The Washington Times - January 16, 2009, 10:42AM

Typically, you can look for a full 65-team field on Thursdays from here to the end of the season.

Once Selection Sunday draws closer, it will probably be a Monday/Thursday deal. Maybe late Sunday/Thursday, depending on the schedule.

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Anyway, this projection is alrady a little dated. Figure Boise State falls out after losing last night. Arizona, too. Put Stanford and Arkansas in. But it’s plenty trouble to rip up a bracket, and probably not worth it at this stage. The actual field, after all, is nearly two months from being unveiled.

But in case you didn’t see it, here’s the best guess through Wednesday’s games.

EAST REGION

Dayton, Ohio

(1) BIG EAST/Pittsburgh vs. (16) AMERICA EAST/Albany-SWAC/Alabama State
(8) Miami vs. (9) Kansas

Boise, Idaho

(4) ATLANTIC 10/Xavier vs. (13) MAAC/Siena
(5) Illinois vs. (12) San Diego State

Portland, Ore.

(3) UCLA vs. (14) BIG SKY/Weber State
(6) SEC/Florida vs. (11) Texas A&M

Miami

(2) Clemson vs. (15) BIG WEST/Long Beach State
(7) CONFERENCE USA/Memphis vs. West Virginia

SOUTH REGION

Greensboro, N.C.

(1) ACC/Duke vs. (16) NEC/Robert Morris
(8) Kentucky vs. (9) Wisconsin

Minneapolis

(4) Louisville vs. (13) MVC/Bradley
(5) Arizona State vs. (12) WAC/Boise State

Minneapolis

(3) HORIZON/Butler vs. (14) IVY/Cornell
(6) Purdue vs. (11) CAA/George Mason

Miami

(2) Georgetown vs. (15) OVC/Austin Peay
(7) Baylor vs. (10) Florida State

MIDWEST REGION

Greensboro, N.C.

(1) Wake Forest vs. (16) SUMMIT/North Dakota State
(8) SOUTHERN/Davidson vs. (9) Michigan

Boise, Idaho

(4) Texas vs. (13) PATRIOT/American
(5) Notre Dame vs. (12) WAC/Utah State

Philadelphia

(3) Syracuse vs. (14) BIG SOUTH/VMI
(6) WCC/Gonzaga vs. (11) Washington

Dayton, Ohio

(2) BIG TEN/Michigan State vs. (15) SUN BELT/Middle Tennessee State
(7) Tennessee vs. (10) Oklahoma State

WEST REGION

Philadelphia

(1) Connecticut vs. (16) ATLANTIC SUN/East Tennessee State
(8) Ohio State vs. (9) Saint Mary’s

Portland, Ore.

(4) PAC-10/California vs. (13) MAC/Ohio
(5) Minnesota vs. (12) Mississippi

Kansas City

(3) North Carolina vs. (14) SOUTHLAND/Stephen F. Austin
(6) Marquette vs. (11) Arizona

Kansas City

(2) BIG 12/Oklahoma vs. (15) MEAC/Morgan State
(7) MWC/Brigham Young vs. (10) Villanova

Last four in: Mississippi, San Diego State, Utah State, Arizona

Last four out: Stanford, Arkansas, Utah, Missouri

Next four out: Dayton, Maryland, Temple, Illinois State

Patrick Stevens