50 HIGH POINT |
BIG SOUTH | 3 | Senior forward Arizona Reid is the only returning player in the
nation who averaged more than 20 points and 9.5 boards.
UNIVERSITY | AMERICA EAST | 3 | Four sophomores, led by guards Corey Lowe and
Tyler Morris, has BU going to NCAAs for first time since '02.
52 KENT STATE |
MAC | 4 | One of three mid-majors, along with Gonzaga and Creighton, to have
won at least 20 games in nine straight seasons: Make it 10.
53 IUPUI | SUMMIT
| 3 | Conference player of the year candidate George Hill is part of tough
backcourt trio with Gary Patterson and Austin Montgomery.
54 CORNELL | IVY |
3 | Guard Adam Gore, the conference's rookie of the year in '06, returns after
ACL surgery, joining 6-foot USC transfer Collin Robinson.
55 UC SANTA
BARBARA | BIG WEST | 4 | Prolific inside-out duo of Alex Harris and Chris
Devine led the Gauchos in scoring in 26 of 29 games last season.
56 HOLY CROSS |
PATRIOT | 3 | Senior center Tim Clifford, the preseason conference player of
the year, leads team that's averaged 23.3 wins the last three years.
57 AUSTIN PEAY |
OVC | 5 | League's player of the year in '06-07 (Drake Reed), coach of the year
(Dave Loos) and top rebounder (Fernandez Lockett) are back.
KENTUCKY | SUN BELT | 4 | Hilltoppers have 67 wins during ultratalented
swingman Courtney Lee's three years, but have not made Big Dance.
59 MONTANA | BIG
SKY | 4 | Strait shooter: Senior Andrew Strait is the nation's seventh-leading
returning marksman, having shot 61.1% last year.