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Projecting the women's field of 65

Selection Sunday is 15 days away. Here are Times staff writer Brian Landman's best guesses at who will make the field of 65.

By Brian Landman, Times Staff Writer
Published March 1, 2008


Automatic berths (31)

Md-Balt. Co. America East

Xavier Atlantic 10

North Carolina ACC

Belmont Atlantic Sun

Kansas Big 12

Georgetown Big East

Portland State Big Sky

Winthrop Big South

Indiana Big Ten

Cal-Fullerton Big West

VCU Colonial

Memphis Conference USA

Butler Horizon League

Cornell Ivy League

Niagara Metro Atlantic

Kent State Mid-American

Morgan State MEAC

Drake Missouri Valley

BYU Mountain West

Robert Morris Northeast

Austin Peay Ohio Valley

UCLA Pac-10

American Patriot

Tennessee SEC

Davidson Southern

S.F. Austin Southland

Alabama St. SWAC

Oral Roberts Summit

South Alabama Sun Belt

Saint Mary's West Coast

Boise State WAC

At-large berths (34)

Atlantic 10 (2): Saint Joseph's, UMass

ACC (5): Duke, Clemson, Miami, Maryland, Virginia Tech

Big East (7): Louisville, Connecticut, Notre Dame, Marquette, Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Syracuse

Big 12 (5): Texas, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Baylor, Texas A&M

Big Ten (3): Wisconsin, Purdue, Michigan State

CUSA (1): UAB

Missouri Valley (1): Southern Illinois

Mountain West (1): UNLV

Pac-10 (4): Stanford, Washington State, Arizona, USC

SEC (4): Vanderbilt, Arkansas, Mississippi State, Florida

West Coast (1): Gonzaga

Last four in

Florida

Virginia Tech

Southern Illinois

Syracuse

Last four out

Kentucky

Ohio State

Wake Forest

Houston

Bracket-shaping games

Kansas State at No. 6 Kansas, 9 tonight, ESPN: The Jayhawks are still playing for a possible No. 1 seed (nor have they forgotten the 84-75 loss in Manhattan on Jan.30, their first there in 25 years). The Wildcats and player-of -the year candidate Michael Beasley are playing for a better seed.

Kentucky at No. 1 Tennessee, noon Sunday, Ch. 10: The Volunteers hope to bounce back from Tuesday's loss at Vanderbilt and move a step closer to a No. 1 seed. A sweep of Tennessee probably gets Kentucky, which has won four straight and nine of 10, into the field.

Women's Final Four

When: April 6 and 8

Where: St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa

Tickets: Sold out

On the Web: For ongoing coverage of women's basketball leading up to the Final Four, go to sports.tampabay.com and click on the link to our special index page.

Men's NCAA Tournament

What: First- and second-round games

When: March 21 and 23

Where: St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa

Tickets: Tickets are still available at $208, including a service charge, for the six games. For information, call (813) 301-6600 or go to sptimesforum.com/ncaa2008.