(At Salt Lake City)

2. Connecticut (25-4)

Coach: Jim Calhoun.

Tourney fact: This is Huskies' fifth NCAA tourney appearance since Calhoun's arrival in 1986.

Key players: Ray Allen, the 6-5 sophomore, is averaging 20.7 points. Donny Marshall plays bigger than 6-6 and is averaging

14.9 points.

Comment: Huskies have dominated Big East regular season the past two years (32-4), but haven't come up big in tournament play.

6. Oregon (19-8)

Coach: Jerry Green.

Tourney fact: First appearance since 1961.

Key players: Point guard Kenya Wilkins and backcourt mate Orlando Williams run the show for the Ducks.

Comment: Green was once Roy Williams' top assistant at Kansas. Did he pick up any of his old boss' tourney savvy?

@7. Cincinnati (21-11)

Coach: Bob Huggins.

Tourney fact: Bearcats made the Final Four in 1992.

Key players: Guard LaZelle Durden (17.5 ppg) and 6-9 freshman Danny Fortson (15.5) ranked 3-4 in Great Midwest scoring.

Comment: Huggins' teams always play hard and usually peak in the NCAAs.

10. Temple (19-10)

Coach: John Chaney.

Tourney fact: Owls are going to the NCAAs for the 11th time in Chaney's 13 seasons.

Key player: Senior guard Rick Brunson led the team in scoring (16.7), rebounds (5.9), assists and steals.

Comment: Before losing to UMass in the Atlantic 10 tourney final, Temple had won 10 of its previous 12 games.

11. Texas (22-6)

Coach: Tom Penders.

Tourney fact: Penders has led the Longhorns to five 20-victory seasons in the past six years.

Key players: Guards Terrence Rencher (21.0) and Rodrick Anderson (20.7 ppg) are a potent 1-2 punch.

Comment: If guards are hot, Longhorns are dangerous.

15. Tenn.-Chatt. (19-10)

Coach: Mack McCarthy.

Tourney fact: Making third straight NCAA appearance, but Moccasins have lost four in a row in the NCAAs.

Key players: Forwards Brandon Born and Maurio Hanson, both seniors, combined to average 32.2 points and 12.0 rebounds.

Comment: Southern Conference champs are stingy on defense, allowing opponents to shoot just 41.5 percent from the field.

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