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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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51 Murray State
Ohio Valley
Isaac Spencer, the favorite for league MVP, averaged 19.9 points and 8.2 boards last year and should benefit by move from power to small forward

52 Hofstra
America East
The Dutchmen won't fly as high without Speedy Claxton, but senior forward Norman Richardson (16.2 points a game) figures to be more productive

53 George Mason
Colonial
Patriots, led by star George Evans, make NCAAs because best team, Richmond, and two other conference-jumping lame ducks are barred from Colonial tournament

54 College of Charleston
Southern
Guard Jeff Bolton (15.8 points a game) and center Jody Lumpkin (15.1) will lead the Cougars into the NCAAs for the fourth time in five years

55 Utah State
Big West
With four starters returning, including forward Shawn Daniels (12.0 points, 7.9 rebounds a game) the Aggies have a chance to again go unbeaten in conference play

56 Gonzaga
West Coast
Senior forward Casey Calvary, who averaged 13.4 points, is lone returning starter, but experience of going to Sweet 16 in each of the last two years will help other holdovers

57 Cal State Northridge
Big Sky
Matadors have four starters back from 20-10 team, including favorite for league's player of the year-center Brian Heinle (14.6 points, 6.4 rebounds a game)

58 Central Connecticut State
Northeast
Junior Corsley Edwards (12.2 points a game) and senior Dean Walker (10.6) will lead the Blue Devils back to the tournament

59 Valparaiso
Mid-Continent
Here's a surprise: Crusaders will win their seventh straight conference title, this time behind junior swingman Lubos Barton (11.6 points a game)

60 Iona
Metro Atlantic
Gaels have a premier shot blocker in 6'9" Nakiea Miller and a potent backcourt in Dyree Wilson (14.6 points a game) and Rutgers transfer Earl Johnson

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