The Sweet 16

November 07, 2001

Sun staff writer Milton Kent ranks the top teams, with last season's record in parentheses.

1. Duke (30-4)

The Blue Devils have more speed and athleticism than ever before and great coaching.

2. Connecticut (32-3)

Perhaps the best backcourt in the nation, but thin in the middle.

3. Tennessee (31-3)

A great recruiting class, but a lot of youth in key slots.

4. Vanderbilt (24-10)

The Commodores have the best low-post player in the game in Chantelle Anderson.

5. Texas Tech (25-7)

Terrific depth, but will a tough Big 12 race sap its strength in March?

6. Oklahoma (28-6)

With great leadership from Stacey Dales, the Sooners have the best all-around offense.

7. Purdue (31-7)

Last year's national runner-up will need some breaks to get back to the Final Four.

8. Stanford (18-11)

If young players mature fast, the Cardinal could be a title contender by year's end.

9. Iowa State (27-6)

Disappointing NCAA performance in '01 could spur '02 championship run.

10. N.C. State (22-11)

Could match Duke's athleticism, but maturity is in question.

11. Florida (24-6)

The Gators could sneak into a high tournament seed with Tennessee and Vanderbilt.

12. Colorado (22-9)

With top nine players returning, the Buffs should return to NCAA prominence.

13. Michigan (19-12)

The Wolverines have come further quicker than any other team in the country.

14. LSU (20-11)

The fourth-best recruiting class in the country should get the Tigers into the SEC's upper division.

15. Colo. State (25-7)

Terrific outside shooting should keep the Rams in a lot of games.

16. Georgia (27-6)

Heavy graduation losses, but the Dawgs have lots of raw talent.

NCAA tournament schedule

East: 1st, 2nd rounds, March 16, 17, 18 and 19, on campus. Regionals, March 23 and 25, at Raleigh, N.C.

Mideast: 1st, 2nd rounds, March 16, 17, 18 and 19, on campus. Regionals, March 23 and 25, at Milwaukee.

Midwest: 1st, 2nd rounds, March 16, 17, 18 and 19, on campus. Regionals, March 23 and 25, at Ames, Iowa.

West: 1st, 2nd rounds, March 16, 17, 18 and 19, on campus. Regionals, March 23 and 25, at Boise, Idaho.

Final Four: Semifinals, March 29, at San Antonio. Final, March 31, at San Antonio.

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