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CNN/SI breaks down the field of 64
Posted: Sunday March 07, 1999 03:43 PM
ATLANTA (CNN/SI) -- The day college hoops fans crave has finally arrived -- Selection Sunday, and here at CNN/SI we've got the 64 teams before the NCAA committee announces them.
Barring a miraculous upset by Illinois in the Big Ten final against Michigan State, the field is set this Sunday morning with only the fine-tuning of seeding left to do this afternoon.
It appears that no team wants to claim the last No. 1 seed. Auburn, Stanford and Maryland all lost Saturday, leaving the committee scratching its heads over whom to give that last top seed. The three locks for top seeds are Duke, Connecticut and Michigan State.
At the other end of the field, the last bubble teams sorted themselves out over the past three days.
Rhode Island knocked A-10 partner Xavier out of the tournament when the Rams beat Temple to win their conference's automatic bid.
The last team to garner an at-large bid is DePaul, which despite losing 3 of its last 4 games had quality wins over Cincinnati, George Washington and California. Should Illinois upset Michigan State on Sunday, it appears that DePaul would be the team to lose its bid at the last minute.
Automatic bids not listed in Top 16 seeds (22): America East -- Delaware; Atlantic 10 -- Rhode Island; Big Sky -- Weber State; Big South -- Winthrop; Big West -- New Mexico State; Colonial -- George Mason; Ivy -- Penn; Metro Atlantic -- Siena; Mid-American -- Kent; Mid-Continent -- Valparaiso; Mid-Eastern -- Florida A&M; Midwestern -- Detroit; Missouri Valley -- Creighton; Northeast -- Mt. St. Mary's; Ohio Valley -- Murray State; Patriot -- Lafayette; Southern -- College of Charleston; Southland -- Texas San-Antonio; Sun Belt -- Arkansas State; SWAC -- Alcorn State; TAAC -- Samford; West Coast -- Gonzaga.
At-large locks: UCLA, Indiana, Iowa, Purdue, Washington, Minnesota, Kansas, Miami (Ohio), Temple, Florida, Tennessee, Louisville, Arkansas, Texas, Missouri, Villanova, George Washington, Syracuse, UAB, Tulsa, Oklahoma State, Evansville, Oklahoma, SW Missouri State, Nebraska, DePaul.
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