(At Dayton, Ohio)

1. Kansas (23-5)


Coach: Roy Williams.

Tourney fact: Has been to Final Four twice in the '90s.


Key player: Jacque Vaughn. Terrific distributor. The perfect point guard for the Jayhawks' unselfish offense.

Comment: Has depth, size, outside shooting, Vaughn and a coach with a history of tournament success.

4. Virginia (22-8)

Coach: Jeff Jones.

Tourney fact: Last reached Final Four in 1984.

Key player: Senior forward Junior Burrough led the team with 17.7 points and 8.2 rebounds.

Comment: Cavaliers play tough defense but are inconsistent with the ball.

5. Arizona (23-7)


Coach: Lute Olson.

Tourney fact: Eleventh consecutive appearance. Went to Final Four last year.

Key player: Damon Stoudamire. The 5-foot-11 guard is a dangerous scorer, slasher and passer.

Comment: After briefly being declared ineligible last weekend, Stoudamire was reinstated this week. With him, the Wildcats can make some noise.

8. Western Kentucky (26-3)

Coach: Matt Kilcullen.


Tourney fact: Making third straight NCAA trip. In 1993, upset Seton Hall on the way to the Sweet 16.

Key player: Junior Chris Robinson, a 6-5 guard-forward, was the Sun Belt Conference's Player of the Year.

Comment: Hilltoppers have won 25 of their past 26 games.

9. Michigan (17-13)

Coach: Steve Fisher.

Tourney fact: Fisher won title as interim coach in 1989 and was runner-up in '92 and '93.


Key players: Forward Ray Jackson (15.4 ppg) and guard Jimmy King (14.5 ppg), who were among the Fab Five freshman starters on the 1992 team, are now seniors.

Comment: Jackson and King want to go out in style. Fisher has three talented freshmen to help them -- 6-9 Maurice Taylor, 6-9

Maceo Baston and 6-5 Travis Conlan.

12. Miami, Ohio (22-6)

Coach: Herb Sendek.

Tourney fact: First appearance since 1992.


Key player: Sophomore forward Devin Davis, at 6-7, averages

16.8 points.

Comment: Redskins went 14-2 to win the Mid-American title but lost in MAC tournament.

13. Nicholls State (24-5)

Coach: Rickey Broussard.

Tourney fact: Making first appearance.


Key players: Reggie Jackson averages 22.0 points, and his 10.9 rebounds rate 12th in the nation. Gerard King averages 21.7 points.

Comment: Colonels are long shots but have with five senior starters.

16. Colgate (17-12)

Coach: Jack Bruen.

Tourney fact: Making first appearance.

Key players: Senior guard Tucker Neale averages 23.0 points. Super freshman Adonal Foyle, at center, averaged 17.0 points and 12.3 rebounds for the Patriot League champions.


Comment: Red Raiders started 1-8, with losses to Stanford, Syracuse, Mississippi State, Texas Southern, Maryland and Pennsylvania, but have won 16 of past 20.