Filling Out The Field Here are the other 45 schools that SI projects will get berths in the 65-team NCAA tournament, which includes 31 automatic bids and 34 at-large selections

November 25, 2002

TEAM / CONFERENCE / RETURNING STARTERS / SKINNY

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ILLINOIS / Big Ten / 1 / Senior forward Brian Cook will display
his all-court game, but Illini must rely on freshman guards Dee
Brown and Deron Williams to run the show

22
MISSOURI / Big 12 / 3 / Kareem Rush and Clarence Gilbert are
gone, but Tigers still sport fab front line with juniors Travon
Bryant, Arthur Johnson and ready-to-explode Rickey Paulding

23
UCLA / Pac-10 / 2 / Senior forward Jason Kapono (16.0 points a
game) will score plenty, but Bruins' fortunes hinge on improved
play of sophomore point guard Cedric Bozeman

24
LOUISVILLE / Conference USA / 4 / Help is coming for star guard
Reece Gaines (21.0 points a game) in the person of 6'10" Kentucky
refugee Marvin Stone, who joins team in December

25
SYRACUSE / Big East / 3 / If 6'8" forward Carmelo
Anthony--nation's highest-rated incoming recruit--is as good as
advertised, callow Orangemen may surmount inexperience

26
WYOMING / Mountain West / 4 / Senior guard Marcus Bailey (14.6
points a game) is best of Cowboys' veterans back from last year's
22--9 squad that beat Gonzaga in the NCAAs

27
CINCINNATI / Conference USA / 1 / Bob Huggins--just two months
removed from a massive heart attack--will count on senior guard
Leonard Stokes and rising star Jason Maxiell

28
MARYLAND / ACC / 1 / Despite losing three NBA draft picks, Terps
still have experienced point guard Steve Blake to feed ball to
forwards Tahj Holden and juco All-America Jamar Smith

29
MISSISSIPPI STATE / SEC / 3 / Austin-Bowers combo--forward Mario
Austin (16.1 points, 7.6 boards a game) and guard Timmy Bowers
(10.6 points)--should be groovy for Bulldogs

30
SOUTHERN ILLINOIS / Missouri Valley / 3 / Salukis have solid
foundation with Mr. Outside (senior guard Kent Williams) and Mr.
Inside (senior forward Jermaine Dearman)

31
NOTRE DAME / Big East / 2 / Sharpshooting 6'8" swingman Danny
Miller, a transfer from Maryland, teams with point guard Chris
Thomas, last year's national freshman of the year

32
PENNSYLVANIA / Ivy / 5 / Senior forwards Koko Archibong (14.2
points a game) and Ivy player of the year Ugonna Onyekwe (17.5
points) have Quakers primed for title repeat

33
PEPPERDINE / West Coast / 4 / Waves have four players back (led
by senior forward Jimmy Miggins, with 14.9 points a game) who
averaged in double figures last season

34
WISCONSIN / Big Ten / 3 / Conference's best shooter, senior Kirk
Penney (15.1 points a game), must mentor squad that will rely on
six freshmen and four sophomores

35
MINNESOTA / Big Ten / 3 / Gophers hope guard Ben Johnson, a
transfer from Northwestern, can loosen up defenses from outside
so 6'11" forward Rick Rickert can flourish in post

36
GEORGETOWN / Big East / 4 / Green guards Ashanti Cook and Drew
Hall must help if forward Mike Sweetney is to maintain
double-double productivity (19.0 points, 10.0 boards a game)

37
INDIANA / Big Ten / 2 / No repeat run to Final Four looms, but
Mike Davis could have dream backcourt if McDonald's AllAmerican
Bracey Wright meshes with gutty Tom Coverdale

38
MISSISSIPPI / SEC / 4 / Dubbed the Provine Posse, senior guard
David Sanders and junior forwards Justin Reed and Aaron Harper
started as teammates at Jackson's Provine High

39
USC / Pac-10 / 2 / Trojans hope juco transfer Brandon Brooks can
run show and get ball to up-and-coming sophomore Errick Craven
(11.8 points a game) and junior Desmon Farmer

40
OHIO STATE / Big Ten / 3 / Buckeyes are strongest up front, with
juniors Zach Williams (9.6 points a game) and Velimir Radinovic
and promising sophomore Terence Dials

41
LSU / SEC / 4 / Panamanian strongman Jaime Lloreda--6'9",
246-pound forward and last season's juco player of the
year--teams up front with senior Ronald Dupree (16.2 points a
game)

42
OHIO / Mid-American / 3 / New Shaq of the MAC: 6'7", 265-pound
forward Brandon Hunter (17.3 points, 9.1 boards a game) flirted
with NBA before coming back for senior season

43
OKLAHOMA STATE / Big 12 / 3 / Eddie Sutton's teams are renowned
for their D, but is there enough scoring after senior guard
Victor Williams (13.1 points a game)?

44
MANHATTAN / Metro Atlantic / 4 / Jaspers have dynamic scorer in
guard Luis Flores (19.4 points a game) and add intriguing inside
presence in 7-foot Romanian Mihai Enescu

45
BALL STATE / Mid-American / 3 / Seniors Theron Smith (19.6
points, 10.9 boards a game at forward) and Chris Williams (15.9
points at guard) give Cardinals strong one-two punch

46
TEXAS TECH / Big 12 / 4 / Bob Knight begins Year Two in Lubbock
with proven guard in Andre Emmett (18.7 points a game) and
promising hometown one in Josh Washington

47
GEORGIA TECH / ACC / 2 / Dangerous young team features '01--02
ACC rookie of the year in sophomore forward Ed Nelson and
candidate to be his successor in 6'10" center Chris Bosh

48
CREIGHTON / Missouri Valley / 5 / Senior forward Kyle Korver
(15.1 points a game), reigning conference player of the year, is
back to lead Bluejays to fifth straight NCAA bid

49
UNLV / Mountain West / 2 / Georgetown transfer Demetrius Hunter
joins guard Marcus Banks (15.8 points a game) and 6'10" Dalron
Johnson (17.4) to get Rebels runnin' again

50
ILLINOIS STATE / Missouri Valley / 2 / Forward Baboucarr Bojang
(13.2 points and 7.6 boards a game) and guard Trey Guidry, an
N.C. State transfer, will have Redbirds fans chirping

51
EAST TENNESSEE STATE / Southern / 3 / Forwards Zakee Wadood (14.5
points a game) and Jerald Fields (13.5 points) head seasoned cast
augmented by top-notch recruits

52
BUTLER / Horizon / 2 / Bulldogs finished No. 3 in nation in
scoring defense (57.8 points a game), but others besides senior
guard Brandon Miller (11.1 points) must score

53
UC SANTA BARBARA / Big West / 4 / Big gun is senior forward Mark
Hull (15.2 points and 5.1 rebounds a game), who went for 32
points in loss to Arizona in NCAAs

54
UNC WILMINGTON / Colonial / 4 / All-conference (and allname team)
guard Brett Blizzard (17.9 points a game) leads experienced squad
that shocked USC in last year's NCAAs

55
GEORGIA STATE / Atlantic Sun / 3 / Coach Lefty Driesell needs one
win to become first coach with 100 W's at four schools; guard
Lamont McIntosh will help him get it quickly

56
MURRAY STATE / Ohio Valley / 4 / Up-tempo squad can board with
the best thanks to center James Singleton (10.1 rebounds a game)
and swingman Cuthbert Victor (7.3)

57
ORAL ROBERTS / Mid-Continent / 3 / Coach Scott Sutton, son of
Oklahoma State's Eddie, counts on money-in-the-bank forward
Reggie Borges, a senior who shot 57.0% from field

58
EASTERN WASHINGTON / Big Sky / 3 / Eagles, losers of conference
tournament final two years in a row, get over hump behind clutch
guard Chris Hester (57.6% from field)

59
LAMAR / Southland / 5 / Two high-scoring seniors, forward Damany
Hendrix (17.7 points a game) and guard Ron Austin (14.6), should
lead experienced Cardinals to NCAAs

60
HAMPTON / Mid-Eastern / 4 / Going for third straight NCAA bid,
Pirates lean on do-it-all swingman Isaac Jefferson (9.7 points,
9.4 rebounds and conference-best 4.2 assists a game)

61
WINTHROP / Big South / 3 / Forward Ty Walker (11.3 points a game)
and point guard Pierre Wooten (9.3 points) will have mettle
tested against brutal nonconference schedule

62
ALCORN STATE / SWAC / 3 / The home of these Braves--E.E. Simmons
Gymnasium--ain't the land of the free: Alcorn is 43-2 on its own
floor over past four seasons

63
BOSTON UNIVERSITY / America East / 5 / Top eight scorers are
back, including junior Kevin Fitzgerald, who led conference in
assist-to-turnover ratio (2.5 to 1)

64
WAGNER / Northeast / 2 / Dereck Whittenburg's Seahawks boast
league's best scorer, forward Jermaine Hall (21.0 points a game),
and top defender, guard Courtney Pritchard

65
HOLY CROSS / Patriot / 4 / In January 7'6" North Carolina
transfer Neil Fingleton joins towering front line that features
6'8" senior Tim Szatko (13.6 points, 6.7 boards a game)

COLOR PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPH BY JOHN BIEVER UP, SALUKI! Jermaine Dearman (23) and Southern Illinois look to soar even higher than last year's Sweet 16.

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