Coach: Bill Self
Scoring: Team (75.4); Ben McLemore 16.4
Rebounds: Team (39.1); Jeff Withey 8.4
Assists/Turnovers: Team (15.6/13.7); Elijah Johnson 4.8/3.1
Three-pointers: Team (.367); Ben McLemore 69
The Skinny: Nine straight Big 12 titles, a Final Four team a year ago, playing as a No. 1 seed near home at the Sprint Center in Kansas City. Have to like the Jayhawks’ chances of going far.
16. Western Kentucky
Location: Bowling Green, Ky.
Coach: Ray Harper
Scoring: Team (67.2); T.J. Price 15.3
Rebounds: Team (36.2); George Fant 6.8
Assists/Turnovers: Team (11.2/15.1); Jamal Crook 4.0/2.3
Three-pointers: Team (.324); T.J. Price 79
The Skinny: The Hilltoppers recovered from a rough stretch in the middle of the season by winning four games in four days to take the Sun Belt tourney title for the second straight season.
8. North Carolina
Location: Chapel Hill
Nickname: Tar Heels
Coach: Roy Williams
Scoring: Team (77.2); James Michael McAdoo 14.4
Rebounds: Team (38.9); McAdoo 7.4
Assists/Turnovers: Team (17.3/12.2); Marcus Paige 4.7/2.4
Three-pointers: Team (.374); Reggie Bullock 84
The Skinny: Reaching the ACC final did the Tar Heels a world of good, even if they lost to Miami. Coach Roy Williams one win from 700.
Location: Philadelphia, 20-13
Coach: Jay Wright
Scoring: Team (67.8); JayVaughn Pinkston 13.1
Rebounds: Team (36.3); Mouphtaou Yarou 7.8
Assists/Turnovers: Team (12.3/15.7); Ryan Arcidiacono 3.5/2.8
Three-pointers: Team (.336); Ryan Arcidiacono 70
The Skinny: Average run in Big East season and a loss in tournament quarterfinals were outweighed by strong schedule and solid RPI.
Coach: Shaka Smart.
Scoring: Team (77.3); Treveon Graham 15.5
Rebounds: Team (34.8); Juvonte Reddic 8.3
Assists/Turnovers: Team (14.7/11.8); Darrius Theus 4.9/1.9
Three-pointers: Team (.352); Troy Daniels 117
The Skinny: Shaka Smart and the Rams were a surprise Final Four team two years ago. Could another mid-major run be in the works for the A-10 champs?
Location: Akron, Ohio
Coach: Keith Dambrot
Scoring: Team (72.7); Zeke Marshall 13.0
Rebounds: Team (37.9); Demetrius Treadwell 7.9
Assists/Turnovers: Team (15.0/13.6); Alex Abreu 6.0/2.9
Three-pointers: Team (.337); Alex Abreu 50
The Skinny: Zips are big and athletic and overcame the suspension of three-year starting point guard Alex Abreu to win the conference title. Coach Dambrot faces one of his former assistants.
Location: Ann Arbor
Coach: John Beilein
Scoring: Team (75.2); Trey Burke 19.2
Rebounds: Team (35.1); Mitch McGary 5.5
Assists/Turnovers: Team (14.3/9.2); Trey Burke 6.7/2.0
Three-pointers: Team (.383); Nik Stauskas 71
The Skinny: A top-10 team for a good chunk of the season, the Wolverines struggled down the stretch. But with the trio of Trey Burke, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Glenn Robinson III, they’re going to be a handful for whoever they face.
13. South Dakota St.
Coach: Scott Nagy
Scoring: Team (73.9); Nate Wolters 22.7
Rebounds: Team (34.7); Jordan Dykstra 7.9
Assists/Turnovers: Team (14.5/10.4); Wolters 5.8/2.3
Three-pointers: Team (.394); Chad White 75
The Skinny: Jackrabbits have made it two straight NCAA tournaments after getting in for the first time a year ago. Summit League player of the year Nate Wolters was fourth nationally with 22.7 points per game.
Location: Los Angeles
Coach: Ben Howland
Scoring: Team (74.7); Shabazz Muhammad 17.8
Rebounds: Team (36.3); Kyle Anderson 8.6
Assists/Turnovers: Team (16.1/11.1); Larry Drew II 7.4/2.4
Three-pointers: Team (.339); Jordan Adams 46 (injured)
The Skinny: The Bruins won the Pac-12 regular-season title, but fell short in the tournament title game after freshman Jordan Adams broke his right foot. UCLA will have to retool its offense.
Nickname: Golden Gophers
Coach: Tubby Smith
Scoring: Team (68.4); Andre Hollins 13.9
Rebounds: Team (38.8); Trevor Mbakwe 8.7
Assists/Turnovers: Team (14.8/13.8); Andre Hollins 3.4/2.3
Three-pointers: Team (.326); Andre Hollins 70
The Skinny: Gophers are athletic enough to knock off UCLA in the opening round, and keep going.
Coach: Billy Donovan
Scoring: Team (71.6); Erik Murphy 12.6
Rebounds: Team (35.1); Patric Young 6.2
Assists/Turnovers: Team (14.8/11.1); Scottie Wilbekin 5.0/2.0
Three-pointers: Team (.380); Erik Murphy 68
The Skinny: Great guards, solid frontcourt, one of the best defensive teams in the country wouldn’t be a huge surprise if the Gators made the short trip to Atlanta.
14. Northwestern State
Location: Natchitoches, La.
Coach: Mike McConathy
Scoring: Team (81.0); DeQuan Hicks 14.1
Rebounds: Team (39.3); James Hulbin 5.9
Assists/Turnovers: Team (15.5/14.0); Jalan West 5.2/1.9
Three-pointers: Team (.317); West 49
The Skinny: The highest-scoring team in the country will be fun to watch and could ruin a few brackets.
7. San Diego State
Location: San Diego
Coach: Steve Fisher
Scoring: Team (69.2); Jamaal Franklin 16.7
Rebounds: Team (36.8); Franklin 9.5
Assists/Turnovers: Team (12.3/11.9); Franklin 3.2/3.4
Three-pointers: Team (.324); Chase Tapley 66
The Skinny: Coach Steve Fisher knows a thing or two about coaching, which could be good enough for a win or two in the tournament.
Coach: Lon Kruger
Scoring: Team (71.1); Romero Osby 15.8
Rebounds: Team (36.7); Osby 7.0
Assists/Turnovers: Team (12.4/11.8); Sam Grooms 3.2/1.2
Three-pointers: Team (.326); Steven Pledger 70
The Skinny: Sooners have rebounded this season to make the bracket for the first time since Blake Griffin took them there 2009.
Coach: John Thompson III
Scoring: Team (64.6); Otto Porter Jr. 16.3
Rebounds: Team (32.9); Otto Porter Jr. 7.4
Assists/Turnovers: Team (14.8/12.7); Markel Starks 2.9/2.0
Three-pointers: Team (.358); Markel Starks 59
The Skinny: Georgetown is one of seven basketball-focused Catholic schools splitting off from the conference to create their own league, which will begin play next season and keep the Big East name.
15. Florida Gulf Coast
Location: Fort Myers
Coach: Andy Enfield
Scoring: Team (73.1); Sherwood Brown 15.3
Rebounds: Team (36.6); Brown 6.4
Assists/Turnovers: Team (14.0/14.7); Brett Comer 6.3/3.6
Three-pointers: Team (.339); Brown 68
The Skinny: Atlantic Sun champs got into the field of 68 in second year of eligibility in DI pretty impressive after losing 82 games the previous four seasons as a transitional program.