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Men's NCAA tournament: Team-by-team capsules

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East Region 1Kentucky Wildcats Record: 32-2.

How they got here: Won Southeastern tournament.

Key players: G John Wall (6-4 fr.), 17.0 ppg, 6.2 apg; C DeMarcus Cousins (6-10 fr.), 15.9 ppg.

Noteworthy: Kentucky has the most talented freshman class since Michigan's Fab Five. Kentucky knows it's talented, and it often lacks a killer instinct.

8Texas Longhorns Record: 24-9.

How they got here: At-large bid.

Key players: G-F Damion James (6-7 sr.), 17.7 ppg, 10.2 rpg; C Dexter Pittman (6-10 sr.), 10.3 ppg, 5.8 rpg; G Avery Bradley (6-2 fr.), 11.7 ppg.

Noteworthy: Texas became the fifth team in the history of the AP rankings to reach a No. 1 ranking then fall completely out of the poll in the same season.

5Temple Owls Record: 29-5.

How they got here: Won Atlantic 10 tournament.

Key players: F Lavoy Allen (6-9 jr.), 11.7 ppg, 11.0 rpg; G Ryan Brooks (6-4 jr.), 14.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg.

Noteworthy: This season the Owls have cracked the Top 25 for the first time since 2001 and posted the program's most regular-season wins (26) since 2001.

4 Wisconsin Badgers Record: 23-8.

How they got here: At-large bid.

Key players: G Jason Bohannon (6-2 sr.), 12.0 ppg; G Trevon Hughes (6-0 sr.), 15.4 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 4.7 apg; F Jon Leuer (6-10 jr.), 14.9 ppg.

Noteworthy: Wisconsin has had seven 20-win seasons in Bo Ryan's nine years at Wisconsin. The Badgers had a total of four in the 103 years before Ryan's arrival.

16East Tennessee St. Buccaneers Record: 20-14.

How they got here: Won the Atlantic Sun tournament.

Key players: F Tommy Hubbard (6-4 jr.), 14.1 ppg; G Micah Williams (6-4 jr.), 12.5 ppg.

Noteworthy: The Bucs win without superior 3-point shooting. Williams is the only ETSU player among the team's top 10 scorers shooting better than 35 percent from 3.

9Wake Forest Demon Deacons Record: 19-10.

How they got here: At-large bid.

Key players: F Al-Farouq Aminu (6-9 so.), 15.9 ppg, 10.8 rpg; G Ishmael Smith (6-0 sr.), 13.3 ppg, 6.0 apg; C Chas McFarland (7-0 sr.), 7.4 ppg, 7.3 rpg.

Noteworthy: Wake righted itself after a four-game losing streak late in the season with a victory over Clemson in the season finale.

12Cornell Big Red Record: 27-4.

How they got here: Ivy League champion.

Key players: F Ryan Wittman (6-7 sr.), 17.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.9 bpg; C Jeff Foote (7-0 sr.), 12.3 ppg, 8.2 rpg; G Louis Dale (5-11 sr.), 11.9 ppg.

Noteworthy: Wittman finished the season with an Ivy League record six 3-pointers in the season finale en route to becoming the first Cornell player to hit 100 in one year.

13Wofford Terriers Record: 26-8.

How they got here: Won the Southern tournament.

Key players: F Noah Dahlman (6-6 jr.), 16.8 ppg, 6.3 rpg; F Jamar Diggs (6-2 jr.), 9.4 ppg, 2.9 rpg; G Junior Salters (6-2 sr.), 7.7 ppg.

Noteworthy: Wofford could make some NCAA noise after showing toughness against high-major programs.

2West Virginia Mountaineers Record: 27-6.

How they got here: Won Big East tournament.

Key players: F Da'Sean Butler (6-7 sr.), 17.2 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 3.3 apg; F Kevin Jones (6-8 fr.), 13.5 ppg, 7.4 apg.

Noteworthy: The athletic Mountaineers lost to Syracuse, Notre Dame, Villanova and Pittsburgh by a combined 13 points.

7Clemson Tigers Record: 21-10.

How they got here: At-large bid.

Key players: F Trevor Booker (6-7 sr.), 15.3 ppg, 8.3 rpg; G Demontez Stitt (6-2 jr.), 11.2 ppg.

Noteworthy: This is the Tigers' third consecutive NCAA tournament appearance, which ties a school record. It's also the third straight season that Clemson (9-7 in the ACC) finished with a winning conference record.

6Marquette Golden Eagles Record: 22-11.

How they got here: At-large bid.

Key players: F Lazar Hayward (6-6 sr.), 18.1 ppg, 7.9 rpg; F Jimmy Butler (6-6 jr.), 14.8 ppg, 6.4 rpg; G Maurice Acker (5-8 sr.), 8.5 ppg, 3.7 apg.

Noteworthy: The Eagles are right there with the Big East powers, losing five of their seven conference defeats by five points or less.

3New Mexico Lobos Record: 29-4..

How they got here: At-large bid.

Key players: G Darrington Hobson (6-7 jr.), 15.8 ppg, 9.1 rpg, 4.6 apg; F Roman Martinez (6-6 sr.), 14.1 ppg, 6.3 rpg.

Noteworthy: The Lobos have been seeded as high as No. 3 in 1997, but have not advanced to the Sweet 16 since 1974 when just 25 teams were invited to the NCAA tournament.

15 Morgan State Bears Record: 26-9.

How they got here: Won MEAC tournament.

Key players: G Reggie Holmes (6-4 sr.), 22.4 ppg, 4.2 rpg; F Kevin Thompson (6-9 so.), 12.6 ppg, 12.0 rpg.

Noteworthy: Morgan State was able to make it back despite losing three of five starters from last year's tournament team, including its second-leading scorer.

10Missouri Tigers Record: 22-10.

How they got here: At-large bid.

Key players: G Kim English (6-6 so.), 14.1 ppg, 3.5 rpg; G Marcus Denmon (6-3, so.), 11.0 ppg, 3.1 rpg; F Keith Ramsey (6-9 sr.), 6.0 ppg, 5.8 rpg).

Noteworthy: Missouri is 1-3 since losing F Justin Safford (8.6 points, 4.1 rebounds) to a knee injury.

11Washington Huskies Record: 24-9.

How they got here: Won Pac-10 tournament.

Key players: F Quincy Pondexter (6-6 sr.), 20.2 ppg, 7.8 rpg; G Isaiah Thomas (5-8 so., 17.2 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 3.0 apg; F Matthew Bryan-Amaning (6-9 jr.), 8.7 ppg, 5.8 rpg.

Noteworthy: Washington reached its first Pac-10 championship game since 2005, and won it.

14Montana Grizzlies Record: 22-9.

How they got here: Won Big Sky tournament.

Key players: G Anthony Johnson (6-3 sr.), 19.6 ppg, 3.0 apg; C Brian Qvale (6-11 jr.), 9.7 ppg, 6.9 rpg; G Ryan Staudacher (6-4 sr.), 8.6 ppg.

Noteworthy: Despite frequent use of 6-11 Qvale and 7-foot Derek Selvig on the court at the same time, the Grizzlies don't dominate the glass as they should.

Kentucky Wildcats Texas Longhorns Temple Owls Wisconsin Badgers 6East Tennessee St. Buccaneers Wake Forest Demon Deacons 2Cornell Big Red 3Wofford Terriers West Virginia Mountaineers Clemson Tigers Marquette Golden Eagles New Mexico Lobos 5Morgan State Bears 0Missouri Tigers 1Washington Huskies 4Montana Grizzlies


Midwest Region 1 Kansas Jayhawks Record: 32-2.

How they got here: Won Big 12 tournament.

Key players: G Sherron Collins (5-11 sr.), 15.3 ppg, 4.3 apg; G Xavier Henry (6-6 fr.), 13.9 ppg, 4.2 rpg; C Cole Aldrich (6-11 jr.), 11.3 ppg, 9.7 rpg.

Noteworthy: The scary thing for Bill Self, coach of the No. 1-ranked Jayhawks? They rank 265th (of 344 teams) in average experience.

8Nevada-Las Vegas Rebels Record: 25-8.

How they got here: At-large bid.

Key players: G Tre'Von Willis (6-4 jr.), 17.7 ppg, 4.1 rpg, G/F Chace Stanback (6-8, so.), 10.6 ppg, 5.8 rpg; G Oscar Bellfield (6-2 jr.), 9.3 ppg, 5.6 apg.

Noteworthy: UNLV's roster features transfers from high-profile programs Kentucky, UCLA, Arizona State and Memphis.

5 Michigan State Spartans Record: 24-8.

How they got here: At-large bid.

Key players: G Kalin Lucas (6-1 jr.), 14.8 ppg, 3.9 apg; F Raymar Morgan (6-4 sr.), 11.1 ppg, 6.2 rpg.

Noteworthy: Michigan State clinched a share of its 12th Big Ten title. Tom Izzo became the sixth coach in Big Ten history with at least six conference championships.

4 Maryland Terrapins Record: 23-8.

How they got here: At-large bid.

Key players: G Greivis Vasquez (6-6 sr.), 19.6 ppg, 6.3 apg; F Landon Milbourne (6-7 sr.), 12.4 ppg, 4.9 rpg.

Noteworthy: Talented senior guards are valuable in March, and Maryland has a great one in Vasquez, the ACC Player of the Year, and another pretty good one in Eric Hayes.

16 Lehigh Mountain Hawks Record: 21-10.

How they got here: Won the Patriot League tournament.

Key players: G C.J. McCollum (6-3 fr.), 18.9 ppg, 4.9 rpg; G Marquis Hall (6-0 sr.), 11.3 ppg.

Noteworthy: McCollum is the first player in Patriot League history to win conference player of the year and rookie of the year awards in the same season.

9Northern Iowa Panthers Record: 28-4.

How they got here: Won Missouri Valley tournament.

Key players: G Kwadzo Ahelegbe (6-2 jr.), 10.5 ppg, 3.1 rpg; C Jordan Eglseder (7-0 sr.), 12.2 ppg, 7.5 rpg; F Adam Koch (6-8 sr.), 12.4 ppg.

Noteworthy: Northern Iowa won the MVC tournament for the second straight year, the first to do that since Illinois State in 1997-98.

12New Mexico State Aggies Record: 22-11.

How they got here: Won Western Athletic tournament.

Key players: G Jahmar Young (6-5 jr.), 20.5 ppg; G Jonathan Gibson (6-2 sr.), 17.7 ppg.

Noteworthy: The Aggies overcame a terrible start to the season once forwards Troy Gillenwater and Wendell McKines worked their way back from academic problems.

13Houston Cougars Record: 19-15.

How they got here: Won Conference USA tournament.

Key players: G Aubrey Coleman (6-4 sr.), 26.0 ppg, 7.5 rpg; G Kelvin Lewis (6-4 sr.), 15.1 ppg.

Noteworthy: Coleman, an NBA draft prospect, was the nation's leading scorer and ranked second in steals per game during the regular season.

2 Ohio State Buckeyes Record: 27-7.

How they got here: Won Big Ten tournament.

Key players: G-F Evan Turner (6-7 jr.), 19.5 ppg, 5.8 apg, 9.4 rpg; G William Buford (6-5 so.), 14.3 ppg; G-F David Lighty (6-5 jr.), 12.4 ppg.

Noteworthy: Thad Matta led Ohio State to a share of the Big Ten regular-season title, its third in six years - something the Buckeyes haven't done since Fred Taylor in 1960-64.

7Oklahoma State Cowboys Record: 22-10.

How they got here: At-large bid.

Key players: G James Anderson (6-6 jr.), 22.9 ppg, 6.0 rpg; G Obi Muonelo (6-5 sr.), 13.4 ppg, 5.2 rpg; F Marshall Moses (6-7 jr.), 9.0 ppg, 8.6 rpg.

Noteworthy: Anderson scored at least 20 points against every Big 12 rival.

6Tennessee Volunteers Record: 24-8.

How they got here: At-large bid.

Key players: G/F Scotty Hopson (6-8, so.), 13.1 ppg; F Wayne Chism (6-9 sr.), 12.8 ppg, 6.9 rpg; PG Bobby Maze (6-3 sr.), 9.5 ppg.

Noteworthy: Coach Bruce Pearl deserves praise for keeping the Vols together after the dismissal of Tyler Smith, the Vols' best player, and the suspension of three others.

3Georgetown Hoyas Record: 23-10.

How they got here: At-large bid.

Key players: C Greg Monroe (6-11 so.), 16.0 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 3.5 apg; G Austin Freeman (6-4 jr.), 16.9 ppg; G Chris Wright (6-1 jr.), 14.2 ppg.

Noteworthy: The Hoyas, at 10-8, didn't have a great Big East showing, but they made a statement by defeating third-ranked Syracuse in the conference tournament.

15 UC-Santa Barbara Gauchos Record: 20-9.

How they got here: Won Big West tourney.

Key players: F Orlando Johnson (6-5 so.), 17.9 ppg, 5.4 rpg; F James Nunnally (6-5 so.), 14.9 ppg, 5.7 rpg; G James Powell (6-2 sr.), 9.5 ppg.

Noteworthy: Johnson, the Big West Player of the Year, and Nunnally scored 47.5 percent of the team's points, making them the highest-scoring sophomore duo in school history.

10Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Record: 22-12.

How they got here: At-large bid.

Key players: F Gani Lawal (6-9 jr.), 13.5 ppg, 9.0 rpg; F Derrick Favors (6-10 fr.), 11.7 ppg, 8.3 rpg; G Iman Shumpert (6-5 so.), 9.8 ppg.

Noteworthy: Georgia Tech has a lot of talent, but this is a team that has been maddening to figure out. They won just twice in their final seven games entering the ACC tournament.

11San Diego State Aztecs Record: 25-8.

How they got here: Won Mountain West tournament.

Key players: F Kawi Leonard (6-7 fr.), 12.6 ppg, 9.6 rpg; F Malcolm Thomas (6-9 jr.), 11.1 ppg, 7.9 rpg; G D.J. Gay (6-0 jr.), 10.6 ppg, 3.2 apg.

Noteworthy: San Diego State coach Steve Fisher is 20-8 in the NCAA tournament.

14Ohio Bobcats Record: 21-14.

How they got here: Won Mid-American tournament.

Key players: G Armon Bassett (6-2 jr.), 15.5 ppg, 3.4 apg; G D.J. Cooper (5-11 fr.), 13.5 ppg.

Noteworthy: The Bobcats have plenty of versatility and offensive options. Five players are double-digit scorers, and a sixth averages 9.7 points per game.

Kansas Jayhawks Nevada-Las Vegas Rebels Michigan State Spartans Maryland Terrapins 6Lehigh Mountain Hawks Northern Iowa Panthers 2New Mexico State Aggies 3Houston Cougars Ohio State Buckeyes Oklahoma State Cowboys Tennessee Volunteers Georgetown Hoyas 5UC-Santa Barbara Gauchos 0Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 1San Diego State Aztecs 4Ohio Bobcats


South Region 1Duke Blue Devils Record: 29-5.

How they got here: Won ACC tournament.

Key players: F-G Jon Scheyer (6-5 sr.), 18.9 ppg, 5.2 apg; F Kyle Singler (6-8 jr.), 17.2 ppg; G Nolan Smith (6-2 jr.), 17.6 ppg, 3.0 apg.

Noteworthy: A lack of depth and consistent guard play has hurt Duke in recent tournaments. The Blue Devils still don't have great depth, but their guard play has been terrific.

8California Bears Record: 23-10.

How they got here: At-large bid.

Key players: G Jerome Randle (5-10 sr.), 18.7 ppg, 4.5 apg; G Patrick Christopher (6-5 sr.), 16.0 ppg; F Jamal Boykin (6-8 sr.), 11.7 ppg.

Noteworthy: The Bears entered the Pac-10 tournament as the No. 1 seed for the first time, taking advantage of a down year among the usual league stalwarts.

5Texas A&M; Aggies Record: 23-9.

How they got here: At-large bid.

Key players: G Donald Sloan (6-3 sr.), 17.9 ppg, 3.6 rpg; F Bryan Davis (6-9 sr.), 10.0 ppg.

Noteworthy: Freshman F Khris Middleton is beginning to assert himself. He moved into the starting lineup during Big 12 play and scored a team-high 15 points in the regular season finale at Oklahoma.

4 Purdue Boilermakers Record: 27-5.

How they got here: At-large bid.

Key players: C JaJuan Johnson (6-10 jr.), 14.9 ppg, 7.2 rpg; G E'Twaun Moore (6-4 jr.), 16.7 ppg, 3.6 rpg.

Noteworthy: Purdue claimed a share of its first Big Ten title since 1996 despite losing terrific F Robbie Hummel to a torn ACL. He was averaging 15.7 points and 6.9 rebounds.

16Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions Record: 17-15.

How they got here: Won Southwestern Athletic tournament.

16Winthrop Eagles Record: 19-13.

How they got here: Won Big South tournament.

9Louisville Cardinals Record: 20-12.

How they got here: At-large bid.

Key players: F Samardo Samuels (6-9 so.), 15.3 ppg, 7.0 rpg; G Edgar Sosa (6-2 sr.), 13.3 ppg, 4.5 apg; F Jared Swopshire (6-8 so.), 7.6 ppg, 6.0 rpg.

Noteworthy: The Cards struggled on the boards in their conference tournament loss to Cincinnati, getting outrebounded 54-33.

12Utah State Aggies Record: 27-7.

How they got here: At-large bid.

Key players: F Tai Wesley (6-7 jr.), 13.8 ppg, 6.5 rpg; G Jared Quayle (6-1 sr.), 12.0 ppg, 4.2 apg.

Noteworthy: The Aggies had won 16 consecutive games entering the WAC semifinals and it's no secret why: defense. Utah State held opponents to a conference-best 40.4 percent field-goal percentage.

13Siena Saints Record: 27-6.

How they got here: Won Metro Atlantic Athletic tournament.

Key players: F Alex Franklin (6-5 sr.), 16.1 ppg, 7.9 rpg; F Ryan Rossiter (6-9 jr.), 14.1 ppg, 11.1 rpg.

Noteworthy: Siena has a strong and experienced starting unit, but the Saints nearly missed out after trailing at halftime in all three of their games in the MAAC tournament.

2Villanova Wildcats Record: 24-7.

How they got here: At-large bid.

Key players: G Scottie Reynolds (6-2 sr.), 18.8 ppg, 3.4 apg; G Corey Fisher (6-1 jr.), 13.6 ppg, 4.0 apg; Antonio Pena (6-8 jr.), 10.8 ppg.

Noteworthy: Led by super senior Reynolds, the Wildcats rely on strong play from their guards. But they lost five of their final seven games.

7Richmond Spiders Record: 26-8.

How they got here: At-large bid.

Key players: G Kevin Anderson (6-0 jr.), 17.8 ppg, 3.4 rpg; F Justin Harper (6-10 jr.), 10.7 ppg, 5.5 rpg ; G David Gonzalvez (6-4 sr.), 14.3 ppg.

Noteworthy: Richmond - a school with a history of NCAA tournament upsets - has the ingredients to make a run. Guard play is huge and the Spiders' guards are top-notch.

6 Notre Dame Fighting Irish Record: 23-11.

How they got here: At-large bid.

Key players: F Luke Harangody (6-8 sr.), 23.2 ppg, 9.7 rpg; F Tim Abromaitis (6-8 jr.), 16.9 ppg, 4.9 rpg.

Noteworthy: Harangody is one of the better scorers in the country, and his return from a knee injury was essential for the Irish heading into the Big East tournament.

3Baylor Bears Record: 25-7.

How they got here: At-large bid.

Key players: G Tweety Carter (5-11 sr.), 15.8 ppg, 6.3 apg; G LaceDarius Dunn (6-4 jr.), 19.2 ppg, 4.7 rpg; F-C Ekpe Udoh (6-10 jr.), 13.4 ppg.

Noteworthy: Baylor ended a streak of 24 losses to Texas in last year's Big 12 tourney, then extended its winning streak to three vs. the Longhorns with a sweep this season.

15 Robert Morris Colonials Record: 23-11.

How they got here: Won Northeast tournament.

Key players: G Karon Abraham (5-9 fr.), 12.9 ppg, 2.1 rpg; F Rob Robinson (6-8 sr.), 10.2 ppg.

Noteworthy: The Colonials have won a league-record seven NEC tournament championships.

10St. Mary's Gaels Record: 26-5.

How they got here: Won West Coast tournament.

Key players: C Omar Samhan (6-11 sr.), 20.9 ppg, 11.0 rpg; G Mickey McConnell (6-0 jr.), 13.7 ppg, 5.3 apg.

Noteworthy: St. Mary's avenged two regular season losses to Gonzaga by beating the Bulldogs in the WCC tourney title game.

11Old Dominion Monarchs Record: 26-8.

How they got here: Won Colonial Athletic Association tournament.

Key players: F Gerald Lee (6-10 sr.), 14.8 ppg, 5 rpg; F Frank Hassell (6-8 jr.), 8.9 ppg, 6.5 rpg.

Noteworthy: The Monarchs are tireless on the defensive end, holding opponents to just 57.3 points per game. That total ranks fifth in the nation.

14Sam Houston State Bearkats Record: 25-7.

How they got here: Won Southland tournament.

Key players: F Gilberto Clavell (6-6 jr.), 16.9 ppg, 6.5 rpg; G Corey Allmond (6-1 sr.), 16.3 ppg.

Noteworthy: The Bearkats have an abundance of scoring options and lead the nation with 20.9 assists per game while averaging more than 80 points per game.

Duke Blue Devils California Bears Texas A&M; Aggies Purdue Boilermakers 6Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions 6Winthrop Eagles Louisville Cardinals 2Utah State Aggies 3Siena Saints Villanova Wildcats Richmond Spiders Notre Dame Fighting Irish Baylor Bears 5Robert Morris Colonials 0St. Mary's Gaels 1Old Dominion Monarchs 4Sam Houston State Bearkats


West Region 1Syracuse Orange Record: 28-4.

How they got here: At-large bid.

Key players: F Wesley Johnson (6-7 jr.), 15.7 ppg, 8.5 rpg; G Andy Rautins (6-5 sr.), 11.6 ppg, 4.8 apg; F Rick Jackson (6-9 jr.) 10.2 ppg.

Noteworthy: Despite a hiccup against Georgetown in the Big East tournament, 'Cuse is as deep and talented as any team in the country. Five players average in double figures.

8Gonzaga Bulldogs Record: 26-6.

How they got here: At-large bid.

Key players: G Matt Bouldin (6-5 sr.), 15.8 ppg, 4.1 apg; F Elias Harris (6-7 fr.), 14.7 ppg; 7.2 rpg; G Steve Gray (6-5 jr.), 13.7 ppg, 2.8 apg.

Noteworthy: An 81-62 loss to St. Mary's in the conference tournament hurt Gonzaga's NCAA seed, but March's perennial Cinderella favorite is still plenty capable of a deep run.

5Butler Bulldogs Record: 28-4.

How they got here: Won Horizon League tournament.

Key players: G-F Gordon Hayward (6-9 so.), 15.4 ppg, 8.5 rpg; G Shelvin Mack (6-3 so.), 13.9 ppg; F Matt Howard (6-8 jr.), 12.3 ppg.

Noteworthy: Butler takes a 20-game win streak into the NCAA tournament, including an 18-0 regular-season Horizon League record.

4Vanderbilt Commodores Record: 24-8.

How they got here: At-large bid.

Key players: G Jermaine Beal (6-5 sr.), 14.5 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 3.1 apg; C A.J. Ogilvy (6-11 jr.), 13.9 ppg, 6.2 rpg; F Jeffery Taylor (6-6 so.), 13.9 ppg.

Noteworthy: There isn't much Vandy is lacking as one of the country's most complete teams. The Commodores are disciplined, shoot well and have ample size.

16Vermont Catamounts Record: 24-9.

How they got here: Won America East tournament.

Key players: F Marqus Blakely (6-5 sr.), 17.2 ppg, 9.1 rpg; G Maurice Joseph (6-4 sr.), 14.1 ppg; G Evan Fjeld (6-8 jr.), 10.7 ppg, 6.1 rpg.

Noteworthy: Blakely leads the team in points per game, field-goal percentage, rebounds, assists, blocks, steals and double-doubles.

9 Florida State Seminoles Record: 22-9.

How they got here: At-large bid.

Key players: F Chris Singleton (6-9 so.), 10.4 ppg, 7.2 rpg; C Solomon Alabi (7-1 so.), 11.6 ppg; G Michael Snaer (6-5 fr.), 8.9 ppg.

Noteworthy: This is the second consecutive NCAA tournament appearance for FSU, which went 10-6 in the ACC for the second consecutive season under coach Leonard Hamilton.

12Texas-El Paso Miners Record: 26-6.

How they got here: At-large bid.

Key players: G Randy Culpepper (6-0 jr.), 18.1 ppg, 2.0 apg, 1.7 spg; F Derrick Caracter (6-9 jr.), 14.3 ppg, 8.4 rpg; F Jeremy Williams (6-0 jr.), 10.3 ppg, 4.9 rpg.

Noteworthy: UTEP relied on a slew of talented players from Memphis, Tenn., to claim its first regular-season conference title 1987.

13Murray State Racers Record: 30-4.

How they got here: Won Ohio Valley tournament.

Key players: C Tony Easley (6-9 sr.), 10.3 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 2.3 bpg; G B.J. Jenkins (6-0 jr.), 10.7 ppg, 1.9 spg.

Noteworthy: This is about as balanced as a team can be. Five players average between 10 and 11 points per game, and a sixth is at 9.9.

2 Kansas State Wildcats Record: 26-7.

How they got here: At-large bid.

Key players: G Jacob Pullen (6-0 jr.), 18.9 ppg, 3.6 apg; G Denis Clemente (6-1 sr.), 16.0 ppg, 3.9 apg; F Curtis Kelly (6-8 jr.), 11.4 ppg, 6.3 rpg.

Noteworthy: Setting aside a 17-point loss at Kansas, the Wildcats' other four losses were by a combined 16 points.

7 Brigham Young Cougars Record: 29-5.

How they got here:At-large bid.

Key players: G Jimmer Fredette (6-2 jr.), 20.6 ppg, 4.7 apg, 47.2% 3-point shooting; G Jackson Emery (6-3 jr.), 12.6 ppg, 4.4 rpg.

Noteworthy: Fredette is one of the nation's most prolific scorers, but BYU proved it could win without him when he was sidelined with mononucleosis and stomach problems.

6Xavier Musketeers Record: 24-8.

How they got here: At-large bid.

Key players: G Jordan Crawford (6-4 so.), 19.7 ppg, 4.7 rpg; F-C Jason Love (6-9 sr.), 11.9 ppg, 8.6 rpg; G Terrell Holloway (6-0 so.), 11.4 ppg, 4.0 apg.

Noteworthy: Holloway led the Atlantic 10 in free throw percentage (84.9 percent) during the regular season.

3Pittsburgh Panthers Record: 24-8.

How they got here: At-large bid.

Key players: G Ashton Gibbs (6-2 so.), 16.2 ppg, 40.4% 3-pt. shooting; G Brad Wanamaker (6-4 jr.), 12.0 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 4.7 apg.

Noteworthy: It has been a relatively up-and-down season for the Panthers, who showed promise by winning eight of their last nine games before losing in the Big East tourney.

15North Texas Mean Green Record: 24-8.

How they got here: Won Sun Belt tournament

Key players: G Josh White (5-10 jr.), 14.9 ppg, 3.5 apg; G Tristan Thompson (6-5 jr.), 14.1 ppg.

Noteworthy: The Mean Green returns to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2007 and just the third time since 1988. North Texas enters on an 11-game winning streak.

10Florida Gators Record: 21-12.

How they got here: At-large bid.

Key players: F Chandler Parsons (6-9 jr.), 12.0 ppg, 6.8 rpg; G Kenny Boynton (6-2 fr.), 13.5 ppg; G Erving Walker (5-8 so.), 12.7 ppg.

Noteworthy: Florida, which snapped a two-year NCAA drought, made the tournament despite shooting 30.8 percent from the 3-point line during the regular season.

11 Minnesota Golden Gophers Record: 21-13.

How they got here: At-large bid.

Key players: G Lawrence Westbrook (6-0 sr.), 12.9 ppg; G Blake Hoffarber (6-4 jr.), 10.7 ppg; C Ralph Sampson III (6-11 so.), 8.5 ppg, 6.2 rpg.

Noteworthy: Minnesota led the Big Ten in the regular season in blocked shots (5.7 per game), steals (8.1), assists (17.2) and 3-point field goal percentage (.401).

14Oakland Golden Grizzlies Record: 26-8.

How they got here: Won Summit League tournament.

Key players: C Keith Benson (6-11 jr.), 17.0 ppg, 10.5 rpg; F Derick Nelson (6-5 sr.), 12.4 ppg.

Noteworthy: Benson was the only Summit League player to finish the season averaging a double-double. He also had 17 rebounds in each of the final two tournament games.

Syracuse Orange Gonzaga Bulldogs Butler Bulldogs Vanderbilt Commodores 6Vermont Catamounts Florida State Seminoles 2Texas-El Paso Miners 3Murray State Racers Kansas State Wildcats Brigham Young Cougars Xavier Musketeers Pittsburgh Panthers 5North Texas Mean Green 0Florida Gators 1Minnesota Golden Gophers 4Oakland Golden Grizzlies

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