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Gonzaga’s Elias Harris puts up a shot in the West Coast Conference tournament championship.

West Region

1. Gonzaga

Location: Spokane, Wash.

Record: 31-2

Nickname: Bulldogs

Coach: Mark Few

Scoring: Team (77.6); Kelly Olynyk 17.5

Rebounds: Team (37.3); Elias Harris 7.4

Assists/Turnovers: Team (15.2/11.2); David Stockton 3.3/1.2

Three-pointers: Team (.371); Kevin Pangos 70

The Skinny: Zags, with few weaknesses, ended the regular season No. 1. A mid-major is the No. 1 seed in the West Region.

16. Southern U.

Location: Baton Rouge, La.

Record: 23-9

Nickname: Jaguars

Coach: Roman Banks

Scoring: Team (67.7); Derick Beltran 15.9

Rebounds: Team (35.2); Brandon Moore 7.1

Assists/Turnovers: Team (11.4/10.9); Jameel Grace 3.6/2.0

Three-pointers: Team (.362); Malcolm Miller 87

The Skinny: Roman Banks has taken Jaguars from last to first in two seasons with a SWAC championship.

8. Pittsburgh

Location: Pittsburgh

Record: 24-8

Nickname: Panthers

Coach: Jamie Dixon

Scoring: Team (69.6); Travon Woodall 11.8

Rebounds: Team (35.3); Steve Adams 6.2

Assists/Turnovers: Team (16.4/10.9); Woodall 5.2/2.1

Three-pointers: Team (.360); Woodall 55

The Skinny: The Panthers have wins over Georgetown, Syracuse and two over Villanova on their resume.

9. Wichita State

Location: Wichita, Kan.

Record: 26-8

Nickname: Shockers

Coach: Gregg Marshall

Scoring: Team (69.4); Cleanthony Early 13.6

Rebounds: Team (38.4); Carl Hall 7.2

Assists/Turnovers: Team (13.8/12.8); Malcolm Armstead 4.0/2.3

Three-pointers: Team (.337); Armstead 55

The Skinny: Strong nonconference schedule helped Shockers get into the bracket for the second straight season.

5. Wisconsin

Location: Madison

Record: 23-11

Nickname: Badgers

Coach: Bo Ryan

Scoring: Team (66.2); Ben Brust 11.4

Rebounds: Team (36.9); Ryan Evans 7.5

Assists/Turnovers: Team (13.5/9.8); Ben Brust 2.4/1.2

Three-pointers: Team (.338); Ben Brust 77

The Skinny: Winning the Big Ten tournament title says a lot. Having a coach like Bo Ryan certainly doesn’t hurt.

12. Mississippi

Location: University, Miss.

Record: 26-8

Nickname: Rebels

Coach: Andy Kennedy

Scoring: Team (79.1); Marshall Henderson 20.1

Rebounds: Team (39.5); Murphy Holloway 9.6

Assists/Turnovers: Team (12.7/11.5); Jarvis Summers 3.7/1.6

Three-pointers: Team (.336); Henderson 131

The Skinny: Marshall Henderson could be this year’s Jimmer Fredette.

4. Kansas State

Location: Manhattan

Record: 27-7

Nickname: Wildcats

Coach: Bruce Weber

Scoring: Team (69.2); Rodney McGruder 15.7

Rebounds: Team (35.3); McGruder 5.4

Assists/Turnovers: Team (16.0/11.6); Angel Rodriguez 5.3/2.3

Three-pointers: Team (.363); Angel Rodriguez 55

The Skinny: Won share of Big 12 regular-season title and got to tournament title game in first season under coach Bruce Weber. Not bad, not bad at all.

13. Boise State

Location: Boise, Idaho

Record: 21-10

Nickname: Broncos

Coach: Leon Rice

Scoring: Team (73.3); Anthony Drmic 17.3

Rebounds: Team (33.9); Ryan Watkins 6.8

Assists/Turnovers: Team (13.2/12.1); Derrick Marks 3.7/3.4

Three-pointers: Team (.391); Jeff Elorriaga 82

The Skinny: The Broncos sneaked into the bracket for the first time since 2008 after finishing fifth in Mountain West. Get past La Salle and they might have trouble sneaking past Kansas State.

13. La Salle

Location: Philadelphia

Record: 21-9

Nickname: Explorers

Coach: John Giannini

Scoring: Team (72.4); Ramon Galloway 17.0

Rebounds: Team (31.7); Jerrell Wright 6.9

Assists/Turnovers: Team (14.4/11.7); Galloway 3.8/3.1

Three-pointers: Team (.371); Galloway 80

The Skinny: Wins over Butler and VCU helped erase a couple of early-season losses to get the Explorers into the bracket.

6. Arizona

Location: Tucson

Record: 25-7

Nickname: Wildcats

Coach: Sean Miller

Scoring: Team (73.3); Mark Lyons 14.8

Rebounds: Team (36.2); Kaleb Tarczewski 6.1

Assists/Turnovers: Team (13.8/13.1); Nick Johnson 3.2/1.8

Three-pointers: Team (.363); Lyons 59

The Skinny: Loads of talent, will need to find defensive consistency to make a run. Watch for Sean Miller’s death stare. One of the best in college hoops.

11. Belmont

Location: Nashville, Tenn.

Record: 26-6

Nickname: Bruins

Coach: Rick Byrd

Scoring: Team (77.2); Ian Clark 18.17

Rebounds: Team (32.2); Trevor Noack 5.5

Assists/Turnovers: Team (15.9/13.5); Kerron Johnson 4.8/3.2

Three-pointers: Team (.386); Ian Clark 99

The Skinny: Bruins have become bracket regulars. They’re still waiting to get past the first round, but may have a shot if Arizona doesn’t guard them on the perimeter.

3. New Mexico

Location: Albuquerque

Record: 29-5

Nickname: Lobos

Coach: Steve Alford

Scoring: Team (67.4); Kendall Williams 13.5

Rebounds: Team (35.2); Alex Kirk 7.9

Assists/Turnovers: Team (14.6/11.5); Williams 5.0/2.1

Three-pointers: Team (.354); Tony Snell 63

The Skinny: The tournament champion from the conference with the highest RPI, might have a chance to go deep in the bracket.

14. Harvard

Location: Boston

Record: 19-9

Nickname: Crimson

Coach: Tommy Amaker

Scoring: Team (68.9); Wesley Saunders 16.5

Rebounds: Team (29.4); Steve Moundou-Missi 5.1

Assists/Turnovers: Team (13.2/13.5); Siyani Chambers 5.7/3.4

Three-pointers: Team (.401); Laurent Rivard 74

The Skinny: Won third straight Ivy League title, but making second straight NCAA appearance. Keep an eye on Chambers, the freshman with the cool name and sweet game.

7. Notre Dame

Location: South Bend

Record: 25-9

Nickname: Fighting Irish

Coach: Mike Brey

Scoring: Team (70.4); Jerian Grant 13.4

Rebounds: Team (36.2); Jack Cooley 10.3

Assists/Turnovers: Team (17.0/11.1); Eric Atkins 5.6/2.1

Three-pointers: Team (.373); Pat Connaughton 57

The Skinny: After great start, Irish labored through Big East schedule. With bullish Jack Cooley roaming around, they’ll be a tough matchup in the tournament.

10. Iowa State

Location: Ames

Record: 22-11

Nickname: Cyclones

Coach: Fred Hoiberg

Scoring: Team (79.6); Will Clyburn 15.0

Rebounds: Team (38.7); Melvin Eljim 9.3

Assists/Turnovers: Team (16.0/13.3); Korie Lucious 5.7/3.3

Three-pointers: Team (.370); Tyler McGee 90

The Skinny: Good RPI, strong finish to the season and a comeback win over Oklahoma in Big 12 tournament gets the Cyclones back in the tournament for the second straight season.

2. Ohio State

Location: Columbus

Record: 26-7

Nickname: Buckeyes

Coach: Thad Matta

Scoring: Team (69.8); Deshaun Thomas 19.6

Rebounds: Team (35.4); Thomas 6.2

Assists/Turnovers: Team (13.5/10.7); Aaron Craft 4.7/1.8

Three-pointers: Team (.359); Thomas 64

The Skinny: The Buckeyes went to the Final Four last season. Do-everything guard Aaron Craft could get them there again.

15. Iona

Location: New Rochelle, N.Y.

Record: 20-13

Nickname: Gaels

Coach: Tim Cluess

Scoring: Team (80.7); Lamont Jones 23.0

Rebounds: Team (36.0); David Laury 10.4

Assists/Turnovers: Team (15.5/12.2); Jones 3.5/3.3

Three-pointers: Team (.373); Sean Armand 108

The Skinny: MAAC champs play fast, shoot threes and score in bunches. The key for the Gaels will be keeping the other team from scoring – they were 331st in scoring defense.

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