The Rest Of The Best Here are the 45 other schools that SI projects will fill out the NCAA tournament field of 65, which includes 31 automatic bids and 34 at-large selections

November 19, 2001

TEAM -- CONFERENCE -- GRADUATION RATE -- GRADE -- SKINNY

21
Michigan State -- Big Ten -- 71% -- A -- Early departure of Zach
Randolph and Jason Richardson a blow, but latest Flint recruit,
Kelvin Torbert, will uphold Spartans' winning tradition

22
Texas -- Big 12 -- 40% -- B- -- Star recruit T.J. Ford must fit
in quickly at point guard for Longhorns to get maximum from
senior center Chris Owens (14.4 points, 7.9 boards a game)

23
Cincinnati -- Conference USA -- 8% -- F -- With Kenny
Satterfield off to NBA, Steve Logan (17.6 points a game) faces
hard time trying to repeat as league player of the year

24
Mississippi -- SEC -- 57% -- B -- Sophomore Justin Reed, a 6'8"
forward who led all SEC freshmen in scoring last year with 11.0
points a game, must fill the void left by Rahim Lockhart

25
Gonzaga -- West Coast -- 36% -- B- -- With beefed-up schedule,
Bulldogs, led by point guard Dan Dickau (18.9 points a game),
are looking for fourth consecutive Sweet 16

26
Alabama -- SEC -- 33% -- C -- Swingman Rod Grizzard is star, but
freshman point Maurice Williams is key to improving Tide's dismal
1-15 road record in SEC over last two years

27
Wyoming -- Mountain West -- 15% -- D+ -- Forward Josh Davis (13.5
points, 9.4 rebounds a game) and swingman Marcus Bailey (17.4
points) will vie for league MVP honors

28
Wake Forest -- ACC -- 36% -- B- -- Playmaker Josh Howard will
thrive in new coach Skip Prosser's up-tempo style, and Darius
Songaila could be ACC's top big man

29
Xavier -- Atlantic 10 -- 70% -- B+ -- New coach Thad Matta's
game plan? Get the ball to junior David West (17.8 points, 10.9
rebounds a game), one of nation's top low post players

30
North Carolina -- ACC -- 60% -- B+ -- String of 37 top three
finishes in ACC in grave danger; uncharacteristically dependent
on freshmen (Melvin Scott and Jawad Williams)

31
Connecticut -- Big East -- 50% -- B- -- Caron Butler (15.3
points, 7.6 rebounds a game) is the star, but improvement of
guard Taliek Brown is key to Huskies' getting back to NCAAs

32
Boston College -- Big East -- 53% -- C+ -- After going from
worst to first a year ago, Eagles will struggle until star
junior Troy Bell recovers from Oct. 31 knee surgery

33
Butler -- Horizon -- 69% -- B+ -- Kinetic 5'9" point guard
Thomas Jackson sets tone for tenacious defense, which last year
held opponents to 60 points or fewer 17 times

34
Charlotte -- Conference USA -- 38% -- C -- The 49ers will rely
on standout backcourt of Demon Brown (11.7 points, 4.0 assists a
game) and Jobey Thomas (14.0 points)

35
Indiana -- Big Ten -- 43% -- B- -- Though still smarting from
first-round loss to Kent State in NCAAs and Kirk Haston's NBA
jump, Hoosiers will rebuild around sophomore Jared Jeffries

36
Syracuse -- Big East -- 17% -- D -- Preston Shumpert (19.5
points a game) gets little help, especially after top recruit
Billy Edelin was suspended indefinitely for alleged sexual
assault

37
Providence -- Big East -- 40% -- C -- Pesky 5'9" guard John
Linehan, fourth in nation in steals (3.1 a game) a year ago,
leads pack of pressing, three-point-shooting no-names

38
Tennessee -- SEC -- 8% -- D- -- Juco star Thaydeus Holden,
taking over at point guard, must get most out of frontcourt duo
of Vincent Yarbrough and Ron Slay

39
Fresno State -- WAC -- 25% -- F -- Melvin Ely (16.0 points a
game) and Chris Jefferies (15.5) will be overwhelming up front,
but can Bulldogs find replacement for Tito Maddox at point?

40
Oklahoma -- Big 12 -- 0% -- D- -- Sooners not only need to hit
the library but also need full recovery from point guard Hollis
Price, who had three off-season operations on torn right triceps

41
South Carolina -- SEC -- 30% -- C- -- New coach Dave Odom
inherits balanced--but plodding--lineup with six returning
players who averaged between 8.5 and 11.5 points

42
Miami -- Big East -- 62% -- B- -- Elton Tyler (10.1 points, 5.5
rebounds a game in 1999-2000), who sat out last year for
academic reasons, rejoins three other double-figure scorers

43
Ohio State -- Big Ten -- 20% -- C- -- With addition of guard
Brandon Fuss-Cheatham, Buckeyes figure to outrun and outshoot
foes with multiple speedy backcourt combos

44
Utah -- Mountain West -- 22% -- C -- Coach Rick Majerus is back
after season lost to medical woes, as is center Phil Cullen, who
spent summer pitching for a Seattle Mariners farm team

45
Georgia State -- Atlantic Sun -- 45% -- C -- Juco transfers Nate
Williams, a 6'11" center, and 6'3" guard LeRoy Davis will team
up with Thomas Terrell (16.4 points a game)

46
California -- Pac-10 -- 18% -- D- -- Two stellar freshmen,
center Jamal Sampson and forward Julian Sensley, will cover loss
of Bears' alltime leading scorer, Sean Lampley

47
Iowa State -- Big 12 -- 56% -- B -- Perennial overachiever lost
four starters but has rising star in league freshman of the year
Jake Sullivan, who made 44.9% of his three-point attempts

48
Central Michigan -- MAC -- 28% -- C- -- Chippewas have
conference player of the year, David Webber (Chris's brother),
and gain speedy transfer guard Whitney Robinson

49
Michigan -- Big Ten -- 14% -- D+ -- LaVell Blanchard (17.8
points a game) and Bernard Robinson Jr. (14.4) can score, but
new coach Tommy Amaker must improve team defense

50
Illinois State -- Missouri Valley -- 50% -- B -- Redbirds star
guard Tarise Bryson, nation's top returning scorer (22.8 points
a game), back for extra year of eligibility

51
Iona -- Metro Atlantic -- 60% -- B -- Say goodbye to three
starters, but league's most versatile player, swingman Dyree
Wilson, should lead Gaels to third straight NCAAs

52
Valparaiso -- Mid-Continent -- 64% -- B+ -- Run of five
consecutive NCAAs ended last year but will be in the field this
time, thanks to center Raitis Grafs (8.1 rebounds a game)

53
Weber State -- Big Sky -- 20% -- C- -- This talented team, led
by Jermaine Boyette (19.1 points a game), won't play at home in
February because gym will be used for Winter Olympics

54
Tennessee Tech -- Ohio Valley -- 17% -- C- -- Have league's best
backcourt in Brent Jolly and Leigh Gayden and get boost from
6'8" South Carolina transfer Damien Kinloch

55
Louisiana-Monroe -- Southland -- 25% -- C -- Indians have five
starters back including 7'2" Wojciech Myrda of Poland, who's on
pace to break Division I mark for blocks

56
College of Charleston -- Southern -- 60% -- A- -- Cougars, led
by Jeff Bolton (16.1 points a game), conference's most electric
player, always get most out of their assets

57
UNC Wilmington -- Colonial -- 56% -- B -- With eight players
6'6" or taller, Seahawks played towering defense, holding foes
to 58.4 points a game, tied for fourth-best in nation

58
Boston University -- America East -- 38% -- C -- Departure of
four teams to Colonial Conference leaves Terriers, with entire
starting five returning, in charge of weak league

59
Alabama State -- SWAC -- 17% -- C- -- Hornets, led by forward
Tyrone Levett (15.8 points, 8.3 rebounds a game), was No. 1 in
league in scoring defense and field goal percentage defense

60
Princeton -- Ivy -- 100% -- A -- Tigers had league's top rookie
in Konrad Wysocki and add 6'10" freshman Dominick Martin and
6'7" Ray Robbins, back from a one-year hiatus

61
Winthrop -- Big South -- 75% -- A- -- Forward Greg Lewis,
tournament MVP two years ago, returns after missing last year
with foot injury and will lead Eagles to fourth straight NCAAs

62
UC Irvine -- Big West -- 50% -- B- -- Passed over in NBA draft,
conference player of the year Jerry Green is back and should
drive Anteaters to first tournament appearance
63
South Carolina State -- MEAC -- 22% -- C- -- 6'4" Texas Tech
transfer Moses Malone Jr. joins team stocked with four seniors,
best of whom is Greg Gray (12.8 points a game)

64
Holy Cross -- Patriot -- 75% -- A- -- Crusaders bring back
forward Tim Szatko, reigning league MVP, and nation's
second-ranked field goal percentage defense (38.2%)

65
Monmouth -- Northeast -- 47% -- C+ -- Guard Rahsaan Johnson, who
averaged 19.1 points and 2.1 steals and led league with 5.7
assists a game, directs Hawks' experienced lineup

COLOR PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPH BY MANNY MILLAN A return to the Final Four isn't in the cards for the Spartans, but with holdovers like Aloysius Anagonye hitting the glass, they'll still be tough.

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