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FILLING THE BRACKETS
BILL TROCCHI
November 14, 2011
SI PICKS THE 48 TEAMS THAT WILL JOIN THE TOP 20 IN THE BIG DANCE NEXT MARCH
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November 14, 2011

Filling The Brackets

SI PICKS THE 48 TEAMS THAT WILL JOIN THE TOP 20 IN THE BIG DANCE NEXT MARCH

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TEAM / CONFERENCE / RETURNING STARTERS

21 MARQUETTE / BIG EAST / 2

All-namer Vander Blue will support tandem of SG Darius Johnson-Odom and forward Jae Crowder as Golden Eagles return to the Big Dance.

22 MICHIGAN / BIG TEN / 4

Point guard is the only question mark as Tim Hardaway Jr. and Zack Novak lead veteran squad to first winning Big Ten record since 2003.

23 CALIFORNIA / PAC-12 / 4

Do-it-all senior guard Jorge Gutierrez (14.6 ppg, 4.5 apg) is Bears' emotional leader, and Cal's starting five is as good as any in the Pac-12.

24 MISSOURI / BIG 12 / 4

New coach Frank Haith will slow pace. Injury to Laurence Bowers hurts, but Big 12's leading returning scorer, Marcus Denmon (16.9 ppg) returns.

25 MICHIGAN STATE / BIG TEN / 2

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