SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – If you’re just now remembering to fill out your March Madness bracket then you may also just be learning that not a single Northern California team qualified for the NCAA Tournament. Assuming your alma mater is also out, then you’re scrambling to find a team to care about. Here are a few suggestions:

Dakarai Allen #4, Dwayne Polee #5; Aqeel Quinn #10 and JJ O'Brien #20 of the San Diego State Aztecs pose with the Mountain West Conference trophy after the game against the Nevada Wolf Pack at Viejas Arena on March 7, 2015 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kent C. Horner/Getty Images)

Dakarai Allen #4, Dwayne Polee #5; Aqeel Quinn #10 and JJ O’Brien #20 of the San Diego State Aztecs pose with the Mountain West Conference trophy after the game against the Nevada Wolf Pack at Viejas Arena on March 7, 2015 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kent C. Horner/Getty Images)

San Diego State – The best team in California (according to seeding) is March Madness veteran SDSU. They were a dark horse last year as a number 4 seed, but won’t even be favored in their first game this season against St. Johns. Still, the Aztecs have a very tall, athletic lineup that could give teams that don’t control the paint well some trouble. The team is 200-1 to win the tournament, according to Bovada. So watch them while you can.

Gabe York #1 of the Arizona Wildcats is guarded by Casey Benson #2 of the Oregon Ducks during the championship game of the Pac-12 Basketball Tournament at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on March 14, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Arizona won 80-52. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Gabe York #1 of the Arizona Wildcats is guarded by Casey Benson #2 of the Oregon Ducks during the championship game of the Pac-12 Basketball Tournament at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on March 14, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Arizona won 80-52. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Arizona – If you’re looking for a West Coast team likely to be in it for the long run, here’s your squad. They may be listed as the number 2 seed to Wisconsin out west, but the folks in Vegas know better. They say the Wildcats are the second most likely team to win it all. CBS Sports analysts say the cats have the speed and talent on the wings to make a deep run, upset the Badgers and maybe even win it all.

Members of the Northern Iowa Panthers hoist the trophy after beating the Illinois State Redbirds to win the MVC Basketball Tournament Championship at the Scottrade Center on March 8, 2015 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Members of the Northern Iowa Panthers hoist the trophy after beating the Illinois State Redbirds to win the MVC Basketball Tournament Championship at the Scottrade Center on March 8, 2015 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

University of Northern Iowa – Who? They don’t have the pedigree of Kentucky or Kansas, but CBS Sports experts say the statistics prove they’re one of the best two-way teams in the nation. There is no local tie here – most of the players are Iowa natives –  but if you’re grew up a Disney fan, UNI is is your best bet to emulate Cinderella.

Will Davis II #3 of the UC Irvine Anteaters waits to check in during the college basketball game against the Arizona Wildcats at McKale Center on November 19, 2014 in Tucson, Arizona. The Wildcats defeated the Anteaters 71-54. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Will Davis II #3 of the UC Irvine Anteaters waits to check in during the college basketball game against the Arizona Wildcats at McKale Center on November 19, 2014 in Tucson, Arizona. The Wildcats defeated the Anteaters 71-54. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

UC Irvine – If you’re hoping to find an underdog a little closer to home, why not put your money on 500-1 shot UC Irvine? The team is making its first tournament appearance against 2013 champion Louisville. If the Big West champs are still playing in a week, everyone will be talking about it. Plus, They have a 7′ 6″ center and their mascot is the Anteaters! I dare you not to pull of them.

 

Willie Cauley-Stein #15 of the Kentucky Wildcats dunks against the Arkansas Razorbacks during the championship game of the SEC basketball tournament at Bridgestone Arena on March 15, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Willie Cauley-Stein #15 of the Kentucky Wildcats dunks against the Arkansas Razorbacks during the championship game of the SEC basketball tournament at Bridgestone Arena on March 15, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Kentucky – They’re the overwhelming favorite, so perhaps not an obvious pick. But wait, they’re also 34-0, which means they have a shot at becoming the 8th team ever to end the season undefeated. Even better: they would be the first team to do it since the bracket expanded to 64 teams in 1985. So while you may be really late to the bandwagon, it could be worth taking a ride into history.

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