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By Eric Prisbell
Sunday, March 1, 2009

College basketball reporter Eric Prisbell places the 65 teams in the NCAA tournament field, which will be announced on March 15.

EAST REGION

1. Connecticut

Don't ask Calhoun about salary

16. Morgan State

Could be a tough matchup for top seed

2. Duke

Henderson is the difference maker

15. Cornell

Big Red's seed dropping

3. Kansas

Beat Oklahoma without Blake Griffin

14. Binghamton

Finished regular season with eight straight wins

4. Illinois

Weber's team No. 14 in RPI

13. Buffalo

Needs to stop late-season slide

5. Arizona State

Pacific-10 tourney will be wide open

12. Texas A&M

Aggies' résumé is bland

6. Syracuse

Orange poised to get in this season

11. Utah State

At-large berth probably not a lock

7. Utah

Probably won't rise too much higher

10. Wisconsin

Lots of parity in middle of Big Ten standings

8. Tennessee

Stay away from SEC teams in bracket pools

9. Boston College

Fla. State win bolstered tourney hopes

MIDWEST REGION

1. Pittsburgh

Helped Providence improve its résumé

16. R. Morris/Ala. St.

Robert Morris enjoying a 20-win season

2. Memphis

Tigers still have hopes of top seed

15. N. Dakota State

Closed regular season with three road games

3. Missouri

Anderson a top coach of the year candidate

14. Stephen F. Austin

Lumberjacks have questionable losses

4. Wake Forest

Visits Comcast Center on Tuesday

13. VCU

CAA gets one bid this season

5. Purdue

Helped Michigan remain on bubble

12. Siena

Seed may drop further

6. UCLA

Final Four run likely will end

11. Virginia Tech

Hokies must rebound from Duke loss

7. West Virginia

Huggins teary-eyed in return to Cincy

10. Minnesota

Gophers need another win or two

8. Dayton

Atlantic 10 likely gets no more than two bids

9. Arizona

Wildcats still have work to do to secure berth

SOUTH REGION

1. North Carolina

21-3 vs. teams in the top 200

16. Radford

No lock in Big South tournament

2. Michigan State

Some Big Ten games difficult to watch

15. Belmont

They'd love another shot at Duke

3. Villanova

Wildcats are 5-5 vs. top 50

14. American

Should be pleased with No. 14 seed

4. Xavier

Showdown with Dayton looms

13. Davidson

Needs to win conference tournament

5. Marquette

James's absence could affect seeding

12. UNLV

Win at Louisville helps

6. Gonzaga

Lots of talent, but untested in conference

11. Maryland

Terrapins need road wins

7. Texas

Has difficult late-season schedule

10. South Carolina

Gamecocks have only one top 50 victory

8. Butler

Is an at-large berth locked up?

9. Florida

Gators have just two road wins

WEST REGION

1. Oklahoma

Still in strong position for top seed

16. Tenn.-Martin

Two bad losses in past eight days

2. Louisville

Cardinals 7-1 on road

15. Long Beach State

No one has less than four losses in Big West

3. Clemson

Tigers have six wins vs. RPI top 50 teams

14. Weber State

Wildcats have control in Big Sky

4. Washington

Beat Arizona State in overtime

13. W. Kentucky

Beat Florida Atlantic by 20

5. Florida State

Hamilton ACC coach of the year?

12. Cincinnati

Bearcats have five RPI top 50 wins

6. LSU

Beat Florida by six points

11. Creighton

Has a chance at an at-large bid

7. California

Dealt USC's hopes damaging blow

10. Oklahoma State

Has not beaten a top 25 team

8. BYU

Cougars lacking RPI top 50 victories

9. Ohio State

Hoping for winning Big Ten record


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