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NCAA TOURNAMENT PREDICTIONS

Selection Sunday is 15 days away. Here are Times staff writer Brian Landman's best guesses at who's in the 65-team field. Also, here's a handful of games to watch this weekend that are sure to shape if not the field, then the seedings.

AUTOMATICS (31)

Albany America East

Duke ACC

E. Tenn. State Atlantic Sun

George Washington Atlantic 10

Connecticut Big East

Northern Arizona Big Sky

Winthrop Big South

Ohio State Big Ten

Texas Big 12

Pacific Big West

Hofstra Colonial

Memphis C-USA

Wis.-Milwaukee Horizon

Penn Ivy

Iona Metro Atlantic

Kent State Mid-American

IUPUI Mid-Continent

Delaware State MEAC

Wichita State Missouri Valley

San Diego State Mountain West

Fairleigh Dickinson Northeast

Murray State Ohio Valley

Washington Pac-10

Bucknell Patriot

Tennessee SEC

Georgia Southern Southern

Northwestern State Southland

Southern SWAC

Western Kentucky Sun Belt

Gonzaga WCC

Nevada WAC

AT-LARGES (34)

N.C. State ACC

North Carolina ACC

Boston College ACC

Villanova Big East

West Virginia Big East

Pittsburgh Big East

Georgetown Big East

Seton Hall Big East

Marquette Big East

Cincinnati Big East

Syracuse Big East

Iowa Big Ten

Illinois Big Ten

Michigan State Big Ten

Wisconsin Big Ten

Michigan Big Ten

Kansas Big 12

Oklahoma Big 12

Colorado Big 12

George Mason Colonial

UAB C-USA

Northern Iowa Missouri Valley

Creighton Missouri Valley

Missouri State Missouri Valley

Air Force Mountain West

UCLA Pac-10

Arizona Pac-10

California Pac-10

Florida SEC

LSU SEC

Alabama SEC

Arkansas SEC

Kentucky SEC

Louisiana Tech WAC

LAST FOUR IN

Syracuse, Colorado, Air Force, Louisiana Tech

LAST FOUR OUT

Southern Illinois, Florida State, Temple, Indiana

BRACKET-SHAPING GAMES

DUKE VS. TEMPLE, 2:30 P.M. TODAY: The Owls (15-10) have won six of their last nine and could greatly enhance their resume against the nation's top team. If nothing else, their RPI will jump and keep them on the bubble.

NORTHERN IOWA AT SOUTHERN ILLINOIS, 2 p.m. TODAY: The Salukis looked like a lock for an at-large a month ago, but have lost three straight, including on national TV against visiting Louisiana Tech in the BracketBuster, and five of seven. They need a big win against No. 25 NIU (22-7) to right themselves.

SYRACUSE AT GEORGETOWN, NOON TODAY: The Orange (19-8) looked to be out of the NCAA picture after a home loss to Cincinnati on Feb. 15, but has since beaten Louisville and West Virginia. A road win against No. 23 Georgetown would sure help their resume.

- BRIAN LANDMAN, Times staff writer

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