No. 1 TEXAS (22-6)

NCAA HISTORY: 21st appearance, fifth straight. Final Four in 1947. Lost to Oregon last in year in regional semis.
COACH: Rick Barnes (5-10 in NCAA).
STARTERS: F Brad Buckman, C James Thomas, G T.J. Ford, G Royal Ivey, G Brandon Mouton.
OUTLOOK: Still another Big 12 team with Final Four potential. If PG Ford had a better jumper, he'd be illegal. Thomas leads the conference in rebounding. The Longhorns, who struggled outside of conference, start nary a senior and are loaded with depth, size and 3-point shooters, the best of whom is 6-foot-10 reserve F Brian Boddicker.

No. 2 FLORIDA (24-7)

NCAA HISTORY: 10th appearance, fifth straight. Two Final Fours, runner-up in 2000. Lost to Creighton last year in first round.
COACH: Billy Donovan (8-4 in NCAA).
STARTERS: F Matt Bonner, F Matt Walsh, F David Lee, G Justin Hamilton, G Anthony Roberson.
OUTLOOK: If sixth man Brett Nelson ever regains his 3-point shooting touch from last season, the Gators could win it all. They beat Kansas and Maryland outside the SEC, make nearly 40 percent of their 3-point shots and have an effective mix of seniors (Bonner and Hamilton) and freshmen (Roberson, Walsh and Christian Drejer).

No. 3 XAVIER (25-5)

NCAA HISTORY: 15th appearance, third straight. Never advanced past regional semis. Lost to Oklahoma last year in second round.
COACH: Thad Matta (2-2 in NCAA).
STARTERS: F David West, F Anthony Myles, G Romain Sato, G Lionel Chalmers, G Dedrick Finn.
OUTLOOK: Chalmers' return from an early-season broken foot makes the Musketeers legit Final Four darkhorses, as victories against Purdue, Creighton and Cincinnati and a one-point loss at Stanford attest. All-American West's 47 points and 18 rebounds against Dayton was the season's premier individual performance.

No. 4 STANFORD (23-8)

NCAA HISTORY: 12th appearance, ninth straight. Two Final Fours, champ in 1942, semifinalist in '98. Lost to Kansas in second round last year.
COACH: Mike Montgomery (14-10 in NCAA).
STARTERS: F Justin Davis, F Josh Childress, C Rob Little, G Matt Lottich, G Julius Barnes.