Aggies really have trouble scoring, which has not been an issue for Syracuse of late. A&M enjoys the dance but falls, 72-60, to the Orange.
46. SAN DIEGO STATE
I suppose the Aztecs were a lock, regardless, considering the committee's treatment of Air Force. Indiana makes it a moot point in Salt Lake City with a 71-56 victory.
45. GEORGE MASON
For the committee's sake, I hope Tony Skinn's replacement doesn't turn it over 10 times against Michigan State. Either way, it's not going to be a good day for GMU. Patriots make a quick exit, 69-58.
44. SOUTHERN ILLINOIS
The Salukis make you earn every inch of real estate, but West Virginia can score from every one of those inches. It's WVU over SIU 65-60.
Crimson Tide just aren't the same team outside Tuscaloosa. They should figure out that out pretty quickly after getting a look around San Diego. It's Marquette over Alabama 74-69.
42. SETON HALL
The Hall deserves to be in the tournament, but the Pirates did not earn a No. 10 seed. This is actually a break for Wichita State, which advances with a 67-63 victory.
41. NORTHERN IOWA
We appreciate the fair seeding of UNI, but Georgetown is a very difficult matchup for the Panthers. Even though Northern Iowa beat LSU and Georgetown did not, this one goes to the Hoyas, 65-59.
The Bison won't be sneaking up on anyone this year. And they don't have the size or speed to overcome Arkansas in Dallas. The Hogs end Bucknell's great two-year run, 72-63.
The Blazers took out No. 1 overall seed Kentucky two years ago in the second round. The teams are more evenly matched this time around, but it's UK's turn to advance in a thriller, 72-70.
Arizona is no more a No. 8 seed than I'm going golfing with Billy Packer. Even slumping Wisconsin is better than any team the Wildcats have beaten lately. Assuming 'Zona even comes to Philly, the Cats lose, 71-67.
37. GEORGE WASHINGTON
No one crushed GW for its nonconference schedule more than yours truly, but a No. 8 seed? In Greensboro? Against UNCW and then Duke? That's just wrong. Colonials come in angry and leave worse, losing 67-66 in the first round.
Leon Powe can carry any team, and he'll have to for the Golden Bears to advance. NC State is no great shakes right now, but the Pack have more balance and win 75-69.
I just don't see the fascination with Oklahoma as a trendy pick. This team has done next to nothing all year and will leave this tournament early, falling 73-68 to UW-Milwaukee.
Can Washington win a low-scoring game that matters? It couldn't against Washington State ... twice. Utah State does it even better than WSU and upsets the Huskies, 69-64, in the annual 5-12 special.
Here's your first-round stunner (and I do mean stunner!). Vols have hit a wall and now face a very good basketball team in Winthrop. No Pearl Jam in Tennessee, which falls 72-67.
The only thing fair about Winthrop's unfair seeding is playing the overseeded Vols. Look for the upset before the Eagles go down to Wichita State, 68-61, in the second round.
31. UTAH STATE
For the record, even though I missed on Utah State, the Aggies (unlike Air Force) are more than deserving. They get the annual 5-12 upset (of Washington) before bowing to Illinois 71-54.