The Washington Times - March 9, 2009, 05:51PM

Saint Mary’s sure looks like it should be in the NCAA tournament.

Patrick Mills is healthy. And while he was rusty last night, the Gaels have a pretty good case to be in the 65-team field.

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Well, other than really good victories.

They’ve beaten San Diego State and Utah State, which is nice but not overwhelming. A win tonight on a neutral floor against Gonzaga, obviously, will take care of matters entirely.

If not, staying close is important. Saint Mary’s, like everyone else, is in the business of not providing excuses for exclusion. Looking bad on national TV or losing Friday’s just-thrown-together game against Eastern Washington would qualify as a reason to be left out.

But for now, they’re in this projection. As for everyone else, read on. …

MIDWEST REGION

Dayton, Ohio

(1) Pittsburgh vs. (16) SWAC/Alabama State-BIG WEST/Cal State Northridge
(8) Ohio State vs. (9) Tennessee

Portland, Ore.

(4) Clemson vs. (13) SUN BELT/Western Kentucky
(5) UCLA vs. (12) MISSOURI VALLEY/Northern Iowa

Kansas City, Mo.

(3) BIG 12/Kansas vs. (14) SUMMIT/North Dakota State
(6) Purdue vs. (11) Arizona

Greensboro, N.C.

(2) Wake Forest vs. (15) ATLANTIC SUN/East Tennessee State
(7) MOUNTAIN WEST/Utah vs. (10) MAAC/Siena

SOUTH REGION

Greensboro, N.C.

(1) ACC/North Carolina vs. (16) BIG SOUTH/Radford
(8) Oklahoma State vs. (9) Wisconsin

Boise, Idaho

(4) ATLANTIC 10/Xavier vs. (13) SOUTHLAND/Stephen F. Austin
(5) Syracuse vs. (12) CAA/Virginia Commonwealth

Philadelphia

(3) Villanova vs. (14) AMERICA EAST/Binghamton
(6) Texas A&M vs. (11) Saint Mary’s

Minneapolis

(2) BIG TEN/Michigan State vs. (15) NEC/Robert Morris
(7) California vs. (10) WAC/Utah State

EAST REGION

Philadelphia

(1) Connecticut vs. (16) MEAC/Morgan State
(8) Brigham Young vs. (9) Dayton

Boise, Idaho

(4) Missouri vs. (13) Miami
(5) WCC/Gonzaga vs. (12) Penn State

Miami

(3) Duke vs. (14) SOUTHERN/Charleston
(6) Arizona State vs. (11) Florida

Minneapolis

(2) CONFERENCE USA/Memphis vs. (15) MAC/Buffalo
(7) West Virginia vs. (10) Minnesota

WEST REGION

Dayton, Ohio

(1) BIG EAST/Louisville vs. (16) OHIO VALLEY/Morehead State
(8) Texas vs. (9) SEC/Louisiana State

Miami

(4) Florida State vs. (13) PATRIOT/American
(5) Illinois vs. (12) UNLV

Portland, Ore.

(3) PAC-10/Washington vs. (14) BIG SKY/Weber State
(6) HORIZON/Butler vs. (11) MIchigan

Kansas City, Mo.

(2) Oklahoma vs. (15) IVY/Cornell
(7) Marquette vs. (10) Boston College

Last four in:  Miami, UNLV, Penn State, Florida
Last four out:  Maryland, New Mexico, South Carolina, Providence
Next four out: Southern California, Virginia Tech, Creighton, Auburn

Multi-bid leagues: Big Ten (8), ACC (7), Big East (7), Big 12 (6), Pac-10 (5), SEC (3), Mountain West (3), A-10 (2), WCC (2)

Moving in: Binghamton, College of Charleston, East Tennessee State, Miami, Morehead State, Northern Iowa, Saint Mary’s
Moving out: Creighton, Davidson, Jacksonville, Maryland, UT Martin, Vermont, Virginia Tech

Patrick Stevens