OUTLOOK: Cougars of Mountain West haven't won an NCAA game since 1993, but do victories at Arizona State and Wyoming portend change? Much depends on 3-point shooting. Led by Bigelow, BYU makes nearly 40 percent of its 3-point shots. Araujo, 6-feet-11, 260-pound junior college transfer, provides bulk and rebounding.

No. 13 SAN DIEGO (18-11)

NCAA HISTORY: Third appearance, first since 1987. Never won a game.
COACH: Brad Holland (1st NCAA).
STARTERS: F Corey Belser, F Jason Blair, C Jason Keep, G Roy Morris, G Matt Delzel.
OUTLOOK: The Toreros upset Gonzaga in the West Coast tournament final. They lost twice to the Zags during the regular season, and to Purdue, Utah and BYU. The 6-foot-10, 290-pound Keep, a transfer from Oklahoma State, leads San Diego in scoring, rebounding and shooting percentage. Ballhandling is an issue, as Toreros average 18 turnovers.

No. 14 TROY STATE (26-5)

NCAA HISTORY: First appearance.
COACH: Don Maestri (1st NCAA).
STARTERS: F LaCedrick Pettway, F Marcus Milhouse, C Rob Lewin, G Ben Fletcher, G Greg Davis.
OUTLOOK: Ten deep, the American Sun champs average 80 points and have won 14 of their last 15 games. The Trojans are 1-2 against name opponents, winning at Arkansas, losing badly to Georgia Tech and Auburn. They advanced to Division II national championship game in 1993 before upgrading to Division I.


NCAA HISTORY: First appearance.
COACH: Bob Marlin (1st NCAA).
STARTERS: F Jay Oliphant, F Felton Freeman, F Donald Cole, G Eddy Barlow, G Robert Shannon.
OUTLOOK: The Southland Conference tournament champions have won 14 of their last 15, and Marlin rotates 10 players. But the Bearkats have not played an opponent ranked among the top 100 by collegerpi.com. Cole, the conference Player of the Year and MVP of the league tournament, averages a team-high 17.6 points and 8.2 rebounds.

Play-in UNC ASHEVILLE (14-16)

NCAA HISTORY: First appearance.
COACH: Eddie Biedenbach (1st NCAA).
STARTERS: F Bryan McCullough, F Joseph Barber, C Ben McGonagil, G Andre Smith, G Alex Kragel.
OUTLOOK: Big South champs are 17th team to make field with a losing record. Compiled a respectable 8-8 conference record but also played Michigan State, UConn, Oklahoma and Kansas. Senior backcourt and 6-foot-11, 260-pound center are assets. Biedenbach an All-ACC player at N.C. State in the 1960s. As State assistant, recruited David Thompson and Tom Burleson.

Play-in TEXAS SOUTHERN (18-12)

NCAA HISTORY: Fourth appearance, first since 1995. Winless in previous three.
COACH: Ronnie Courtney (1st NCAA).
STARTERS: F Akil Butler, F Michael Sneed, C Jerome Bell, G Ra'Kim Hollis, G Sean Walker.
OUTLOOK: The Southwestern Athletic tournament champs have not played an opponent ranked among the top 200 by collegerpi.com since a 23-point loss at Wisconsin in late December. Hollis averages a team-high 18.5 points, but the Tigers' Nos. 2 and 3 scorers, Allan Lovett and Lionel Willis, have been coming off the bench recently.