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Kansas’ Jeff Withey dunks against Kansas State during the first half of Big 12 championship game. Withey leads the Jayhawks in the rounding averaging 8.4.

South region

1. Kansas

Location: Lawrence

Record: 29-5

Nickname: Jayhawks

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.

Record: 20-15

Nickname: Hilltoppers

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

Record: 24-10

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.

9. Villanova

Location: Philadelphia, 20-13

Nickname: Wildcats

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.

5. VCU

Location: Richmond

Record: 26-8

Nickname: Rams

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?

12. Akron

Location: Akron, Ohio

Record: 26-6.

Nickname: Zips

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.

4. Michigan

Location: Ann Arbor

Records: 26-7

Nickname: Wolverines

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.

Location: Brookings

Record: 25-9

Nickname: Jackrabbits

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

Record: 25-9

Nickname: Bruins

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.

11. Minnesota

Location: Minneapolis

Record: 20-12

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.

3. Florida

Location: Gainesville

Record: 26-7

Nickname: Gators

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.

Record: 23-8

Nickname: Demons

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

Record: 22-10

Nickname: Aztecs

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.

10. Oklahoma

Location: Norman

Record: 20-11

Nickname: Sooners

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.

2. Georgetown

Location: Washington

Record: 25-6

Nickname: Hoyas

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

Record: 24-10.

Nickname: Eagles

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.