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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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41 SMU
WAC
Senior guard Jeryl Sasser (17.3 points a game) declared for NBA draft, then came to his senses and returned to work on improving his 37.8% shooting from the field

42 UMass
Atlantic 10
Jackie Rogers, junior college transfer extraordinaire, arrives to give inside punch and help Monty Mack, who averaged 19.8 points a game at guard

43 South Florida
Conference USA
Junior power forward B.B. Waldon (17.3 points, 7.9 rebounds a game) is team's star, but Bulls get instant offense from Altron Jackson (18.2)

44 Detroit
Midwestern Collegiate
Senior point guard Rashad Phillips is the most excitin' Titan, averaging 23.0 points and 5.3 assists while also drilling 102 three-pointers at a 40.5% clip

45 BYU
Mountain West
All five starters are back, led by senior forward Mekeli Wesley, who averaged 16.8 points and 5.8 rebounds, but watch out for top in-state recruit, 6'8" forward Garner Meads

46 Penn
Ivy
Quakers lost 42% of their scoring with graduation of guards Michael Jordan and Matt Langel, but forward Ugonna Onyekwe (11.7 points a game) now has latitude to pick up the slack

47 Tulsa
WAC
Golden Hurricane lost three starters and coach Bill Self from a 32-5 team, but there's still plenty left for tournament berth, including leading scorer David Shelton (13.5 points a game)

48 South Alabama
Sun Belt
Jaguars will pound the ball inside to 6'10", 275-pound junior center Virgil Stanescu of Romania, who averaged 13.4 points and 6.9 rebounds

49 Long Beach State
Big West
UCLA transfer Travis A II Reed, a 6'8", 240-pound center, and forward James Williams, who averaged 12.2 points and 7.3 rebounds, are formidable inside

50 Winthrop
Big South
Well-balanced Eagles, led by senior forward Greg Lewis (15.7 points a game), will be the first team in the conference to win three consecutive titles

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