Record: 27-7 How they got here: At-large bid Strengths: The Bulldogs have a balanced lineup, entering the final week of the regular season ranked No. 5 in steals (9.3 spg), No. 13 nationally in scoring (81.5 ppg) and No. 12 in assists (16.1 apg). Louisiana Tech guard Speedy Smith, who is ranked second in the nation in assists per game, led C-USA in assists (7.9), steals (2.6) and assist-to-turnover ratio (3.25). Louisiana Tech won eight of its final nine regular-season games ahead of the C-USA Tournament. The team's biggest nonconference win was a 102-98 overtime victory at Oklahoma. Louisiana Tech is making its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1991. Weaknesses: Louisiana Tech went 0-1 against teams ranked in the Top 25 and didn't play an especially strong schedule. During the Bulldogs' defense faltered and allowed opponents to shoot at least 42 percent from the field.
Ivan Pierre Aguirre, USA Today Sports