1. FLORIDA
LOCATION: Gainesville. ENROLLMENT: 49,000
HOW THEY GOT HERE: Won SEC tourney
RECORD: 29-5. RPI: 6th.
RECORD VS. FIELD: 8-3.
NCAA HISTORY: This is 14th appearance, and ninth in a row. The Gators are the defending NCAA champs, and they also had a runner-up finish in 2000. Their first NCAA bid came in 1987.
KEY PLAYERS: F Corey Brewer (6-9/Jr., 12.9 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 2.0 spg); G Taurean Green (6-0/Jr., 13.2 ppg, 3.6 apg, 40.3 3-pft FG%, 86.7 FT%); F/C Al Horford (6-10/Jr., 13.0 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 1.9 bpg, 60.2 FG%).
THE BUZZ: When the Gators are clicking, they're one of the two or three best teams in the nation. Horford and C/F Joakim Noah are good defenders in the paint, and Noah's emotion sparks the team. But when Green, who can be extremely sloppy with the ball, and senior G Lee Humphrey aren't hitting 3-pointers, the offense can bog down. Brewer is a lockdown defender and is the team's only slasher on offense.
BET YOU DIDN'T KNOW: UF has the fourth-largest enrollment in the nation, and the freshmen retention rate of 94 percent is among the highest in the U.S.

2. WISCONSIN
LOCATION: Madison. ENROLLMENT: 41,169
HOW THEY GOT HERE: At-large, from Big Ten
RECORD: 29-5. RPI: 4th.
RECORD VS. FIELD: 9-4.
NCAA HISTORY: This is 13th appearance, ninth in a row and 10th in 11 years. The Badgers have made three Sweet 16s this decade and made it to the Final Four in 2000 as a No. 8 seed. They won it all in 1941.
KEY PLAYERS: G Kammron Taylor (6-2/Sr., 12.6 ppg, 40.3 3-pt FG%); F Alando Tucker (6-6/Sr., 20.2 ppg, 5.3 rpg).
THE BUZZ: The Badgers are as well-coached as any team in the field, and Tucker is a legit All-America. But other than him, this is not a team overflowing with talent or, frankly, athleticism. The Badgers are efficient on offense, take care of the ball, play good defense (they've allowed more than 70 points just three times), avoid fouling (the Badgers have made more free throws than their foes have attempted) and rebound well. But their best big man, 6-11 junior Brian Butch, may not be able to play in the tourney because of an elbow injury.
BET YOU DIDN'T KNOW: John Muir, who founded the national parks system, attended Wisconsin in the 1860s but didn't earn a degree.

3. OREGON