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30. Pittsburgh (22-17): After slumming in the CBI last year, chances are the Panthers bounce back big.

31. Murray State* (31-2): Will be hard to replicate a magical 2011-12, but Isaiah Canaan and the Racers will still be excellent.

32. Kansas State (22-11): If nothing else, Bruce Weber has proven he can do well when inheriting a good team.

33. Minnesota (23-15): Tubby Smith’s last seven teams have averaged 21 wins; sounds about right for these Gophers.

34. Saint Mary’s (27-6): Gaels’ Aussie connection yields another star guard: Michael Dellavedova.

35. Drexel* (29-7): Frantz Massenat and the Dragons are in line to finally earn their first CAA crown.

36. Georgetown (24-9): Hoyas might not sizzle from the start, but they’ll be a handful during conference play and beyond.

37. Tennessee (19-15): Vols should take another step forward after impressive debut under Cuonzo Martin.

38. Saint Joseph’s (20-14): All five starters return on Hawk Hill, including leading scorer Carl Jones.

39. Marquette (27-8): Jae Crowder’s gone, but the Golden Eagles will find a way back to the NCAAs.

40. Colorado (24-12): Pac-12 tournament champions should be improved in Tad Boyle’s third season.

REST OF THE PROJECTED NCAA TOURNAMENT FIELD

Alabama, Brigham Young, California, Charleston Southern, Davidson*, Lehigh*, Long Beach State*, Long Island*, Loyola (Md.)*, Maryland, Mercer, Middle Tennessee*, Montana*, New Mexico, Northern Iowa, Ohio*, Oklahoma State, Oral Roberts*, Prairie View A&M*, Princeton*, Savannah State*, South Dakota State*, Stanford, Stony Brook*, Temple, Utah State*, Valparaiso*, West Virginia