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FILLING THE BRACKETS
BILL TROCCHI
November 22, 2010
In addition to the top 20, SI predicts which teams will round out the field for the NCAA tournament, which now has four play-in games
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November 22, 2010

Filling The Brackets

In addition to the top 20, SI predicts which teams will round out the field for the NCAA tournament, which now has four play-in games

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50 UTAH STATE / WAC / 4 / The Aggies are favored to win the WAC again, but a soft schedule will keep them on the bubble if they don't win the conference tournament.

51 CREIGHTON / MVC / 4 / Ex--Iowa State coach Greg McDermott returns to the Valley with an experienced team that brings in 6'9" Rutgers transfer Gregory Echenique.

52 NORTHWESTERN / BIG TEN / 4 / With Michael Thompson (14.2 ppg), John Shurna (18.2) and Drew Crawford (10.0), the Wildcats should end their 71-year NCAA drought.

53 OHIO / MAC / 3 / With the 5'11" D.J. Cooper running the show and 6'5" Tommy Freeman burying threes, the Bobcats won't be the Mid-American's No. 9 seed again.

54 UCSB / BIG WEST / 4 / The Gauchos bring back conference POY Orlando Johnson (18.0 ppg) and forward James Nunnally (nine 20-point games last season).

55 WEBER STATE / BIG SKY / 2 / Guard Damian Lillard, the nation's top scorer among juniors (19.9 ppg), has led the Wildcats to two straight regular-season conference titles.

56 FAIRFIELD / MAAC / 4 / Coach Ed Cooley has upped the Stags' win total in each of his four seasons. This year he's aiming for the school's first NCAA berth since 1997.

57 WOFFORD / SOUTHERN / 4 / The reigning conference champs have five seniors, including 6'6" Noah Dahlman, who has scored in double figures in 48 straight games.

58 OAKLAND / SUMMIT / 3 / Senior big man Keith Benson (17.3 ppg, 10.5 rpg) is on NBA radars after he led the Golden Grizzlies to a 17--1 conference record.

59 NORTH TEXAS / SUN BELT / 4 / Double-double forward George Odufuwa gets help with the return of Dominique Johnson, a guard who lost last year to a broken ankle.

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