Hunter Henry

The top teams

Round up the usual suspects. Princeton and Syracuse have won eight of the past nine national championships, so it's easy to target the front-runners for the 2001 NCAA title. Familiar faces also round out The Sun's projected 12-team tournament field. Eight other teams are listed in order of their chance at a berth. The champions of the America East, ECAC, Ivy and Patriot leagues are automatic qualifers, and the NCAA includes a team from the West Region. That leaves seven at-large bids.

Top Eight Seeds

No. 1 Princeton

Coach: Bill Tierney (14th season, 180-53, five NCAA titles).

2000 record: 12-3, NCAA finalist.

Conference: Ivy.

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