ACC this season. 

Baylor: As good as the Bears were during their Elite Eight run in 2010, they are more dangerous this postseason.

Rising

 Florida State: Fortunes can change quickly, especially when you get the offensive output like FSU got the last few games.

 Xavier: After losing five of six games post-brawl, Xavier still may prove to be the class of a strong Atlantic 10.

 Vanderbilt: The return of Festus Ezeli helped the Commodores start playing like they were expected to play this season.

Creighton: The nation’s best player that you may not have seen yet is forward Doug McDermott, averaging more than 23 points per game.

Falling

 Indiana: The recent slide by the Hoosiers suggests that it may be a year too early for Tom Crean’s team to be a serious national contender.

 Connecticut: There is no Kemba Walker to bail out the Huskies, who have lost three of five Big East games.

 Seton Hall: Two straight road losses to non-NCAA tournament-caliber teams raise some red flags about the Pirates.

 Memphis: A disappointment this season, the Tigers have a diminishing margin for error in league play.

Sleepers

 Weber State: Damian Lillard, the nation’s top scorer, makes the Wildcats a nuisance for a potential high seed in the first round of the NCAA.

 Oral Roberts: The Golden Eagles have not lost since Dec. 15 at Gonzaga.

 Cincinnati: Mick Cronin’s team has become road warriors in league play, which makes them a tough out come March.

 Virginia: With only two losses by a combined five points away from home, Cavaliers are piecing together a solid resume.

By  |  11:25 AM ET, 01/20/2012

 
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