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THE REST OF THE BEST

Nov. 17, 1997
Nov. 17, 1997

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Nov. 17, 1997

Faces In The Crowd
Soccer
College Basketball 97-98

THE REST OF THE BEST

Here is SI's ranking of the teams that figure to fill the
remaining 48 berths in the NCAA tournament's field of 64. Some
are conference winners who will secure automatic bids, and some
are squads that will earn at-large berths come March 8,
Selection Sunday.

This is an article from the Nov. 17, 1997 issue Original Layout

Rank School Conference

17 Stanford Pac-10

Skinny

Freshman Collins twins (6'10" Jason and 6'9" Jarron) join 7'1"
Tim Young on imposing front line

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18 St. John's Big East

[Skinny]

Zendon Hamilton and Felipe Lopez will get needed help from
talented freshmen

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19 Indiana Big Ten

[Skinny]

Watch out for Mr. Basketball, Luke Recker, Hoosiers' most touted
recruit since Damon Bailey

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20 Temple Atlantic 10

[Skinny]

Owls are loaded at guard, with Rasheed Brokenborough and Pepe
Sanchez, but lacking at center

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21 Jackson State Southwestern Athletic

[Skinny]

Top eight scorers (led by Trent Pulliam) back for Tigers, who
made Kansas sweat in NCAAs

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22 Rhode Island Atlantic 10

[Skinny]

Tyson Wheeler makes Rams go; if Lamar Odom becomes academically
eligible, they could go farther

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23 Utah WAC

[Skinny]

Loss of Keith Van Horn leaves many questions; 6'11" Michael
Doleac has some of the answers

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24 Georgia SEC

[Skinny]

Coach Tubby Smith took off for Kentucky, but his son G.G. leads
the Dawgs he left behind

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25 Oklahoma Big 12

[Skinny]

Guard Corey Brewer should help Sooners end streak of five
straight NCAA tournament losses

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26 UNLV WAC

[Skinny]

May have most talented college center in 6'11" Keon Clark, but
he's suspended for first 11 games

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27 Syracuse Big East

[Skinny]

Todd Burgan and Jason Hart alone make Orangemen competitive in a
lackluster league

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28 Eastern Mid-American
Michigan

[Skinny]

5'5" Earl Boykins (19.1 ppg) and Derrick Dial (17.7) form one of
the nation's best backcourts

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29 Marquette Conference USA

[Skinny]

Coach Mike Deane faces rebuilding job, but point guard Aaron
Hutchins is a solid foundation

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30 Florida State ACC

[Skinny]

New coach Steve Robinson, a success at Tulsa, must jump-start
enigmatic center Corey Louis

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31 Iowa Big Ten

[Skinny]

Fortunes depend on Jess Settles, who is still fighting a back
injury that kept him out last year

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32 St. Joseph's Atlantic 10

[Skinny]

Hawks could be scary if Arthur (Yah) Davis returns from academic
suspension to rejoin Rashid Bey

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33 Louisville Conference USA

[Skinny]

USC transfer Cameron Murray, a junior point guard, must step in
for departed DeJuan Wheat

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34 Michigan Big Ten

[Skinny]

Interim coach Brian Ellerbe must get center Robert (Tractor)
Traylor to build on his big NIT showing

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35 Maryland ACC

[Skinny]

Guard Laron Profit and center Obinna Ekezie will be the keys to
replacing All-ACC Keith Booth

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36 George Atlantic 10
Washington

[Skinny]

Seven-footer Alexander Koul cannot repeat up-and-down
performance of last season

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37 Arkansas SEC

[Skinny]

Razorbacks aren't title contenders, but backcourt of Kareem Reid
and Pat Bradley worth watching

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38 N.C. State ACC

[Skinny]

Coach Herb Sendek brings in monster recruiting class to help
star guard C.C. Harrison

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39 Nebraska Big 12

[Skinny]

Tyronn Lue (18.8 ppg) stars in backcourt with unfortunately
named cousin, Cookie Belcher

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40 Washington Pac-10

[Skinny]

Go-to guy is 7-foot Todd MacCulloch, whose 67.6% field goal
shooting was tops in the nation

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41 TCU WAC

[Skinny]

Addition of 6'8" juco transfer Lee Nailon will help Horned Frogs
with brutal schedule

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42 Massachusetts Atlantic 10

[Skinny]

Guard Charlton Clarke and promising big man Lari Ketner should
take UMass to seventh straight NCAAs

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43 Texas Big 12

Longhorns should get immediate help from a quartet of talented
newcomers who are 6'8" or taller

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44 Long Island Northeast

[Skinny]

The nation's highest-scoring team has back the nation's leading
scorer, Charles Jones (30.1 ppg)

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45 Miami Big East

[Skinny]

Underrated forward Tim James should get Hurricanes back in NCAAs
for first time since '60

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46 Murray State Ohio Valley

[Skinny]

The Racers have won at least a share of nine of the last 10
conference titles. Make it 10 of 11

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47 Butler Midwestern Collegiate

[Skinny]

The Bulldogs, who ended 35-year NCAA tournament drought last
season, should repeat

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48 Coppin State Mid-Eastern Athletic

[Skinny]

Coach Fang Mitchell's Cinderellas must replace points and boards
of departed center Terquin Mott

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49 Valparaiso Mid-Continent

[Skinny]

Guard Bryce Drew (19.9 ppg) makes his father and coach, Homer,
look like a genius

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50 College Trans America
of Charleston

[Skinny]

The Cougars said goodbye to four starters but still hail their
chief, guard Jermel President

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51 Pepperdine West Coast

[Skinny]

The Waves will come crashing with transfers Jelani Gardner (Cal)
and omm'A Givens (UCLA)

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52 Princeton Ivy

[Skinny]

Tigers held opponents to the lowest average (53.4 ppg) in the
nation for the eighth straight season

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53 Drexel America East

[Skinny]

Coach Bill Herrion spurned Rutgers so he could lead Dragons to
sixth straight 20-win season

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54 UNC Asheville Big South

[Skinny]

Bulldogs hope nonconference tests at Syracuse, Florida State,
Arizona and Maryland pay off in league

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55 S. Alabama Sun Belt

[Skinny]

Coach Bill Musselman may have bailed out, but deliberate Jags
have four starters back from last year

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56 Pacific Big West

[Skinny]

All-league guard Adam Jacobsen, out last year with a bum knee,
rejoins center Michael Olowokandi

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57 Ball State Mid-American

[Skinny]

Forward Bonzi Wells needs 555 points to pass Ron Harper as the
MAC's alltime leading scorer

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58 Iona Metro Atlantic

[Skinny]

The Gaels lost the conference's top two scorers but are still
favored to win the league

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59 Davidson Southern

[Skinny]

Guard Mark Donnelly needs nine W's to become the winningest
player in Wildcats history

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60 Stephen F. Austin Southland

[Skinny]

All-conference forward Wayne Allen is one of five returning
starters for the Lumberjacks

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61 Old Dominion Colonial

[Skinny]

Coach Jeff Capel couldn't sign blue-chipper son, Jason, but can
rely on senior point, Brion Dunlap

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62 SW Missouri State Missouri Valley

[Skinny]

Game to watch: Coach Steve Alford and the Bears face Bob Knight
and Indiana on Dec. 27

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63 N. Arizona Big Sky

[Skinny]

1996-97 Lumberjacks were 15 wins better than year before and
should be even better again

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64 Navy Patriot

[Skinny]

Midshipmen again rely on 6'3" Hassan Booker, the toughest little
power forward in the land