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Posted at 10:33 AM ET, 02/24/2012

NCAA tournament bracketology: Eric Prisbell’s field of 68

Here’s my latest projected NCAA tournament field of 68 (* = conference champion).

Boston Region

Seed Team Conference
1 Syracuse* Big East
2Ohio State Big Ten
3 Baylor Big 12
4Florida SEC
5 Temple* Atlantic 10
6Florida State ACC
7 Gonzaga West Coast
8 Harvard* Ivy
9 Kansas State Big 12
10 Connecticut Big East
11 Mississippi State SEC
12 Northwestern/Miami Play-in
13 Iona* MAAC
14 Drexel* CAA
15 Bucknell* Patriot
16 Long Island* Northeast

Atlanta Region

Seed Team Conference
1 Kentucky* SEC
2Missouri Big 12
3 Marquette Big East
4Indiana Big Ten
5 New Mexico* Mountain West
6Murray State* Ohio Valley
7 Creighton Missouri Valley
8 Virginia ACC
9 West Virginia Big East
10 Purdue Big Ten
11 Alabama SEC
12 Cincinnati Big East
13 Middle Tennessee* Sun Belt
14 Davidson* Southern
15 Belmont* Atlantic Sun
16 Savannah State*/UNC Asheville* Play-in

St. Louis Region

Seed Team Conference
1 Michigan State* Big Ten
2North Carolina ACC
3 Georgetown Big East
4Wichita State* Missouri Valley
5 Notre Dame Big East
6Vanderbilt SEC
7 San Diego State Mountain West
8 Saint Louis Atlantic 10
9 Memphis Conference USA
10 Iowa State Big 12
11 Washington Pac-12
12 Arizona/Colorado State Play-in
13 Oral Roberts* Summit
14 Akron* MAC
15 Valparaiso* Horizon
16 Stony Brook*/Miss. Valley State Play-in

Phoenix Region

Seed Team Conference
1 Duke* ACC
2Kansas* Big 12
3 Michigan Big Ten
4Wisconsin Big Ten
5 Louisville Big East
6UNLV Mountain West
7 Saint Mary's* West Coast
8 Southern Mississippi* Conference USA
9 California Pac-12
10 Seton Hall Big East
11 Xavier Atlantic 10
12 BYU West Coast
13 Long Beach State* Big West
14 Nevada* WAC
15 Weber State* Big Sky
16 Texas-Arlington* Southland

Top seeds 

Kentucky: Opponents shoot just 38.1 percent inside the three-point arc against the Wildcats.

Syracuse: The Orange has just one player – Kris Joseph – averaging more than 28 minutes per game.

Michigan State: No one has more RPI top 50 wins than the Spartans, who have nine. 

Duke: One of the problems with the RPI is that Duke is ranked second. The Blue Devils are good, but not that good this season.

Rising  

Washington: A shallow pool of qualified bubble teams means that the Huskies remain in contention despite no top 50 wins. 

Arizona: Not a banner year for the Pac-12, but the league could get three bids because of nationwide mediocrity.

Cincinnati: Give Mick Cronin credit for salvaging the Bearcats’ season following the brawl against rival Xavier. 

Wichita State: The Shockers, one of the nation’s most experienced teams, should not shock anyone should they reach the Final Four. 

Falling

Alabama: Suspensions have changed the tenor and direction of the season for AnthonyGrant’s team. 

Mississippi State: The ill-fated Renardo Sidney era expected to be coming to an end the next few weeks. 

UNLV: Inconsistent in conference play, Dave Rice’s team played its best basketball before New Year’s. 

West Virginia: The Mountaineers have been sputtering since beating Georgetown on Jan. 7. 

Sleepers

New Mexico: Emerging from a strong MWC, you won’t find too many better defensive teams than Steve Alford’s squad. 

Kansas State: The Wildcats have their deficiencies, but offensive rebounding is not one of them. 

Murray State: The Racers shoot 42 percent from three-point range while holding opponents to 28.5 percent three-point shooting.

Drexel: Unlikely to be rewarded with a strong seed, Bruiser Flint’s team could give a No. 3 seed fits in the first round.

By  |  10:33 AM ET, 02/24/2012

 
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