The Washington Times - March 15, 2009, 03:30PM

Mississippi State just made things interesting.

And even though I only saw the last minute or so of the SEC title game, I’m convinced no one from that league warrants a spot in the NCAA field.

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But what I want is irrelevant, and that’s why three SEC teams are included in this field. The guess is that’s how things will play out.

The guess here is San Diego State is the team that got screwed with this result; Mississippi State, in fact, slides nicely into the Aztecs’ place in this full-field rundown:

SOUTH REGION

Greensboro, N.C.

(1) North Carolina vs. (16) OHIO VALLEY/Morehead State
(8) Texas vs. (9) Dayton

Portland, Ore.

(4) Syracuse vs. (13) MISSOURI VALLEY/Northern Iowa
(5) WEST COAST/Gonzaga vs. (12) SUN BELT/Western Kentucky

Philadelphia

(3) Villanova vs. (14) BIG SKY/Portland State
(6) MOUNTAIN WEST/Utah vs. (11) Michigan

Kansas City, Mo.

(2) Oklahoma vs. (15) NORTHEAST/Robert Morris
(7) Clemson vs. (10) METRO ATLANTIC/Siena

MIDWEST REGION

Dayton, Ohio

(1) BIG EAST/Louisville vs. (16) SWAC/Alabama State-SOUTHERN/Chattanooga
(8) Louisiana State vs. (9) Minnesota

Miami

(4) Florida State vs. (13) HORIZON/Cleveland State
(5) Arizona State vs. (12) ATLANTIC 10/Temple

Minneapolis

(3) BIG 12/Missouri vs. (14) SUMMIT/North Dakota State
(6) West Virginia vs. (11) CAA/Virginia Commonwealth

Minneapolis

(2) Michigan State vs. (15) IVY/Cornell
(7) California vs. (10) Boston College

EAST REGION

Dayton, Ohio

(1) Pittsburgh vs. (16) BIG WEST/Cal State Northridge
(8) Oklahoma State vs. (9) WAC/Utah State

Boise, Idaho

(4) BIG TEN/Purdue vs. (13) PATRIOT/American
(5) Xavier vs. (12) SOUTHEASTERN/Mississippi State

Miami

(3) Wake Forest vs. (14) AMERICA EAST/Binghamton
(6) UCLA vs. (11) Wisconsin

Kansas City, Mo.

(2) CONFERENCE USA/Memphis vs. (15) ATLANTIC SUN/East Tennessee State
(7) Butler vs. (10) Texas A&M

WEST REGION

Greensboro, N.C.

(1) ACC/Duke vs. (16) MEAC/Morgan State
(8) Marquette vs. (9) Brigham Young

Portland, Ore.

(4) Washington vs. (13) SOUTHLAND/Stephen F. Austin
(5) Illinois vs. (12) Saint Mary’s

Boise, Idaho

(3) Kansas vs. (14) MID-AMERICAN/Akron
(6) Ohio State vs. (11) Maryland

Philadelphia

(2) Connecticut vs. (15) BIG SOUTH/Radford
(7) Tennessee vs. (10) PAC-10/Southern California

Last four in: Saint Mary’s, Wisconsin, Maryland, Michigan
Last four out: San Diego State, Penn State, Auburn, UNLV
Next four out: Arizona, Creighton, Florida, Virginia Tech

Bids by league:ACC (7), Big East (7), Big Ten (7), Big 12 (6), Pac-10 (5), Atlantic 10 (3), SEC (3), Horizon (2), Mountain West (2), West Coast (2).

Patrick Stevens