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Top of the Arc - March 15, 2009

March 15, 1:15 p.m.: Okay, everyone. I shifted Maryland to the U-Conn. region to balance the bracket correctly. I have Terps-West Virginia (Gary meets Billy Hahn and Huggins) in a 6-11 game. I made one other switch, although it tore my heart out. i put Saint Mary's in, San Diego State out.

Saint Mary's beat San Diego State during the season, and I do think the Mills factor will come into play. San Diego State has a good resume, but as a local media personality pointed out, the wins over UNLV don't look as good now because UNLV is out of the field. I still like SDS, but I give Saint Mary's a slight edge. I like Penn State because, despite the poor non-conference SOS, the Lions have played their way back into the field through Big Ten victories. Close call. Arizona is right there. I'm not a big Creighton guy.

The report card on how I do - number of top seeds correct, number of teams within one seed of actual seed, and number of teams correct --- will be in tomorrow's paper, so I need to nail this. I am competing against the likes of Jerry Palm, Joe Lunardi, Dave Neal and Patrick Stevens, all very good. Last year I got one wrong, so we'll see. This year is tougher.

1) North Carolina
2) Oklahoma
3) Villanova
4) Gonzaga (WCC)
5) Xavier
6) Clemson
7) Ohio State
8) Brigham Young
9) Texas
10) Michigan
11) Siena (Metro Atlantic)
12) Saint Mary’s
13) Cleveland State (Horizon)
14) American (Patriot)
15) Cornell (Ivy)
16) CS-Northridge (Big West)

1) Louisville (Big East)
2) Michigan State
3) Wake Forest
4) Missouri (Big 12)
5) Arizona State
6) Marquette
7) Utah (Mountain West)
8) Louisiana State
9) Boston College
10) Temple (Atlantic 10)
11) Southern California (Pac-10)
12) Penn State
13) Western Kentucky (Sun Belt)
14) Portland State (Big Sky)
15) Radford (Big South)
16) Chattanooga (SOUTHERN)/Alabama State (SWAC)

1) Pittsburgh
2) Duke
3) Syracuse
4) Washington
5) Illinois
6) UCLA
7) Butler
8) Oklahoma State
9) Dayton
10) Minnesota
11) Northern Iowa (Missouri Valley)
12) Virginia Commonwealth (CAA)
13) North Dakota State (Summit)
14) Binghamton (America East)
15) East Tennessee State (Atlantic Sun)
16) Morgan State (MEAC)

1) Connecticut
2) Memphis (Conference USA)
3) Kansas
4) Florida State
5) Purdue
6) West Virginia
7) Tennessee
8) Texas A&M
9) California
10) Wisconsin
11) Maryland
12) Utah State (WAC)
13) Akron (MAC)
14) Southland Champion
15) Robert Morris (Northeast)
16) Morehead State (Ohio Valley)

By Eric Prisbell  |  March 15, 2009; 1:16 PM ET
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