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Your projected field of 65 NCAA tournament teams includes just nine from the six conferences in the west. You have eight teams making the tournament from the Big East alone. You've got to be kidding. I will be sure to remind you of your picks come March.
Ward Bouman, San Diego
How could you leave Wisconsin out of your NCAA tournament field (Filling the Brackets, Nov. 23)? In eight years coach Bo Ryan has a .726 winning percentage and has appeared in eight consecutive tournaments, and he's done it with talent that has generally been judged as inferior by the experts. Ryan could take a team consisting of me, three dwarves and a Cheesehead plucked from a Lambeau tailgate and find a way to win 20-plus games.
Matt Klecker, Chicago
You ranked Syracuse No. 35, and as a further insult, in the key game section of the scouting report for No. 11 Cal you wrote, "Cal has some tough challenges—including either North Carolina or Ohio State in the 2K Sports Classic," ignoring the fact that Cal would first have to get past Syracuse. The Orange destroyed Cal and North Carolina to win the tournament.
Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
How could you leave a Pitt team that made last year's Elite Eight out of your field of 65?
Bryan Reeves, Irwin, Pa.
Where's Xavier? The Musketeers have only been to eight of the last nine tournaments and have made the Elite Eight in 2004 and '08. Thanks for the bulletin-board material. See you in March.