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Posted at 05:00 PM ET, 01/27/2012

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
2Baylor Big 12
3 Creighton* Missouri Valley
4Florida SEC
5 Indiana Big Ten
6Florida State* ACC
7 Seton Hall Big East
8 Dayton Atlantic 10
9 Harvard* Ivy
10 Memphis Conference USA
11 Mississippi SEC
12 BYU/Iowa State Play-in
13 Middle Tennessee* Sun Belt
14 George Mason* CAA
15 Bucknell* Patriot
16 Norfolk State* MEAC

Atlanta Region

Seed Team Conference
1 Kentucky* SEC
2North Carolina ACC
3 Michigan State Big Ten
4Murray State* Ohio Valley
5 Marquette Big East
6Kansas State Big 12
7 Saint Mary's* WCC
8 Illinois Big Ten
9 Temple Atlantic 10
10 Minnesota Big Ten
11 New Mexico Mountain West
12 N.C. State/Central Florida Play-in
13 Davidson* Southern
14 Belmont* Atlantic Sun
15 Nevada* WAC
16 Long Island* Northeast

St. Louis Region

Seed Team Conference
1 Ohio State* Big Ten
2Missouri Big 12
3 Georgetown Big East
4UNLV* MWC
5 Vanderbilt SEC
6Wisconsin Big Ten
7 Gonzaga WCC
8 Wichita State Missouri Valley
9 Louisville Big East
10 Purdue Big Ten
11 Xavier Atlantic 10
12 Saint Louis* Atlantic 10
13 Oral Roberts* Summit
14 Akron* MAC
15 Cleveland State* Horizon
16 Stony Brook*/UNC Asheville* Play-in

Phoenix Region

Seed Team Conference
1 Kansas* Big 12
2Duke ACC
3 West Virginia Big East
4Michigan Big Ten
5 Connecticut Big East
6San Diego State MWC
7 Mississippi State SEC
8 Virginia ACC
9 Alabama SEC
10 California* Pac-12
11 Northwestern Big Ten
12 Southern Mississippi* Conference USA
13 Long Beach State* Big West
14 Iona* MAAC
15 Weber State* Big Sky
16 Texas-Arlington*/Miss. Valley State Play-in

Top seeds

Kentucky: The Wildcats have been dominant of late, and Coach John Calipari is still not satisfied.

Syracuse: The Orange needs center Fab Melo, who anchors Syracuse’s zone defense, back from suspension to make title run. 

Ohio State: Jared Sullinger and Co. are starting to pick up steam as they emerge as the favorite in the nation’s strongest league. 

Kansas: Baylor and Missouri are formidable challengers, but the Big 12 may still belong to the Jayhawks again.

Rising

 Wisconsin: The Badgers have three quality victories since their three-game losing skid a month ago.

 Saint Louis: Coach Rick Majerus’s team won three straight, including claiming its best win of the season at Xavier.

 George Mason: The Patriots are hot, but they are not going to claim what would be considered a quality victory in CAA play.

Wichita State: Overshadowed by league front-runner Creighton, the Shockers show that the Missouri Valley is two-bid league.

Falling

 Indiana: This has still been a resurgent season for the Hoosiers even though they have lost four of their last five games.

 Xavier: Just when you thought it was safe to jump back on the bandwagon, the enigmatic Musketeers lose two straight.

 Marshall: Ten days ago, Marshall looked like the potential favorite in Conference USA before dropping three straight games.

Colorado State: The Rams have a strong RPI but a small margin for error as they sink in the MWC standings.

Sleepers

 Saint Mary’s: The Gaels, one of the nation’s best shooting teams inside the three-point arc, are poised for another run in the NCAAs.

 Middle Tennessee: The Sun Belt favorite, which does not rely heavily on three-point shooting, should earn a respectable double-digit seed.

 Long Beach State: Dan Monson has done an excellent job navigating the nation’s third-strongest nonleague schedule.

Davidson: They are back and dangerous. Davidson shoots nearly 80 percent from the free-throw line.

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