Record: 24-9 How they got here: Won the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament Strengths: Six seniors helped Eastern Kentucky upset favorite Belmont in the Ohio Valley league tournament title game. The Colonels are strong shooters, entering the final week of the regular season ranked ninth nationally in field-goal percentage (.490) and 28th in scoring (79.0 ppg). Eastern Kentucky is making its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2008 and eighth overall. Weaknesses: Eastern Kentucky lacks a win against a team from a power conference and suffered five league losses. The Colonels had to score at a high rate this season after allowing opponents to put up 70.6 points per game.
Jim Brown, USA Today Sports