Richard Jefferson


1. Michigan State (29-4

Location, conference: East Lansing, Mich.; Big Ten.

Conference finish: First.

NCAA tournament record: 19-12.

Coach: Tom Izzo.

Last 10: 10-0.

Top scorers: Morris Peterson 13.8; Mateen Cleaves 11.8; Jason Klein 10.1.

Top rebounders: Antonio Smith 8.2; Andre Hutson 5.3; Peterson 5.0.

Scouting report: The Spartans won their last 15 games of the regular season. Their top scorer is Peterson, an all-conference player and probably the nation's best sixth man, who shoots 58 percent from the field and 83 percent from the free-throw line. Cleaves rebounded after an inconsistent first month.

2. Utah (27-4)