1 Wichita State (34-0, Missouri Valley champion) vs.
16 Play-in winner 1 (below)
The Shockers have the experience from last year's run to the Final Four, plus they can shoot, are big and physical, and have a crafty point guard in sophomore Fred VanVleet.
8 Kentucky (24-10, at-large) vs.
9 Kansas State (20-12, at-large)
5 St. Louis (26-6, at-large) vs.
12 Play-in winner 2 (below)
After a tough loss to undefeated Wichita State, St. Louis had a 19-game winning streak before losing four of its last five. Seniors Dwayne Evans and Jordair Jett are top producers.
13 Manhattan (25-7, MAAC champion)
Russ Smith is Louisville's top scorer, but Cardinals also have Montrezl Harrell (14.2 points, 8.2 rebounds). George Beamon paces Manhattan with averages of 19.4 points and 6.6 rebounds
6 Massachusetts (24-8, at-large) vs.
11 Play-in winner 3 (below)
Where have you gone, John Calipari? (Oh yeah, he's now at Kentucky.) This is Umass' first trip to the tournament since 1998, and it has lost three of five games. A No. 6 seed?
3 Duke (26-8, at-large) vs.
14 Mercer (26-8, Atlantic Sun champion)
These teams have the same record and entirely different pedigrees. Mercer is in its first NCAA tournament since 1985. Duke has missed one tournament since 1985.
7 Texas (23-10, at-large) vs.
10 Arizona State (21-11, at-large)