Location: Spokane, Wash.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 doesnt hurt.
Location: University, Miss.
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 years Jimmer Fredette.
4. Kansas State
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
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
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.
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 Millers death stare. One of the best in college hoops.
Location: Nashville, Tenn.
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. Theyre still waiting to get past the first round, but may have a shot if Arizona doesnt guard them on the perimeter.
3. New Mexico
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.
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
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, theyll be a tough matchup in the tournament.
10. Iowa State
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
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.
Location: New Rochelle, N.Y.
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.