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BRACKET: Penn State - Tony L TOTAL POINTS:86 current bracket winners | view your bracket | view leaderboard
 
Mar 21-22
 
Mar 23-24
Sweet 16
Mar 28-29
Elite 8
Mar 30-31
Final 4
Apr 6
Championship
Apr 8
Final 4
Apr 6
Elite 8
Mar 30-31
Sweet 16
Mar 28-29
 
Mar 23-24
 
Mar 21-22
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Louisville 100%
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Louisville
Louisville
Louisville
Louisville
Michigan
Michigan
Kansas
Kansas
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Kansas 99%
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NCA&T 0%
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W.Kentucky 1%
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Col. State 26%
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Missouri
UNC
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UNC 75%
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Missouri 74%
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Villanova 25%
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Okla. St. 63%
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Michigan
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VCU 94%
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Oregon 37%
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Akron 6%
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St. Louis 95%
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Michigan
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Michigan 96%
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N Mex. St. 5%
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SDakota St 4%
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Memphis 87%
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Mich. St.
Duke
Ohio State
Georgetown
Florida
Minnesota
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UCLA 42%
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St M 13%
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Minnesota 58%
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Mich. St. 98%
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Florida
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Florida 99%
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Valparaiso 2%
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NW State 1%
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Creighton 52%
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Cincinnati
Duke
Georgetown
Oklahoma
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S.Diego St 46%
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Cincinnati 48%
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Oklahoma 54%
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Duke 99%
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Georgetown
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Georgetown 99%
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Albany 1%
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FGCU 1%
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Ohio State
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Gonzaga 99%
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Gonzaga
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Ohio State
Syracuse
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Indiana
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Indiana 100%
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Southern 0%
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JMU 0%
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Pittsburgh 75%
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NC State
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NC State 77%
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Wichita St 25%
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Temple 23%
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Wisconsin 86%
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Wisconsin
Kansas St.
Syracuse
UNLV
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UNLV 83%
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Ole Miss 14%
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Cal 17%
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Kansas St. 96%
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Syracuse
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Syracuse 96%
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La Salle 4%
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Montana 4%
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Arizona 80%
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New Mexico
Ohio State
Miami
Marquette
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Butler 83%
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Belmont 20%
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Bucknell 17%
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New Mexico 98%
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New Mexico
Marquette
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Marquette 90%
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Harvard 2%
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Davidson 10%
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Notre Dame 62%
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Notre Dame
Ohio State
Miami
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Illinois 71%
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Iowa State 38%
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Colorado 29%
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Ohio State 99%
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Miami
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Miami 99%
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Iona 1%
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Pacific 1%
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TIE BREAKER
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Team Breakdown
Louisville
Coach: Rick Pitino
Conference: Big East
Record: 26-5 (14-4 Big East)
Rankings and Ratings
RPI: 3
AP/USA Today: 4/4
Names to know: Russ Smith (17.9 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 3.0 apg), Peyton Siva (9.9 ppg, 5.9 apg), Gorgui Dieng (10.3 ppg, 10.1 rpg, 2.6 bpg)
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How'd they get here? Won the Big East Tournament
Outlook: Having Gorgui Dieng back from injury has been key. Not only is their defensive stopper back in the paint, but he is increasingly becoming an offensive weapon on the interior. But what will ultimately determine Louisville's postseason success is their guards. Russ Smith has made great strides at shooting guard, but the Cardinals need Peyton Siva to be the player he was last year, one who helped lead them to the Final Four.
Team Breakdown
North Carolina A&T

North Carolina A&T
Coach: Cy Alexander
Conference: MEAC
Record: 19-16
Rankings and Ratings
RPI: 214
AP/USA Today: NR
Names to know: Adrian Powell (12.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg), Lamont Middleton (12.4 ppg, 4.1 rpg)
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How'd they get here? North Carolina A&T needed earned the automatic bid after winning the MEAC tournament.
Outlook: NC A&T is in a tough spot. They won the play-in game, which means that they will have to turn around and head out to play one of the best teams in the country. A No. 16 has never beaten a No. 1. Enjoy it while it lasts, Aggies.


Team Breakdown
Colorado State Rams
Coach: Larry Eustachy
Conference: Mountain West
Record: 25-8 (11-5)
Rankings and Ratings
RPI: 19
AP/USA Today: NR
Names to know: Colton Iverson (14.7 ppg, 9.8 rpg), Dorian Green (13.1 ppg, 3.9 apg), Wes Eikmeier (12.7 ppg, 2.1 apg)
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How'd they get here? At-large bid.
Outlook: The Rams suffered a setback just before the Mountain West tournament as Dorian Green, their point guard and second-leading scorer, went down with a sprained ankle. Green should be available this week, and if so the Rams become even more of a threat to win multiple games. Larry Eustachy's team is one of the nation's best at hitting the offensive glass, and with Colton Iverson, Greg Smith and Pierce Hornung in the front court, CSU is tough to contain. Colorado State is experienced, as the majority of their rotation played in the NCAA tournament last season. If Green is fully recovered and Iverson avoids foul trouble, Colorado State can get to the Sweet 16.
Team Breakdown
Missouri
Coach: Frank Haith
Conference: SEC
Record: 22-9 (11-7 SEC)
Rankings and Ratings
RPI: 32
AP/USA Today: N/A
Names to know: Phil Pressey (11.9 ppg, 7.1 apg), Laurence Bowers (14.8 ppg, 6.3 rpg), Alex Oriakhi (10.9 ppg, 8.5 rpg)
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How'd they get here? At-large bid.
Outlook: Everything on offense begins with point guard Phil Pressey, who leads the SEC with 7.1 assists per game. His dribble penetration and knack for finding an open player in a position to score is why Missouri has one of the nation's more potent attacks. But as good as Pressey is, he is prone to making mistakes in late-game situations. He'll need to correct that for the tournament, while still getting Jabari Brown, Laurence Bowers, and Alex Oriakhi involved.
Team Breakdown
Oklahoma State
Coach: Travis Ford
Conference: Big 12
Record: 24-8
Rankings and Ratings
RPI: 26
AP/USA Today: 14/15
Names to know: Marcus Smart (15.4 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 4.2 apg, 2.9 spg), Markel Brown (15.3 ppg, 4.5 rpg), Le’Bryan Nash (14.1 ppg, 4.1 rpg)
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How'd they get here? At-large bid.
Outlook: Oklahoma State is dangerous. Their big three of Smart, Brown and Nash are as good as any trio in the country. They have a ton of talent on the perimeter, Smart is a nightmare for opposing point guards to have to deal with, and Travis Ford has a better-than-you think frontcourt rotation of Michael Cobbins, Kamari Murphy and Phil Jurick. The biggest knock is that the Cowboys are streaky shooters. An off night at the wrong time could result in an upset.
Team Breakdown
Oregon Ducks
Coach: Dana Altman
Conference: Pac-12
Record: 24-8 (12-6)
Rankings and Ratings
RPI: 49
AP/USA Today: NR
Names to know: E.J. Singler (11.7 ppg, 4.8 rpg), Dominic Artis (9.0 ppg, 3.5 apg), Arsalan Kazemi (9.5 ppg, 9.6 rpg)
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Outlook The Ducks controlled the Pac-12 until early February, when freshman point guard Dominic Artis injured his foot. Artis has returned, but the Ducks are still looking to regain the rhythm they enjoyed the first month of league play. Singler leads six players averaging at least nine points per game, and with Kazemi, Tony Woods and Waverly Austin, the Ducks don't lack for size in the paint. Oregon wasn't efficient offensively (the Artis injury had a lot to do with this), but they were among the best in the conference on defense.
Team Breakdown
New Mexico State Aggies
Coach: Marvin Menzies
Conference: Western Athletic
Record: 24-10 (14-4)
Rankings and Ratings
RPI: 57
AP/USA Today: NR
Names to know: Daniel Mullings (14.2 ppg, 5.3 rpg), Bandja Sy (11.8 ppg, 7.3 rpg)
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How'd they get here? Automatic bid
Outlook: New Mexico State, making its second consecutive trip to the tournament, doesn't have a star but does have balance with four players averaging at least 10 ppg. New Mexico State also has the tallest player in the field of 68, but 7-foot-5 Sim Bhullar is more than just a giant thrown into the middle of their defense. He was WAC Freshman of the Year, and if the Aggies don't face a team looking to push tempo he could have an impact. NMS’ biggest concerns are turnovers, as the Aggies turn the ball over on nearly 22 percent of their possessions.
Team Breakdown
St. Louis
Coach: Jim Crews
Conference: Atlantic 10
Record: 27-6
Rankings and Ratings
RPI: 20
AP/USA Today: 16/16
Names to know: Dwayne Evans (13.3 ppg, 7.7 rpg), Kwamain Mitchell (10.0 ppg, 3.1 apg)
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How'd they get here? Automatic bid.
Outlook: Believe in this team. They are a talented, veteran group that plays physical, intelligent defense and that executes on offense as well as anyone. Rick Majerus died in December, and while Jim Crews has done an outstanding job, you can see Majerus’ fingerprints all over this team. St. Louis can make the Final Four regardless of their draw because they beat anyone.
Team Breakdown
Memphis Tigers
Coach: Josh Pastner
Conference: Conference USA
Record: 28-4 (16-0)
Rankings and Ratings
RPI: 16
AP/USA Today: 20/17
Names to know: Joe Jackson (13.8 ppg, 4.9 apg), Adonis Thomas (11.5 ppg, 4.4 rpg)
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How'd they get here?
Outlook: After failing to pick up a marquee non-conference victory, the Tigers did what they needed to sew up a bid: win the C-USA regular season title and not lose a game doing so. Josh Pastner's team has a lot of talent, but that's never been in question. Are they mature enough to handle the pressure of March? Memphis must take better care of the basketball, but their athleticism is one reason why they rank among the best defensive teams in the country and are a threat to win multiple games.
Team Breakdown
St. Mary’s
Coach: Randy Bennett
Conference: WCC
Record: 27-6
Rankings and Ratings
RPI: 33
AP/USA Today: NR/21
Names to know: Matthew Dellavedova (15.8 ppg, 6.4 apg), Stephen Holt (11.8 ppg, 5.4 rpg), Beau Levesque (10.4 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 47.4% 3PT)
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How'd they get here? The Gaels needed an at-large bid after losing in the WCC tournament finals to Gonzaga.
Outlook: St. Mary’s is one of the most efficient teams in the country on offense, and much of that credit falls on their point guard, senior Matthew Dellavedova. Delly might be the best point guard in the country at reading the pick and roll, both when he’s looking for scoring and trying to set up teammates. The key is secondary scoring options. When guys like Holt, Levesque and Brad Waldow are threats, St. Mary’s can be dangerous. They’ll struggle against teams with size or athleticism, especially if Jorden Page (who injured his knee in the WCC final) is out, but with the right matchup, they can reach the second weekend.
Team Breakdown
Michigan State
Coach: Tom Izzo
Conference: Big Ten
Record: 25-8
Rankings and Ratings
RPI: 6
AP/USA Today: 8/7
Names to know: Keith Appling (13.5 ppg, 3.6 apg), Gary Harris (13.2 ppg), Adreian Payne (10.4 ppg, 7.5 rpg)
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How'd they get here? At-large bid.
Outlook: The Spartans are a throwback Tom Izzo team. They’re big, they’re old, they defend, they rebound. Adreian Payne’s development into an inside-outside threat and Gary Harris’ maturation into a perimeter scorer played a major role in the Spartans earning a share of second place in the Big Ten regular season. The key for a tournament run is Keith Appling. When he plays well, MSU can be a Final Four team and push for a title.
Team Breakdown
Valparaiso
Coach: Bryce Drew
Conference: Horizon
Record: 26-7
Rankings and Ratings
RPI: 61
AP/USA Today: NR
Names to know: Ryan Broekhoff (16.2 ppg, 7.4 rpg), Kevin Van Wijk (12.8 ppg, 5.3 rpg)
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How'd they get here? Automatic bid.
Outlook: The Crusaders are good enough to pull off an upset if they get the right matchup. They have two very good forwards in Broekhoff and Van Wijk, who can create matchup problems. Broekhoff won the 2012 Horizon Player of the Year and shoots 44 percent from beyond the arc. Valpo is one of the best shooting teams in the country, making up for the fact that they turn the ball over too much and struggle to get to the offensive glass.
Team Breakdown
Cincinnati
Coach: Mick Cronin
Conference: Big East
Record: 22-11 (9-9 Big East)
Rankings and Ratings
RPI: 47
AP/USA Today: N/A
Names to know: Sean Kilpatrick (17.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg), Cashmere Wright (12.5 ppg, 3.2 apg), JaQuon Parker (11.3 ppg, 5.0 rpg)
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How'd they get here? At-large bid.
Outlook: Cincinnati limped into the Big East tournament after losing six of its last nine regular-season games. During that stretch, the Bearcats did not shoot well from the field and rank 305th in the nation in field-goal percentage. To the Bearcats' credit, they do rebound the ball better than almost anyone, but offensive woes should be a concern, especially in a single-elimination tournament.
Team Breakdown
Creighton Bluejays
Coach: Greg McDermott
Conference: Missouri Valley
Record: 27-7 (13-5 MVC)
Rankings and Ratings
RPI: 27
AP/USA Today: 23/24
Names to know: Doug McDermott (23.1 ppg, 7.5 rpg), Gregory Echenique (9.6 ppg, 6.6 rpg), Grant Gibbs (8.6 ppg, 5.9 apg)
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How'd they get here? Automatic bid.
Outlook: Creighton battled through the nation's toughest mid-major conference to win both the regular season and conference tournament titles. Doug McDermott remains a National Player of the Year candidate and Grant Gibbs continues to play well as a facilitator. The key to beating Creighton is to slow down its offensive machine, a team that shoots above 50 percent from the floor, including 42 percent from three.
Team Breakdown
Albany
Coach: Will Brown
Conference: America East
Record: 24-10
Rankings and Ratings
RPI: 142
AP/USA Today: N/A
Names to know: Mike Black (15.0 ppg, 3.3 rpg), Sam Rowley (9.2 ppg, 6.5 rpg), Peter Hooley (7.8 ppg, 3.0 apg)
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How'd they get here? Automatic bid.
Outlook: It’s always difficult for a 15- or 16-seed to win in the NCAA tournament, especially when the team relies so heavily on controlling the pace. Against bigger, more athletic teams, they’ll likely have trouble. That said, the Great Danes went to Washington and knocked off the Huskies early this season.
Team Breakdown
Duke Blue Devils
Coach: Mike Krzyzewski
Conference: Atlantic Coast
Record: 27-5 (14-4)
Rankings and Ratings
RPI: 1
AP/USA Today: 2/2
Names to know: Mason Plumlee (17.2 ppg, 10.3 rpg), Seth Curry (17.1 ppg), Ryan Kelly (14.6 ppg, 5.6 rpg)
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How'd they get here? At-large bid.
Outlook: The Blue Devils became one of the favorites to win the national title when senior forward Ryan Kelly returned to the lineup two weeks ago. A "stretch four" with range beyond the three-point line, Kelly is a tough matchup and Duke improves defensively as well when he's on the floor. Mason Plumlee is averaging a double-double inside and the Blue Devils have one of the best shooters in the nation in Seth Curry. If point guard Quinn Cook plays well, Duke can win it all.
Team Breakdown
Gonzaga
Coach: Mark Few
Conference: WCC
Record: 31-2
Rankings and Ratings
RPI: 7
AP/USA Today: 1/1
Names to know: Kelly Olynyk (17.5 ppg, 7.2 rpg), Elias Harris (14.9 ppg, 7.4 rpg), Kevin Pangos (11.2 ppg, 3.2 apg, 42.2% 3PT)
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How'd they get here? The Zags won the WCC tournament, but they were going to be a top seed regardless of what happened.
Outlook: If anyone tries to tell you Gonzaga isn’t ‘for real’ or can't reach the Final Four or win the title because they play in the WCC, stop listening to them because they’re clueless. The Zags have arguably the best front line in the country, as Olynyk and Harris have the size, muscle and versatility to match up with anyone. Those two have been so good that everyone seems to have forgotten about just how talented the backcourt of Pangos and Gary Bell is. They have issues like every other contender -- they will struggle to defend elite point guards and big, athletic wing scorers -- but every contender does. The Zags are one of a handful of teams that can actually win the title.
Team Breakdown
Southern Jaguars
Coach: Roman Banks
Conference: Southwestern Athletic
Record: 22-9 (15-3)
Rankings and Ratings
RPI: 184
AP/USA Today: NR
Names to know: Malcolm Miller (16.1 ppg, 5.9 rpg), Derick Beltran (16.0 ppg, 4.4 rpg)
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How'd they get here? Automatic bid.
Outlook: The Jaguars are making their first tournament appearance since 2006 and have won seven of their last eight games. Senior guard Derick Beltran is the leader, but the top scorer is reserve forward Malcolm Miller, who averages more than 16 ppg despite not starting a single game. Southern is one of the best in points allowed per possession and do a solid job of keeping teams off of the offensive glass. But it's tough to see that continuing against the caliber of opponent they'll likely run into.
Team Breakdown
Pittsburgh
Coach: Jamie Dixon
Conference: Big East
Record: 24-8 (12-6 Big East)
Rankings and Ratings
RPI: 44
AP/USA Today: 17/19
Names to know: Tray Woodall (11.7 ppg, 5.3 apg), Lamar Patterson (9.9 ppg, 4.2 rpg), James Robinson (6.0 ppg, 3.5 apg)
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How'd they get here? At-large bid.
Outlook: Pittsburgh is built around defense. The Panthers rank seventh in the nation in ppg, in the conversation with teams like Florida and Virginia. In hand with that, they don't turn the ball over. They have deficiencies on the boards, but Steven Adams and Talib Zanna are both hitting their stride at the right time.
Team Breakdown
Wichita State
Coach: Gregg Marshall
Conference: Missouri Valley
Record: 26-8 (12-6 MVC)
Rankings and Ratings
RPI: 42
AP/USA Today: N/A
Names to know: Cleanthony Early (13.6 ppg, 5.1 rpg), Carl Hall (12.8 ppg, 7.2 rpg), Malcolm Armstead (10.4 ppg, 4.0 apg)
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How'd they get here? At-large bid.
Outlook: Wichita State hit a rough patch in the middle of the season with three straight losses, and the cause was an offense that stalled, especially without production from Carl Hall and Cleanthony Early. Those two are a handful for defenses on the block if they remain aggressive, and Malcolm Armstead needs to make sure to be efficient and careful with the ball to avoid turnovers.
Team Breakdown
Ole Miss
Coach: Andy Kennedy
Conference: SEC
Record: 26-8 (12-6 SEC)
Rankings and Ratings
RPI: 50
AP/USA Today: N/A
Names to know: Marshall Henderson (19.7 ppg, 3.1 rpg), Murphy Holloway (14.6 ppg, 9.6 rpg), Reginald Buckner (9.4 ppg, 7.5 rpg)
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How'd they get here? Automatic bid. Ole Miss beat Florida in the SEC tournament title game.
Outlook: It has been the Marshall Henderson Show, for better or worse, at Ole Miss this season. The volume shooter and electric personality has powered the Rebels to be one of the more surprising teams in a down SEC. To its credit, Murphy Holloway leads a team that rebounds the ball well, but defense is the problem. Ole Miss ranks 216th in the country in scoring defense, despite checking in at sixth overall in scoring offense.
Team Breakdown
Wisconsin
Coach: Bo Ryan
Conference: Big Ten
Record: 23-11
Rankings and Ratings
RPI: 29
AP/USA Today: 22/23
Names to know: Ben Brust (11.4 ppg, 5.2 rpg), Jared Berggren (11.3 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 2.1 bpg), Ryan Evans (10.4 ppg, 7.5 rpg)
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How'd they get here? At-large bid.
Outlook: The Badgers' story is always the same: they are ignored during the preseason, they surprise everyone in the Big Ten regular season, they make noise in the Big Ten tournament and get a good NCAA tournament seed. Then they get knocked out early. This team is no different. They don’t have a star, but they have a roster full of good players who understand their roles. They defend. They shoot well. They execute offensively. They are about as typical as it gets for Wisconsin basketball.
Team Breakdown
Kansas State
Coach: Bruce Weber
Conference: Big 12
Record: 27-7
Rankings and Ratings
RPI: 18
AP/USA Today: 11/12
Names to know: Rodney McGruder (15.6 ppg, 5.4 rpg), Angel Rodriguez (11.7 ppg, 5.4 apg)
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How'd they get here? At-large bid.
Outlook: The Wildcats are an interesting mix. Most of their scoring comes from a talented perimeter, headlined by Rodney McGruder and Angel Rodriguez, one of the nation’s most underrated point guards. But what Kansas State does better than anything is get to the offensive glass. Bruce Weber has a big and physical front line, a fact that makes their struggles on the defensive glass even more curious. Here’s what you need to know about Kansas State’s tournament prospects: they went 16-5 vs. Big 12 teams this season, but 0-3 against Kansas.
Team Breakdown
La Salle
Coach: John Giannini
Conference: Atlantic 10
Record: 21-9
Rankings and Ratings
RPI: 40
AP/USA Today: NR
Names to know: Ramon Galloway (17.0 ppg, 3.8 apg, 2.0 apg), Tyrek Duren(15.0 ppg, 3.3 apg), Jerrell Wright (10.3 ppg, 6.9 rpg)
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How'd they get here? At-large bid.
Outlook: La Salle has one of the most talented backcourts in the nation, as Galloway, Duren and Tyrone Garland are all talented enough to play up a level. Galloway (South Carolina) and Garland (Virginia Tech) transferred in from high-major programs. The Explorers want to spread the floor, with Giannini trusting those three -- and Sam Mills -- to use their natural ability to create. For a team that struggles to guard the perimeter, La Salle could create problems, especially on a night when their threes are going down.
Team Breakdown
Arizona Wildcats
Coach: Sean Miller
Conference: Pac-12
Record: 25-6 (12-6)
Rankings and Ratings
RPI: 11
AP/USA Today: 18/18
Names to know: Mark Lyons (14.8 ppg, 3.0 apg), Solomon Hill (13.5 ppg, 5.3 rpg), Nick Johnson (11.8 ppg, 3.5 rpg)
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How'd they get here?At-large bid
Outlook: Offensively, the Wildcats rely heavily on the perimeter, with Lyons running the show and wings such as Hill, Johnson and Kevin Parrom also capable of scoring in double figures. The freshmen big men haven't progressed at the rate many predicted before the season began, but this is a group is very talented. If the Wildcats fix two issues -- turnovers and inability to defend the three -- this team can get to Atlanta. If not, they could be one and done.
Team Breakdown
Belmont
Coach: Rick Byrd
Conference: Ohio Valley
Record: 26-6 (14-2 OVC)
Rankings and Ratings
RPI: 19
AP/USA Today: N/A
Names to know: Ian Clark (18.1 ppg, 3.3 rpg), Kerron Johnson (13.7 ppg, 4.8 apg), Trevor Noack (12.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg)
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How'd they get here? Automatic bid. Belmont defeated Isaiah Canaan and Murray State in the OVC final to punch its ticket to the dance.
Outlook: Belmont has one of the best mid-major scoring duos in the country with Ian Clark and Kerron Johnson. Those two combine for over 31 points per game, but the Bruins aren't just fast. Rick Byrd's team is efficient, too. Belmont shoots 49 percent from the floor, including nearly 39 percent from three-point range.
Team Breakdown
Harvard
Coach: Tommy Amaker
Conference: Ivy League
Record: 19-9 (11-3 Ivy)
Rankings and Ratings
RPI: 92
AP/USA Today: N/A
Names to know: Wesley Saunders (16.5 ppg, 4.1 rpg), Siyani Chambers (12.9 ppg, 5.7 apg)
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How'd they get here? Automatic bid.
Outlook: Saunders is one of the most improved players in the conference and a major reason why the Crimson are in the tournament. Harvard is efficient offensively, ranking 12th in the country in shooting percentage. Much of that credit goes to freshman PG Siyani Chambers, who has burst onto the Ivy League scene to be one of the conference's best guards.
Team Breakdown
New Mexico Lobos
Coach: Steve Alford
Conference: Mountain West
Record: 29-5 (13-3)
Rankings and Ratings
RPI: 2
AP/USA Today: 15/14
Names to know: Kendall Williams (13.5 ppg, 5.0 apg), Tony Snell (12.4 ppg, 2.9 apg), Alex Kirk (12.0 ppg, 8.1 rpg)
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How'd they get here? Automatic bid.
Outlook: Some might wonder if the Lobos are as good as their computer numbers. They are. Steve Alford's team has the pieces needed to hang around for awhile this month, with guards Kendall Williams and Tony Snell. Williams handles the point guard responsibilities and is also their leading scorer, while Snell is a very good shooter capable of getting hot from deep. Snell is also their best perimeter defender, and the addition of Alex Kirk in the paint has allowed UNM to adequately deal with the graduation of Drew Gordon. Tough to defend due to their efficiency, New Mexico can get to the second weekend if not further.
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Iowa State
Coach: Fred Hoiberg
Conference: Big 12
Record: 22-11
Rankings and Ratings
RPI: 45
AP/USA Today: NR
Names to know: Will Clyburn (15.0 ppg, 7.1 rpg), Tyrus McGee (13.2 ppg), Melvin Ejim (11.2 ppg, 9.3 rpg)
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How'd they get here? Iowa State needed an at-large bid after losing in the Big 12 tournament.
Outlook: The Cyclones are a dangerous, and entertaining, basketball team. They don't play all that much defense, but they love to run the floor, spread the court and take advantage of the fact that all of their big men are perimeter oriented and can hit threes. Throw in talented back court players like Michigan State transfer Korie Lucious and sixth-man Tyrus McGee, one of the nation's most dangerous shooters, and the Cyclones can cause a lot of trouble on the nights their threes are going down. Matchups with a team with slow-footed big men could result in an upset.
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Notre Dame
Coach: Mike Brey
Conference: Big East
Record: 23-8 (11-7 Big East)
Rankings and Ratings
RPI: 44
AP/USA Today: 24/N/A
Names to know: Jack Cooley (13.6 ppg, 10.6 rpg), Jerian Grant (13.4 ppg, 5.7 apg), Eric Atkins (11.7 ppg, 5.9 rpg)
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How'd they get here? At-large bid.
Outlook: Notre Dame relies on one of the best inside-outside combinations in the country with Jack Cooley in the paint and Jerian Grant and Eric Atkins on the perimeter. But focus on Notre Dame's losses. When the Irish lose, it's because their offense struggles. In their seven conference defeats, they averaged 56 points per game. That is far below their season average of 70.7 points.
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Iona Gaels
Coach: Tim Cluess
Conference: Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
Record: 20-13 (11-7)
Rankings and Ratings
RPI: 97
AP/USA Today: NR
Names to know: Lamont Jones (23.0 ppg, 3.5 apg), Sean Armand (16.6 ppg, 5.1 rpg), David Laury III (13.1 ppg, 10.4 rpg)
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How'd they get here? Automatic bid
Outlook: Before the calendar flipped to March, the Gaels were a hard-luck team -- 11 of their 13 losses coming by six points or less. Iona has won five straight since, and with guards Lamont Jones and Sean Armand they've got one of the nation's highest scoring tandems. Laury becoming eligible mid-year gave Iona the frontcourt scorer they lacked in non-conference play, and while this group isn't the greatest on defense they've got enough offense to give teams fits. If the Gaels draw a team that struggles on the perimeter they can win.
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Ohio State
Coach: Thad Matta
Conference: Big Ten
Record: 26-7
Rankings and Ratings
RPI: 11
AP/USA Today: 10/9
Names to know: Deshaun Thomas (19.6 ppg, 6.2 rpg), Aaron Craft (9.9 ppg, 4.7 apg)
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How'd they get here? Automatic bid.
Outlook: A month ago, Ohio State was a trendy pick for an early tourney upset. That was before they closed the season on fire, beating Michigan State twice and winning at Indiana. The concern was they couldn’t rely on Aaron Craft to be their secondary scorer alongside Deshaun Thomas, but Craft has done wonders to prove that line of thinking silly. As long as he plays as he has the past month, Ohio State can return to the Final Four.
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Kansas
Coach: Bill Self
Conference: Big 12
Record: 29-5
Rankings and Ratings
RPI: 9
AP/USA Today: 7/6
Names to know: Ben McLemore (16.7 ppg, 5.3 rpg), Jeff Withey (13.5 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 3.9 bpg)
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How'd they get here? Automatic bid. Kansas won the Big 12 tournament title.
Outlook: The Jayhawks are the real deal, and it starts with defense. Jeff Withey is one of the nation’s most dominant shot-blocking presences, and that allows Bill Self to let his big, athletic perimeter players get out and apply pressure in the halfcourt. Offensively, Ben McLemore rightfully gets all the publicity, but the key for Kansas is Elijah Johnson. He’s not a natural point guard, but can he play like one -- with the help of Naadir Tharpe -- for six games?
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Western Kentucky
Coach: Ray Harper
Conference: Sun Belt
Record: 20-15
Rankings and Ratings
RPI: 167
AP/USA Today: NR
Names to know: TJ Price (15.5 ppg, 4.4 rpg), George Fant (12.7 ppg, 6.6 rpg), Jamal Crook (11.8 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 4.1 apg)
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How'd they get here? Automatic bid.
Outlook: WKU has made a second straight trip to the NCAA tournament after a Cinderella run through the Sun Belt, and this season they have talented guards and a capable big man. This was a team that couldn’t get over .500 in league play, but the Hilltoppers struggled with injuries. Six of their top eight scorers missed time. Part of the reason they’ve won seven of eight is that they are finally healthy. Will that be enough to land them an upset?
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North Carolina Tar Heels
Coach: Roy Williams
Conference: Atlantic Coast
Record: 24-9 (12-6)
Rankings and Ratings
RPI: 18
AP/USA Today: NR
Names to know: James Michael McAdoo (14.5 ppg, 7.5 rpg), P.J. Hairston (13.9 ppg, 4.2 rpg), Reggie Bullock (14.3 ppg, 6.5 rpg)
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Outlook: In early February, the Tar Heels looked like a team headed to the NIT, as inexperience at the point and inside proved problematic. Then, Roy Williams switched to a smaller lineup, featuring Reggie Bullock or P.J. Hairston at the four. That, and the maturation of point guard Marcus Paige, has made UNC far more potent offensively and they've also improved defensively. If they land in a bracket devoid of teams with the frontcourt depth and skill needed to take advantage of this new rotation, North Carolina can get beyond the Sweet 16.
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Villanova
Coach: Jay Wright
Conference: Big East
Record: 20-13 (10-8 Big East)
Rankings and Ratings
RPI: 50
AP/USA Today: N/A
Names to know: JayVaughn Pinkston (12.9 ppg, 4.8 rpg), Ryan Arcidiacono (12.2 ppg, 3.5 apg), Mouphtaou Yarou (9.4 ppg, 7.7 rpg)
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How'd they get here? At-large bid.
Outlook: A loss to Columbia in the non-conference season and a rough start to the Big East schedule appeared to point to an NIT berth, but Villanova fought back. The Wildcats took advantage of opportunities to get big wins at home, capitalizing to beat three top-5 teams in Philadelphia. Offensive struggles will be the issue if Villanova runs into one. Too many turnovers and poor shooting from the field can spark a transition game for the opposition.
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Akron
Coach: Keith Dambrot
Conference: MAC
Record: 26-6 (14-2 MAC)
Rankings and Ratings
RPI: 49
AP/USA Today: N/A
Names to know: Zeke Marshall (13.1 ppg, 7.0 rpg), Demetrius Treadwell (11.3 ppg, 7.9 rpg)
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How'd they get here? Automatic bid.
Outlook: Akron was hurt by the loss of point guard Alex Abreu, who was suspended from the team after getting arrested on drug charges. Still, the Zips remain a tough mid-major matchup because they score and rebound. Against bigger, more athletic teams, they can run a fluid offense and defend proficiently, too.
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VCU
Coach: Shaka Smart
Conference: Atlantic 10
Record: 26-7
Rankings and Ratings
RPI: 23
AP/USA Today: 25/22
Names to know: Treveon Graham (15.4 ppg, 5.8 rpg), Juvonte Reddic (14.4 ppg, 8.3 rpg), Briante Weber (5.3 ppg, 2.8 spg)
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How'd they get here? Automatic bid.
Outlook: Havoc! You should know what that means by now. Similar to the way that Arkansas defined themselves in the early-to-mid ‘90s under Nolan Richardson, Shaka Smart has turned VCU into a program built entirely around ‘Havoc’: its full-court, turnover-creating pressure defense. The Rams come at you in waves, with a seemingly endless supply of quick, physical guards that don’t let opposing backcourts catch a breath. VCU can make a Final Four, but it depends on matchups. Teams that have solid, veteran guards that won’t get flustered or turn the ball over can beat them. Teams that don’t will have nightmares.
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Michigan
Coach: John Beilein
Conference: Big Ten
Record: 26-7
Rankings and Ratings
RPI: 16
AP/USA Today: 6/8
Names to know: Trey Burke (19.2 ppg, 6.7 apg), Tim Hardaway Jr. (14.8 ppg, 4.7 rpg), Nik Stauskas (11.2 ppg, 44.9% 3PT)
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How'd they get here? At-large bid.
Outlook: Michigan is tough to peg. They haven't played well down the stretch and can struggle on defense, but they also have the NBCSports.com National Player of the Year in Trey Burke leading a dangerously versatile and potent offense built around their ability to shoot the three. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Michigan in the Final Four, and I also wouldn’t be surprised if Michigan got picked off in the opening round.
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South Dakota State Jackrabbits
Coach: Scott Nagy
Conference: Summit League
Record: 25-9 (13-3)
Rankings and Ratings
RPI: 64
AP/USA Today: NR
Names to know: Nate Wolters (22.7 ppg, 5.8 apg), Jordan Dykstra (12.5 ppg, 7.9 rpg)
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How'd they get here? Automatic bid
Outlook: While much of the attention centers around Wolters, and rightfully so as he's one of the best point guards in the country, the Jackrabbits can grab a tourney win. Four players average at least 10.2 points per game, and the Jackrabbits shoot well from the field and from beyond the arc. They've also done well limiting opponents' second-chance opportunities, rebounding 75.3 percent of missed shots. If they can avoid an ultra-athletic frontcourt like the Baylor squad they ran into last season, look out.
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Minnesota
Coach: Tubby Smith
Conference: Big Ten
Record: 20-12
Rankings and Ratings
RPI: 30
AP/USA Today: NR
Names to know: Andre Hollins (13.9 ppg, 3.4 apg), Trevor Mbakwe (10.0 ppg, 8.7 rpg), Rodney Williams (10.3 ppg, 5.1 rpg)
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How'd they get here? At-large bid.
Outlook: At one point this season, Minnesota was 15-1 and 3-0 in the Big Ten and ranked in the top 10. Since then, the Gophers have lost three in a row, five of their last seven and 11 of their last 16. If it wasn’t for a late-season win over Indiana, Minnesota may have flirted with missing the NCAA tournament altogether. Talent isn’t the issue. They have plenty. But execution, confidence and consistency are another story. It will be interesting to see how the Gophers fare, as Tubby Smith might need a trip to the Sweet 16 to save his job.
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UCLA Bruins
Coach: Ben Howland
Conference: Pac-12
Record: 24-8 (13-5)
Rankings and Ratings
RPI: 26
AP/USA Today: 21/25
Names to know: Shabazz Muhammad (18.2 ppg, 5.2 rpg), Kyle Anderson (9.7 ppg, 8.8 rpg), Larry Drew II (7.7 ppg, 7.6 rpg)
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Outlook: The freshman class received a lot of preseason hype, and Muhammad, Anderson and Jordan Adams lived up to it. But just as important in the Bruins' Pac-12 regular-season title run were veterans Larry Drew II and Travis Wear. Drew led the conference in both assists per game and assist-to-turnover ratio, while Wear has been a reliable frontcourt presence, especially in pick and pop situations. UCLA doesn't have much depth and struggle on the glass, but the talent is there to to make a deep run.
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Florida Gators
Coach: Billy Donovan
Conference: SEC
Record: 26-7 (14-4 SEC)
Rankings and Ratings
RPI: 6
AP/USA Today: 13/11
Names to know: Kenny Boynton (12.5 ppg, 2.9 apg), Erik Murphy (12.4 ppg, 5.2 rpg), Scottie Wilbekin (9.0 ppg, 5.1 apg)
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How'd they get here? At-large bid. Florida lost to Ole Miss in the SEC title game.
Outlook: Florida's defense is one of the most stifling in the country. That has been the bread and butter of this Gators team, locking down and grinding teams down to a halt offensively. One area of concern is Florida's end of game execution. The Gators have lost some games down the stretch in the absence of a go-to scorer.
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Northwestern State
Coach: Mike McConathy
Conference: Southland
Record: 23-8 (15-3 Southland)
Rankings and Ratings
RPI: 82
AP/USA Today: N/A
Names to know: DeQuan Hicks (14.1 ppg, 5.8 rpg), (14.5 ppg, 6.0 rpg), James Hulbin (12.3 ppg, 5.9 rpg), Jalan West (10.4 ppg, 5.3 apg, 2.4 spg)
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How'd they get here? Automatic bid.
Outlook: Northwestern State is the highest-scoring offense in the country and will want to push the pace against whichever opponent they draw in the NCAA tournament. High-scoring teams are often dangerous in March because a game played in the 80s or 90s can often be a matter of who has possession last.
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Oklahoma
Coach: Lon Kruger
Conference: Big 12
Record: 20-11
Rankings and Ratings
RPI: 41
AP/USA Today: NR
Names to know: Romero Osby (15.8 ppg, 7.0 rpg), Steven Pledger (11.8 ppg), Amath M’Baye (10.1 ppg, 5.8 rpg)
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How'd they get here? At-large bid.
Outlook: The Sooners are dangerous because they will create all kinds of matchup problems. The front line of Osby and M’Baye has the size to match up with bigger teams, but both are versatile enough to face up and score from the perimeter. Throw in a nice combination of veteran role players and talented freshmen, and Kruger has himself a team capable of winning a game or two.
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San Diego State Aztecs
Coach: Steve Fisher
Conference: Mountain West
Record: 22-10 (9-7)
Rankings and Ratings
RPI: 30
AP/USA Today: NR
Names to know: Jamaal Franklin (16.7 ppg, 9.5 rpg), Chase Tapley (13.5 ppg)
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How'd they get here? At-large bid.
Outlook: Jamaal Franklin is one of the most talented wings in the country, and after winning Mountain West Player of the Year last season, all he did for an encore was nearly average a double-double. In late-game situations either he or senior Chase Tapley will get the call, but how competitive the Aztecs are comes down to point guard Xavier Thames. Thames has been bothered by a back injury for much of the season, and when he struggles to be productive SDSU struggles as a whole. Given their athleticism, the Aztecs can win a game or two because of mismatches they produce. But with an iffy Thames, it's tough to see them doing much damage.
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Florida Gulf Coast
Coach: Andy Enfield
Conference: Atlantic Sun
Record: 24-10
Rankings and Ratings
RPI: 106
AP/USA Today: NR
Names to know: Sherwood Brown (15.2 ppg, 6.3 rpg), Bernard Thompson (14.4 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.9 spg), Chase Fieler (12.1 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.3 bpg).
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How'd they get here? Automatic bid.
Outlook: As good as that win over Miami looks, it may be the most head-scratching outcome of the season this side of TCU and Kansas. The Eagles like to push tempo, pressing and trying to force turnovers. That works in league play, but FGCU will find themselves against a top-three seed — maybe even a No. 1 or No. 2 — and those teams will be tough to turn over and speed up.
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Georgetown Hoyas
Coach: John Thompson III
Conference: Big East
Record: 24-5 (14-4 Big East)
Rankings and Ratings
RPI: 10
AP/USA Today: 5/5
Names to know: Otto Porter, Jr. (16.4 ppg, 7.5 rpg), Markel Starks (12.4 ppg, 2.9 apg), D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (9.0 ppg, 2.9 rpg).
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How'd they get here? At-large bid
Outlook: The Hoyas have overcome offensive problems and are one of the more dangerous teams in the tournament. Otto Porter, Jr. is a National Player of the Year candidate, and for good reason. He can do a little bit of everything, which is what makes Georgetown go. The Hoyas can't rely just on Porter, though, which is why Markel Starks and D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera will be important as complementary offensive options.
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Indiana
Coach: Tom Crean
Conference: Big Ten
Record: 27-6
Rankings and Ratings
RPI: 6
AP/USA Today: 3/3
Names to know: Cody Zeller (17.0 ppg, 8.1 rpg), Victor Oladipo (13.7 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 2.2 spg)
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How'd they get here? At large. Indiana won the Big Ten, but lost in the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament.
Outlook: Indiana might be the nation’s best team, having won the regular-season title in the Big Ten, the best conference. Cody Zeller is the best low-post scorer in the country and Tom Crean has surrounded him with knockdown three-point shooters. Throw in guys like Will Sheehey, Remy Abell and Victor Oladipo -- such an influential role player that he’s legitimately a first-team All-American -- and the Hoosiers have everything you look for in a title contender.
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James Madison Dukes
Coach: Matt Brady
Conference: Colonial Athletic Association
Record: 20-14 (11-7)
Rankings and Ratings
RPI: 183
AP/USA Today: NR
Names to know: Rayshawn Goins (12.7 ppg, 7.4 rpg), Devon Moore (11.6 ppg, 4.9 apg)
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How'd they get here? Automatic bid
Outlook: The Dukes got hot at the right time, winning four straight to end the season and grab the CAA's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. Guard Devon Moore and forwards Rayshawn Goins and A.J. Davis lead the way offensively, and in freshman Andre Nation the Dukes have one of the CAA's best newcomers. A mediocre team offensively, JMU did lead the CAA in points allowed per possession. Given their record and the CAA's profile this season, JMU's seed will make it difficult to pick them to win a game in the tournament.
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N.C. State Wolfpack
Coach: Mark Gottfried
Conference: Atlantic Coast
Record: 24-10 (11-7)
Rankings and Ratings
RPI: 28
AP/USA Today: NR
Names to know: Lorenzo Brown (12.3 ppg, 7.2 apg), Richard Howell (12.8 ppg, 10.7 rpg), C.J. Leslie (15.0 ppg, 7.6 rpg)
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How'd they get here? At-large bid.
Outlook: The Wolfpack were a disappointment this season after ACC coaches picked them to win the league. But this is still a talented team capable of winning multiple NCAA tournament games. Lorenzo Brown's one of the best point guards in the country and he's joined on the perimeter by one of the best shooters around in Scott Wood. Richard Howell brings consistent effort inside, provided he stays out of foul trouble, but the key might be C.J. Leslie. When he's focused, Leslie is one of the tougher matchups at power forward, but when that isn't the case N.C. State has trouble.
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Temple
Coach: Fran Dunphy
Conference: Atlantic 10
Record: 23-9
Rankings and Ratings
RPI: 41
AP/USA Today: NR
Names to know: Khalif Wyatt (19.8 ppg, 4.1 apg), Scootie Randall (11.8 ppg, 6.1 rpg)
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How'd they get here? At-large bid.
Outlook: There may not be a better big-game player in the country than Khalif Wyatt. The 6-foot-4 guard isn’t very quick nor explosive, but he’s crafty and understands how to create open looks. He’s as clutch of a shooter as you will find. Temple also has talented frontcourt players in lanky Anthony Lee and versatile Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson.
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California Golden Bears
Coach: Mike Montgomery
Conference: Pac-12
Record: 20-11 (12-6)
Rankings and Ratings
RPI: 53
AP/USA Today: NR
Names to know: Allen Crabbe (18.7 ppg, 6.0 rpg), Justin Cobbs (15.5 ppg, 4.8 apg)
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How'd they get here? At-large
Outlook: Crabbe, the Pac-12 Player of the Year, and Cobbs are one of the best backcourt tandems around and lead the way offensively. But if this group is to succeed in the NCAA tournament, then big men David Kravish and Richard Solomon have to step up, especially Solomon. The Bears are only seven deep, but if Crabbe gets hot, he's the type of guard that can shoot a team to multiple victories. Final Four good? No, but with a coach like Montgomery the Bears can hang around if they don't run into an opponent with a deep frontcourt.
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UNLV Runnin' Rebels
Coach: Dave Rice
Conference: Mountain West
Record: 25-9 (10-6)
Rankings and Ratings
RPI: 22
AP/USA Today: NR
Names to know: Anthony Marshall (10.6 ppg, 5.8 apg), Anthony Bennett (16.2 ppg, 8.0 rpg)
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How'd they get here? At-large bid
Outlook: Three of UNLV's top four scorers are newcomers: freshmen Anthony Bennett and Katin Reinhardt, and USC transfer Bryce Dejean-Jones. Bennett's going to be a lottery pick this June should he turn pro because of his elite athleticism and ability to step out beyond the three-point line. Reinhardt and Dejean-Jones both can go off, but their shot selection is questionable at times. UNLV’s most important player is senior point guard Anthony Marshall, who must consistently get quality looks for teammates. This team is loaded (don't forget Mike Moser) and they enter the NCAA tournament playing well. With a bracket that lacks deliberate opponents, UNLV can win multiple games.
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Montana
Coach: Wayne Tinkle
Conference: Big Sky
Record: 25-6 (19-1 Big Sky)
Rankings and Ratings
RPI: 76
AP/USA Today: N/A
Names to know: Will Cherry (13.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 4.2 apg), Kareem Jamar (14.5 ppg, 6.0 rpg)
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How'd they get here? Automatic bid.
Outlook: The pressure falls on the shoulders of Will Cherry and Kareem Jamar to score with Mathias Ward injured on the bench. They could be dangerous depending on a matchup, especially considering that many of the Grizzlies' losses were affected by key injuries at certain points.
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Syracuse
Coach: Jim Boeheim
Conference: Big East
Record: 23-8 (11-7 Big East)
Rankings and Ratings
RPI: 16
AP/USA Today: 19/20
Names to know: Michael Carter-Wiliams (12.5 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 7.6 apg), C.J. Fair (14.5 ppg, 7.1 rpg), Brandon Triche (13.9 ppg, 3.6 apg)
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How'd they get here? At-large bid
Outlook: After starting 18-1, Syracuse's offense has slumped and it has not helped to stop the skid. The Orange struggled through a tough final stretch of the Big East regular season, losing four of its last five and falling into the middle of the pack. Brandon Triche must get back on track for Syracuse to be successful in the tournament, because C.J. Fair can't carry the offense. Having James Southerland back allows Syracuse to stretch the defense, but they must hit shots.
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Bucknell Bison
Coach: Dave Paulsen
Conference: Patriot League
Record: 28-5 (12-2)
Rankings and Ratings
RPI: 50
AP/USA Today: NR
Names to know: Mike Muscala (19.0 ppg, 11.2 rpg), Cameron Ayers (12.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg)
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How'd they get here? Automatic bid
Outlook: Bucknell has won 12 of its past 13 games, and in senior Muscala they've got a big man capable of competing with just about any frontcourt in the country. The Patriot League Player of the Year, Muscala averaged 19.0 points and 11.2 rebounds per game, leading four Bison averaging double figures. Bucknell takes care of the basketball (second in the country in turnover percentage) and in their toughest non-conference game they lost by just two at Missouri. If they draw an undisciplined opponent in their first NCAA tournament game, don't be surprised if Bucknell sends someone home.
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Butler
Coach: Brad Stevens
Conference: Atlantic 10
Record: 26-8
Rankings and Ratings
RPI: 16
AP/USA Today: NR
Names to know: Rotnei Clarke (16.7 ppg, 2.8 apg), Andrew Smith (11.2 ppg, 5.8 rpg)
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How'd they get here? At-large bid.
Outlook: Butler, on paper, appears overrated. Their seed is almost entirely based on three wins: beating Marquette, Indiana and Gonzaga. All three of those wins were the result of fluky buzzer-beaters. But they are also representative of what this Butler program is all about. Pick against them at your own risk.
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Davidson
Coach: Bob McKillop
Conference: SoCon
Record: 26-7 (17-1 SoCon)
Rankings and Ratings
RPI: 63
AP/USA Today: N/A
Names to know: Jake Cohen (14.8 ppg, 5.5 rpg), De'Mon Brooks (13.8 ppg, 6.2 rpg)
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How'd they get here? Automatic bid.
Outlook: Davidson does well when it is hitting from three-point range. Jake Cohen and Chris Czerapowicz are the team's too best shooters. The biggest concerns will be defensively, where the Wildcats do not excel.
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Marquette
Coach: Buzz Williams
Conference: Big East
Record: 23-8 (14-4 Big East)
Rankings and Ratings
RPI: 12
AP/USA Today: 12/13
Names to know: Vander Blue (14.4 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.9 apg), Davante Gardner (11.5 ppg, 4.8 rpg), Junior Cadougan (8.6 ppg, 4.2 apg)
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How'd they get here? At-large bid.
Outlook: Buzz Williams was NBCSports.com's Big East Coach of the Year, not only because he led Marquette to a share of the conference regular-season title, but because he did it after losing nearly 50 percent of his offense from last season and seeing his entire assistant coaching staff depart in the offseason. Marquette is an efficient team from the floor and only gives up 62.6 points per game. The problem will be whether or not the Golden Eagles can limit turnovers.
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Colorado Buffaloes
Coach: Tad Boyle
Conference: Pac-12
Record: 21-11 (10-8)
Ranking and Ratings
RPI: 40
AP/USA Today: NR
Names to know: Spencer Dinwiddie (15.6 ppg, 3.0 apg), André Roberson (10.9 ppg, 11.3 rpg)
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How'd they get here? At-large
Outlook: Colorado has four players averaging at least 10.6 points per game and three of them are underclassmen, so this group will be heard from for years. Roberson, the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, averages a double-double and is one of the best rebounders in the country despite being just 6-7. Very good defensively on the perimeter, Colorado can go on a run if the streaky Booker can avoid a prolonged slump. Entering the Pac-12 tournament Colorado hadn't allowed an opponent to score 70 points or more in a game since Jan. 27.
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Illinois
Coach: John Groce
Conference: Big Ten
Record: 22-12
Rankings and Ratings
RPI: 37
AP/USA Today: NR
Names to know: Brandon Paul (16.6 ppg, 4.4 rpg), DJ Richardson (12.4 ppg, 3.9 rpg)
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How'd they get here? At-large bid.
Outlook: Illinois can't be trusted. They have impressive wins -- against Indiana, against Gonzaga at Gonzaga, against Butler in Maui -- but they are as inconsistent as anyone. They went just 8-10 in Big Ten play and lost eight of 11 at one point. The Illini rely heavily on the 3-point shot and don’t have interior scoring to balance it out. When their threes are going down, Illinois is dangerous, but those nights have been few and far between of late.
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Miami Hurricanes
Coach: Jim Larranaga
Conference: Atlantic Coast
Record: 27-6 (15-3)
Rankings and Ratings
RPI: 4
AP/USA Today: 9/10
Names to know: Shane Larkin (13.7 ppg, 4.4 apg), Durand Scott (12.9 ppg), Kenny Kadji (13.6 ppg, 6.9 rpg)
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How'd they get here? Automatic bid.
Outlook: Jim Larranaga's second season in Coral Gables resulted in the program's first ACC regular season title and a tournament title to boot. Miami's a senior-laden team whose average age rivals that of the NBA’s youngest teams, but NCAA tournament experience isn't there. Shane Larkin is arguably the ACC's best point guard, and his emergence allows Durand Scott to play off the ball where he's more dangerous. Kenny Kadji's a difficult matchup at power forward, while Julian Gamble and Reggie Johnson are the anchors in the paint. If Miami displays the commitment to defense that helped them start 13-0 in conference play, a trip to Atlanta is possible.
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Pacific
Coach: Bob Thomason
Conference: Big West
Record: 22-12
Rankings and Ratings
RPI: 105
AP/USA Today: N/A
Names to know: Lorenzo McCloud (11.2 ppg, 4.1 apg), Travis Fulton (9.2 ppg, 3.8 rpg)
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How'd they get here? Automatic bid.
Outlook: The Tigers don’t necessarily have the look of a team that can pull off an upset or two, but this isn’t any regular team. Pacific is a team of destiny. This is Thomason’s 25th and last season as head coach. It’s also the last season that Pacific will be a member of the Big West as they head to the WCC. Is that enough to be this year’s Norfolk State or Lehigh?