Select group awaits the nod

Nuances abound as NCAA decides 34 at-large tourney bids

March 12, 2006|By PAUL MCMULLEN | PAUL MCMULLEN,SUN REPORTER

Nine for the Big East?

Bigs or smalls?

NCAA Selection Show Today, 6 p.m., chs. 13, 9

Projecting the field

Paul McMullen's prediction of the NCAA tournament field.

1. Duke Connecticut Villanova Memphis

2. Ohio State UCLA Texas Gonzaga

3. Iowa North Carolina Illinois Pittsburgh

4. LSU Tennessee Syracuse Boston College

5. Oklahoma Florida Michigan State Marquette

6. Arizona George Washington Wisconsin Southern Illinois

7. Northern Iowa Nevada Indiana Kansas

8. Wichita State Kentucky West Virginia Washington

9. NC-Wilmington Georgetown Bradley N.C. State

10. UAB Cincinnati California Arkansas

11. George Mason Missouri State Seton Hall Texas A&M

12. Florida State Bucknell Wisconsin-Milwaukee San Diego State

13. Iona Montana Kent State Murray State

14. 1-Northwestern State South Alabama Winthrop Xavier

15. Davidson Penn Belmont Big West champion

16. Southern Albany Oral Roberts Play-in winner. Tuesday Play-in game: Hampton vs. Monmouth

1 -- assumes Northwestern State wins today's Southland final

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