(At Memphis, Tenn.)

4. Oklahoma (23-8)

Coach: Kelvin Sampson.

Tourney fact: Sampson's surprising Sooners are second team he has taken to tourney in two years. He coached Washington State last year.

Key player: r Ryan Minor. The 6-7, sharpshooting forward blossomed this season.

Comment: First trip to tourney since 1992, and a surprise one for a team that entered the season lightly regarded.

5. Arizona State (22-8)

Coach: Bill Frieder.

Tourney fact: First appearance since 1991.

Key player: Mario Bennett. The 6-9 junior forward is a patient inside force. Puts up big numbers quietly.

Comment: Sun Devils love to press, and team speed likely will surprise opponents who cannot gauge it on film.

8. Brigham Young (22-9)

Coach: Ztxt Roger Reid.

Tourney fact: In six years at BYU, Reid has won 20 or more games every year and taken Cougars to the NCAAs five times.

Key players: Russell Larson, a 6-11 senior center, is averaging 17.8 points and 7.0 rebounds. Reid's sons, sophomore Randy and junior Robbie, start in the backcourt.

Comment: Against top-drawer opposition, Cougars' outside shooting and ball-handling leave something to be desired.

9. Tulane (22-9)

Coach: Perry Clark.

Tourney fact: Clark, in his sixth season, has taken Green Wave to the NCAA tourney three times.

Key player: Jerald Honeycutt, a 6-9, 245-pound sophomore, averages 17.6 points and 7.6 rebounds.

Comment: Tulane has four starters averaging in double figures, its most balanced attack in 16 years.

12. Ball State (19-10)

Coach: Ray McCallum.

Tourney fact: Cardinals are hoping for repeat magic of 1990, when they went to the Sweet 16.

Key players: Steve Payne averages 17.4 points and nearly 9.4 rebounds. Freshman Bonzi Wells averages 15.8 points and 6.0 rebounds and set a single-season school record for steals.

Comment: Ball State finished fourth in Mid-American but swept through conference tourney to win NCAA berth.

13. Manhattan (25-4)

Coach: Fran Fraschilla.

Tourney fact: Second appearance in three years.

Key players: Jamal Marshall, a 6-10, 255-pound senior center, averages 12.0 points. Junior guard Ted Ellis hits 41 percent from three-point range.

Comment: Made the tourney on the strength of its won-lost record after losing in Metro Atlantic tournament.

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