The Washington Times - March 12, 2009, 05:47PM

A better considered at-large board will be coming at the end of the night (or tomorrow morning).

But for now, the bottom portion of things in particular is slightly less educated guesswork than I’d prefer.

SEE RELATED:


Nonetheless, it’s still interesting to see how things are starting to shrink down. And as a result, here’s how things stand after today’s early action (not including the Penn State game in progress):

1. Pittsburgh
2. Connecticut
3. Wake Forest
4. Duke
5. Kansas
6. Villanova
7. Missouri
8. Florida State
9. Illinois
10. UCLA
11. Syracuse
12. Clemson
13. Arizona State
14. Purdue
15. Butler
16. Marquette
17. West Virginia
18. California
19. Texas
20. Oklahoma State
21. Brigham Young
22. Ohio State
23. Texas A&M
24. Tennessee
25. Wisconsin
26. Dayton
27. Boston College
28. Minnesota
29. Michigan
30. Florida

LAST FOUR IN

31. Penn State
32. UNLV
33. Arizona
34. Virginia Tech

LAST FOUR OUT

35. Saint Mary’s
36. Maryland
37. South Carolina
38. New Mexico

NEXT FOUR OUT

39. Southern California
40. Creighton
41. Auburn
42. San Diego State

ON THE MARGINS

43. Miami
44. Providence
45. Baylor
46. Davidson
47. Kentucky

Patrick Stevens