OUTLOOK: Seventh consecutive 20-victory season and fourth straight regular-season Horizon title for Bulldogs, who howled after last year's NCAA snub. With four senior starters and a deliberate offense, Butler averages a national-low 10 turnovers. But Bulldogs played only one top-50 opponent, losing to Duke by 20.

No. 13 AUSTIN PEAY (23-7)

NCAA HISTORY: Fifth appearance, first since 1996. Advanced one round in 1973 and '87.
COACH: Dave Loos (0-1 in NCAA).
STARTERS: F Adrian Henning, C Josh Lewis, G Corey Gipson, G Anthony Davis, G Rhet Wierzbe.
OUTLOOK: The Governors opened the season with an overtime victory against Memphis and lost badly at Missouri before winning the Ohio Valley regular season and tournament. They have no senior starters and have won 15 of their last 16 games. Henning leads team in scoring and rebounding but is foul-prone with eight DQs.

No. 14 MANHATTAN (23-6)

NCAA HISTORY: Fifth appearance, first since 1995 when it upset Oklahoma in the first round.
COACH: Bobby Gonzalez (1st NCAA).
STARTERS: F Justin Jackette, F Jared Johnson, C Jason Benton, G Luis Flores, G Kenny Minor.
OUTLOOK: The Jaspers defeated St. John's during a 15-game winning streak and later won the Metro Atlantic regular season and tournament. They lost by 22 at Louisville in toughest game. Flores, a Rutgers transfer, averages nearly 25 points per game. Manhattan ranks second nationally in free-throw accuracy at 79.0 percent.


NCAA HISTORY: Sixth appearance, first since 1992. Advanced one round in 1968 and '92.
COACH: Ed DeChellis (1st NCAA).
STARTERS: F Jerald Fields, F Zakee Wadood, G Ben Rhoda, G Tim Smith, G James Anthony.
OUTLOOK: High-scoring Southern Conference champs (82 ppg) start no seniors. Smith, who played at Denbigh High, named league's freshman of year and MVP of Southern tournament. Bucs upset Charleston in semis and defeated Chattanooga in final. Lost to Vandy, Virginia, South Carolina and UNC Wilmington during regular season.


NCAA HISTORY: Fifth appearance. Winless in previous four.
COACH: Cy Alexander (0-4 in NCAA).
STARTERS: F Dustin Braddick, F Thomas Zimmerman, C Charles Gilmore, G Moses Malone, Jr., G Clary Judge.
OUTLOOK: The Mid-Eastern Athletic regular-season and tournament champions are 18-3 after a 2-7 start. Among those seven defeats were road games at South Carolina, Auburn and Wake Forest. Zimmerman, South Carolina's top high player two years ago, sat out last season and was MEAC's newcomer of year this season.