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Posted at 09:49 AM ET, 02/03/2012

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
4Wisconsin Big Ten
5 Florida SEC
6Indiana Big Ten
7 Alabama SEC
8 Temple* Atlantic 10
9 Southern Miss* Conference USA
10 New Mexico Mountain West
11 Seton Hall Big East
12 Iowa State Big 12
13 Middle Tennessee* Sun Belt
14 Iona* MAAC
15 Bucknell* Patriot
16 Texas-Arlington/Long Island* Play-in

Atlanta Region

Seed Team Conference
1 Kentucky* SEC
2Missouri Big 12
3 Michigan State Big Ten
4San Diego State Mountain West
5 Murray State* Ohio Valley
6Gonzaga WCC
7 West Virginia Big East
8 Kansas State Big 12
9 Connecticut Big East
10 Saint Louis Atlantic 10
11 Minnesota Big Ten
12 Notre Dame/BYU Play-in
13 Davidson* Southern
14 Belmont* Atlantic Sun
15 VCU* CAA
16 Mississippi Valley State* SWAC

St. Louis Region

Seed Team Conference
1 Ohio State* Big Ten
2Kansas* Big 12
3 Marquette Big East
4Saint Mary's* WCC
5 Vanderbilt SEC
6Florida State ACC
7 Illinois Big Ten
8 Harvard* Ivy
9 Wichita State Missouri Valley
10 Memphis Conference USA
11 Dayton Atlantic 10
12 Washington/Colorado State Play-in
13 Oral Roberts* Summit
14 Akron* MAC
15 Cleveland State* Horizon
16 Norfolk State* MEAC

Phoenix Region

Seed Team Conference
1 Duke* ACC
2Baylor Big 12
3 UNLV Mountain West
4Georgetown Big East
5 Michigan Big Ten
6Virginia ACC
7 Louisville Big East
8 Mississippi State SEC
9 Purdue Big Ten
10 California* Pac-12
11 Xavier Atlantic 10
12 Mississippi SEC
13 Long Beach State* Big West
14 Nevada* WAC
15 Weber State* Big Sky
16 UNC Asheville*/Stony Brook* Play-in

Top seeds

Kentucky: The Wildcats hold opponents to 38.2 percent shooting inside the three-point arc, the lowest percentage in the nation.

Syracuse: With center Fab Melo back, the Orange has all the pieces to win Jim Boeheim’s second national title. 

Ohio State: The Buckeyes rely on three-point baskets for just 19.4 percent of their points (328th in the nation).

Duke: The Blue Devils rank among the nation’s top 3 in RPI and strength of schedule.

Rising

Notre Dame: Consecutive wins against Syracuse, Seton Hall and Connecticut propelled the Irish into the tournament field for now.

 Washington: Extremely athletic, Terrence Ross and the Huskies have a chance to steal the Pac-12 title from California.

 Marquette: The Golden Eagles rank in the top 15 in RPI and strength of schedule.

Louisville: The Cardinals aren’t particularly good outside shooters, but they are gathering momentum at the right time.

Falling

Connecticut: Few teams are falling faster than the Huskies, who entered this weekend having lost six of their last eight games.

 West Virginia: During their three-game losing streak, the Mountaineers have lost to two potential non-tournament teams in St. John’s and Pittsburgh.

 Indiana: Since early January, the Hoosiers have been less than impressive in the rough-and-tumble Big Ten.

Memphis: The Tigers’ loss to Southern Mississippi further diminished their margin for error during an inconsistent season.

Sleepers

Creighton: The Bluejays are not a sleeper to make the tournament; they are a legitimate Final Four sleeper.

 Temple: The Owls are starting to pick up steam in a league in which there is little separation among teams at the top.

 Colorado State: The Rams still have work to do, but keep in mind they have played the nation’s fourth-strongest schedule.

Minnesota: Tubby Smith’s team is capable, but only if they navigate a remaining schedule that includes Wisconsin (twice), Indiana, Michigan State and Ohio State.

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