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Stephen F. Austin (35,000 / 1)
The Lumberjacks haven't lost a game since November.
In totally related news, they also haven't played an RPI top-90 team since November.
They did go 29-2 vs. D-I competition, and we sure did bend over backwards over the past few months to compliment Wichita State for putting together an undefeated season. Regardless of the strength of schedule, they must be doing something right.
Stephen F. Austin has been great at forcing turnovers and offensive rebounding. Now, let's see how that translates to games against tournament competition.
North Dakota State (17,500 / 1)
Like so many other automatic qualifiers in the No. 12-13 range, the Bison lost a couple of early games but have been unstoppable for the past three months.
Since suffering by far their worst loss of the season to North Dakota on Nov. 24, the Bison are 23-3 with 10 RPI top-150 wins. On offense, they are one of the best interior teams in the country.
Marshall Bjorklund, TrayVonn Wright and Taylor Braun are all seniors who are 6'7" or taller and averaging a combined 43 points per game.
Harvard (8,000 / 1)
Just like last season, Harvard hasn't played any quality teams in more than two months.
Also like last season, the Crimson are one of the primary candidates to pull off a few upsets.
North Carolina State (3,000 / 1)
It's possible that the biggest upset that the Wolfpack accomplish in the tournament was actually getting into the field. T.J. Warren and company are playing well, but they sure do have some questionable losses.
Play like they did a few weeks ago in a 15-point loss at home to Miami, and they'll get laughed out of the tournament.
Xavier (2,000 / 1)
Semaj Christon has played in 236 of the past 240 minutes for Xavier and has been coming a bit unraveled.
His field-goal percentage in Xavier's first 30 games was 49.3 percent. Over the final three games, he shot just 37.5 percent, averaging less than one point per field-goal attempt.