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By Eric Prisbell
Sunday, March 7, 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 Another year, another Big 12 title

16. Lehigh*/JSU*

q Could be plenty more play-in games next season

2. Purdue*

m Probably a No. 3 in the end

15. Morgan State*

q Beat Coppin State by 20 points

3. Pittsburgh

q Finished season with Rutgers scrimmage

14. Sam Houston*

q Competitive loss at Kentucky showed potential

4. Georgetown

m Righted ship against Cincinnati

13. Kent State*

i Respectable 5-6 vs. top 100 teams

5. Maryland

i Got scare from Landesberg-less Virginia

12. Mississippi

q Rebels get final at-large spot

6. Xavier

i One of three Atlantic 10 locks

11. Utah State*

q Have won 15 straight games

7. Missouri

q Expect a sleeper to come from Big 12

10. Wake Forest

m Going the wrong way fast

8. Northern Iowa*

i Panthers have strong at-large hopes

9. UNLV

m Has 7-4 record vs. top 100 teams

HOUSTON REGION

1. Syracuse*

q Second loss to Louisville doesn't affect seed

16. Robert Morris*

q Next up: Mount St. Mary's

2. Duke*

q Still with chance for No. 1 seed

15. ETSU*

i Got some breaks in Atlantic Sun tourney

3. Michigan State

i Only three top 50 wins for Spartans

14. Oakland*

q Has won 18 of last 19 games

4. Vanderbilt

q South Carolina loss doesn't look good

13. Cornell*

m Could be an 11 or 12 seed

5. Butler*

q No one can challenge in Horizon

12. Illinois

m Has poor RPI of 74

6. BYU

q No quality wins outside league

11. Memphis

i Has won seven of eight

7. Texas A&M

m Played nation's sixth-toughest schedule

10. Louisville

m Beating Syracuse twice isn't easy

8. Florida State

q Miami win was fifth in six games

9. Oklahoma State

i Big 12 a lock for seven bids

SYRACUSE REGION

1. Kentucky*

q Three-point shooting still an issue

16. Stony Brook*

q Suffered bad loss at New Hampshire

2. Villanova

q Collapsed in second half vs. West Virginia

15. Winthrop*

q Upset Coastal Carolina in Big South final

3. Ohio State

q Buckeyes look Final Four good

14. Wofford*

q Has not lost since Jan. 22

4. Temple*

q Earned top seed in Atlantic 10 tourney

13. Siena*

q Maintains slim at-large hopes

5. Baylor

m Getting hot at right time

12. San Diego State

i MWC could get four bids

6. Texas

q All but one loss vs. top 50 teams

11. Florida

q Could Gators miss tourney again?

7. Clemson

i No late-season collapse this time

10. Saint Mary's

i Win at Utah State carries weight

8. Marquette

i One of the best coaching jobs in nation

9. UTEP*

m Conference USA may be one-bid league

SALT LAKE CITY REGION

1. West Virginia

i Battle for final No. 1 will be interesting

16. North Texas*

q Has not lost since Jan. 30

2. Kansas State

q No. 1 hopes hurt by loss to Iowa State

15. UCSB

q Gauchos' 5-6 start is a distant memory

3. New Mexico*

q A chance to rise to No. 2 seed

14. Weber State*

q Lost at Portland State

4. Wisconsin

q Could bust Illinois's bubble Sunday

13. Murray State*

q Beat Morehead State for OVC title

5. Tennessee

q The team top seeds want to avoid

12. Georgia Tech

m Dark horse in ACC, NCAA tourneys?

6. Richmond

q Damaged Dayton's at-large hopes

11. Virginia Tech

m Win over Georgia Tech was crucial

7. Gonzaga*

q Two bad losses weaken résumé

10. Notre Dame

i Marquette win was fourth straight

8. California*

i Regular season title bolsters at-large hopes

9. Old Dominion*

q Get to CAA final to feel confident


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