No. 1 KENTUCKY (29-3)
NCAA HISTORY: Record 45th appearance, 13th straight. Thirteen Final Fours, seven titles, most recent in 1998. Lost to Maryland last year in East semis.
STARTERS: F Erik Daniels, F Chuck Hayes, F Marquis Estill, G Keith Bogans, G Gerald Fitch.
OUTLOOK: The natives were restless after an 18-point December defeat at Louisville, but the Wildcats have been virtually unbeatable since, dominating the nation's best conference, the SEC. Disappointing last season as a junior, Bogans is playing like an All-American. Few, if any, teams defend as well as Kentucky.
No. 2 PITTSBURGH (26-4)
NCAA HISTORY: 15th appearance, second straight. Final Four in 1941. Lost to Kent State last year in South semis.
COACH: Ben Howland (2-2 in NCAA).
STARTERS: F Ontario Lett, F Donatas Zavackas, G Brandin Knight, G Julius Page, G Jaron Brown.
OUTLOOK: Tough team to evaluate. The Big East pales to the Big 12 and SEC, the Panthers played a terrible non-league schedule and Knight failed to match preseason All-America hype. That said, Big East tournament champs are well-coached and rank among national leaders in shooting percentage, scoring defense and rebounding margin.
No. 3 MARQUETTE (23-5)
NCAA HISTORY: 23rd appearance, second straight. Two Final Fours and 1972 title. Lost to Tulsa last year in first round.
COACH: Tom Crean (0-1 in NCAA).
STARTERS: F Scott Merritt, F Todd Townsend, C Robert Jackson G Dwyane Wade, G Travis Diener.
OUTLOOK: Al McGuire would love this Final Four-caliber team. Wade is the anointed star, the successor to McGuire's Dean Meminger and Butch Lee, and at 6-feet-5 scores from inside and out. Jackson and Diener are complementary players. Golden Eagles golden from free-throw line and defeated Wisconsin and Wake Forest outside C-USA.
No. 4 DAYTON (24-5)
NCAA HISTORY: 12th appearance, only third in 15 years. Final Four in 1967. Hasn't advanced since 1990.
COACH: Oliver Purnell (0-2 in NCAA).
STARTERS: F Brooks Hall, F Keith Waleskowski, C Sean Finn, G Rashod Marshall, G Mark Jones.
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