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Filling in the Brackets

TEAM CONFERENCE RETURNING STARTERS SKINNY
21. Georgia Tech ACC 4 Superfreshman Derrick Favors could be the ACCs best big man; he and G DAndre Bell -- out last season with a back injury -- key a revival.
22. Dayton Atlantic 10 4 With dunkmaster F Chris Wrights stuffs and seven returning players who averaged at least 14 minutes, the Flyers return to the Dance.
23. Maryland ACC 4 The Terps rejoiced when G Greivis Vasquez -- the first player to lead Maryland in points, rebounds and assists -- pulled out of the NBA draft.
24. Oklahoma Big 12 2 Theres nothing petite about 6' 9", 296-pound freshman F Keith (Tiny) Gallon, who with G Willie Warren try to fill the void left by the Griffins.
25. Illinois Big Ten 3 Coach Bruce Weber and pouty PF Mike Davis are on the same page again, so the Illini and its strong D will book a trip back to the tournament.
26. Minnesota Big Ten 4 Highly regarded Minneapolis native freshmen Royce White and Rodney Williams make the Gophers the Big Tens deepest team.
27. Wake Forest ACC 3 Senior Ish Smith retakes the reins at PG after Jeff Teagues early departure, and big man Al-Farouq Aminu is poised to break out.
28. Oklahoma State Big 12 3 The Cowboys love to shoot the three (third in the nation from beyond the arc) -- especially junior G James Anderson (18.2 ppg). 28
29. Vanderbilt SEC 5 G John Jenkins, the nations leading high school scorer last season (42.3 ppg), gives a veteran squad the outside shooting punch it needs. 29
30. Clemson ACC 2 Star F Trevor Booker gets help from a stellar four-man recruiting class that includes his younger brother F/C Devin.
31. South Carolina SEC 4 G Devan Downey (third in the SEC in scoring) and F Dominique Archie will lead the Gamecocks to their first tournament win since 73.
32. Florida State ACC 3 The Seminoles boast 7' 1" Solomon Alabi (73 blocks) and count on freshman G Michael Snaer to offset the loss of Toney Douglas. 32
33. Texas A&M Big 12 3 The Aggies are one of six teams to win a game in the NCAAs four straight years; the streak should continue thanks to their talented guards. 33
34. BYU MWC 4 With G Jimmer Fredette and F Jonathan Tavernari, the Cougars will extend their home-court dominance (61-3) and NCAAs streak to four years.
35. Syracuse Big East 2 Heavy losses are partially offset by hyped Iowa State transfer F Wes Johnson and freshman PG Brandon Triche (a Jonny Flynn type
36. Kansas State Big 12 4 G Denis Clemente will become known for more than his YouTube highlights, and big man Wally Judge could be the Big 12s top freshman.
37. Arizona Pac-10 3 Sean Miller, the Wildcats fourth coach in four years, extends their NCAA streak to 26 straight thanks to PG Nic Wise and F Solomon Hill.
38. Mississi PPI SEC 3 G Chris Warren returns from a knee injury to form an explosive backcourt with Terrico White, who provided 18.4 ppg in his absence.
39. Tulsa C-USA 4 Future NBA big man Jerome Jordan and versatile F Ben Uzoh will help the Golden Hurricane earn its first NCAA bid as members of C-USA.
40. Notre Dame Big East 2 The Irish erase last years disappointment as Gs Ben Hansbrough and Tory Jackson give senior F Luke Harangody a proper send-off.
41. Seton Hall Big East 4 G Jeremy Hazell, second nationally in scoring among returning players (22.7), gets a powerful sidekick in transfer F Herb Pope.
42. Utah State WAC 4 The Aggies, one of three teams -- along with Kansas and Gonzaga -- to win at least 23 games in each of the last 10 years, will make it 11.
43. Old Dominion CAA 5 The Monarchs have a conference POY candidate in F Gerald Lee and momentum after winning the CollegeInsider.com Tournament.
44. Northern Iowa Missouri Valley 5 Five starters, plus the MVCs top sixth man, F Lucas ORear, return to team that pushed Purdue in the first round
45. Creighton Missouri Valley 3 MVC becomes a two-bid league thanks to G PAllen Stinnett and a vocal home crowd that ranked 12th nationally in attendance.
46. Nevada WAC 3 The Wolf Pack has the leagues best player in sophomore F Luke Babbitt (16.9 ppg, 7.4 rpg) and will host the WAC tourney on their home floor.
47. Northeastern CAA 4 The Huskies bring back their top three scorers -- including senior G-F Matt Janning -- to a team that set the CAA pace before fading late
48. Memphis C-USA 1 First-year coach Josh Pastner rides three Gs -- Duke transfer Elliot Williams and veterans Doneal Mack and Roburt Sallie -- to the postseason.
49. Gonzaga WCC 1 G Matt Bouldin will be expected to shoulder the load as Mark Few faces one of the toughest rebuilding jobs of his 11-year tenure
50. Western Kentucky Sun Belt 4 Guard A.J. Slaughter could become the Hilltoppers latest Sun Belt POY and take them to a third straight NCAAs.
51. Montana Big Sky 3 Anthony Johnson (17.6 ppg) and Ryan Staudacher (45.2 3-point%) head a talented roster that includes PG Shawn Stockton, nephew of John.
52. Cornell Ivy 5 Ryan Wittman, son of former pro Randy, and G Louis Dale lead the sharpshooting Big Red (41.1% from beyond arc) and will battle for Ivy POY.
53. Boston U Am erica East 1 Led by G-F John Holland and G Corey Lowe, the Terriers finally fulfill expectations under ex-Nova assistant Patrick Chambers.
54. Akron MAC 4 F Brett McKnight, who led the Flashes in scoring as a reserve, joins four starters back from a team that held opponents to 29.1% from the arc
55. College of Charleston Southern 3 Bobby Cremins returns to the NCAAs for the first time since 1996 behind Andrew Goudelock and Tony White Jr.
56. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Southland 5 G-F Kevin Palmer (18.2 ppg) heads a deep squad that welcomes touted redshirt freshman G Terence Jones.
57. UC Santa Barbara Big West 3 The Gauchos add Loyola Marymount transfer Orlando Johnson and PG Justin Joyner, who missed 2008-09 with a wrist injury.
58. Radford Big South 4 From Minsk to the Madness, Belarus export C Art Parakhouski (16.2 ppg, 11.2 rpg) has the Highlanders ready to dance.
59. Morehead State Ohio Valley 4 Junior C Kenneth Faried was third in the nation in double doubles (25) and led the Eagles to a win in the NCAA play-in game.
60. Oakland Summ it 4 F Derick Nelson, who averaged 17.3 points and 7.4 rebounds in 2007-08 before missing 08-09 with injury, joins four returning starters.
61. Jacksonville Atlantic Sun 4 Ben Smith and Lehmon Colbert lead the Dolphins to the NCAAs for the first time since 1986 -- four years after finishing 1-26.
62. Morgan State MEAC 2 The Bears welcome productive Cleveland State transfer G Joe Davis to a team that broke the school record for wins two years in a row.
63. Lehigh Patriot 4 Brett Reed, one of three Division I coaches with a Ph.D., instructs F Zahir Carrington (14.0 ppg) and G Marquis Hall (13.9) to keep shooting.
64. Mount St. Marys Northeast 3 Senior PG Jeremy Goode, 5' 9", averaged 14.9 ppg last season and is on pace to become the schools alltime assist leader.
65. Arkansas-Pine Bluff SWAC 5 Senior G Terrance Calvin leads an experienced group through the gantlet of their season-opening 14 straight road games.

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