The 65

By Eric Prisbell
Sunday, February 21, 2010

College basketball reporter Eric Prisbell places the 65 teams in the NCAA tournament field, which will be announced on March 14. (* conference champion)

ST. LOUIS REGION

1. Kansas*

q Sherron Collins not playing his best

16. Arkansas State*

m Middle Tenn. also contender

2. West Virginia

q Mississippi State fans are worse

15. Belmont*

i Remember Duke game two years ago?

3. Michigan State

i Only two top 50 victories for Spartans

14. Oakland*

q Has 0-4 record vs. top 50 teams

4. Pittsburgh

i Earned impressive victory at Marquette

13. Kent State*

q Played strong nonconference schedule

5. Gonzaga*

q Suffered baffling loss to Loyola Marymount

12. Northeastern*

i Lost to Louisiana Tech in Bracket Buster

6. Texas

m Run from Longhorns in office pool

11. UAB

q Only played two top 50 teams

7. Xavier

i Boosted résumé with Florida win

10. UNLV

m Rebels nudge closer to bubble with slump

8. Clemson

i Not an easy schedule ahead

9. Rhode Island

m Rams need to end slide now

HOUSTON REGION

1. Syracuse*

q Strong national title contender

16. R. Morris*

q Three-game win streak entering Saturday

2. Purdue*

q Now looking like serious Final Four threat

15. C. Carolina*

q Played one of nation's softest schedules

3. New Mexico*

q Strongest résumé of non-BCS teams

14. Sam Houston*

q Bearkats still unbeaten in conference play

4. Temple*

m Challenging for a No. 3 seed

13. Murray State*

q Six players close to averaging double figures

5. Texas A&M

q Momentum slowed by Kansas loss

12. Cincinnati

i Beat Vandy and Maryland on neutral court

6. Tennessee

q Does not have much more than Kansas victory

11. Marquette

q Pitt ended five-game win streak

7. Maryland

i Tucker saved the Terps against Georgia Tech

10. Oklahoma St.

i Shakiest of all Big 12 tourney teams

8. Old Dominion

q Missed opportunity vs. Northern Iowa

9. Virginia Tech

i Wake Forest victory was crucial

SYRACUSE REGION

1. Kentucky*

q Don't call DeMarcus Cousins, he'll call you

16. Lehigh/S. Brook*

q Stony Brook has weak schedule

2. Duke*

q Not a serious Final Four threat

15. Morgan State*

q Rare stumble vs. South Carolina State

3. Georgetown

m Nearly rallied from 23 down vs. Syracuse

14. Charleston*

q UNC bringing down Charleston's RPI

4. Ohio State

i Evan Turner deserves player of year award

13. Cornell*

m Seed drops after Penn loss

5. Baylor

i Strong RPI rank of 13 entering weekend

12. Siena*

q Butler blowout another hit to at-large chances

6. Missouri

i Helped Texas continue slide

11. Illinois

m Conference play saved tourney hopes

7. Richmond

i Atlantic 10 still could get six bids

10. UTEP*

q Former phenom Derrick Caracter finds success

8. Georgia Tech

m Epitomizes inconsistent

9. Louisville

i Who's not on bubble in Big East?

SALT LAKE CITY REGION

1. Villanova

q Three of next four on the road

16. Jackson State*

i Has not beaten a top 200 team

2. Kansas State

i Finally shrugged off Nebraska

15. Pacific*

m Cal-Santa Barbara is prime challenger

3. Wisconsin

i Stubbed toe vs. Minnesota

14. Weber State*

i Just one win vs. top 100 teams

4. Butler*

q Win over Siena was national-best 17th straight

13. Utah State*

q One of best home-court advantages

5. Vanderbilt

m Commodores get to the free throw line -- a lot

12. California*

q Should have been invited to Bracket Buster

6. Wake Forest

m Top 20 in RPI and SOS

11. Florida

i Back in after win at Ole Miss.

7. BYU

q UTEP victory looking better

10. Dayton

m Flyers have played few cupcakes

8. Northern Iowa*

m Finally earned top 50 win vs. Old Dominion

9. Florida State

i All but ended Virginia's hopes


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