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November 20, 2000
Here are the 45 other schools that SI projects will fill out the NCAA tournament field of 64. If our math seems fuzzy, bear in mind that there's a play-in game on Tuesday, March 13, between the two lowest-rated teams for the 64th spot
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November 20, 2000

The Rest Of The Best

Here are the 45 other schools that SI projects will fill out the NCAA tournament field of 64. If our math seems fuzzy, bear in mind that there's a play-in game on Tuesday, March 13, between the two lowest-rated teams for the 64th spot

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31 Temple
Atlantic 10
Guards Quincy Wadley (12.8 points a game) and Lynn Greer (12.3) will lead the way as the Owls qualify for their 12th consecutive NCAA tournament

32 Memphis
Conference USA
John (Refuse to Lose) Calipari is back in the college game and relying on Kelly Wise (14.5 points, 8.6 boards a game) to lead the Tigers back to prominence

33 Alabama
SEC
Tide has stellar forward duo in lanky sophomore Rod Grizzard (13.2 points a game) and blue-chip freshman Gerald Wallace, who could be NBA-bound in a year

34 Creighton
Missouri Valley
Bluejays love to jack the ball up; last season they made 8.5 three-pointers a game (ninth best in the nation) and connected on 41.6% of their attempts

35 Iowa State
Big 12
Senior point guard Jamaal Tinsley (11.0 points, 6.6 assists a game) will pick up part of slack left by departed Marcus Fizer but must get help from juco transfer Tyray Pearson

36 Pepperdine
West Coast
Waves bring back only two starters from squad that demolished Indiana in NCAAs but have a star in junior guard Brandon Armstrong, who averaged 14.4 points

37 UNLV
Mountain West
Runnin' Rebels' strategy: get the ball to 6'9", 250-pound senior forward Kaspars Kambala, who averaged 18.5 points and 9.3 rebounds last season

38 Texas
Big 12
Starless Longhorns welcome high-scoring Wichita State transfer Maurice Evans to augment talents of guard Darren Kelly (10.0 points a game) and forward Chris Owens (9.4)

39 Butler
Midwestern Collegiate
Bulldogs bring back four starters-led by LaVall Jordan-from team that nearly knocked off Florida in first round of NCAA tournament

40 Kent
Mid-American
Junior guard Trevor Huffman, who led the Golden Flashes with 13.1 points a game last year, moves from sixth man to starter for this deep and dangerous MAC power

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