Second-round matchups:

1 Michigan St. vs. 16 LIU-Brooklyn

8 Memphis vs. 9 Saint Louis

5 New Mexico vs. 12 Long Beach St.

4 Louisville vs. 13 Davidson

6 Murray St. vs. 11 Colorado St.

3 Marquette vs. 14 BYU/Iona

7 Florida vs. 10 Virginia

2 Missouri vs. 15 Norfolk St.

My pick to win it: Missouri. How well do you think it went over in Kansas City, as the Tigers were winning the Big 12 Tournament on Saturday, that their fans started chanting "SEC, SEC"? The magical season will continue with a trip to New Orleans.

Dark horse: Louisville doesn't have the horses it usually does, so Rick Pitino slowed down the Cards' run-and-gun style. They'd have to get past Michigan State in the Sweet 16.

Obvious rout: Norfolk State lost to Division II Elizabeth City State back in November. They'll be lucky to stay within 30 of Missouri.

Upset special: Long Beach State is the best of the No. 12 seeds. Look for the 49ers in the Sweet 16. Murray State, with a No. 6, will get to play in nearby Louisville, which third-seeded Marquette can't love.

Looking forward to: Which of the big conference tourney champions falls first - the Big Ten (Michigan State), Big 12 (Missouri), Big East (Louisville) or Big West (Long Beach State).

Questionable seeding: Iona better justify the committee giving it an at-large bid by beating Brigham Young and giving Marquette a scare. The committee loved the Gaels' non-conference strength of schedule (43). Here will be two chances to justify the decision.

Players you will love to watch: Draymond Green is closing out a terrific career and Michigan State coach Tom Izzo has called him "the perfect Spartan." Murray State's Isaiah Canaan and Donte Poole are a terrific backcourt, but a notch below Missouri's Marcus Denmon and Kim English.

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TEAM-BY-TEAM THUMBNAILS/By Daily News Staff

1. MICHIGAN STATE (27-7)

Location: East Lansing, Mich.

Conference: Big Ten.

Bid: Automatic.

RPI: 4.

Strength of Schedule Rank: 1.

NCAA Tournament Record: 52-24 (2 titles, 8 Final Fours).

Last NCAA: 2011, lost in second round to UCLA, 78-76

Head Coach: Tom Izzo.

School and Overall: 410-168 (17 years).

Probable Starters, Pos., Hgt., Yr., Pts., Reb., FG%, FT%

Keith Appling, G, 6-1, So., 11.5, 3.0, 42.3, 79.5

Brandon Wood, G, 6-2, Sr., 8.2, 3.0, 45.1, 63.9

Austin Thornton, F, 6-5, Sr., 5.1, 3.4, 44.3, 90.7

Draymond Green, F, 6-7, Sr., 16.2, 10.3, 45.0, 72.2

Adreian Payne, F, 6-10, So., 6.7, 4.0, 56.0, 68.3

Other Key Players

Derrick Nix, C, 6-9, Jr., 7.8, 3.7, 55.3, 56.9

Travis Trice, G, 6-0, Fr., 4.9, 1.8, 37.8, 58.6

About the Spartans: After going to consecutive Final Fours, they were big underachievers last season. They are big overachievers this season. Big Ten Player of the Year Green is a double-double machine who can also pass, make threes and lead ... Freshman guard Branden Dawson (8.4 points, 58% FG) tore the ACL in his left knee in season finale and is out ... Hold teams to just 37.2% shooting (second nationally to Kentucky) and 28.5% percent from the arc (ninth). Teams get just .843 points per possession, second best ... In the best MSU tradition, they crush opponents on the glass, outrebounding them by 8.8 boards per game ... Have no great offensive players, but team offense, relying on some of the best half-court sets in the country, is good enough ... Blocked 4.2 shots a game as a team.

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2. MISSOURI (30-4)

Location: Columbia, Mo.

Conference: Big 12.

Bid: Automatic.

RPI: 10.

Strength of Schedule Rank: 69.

NCAA Tournament Record: 22-24 (0 Titles, 0 Final Fours).

Last NCAA: 2011, lost in second round to Cincinnati, 78-63

Head Coach: Frank Haith

School: 30-4 (1 year). Overall: 159-105 (8 years).

Probable Starters, Pos., Hgt., Yr., Pts., Reb., FG%, FT%

Phil Pressey, G, 5-10, So., 9.7, 3.3, 40.3, 76.4

Matt Pressey, G, 6-2, Sr., 6.4, 3.0, 39.8, 69.2

Marcus Denmon, G, 6-3, Sr., 18.0, 5.1, 46.8, 88.8

Kim English, G, 6-6, Sr., 14.1, 4.2, 50.0, 71.4

Ricardo Ratliffe, F, 6-8, Sr., 13.8, 7.5, 70.8, 69.3

Other Key Players

Michael Dixon, G, 6-1, Jr., 13.3, 1.9, 48.2, 89.5

Steve Moore, C, 6-9, Sr., 3.0, 2.8, 55.6, 55.0

About the Tigers: Their acrimonious departure from the Big 12 for the SEC will have an entire region of the country rooting for their quick demise in the NCAA Tournament ... English injured his right thigh in the conference championship but returned to the game. Still, the injury could linger as the Tigers make what could be a long tournament run ... Five of the first six in the rotation are legitimate three-point threats. They shoot 39% from the arc as a team ... The Presseys are sons of former Milwaukee Bucks swingman Paul Pressey, now a coach with the Cavaliers. Phil averages 6.2 assists per game ... Denmon (42%) and English (45%) are dead-on from the three-point line ... Club registered a hundred more steals than opponents and commited fewer than 10 turnovers a game.

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3. MARQUETTE (25-7)

Location: Milwaukee.

Conference: Big East.

Bid: At-large.

RPI: 9.

Strength of Schedule Rank: 17.

NCAA Tournament Record: 36-30 (1 title, 3 Final Fours).

Last NCAA: 2011, lost in regional semifinal to North Carolina, 81-63

Head Coach: Buzz Williams.

School: 94-44 (4 years). Overall: 108-61 (5 years).

Probable Starters, Pos., Hgt., Yr., Pts., Reb., FG%, FT%

Junior Cadougan, G, 6-1, Jr., 6.4, 2.1, 39.5, 70.0

Darius Johnson-Odom, G, 6-2, Sr., 18.3, 3.4, 45.1, 76.7

Vander Blue, G, 6-4, So., 8.7, 4.4, 42.5, 69.3

Jae Crowder, F, 6-6, Sr., 17.7, 7.9, 51.2, 74.3

Jamil Wilson, F, 6-7, So., 7.1, 3.9, 45.2, 74.0

Other Key Players

Davante Gardner, F, 6-8, So., 9.7, 5.5, 57.8, 74.7

Todd Mayo, G, 6-3, Fr., 7.8, 2.6, 41.4, 78.7

Derrick Wilson, G, 6-1, Fr., 0.7, 1.2, 40.0, 47.1

About the Golden Eagles: Last year was the first time they'd made it past the second round since making it to the Final Four in 2003 ... Crowder was the only unanimous all-Big East pick ... They've won at least 10 Big East games in each of their first six seasons in the conference ... Current streak of seven straight NCAA appearances is second-longest in program history. They went to 10 in a row from 1971-80, including national title in 1977 ... Suffered some injuries early, and basically use an undersized, athletic seven-man rotation ... Had roughly 100 more assists than their opponents, and 100 fewer turnovers ... Shot 72.3% from the line, to their opponents' 67.6%.

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4. LOUISVILLE (26-9)

Location: Louisville, Ky.

Conference: Big East.

Bid: Automatic.

RPI: 14.

Strength of Schedule Rank: 8.

NCAA Tournament Record: 60-39 (2 Titles, 8 Final Fours).

Last NCAA: 2011, lost in second round to Morehead St., 62-61

Head Coach: Rick Pitino.

School: 271-105 (11 years). Overall: 625-233 (27 years).

Probable Starters, Pos., Hgt., Yr., Pts., Reb., FG%, FT%

Peyton Siva, G, 6-0, Jr., 8.5, 2.9, 38.8, 73.5

Chris Smith, G, 6-2, Sr., 10.1, 3.8, 40.2, 75.6

Kyle Kuric, G, 6-4, Sr., 12.9, 4.6, 43.4, 80.9

Chane Behanan, F, 6-6, Fr., 9.3, 7.6, 50.0, 59.7

Gorgui Dieng, C, 6-11, So., 9.5, 9.1, 53.2, 66.7

Other Key Players

Russ Smith, G, 6-0, So., 11.9, 2.6, 37.3, 75.5

Jared Swopshire, F, 6-8, Sr., 3.4, 2.8, 40.4, 62.9

About the Cardinals: This isn't a vintage Pitino team, after suffering a number of injuries early on. But he did take them to the Final Final in 2005, and Elite Eights in 2008 and '09. Lost in opening round the last 2 years. Only other time that happened to him in 15 appearances was 1983, at Boston University, in his NCAA debut ... For 10th consecutive season, won at least 22 games ... Led Big East in field goal defense (37.8%). Was second in steals (9.2 average), ranked among national leaders in both ... Are at their best when they're turning takeaways into points ... Dieng has 98 blocks, four short of Pervis Ellison's school record set in 1987-88 ... Shoot 31.9% from three-point line, lowest for program since the arc became part of the game in 1986-87.

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5. NEW MEXICO (27-6)

Location: Albuquerque, N.M.

Conference: Mountain West.

Bid: Automatic.

RPI: 32.

Strength of Schedule Rank: 113.

NCAA Tournament Record: 7-13 (0 Titles, 0 Final Fours).

Last NCAA: 2010, lost in second round to Washington, 82-64

Head Coach: Steve Alford.

School: 125-45 (5 years). Overall: 433-228 (21 seasons).

Probable Starters, Pos., Hgt., Yr., Pts., Reb., FG%, FT%

Kendall Williams, G, 6-3, So., 12.0, 3.3, 43.9, 77.7

Hugh Greenwood, G, 6-3, Fr., 6.4, 3.5, 43.8, 65.1

Tony Snell, G, 6-7, So., 10.8, 2.8, 45.7, 82.0

A.J. Hardeman, F, 6-8, Sr., 4.8, 3.7, 47.4, 46.1

Drew Gordon, F, 6-9, Sr., 13.2, 11.0, 53.8, 74.3

Other Key Players

Jamal Fenton, G, 5-9, Jr., 6.9, 1.4, 49.7, 63.2

Demetrius Walker, G, 6-2, So., 6.8, 2.7, 38.9, 72.4

Phillip McDonald, G, 6-5, Sr., 6.2, 1.6, 43.1, 58.3

Cameron Bairstow, F, 6-9, So., 3.5, 3.6, 44.2, 61.8

Chad Adams, G, 6-6, Jr., 3.3, 1.7, 47.6, 86.4

About the Lobos: Captured their first conference title since 2005 and just their fourth in program history ... New Mexico goes dancing riding a four-game unbeaten record against ranked opponents ... The Lobos have scored a three-pointer in 694 consecutive games, reminiscent of a coach who was one of the best shooters to come out of the University of Indiana. Alford played in the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, and on a team that featured Michael Jordan and Patrick Ewing, Alford shot 64.4% from the field and averaged 10.3 points ... Lobo is the Spanish word for Wolf.

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6. MURRAY STATE (30-1)

Location: Murray, Ky.

Conference: Ohio Valley.

Bid: Automatic.

RPI: 22.

Strength of Schedule Rank: 157.

NCAA Tournament Record: 2-14 (0 Titles, 0 Final Fours).

Last NCAA: 2010, lost in second round to Butler, 54-52

Head Coach: Steve Prohm

School and Overall: 30-1 (1 year)

Probable Starters, Pos., Hgt., Yr., Pts., Reb., FG%, FT%

Isaiah Canaan, G, 6-0, Jr., 19.2, 3.3, 48.4, 84.0

Jewuan Long, G, 6-1, Sr., 8.6, 3.0, 48.8, 69.1

Donte Poole, G, 6-3, Sr., 14.2, 3.7, 45.0, 86.4

Edward Daniel, F, 6-7, Jr., 6.9, 5.3, 57.1, 60.5

Ivan Aska, F, 6-7, Sr., 10.9, 5.7, 50.0, 85.7

Other Key Players

Zay Jackson, G, 6-0, Fr., 4.9, 2.1, 39.1, 64.9

Latreze Mushatt, F, 6-5, Jr., 4.4, 5.0, 49.1, 51.1

Stacy Wilson, F, 6-3, Jr., 4.4, 0.9, 48.6, 55.6

Brandon Garrett, F, 6-9, Jr., 2.3, 2.1, 45.0, 54.6

About the Racers: This is not your typical mid-major - think a smaller version of Missouri. Ranked all year, they have all the elements to go deep - they have a superstar in Canaan, are sixth in nation from three (40.6%), crash the offensive boards, create turnovers and start five upper classmen ... Canaan is a legitimate first-team All-America candidate. He was 10th in nation in threes made ... Poole and Aska are all-conference ... Long is the defensive stopper and Daniel is the energy guy ... Like Mizzou, teams must adjust to their style. While susceptible on the boards, they haven't lost a road game all year.

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7. FLORIDA (23-10)

Location: Gainesville, Fla.

Conference: Southeastern.

Bid: At-large.

RPI: 29.

Strength of Schedule Rank: 23.

NCAA Tournament Record: 32-14 (2 titles, 3 Final Fours).

Last NCAA: 2011, lost in regional final to Butler, 74-71 (ot)

Head Coach: Billy Donovan.

School: 383-157 (16 years). Overall: 418-177 (18 years).

Probable Starters, Pos., Hgt., Yr., Pts., Reb., FG%, FT%

Erving Walker, G, 5-8, Sr., 12.4, 2.9, 40.4, 82.0

Kenny Boynton, G, 6-2, Jr., 16.8, 2.4, 45.9, 73.9

Bradley Beal, G, 6-3, Fr., 14.4, 6.5, 42.9, 77.0

Patric Young, C, 6-9, So., 10.5, 6.5, 61.6, 60.5

Erik Murphy, F, 6-10, Jr., 10.0, 4.3, 48.6, 75.8

Other Key Players

Mike Rosario, G, 6-3, Jr., 7.2, 1.5, 41.8, 75.9

Scottie Wilbekin, G, 6-2, So., 2.4, 1.4, 38.7, 76.9

Casey Prather, F, 6-6, So., 1.5, 1.6, 27.9, 41.7

About the Gators: Lost their top best rebounder (6.3) and defender when forward Will Yeguete (4.4 points, 58% FG) sustained a broken left foot on Feb. 21 against Auburn. Not coincidentally, Florida dropped five of eight to end the season, four by double digits ... Lead the nation in three-pointers made, just a shade under 10 per game ... Walker (4.7 assists) is the program's leader in career minutes played (since the stat started being kept in 1975). He's fourth on the UF charts in scoring and the leader in assists. Donovan has said he'd like Walker to be a little more fiery as a leader, however ... Team shoots 70% from the line ... Beal has 43 steals and 28 blocked shots.

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8. MEMPHIS (26-8)

Location: Memphis, Tenn.

Conference: Conference USA.

Bid: Automatic.

RPI: 16.

Strength of Schedule Rank: 21.

NCAA Tournament Record: 32-23 (0 Titles, 3 Final Fours).

Last NCAA: 2011, lost in second round to Arizona, 77-75

Head Coach: Josh Pastner

School and Overall: 75-28 (3 years).

Probable Starters, Pos., Hgt., Yr., Pts., Reb., FG%, FT%

Joe Jackson, G, 6-1, So., 10.7, 2.1, 41.6, 86.2

Chris Crawford, G, 6-4, So., 9.3, 3.0, 43.5, 79.4

Will Barton, G, 6-6, So., 18.7, 8.1, 52.5, 73.9

Tarik Black, F, 6-8, So., 10.7, 4.8, 68.2, 58.2

Ferrakohn Hall, F, 6-8, Jr., 3.3, 2.9, 49.3, 45.8

Other Key Players

Antonio Barton, G, 6-2, So., 6.9, 2.3, 48.7, 70.5

Wesley Witherspoon, F, 6-9, Sr., 6.9, 3.8, 44.4, 67.5

D.J. Stephens, F, 6-5, Jr., 2.5, 1.8, 63.2, 68.8

About the Tigers: They ran roughshod over C-USA, leading in scoring (74.8), field goal percentage (49.4%) and field-goal defense (38.4%). They are one of three teams in the nation to be in the top 20 in both FG percentage and FG defense ... Barton, the C-USA Player of the Year, became just the ninth Memphis player to score 1,000 points. He had 10 double-doubles and was sixth in the conference in rebounding ... Memphis has won 20 games for a 10th straight season ... Won their five games in the C-USA tourney by at least 12, including an 83-57 rout of Marshall in the championship ... Pastner has more wins in his first 3 years at Memphis (75) than any other coach in program history ... They've won 20 of their last 23 games.

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9. SAINT LOUIS (25-7)

Location: St. Louis, Mo.

Conference: Atlantic 10.

Bid: At-large.

RPI: 30.

Strength of Schedule Rank: 90.

NCAA Tournament Record: 3-7 (0 Titles, 0 Final Fours).

Last NCAA: 2000, lost in first round to Utah, 48-45

Head Coach: Rick Majerus

School: 94-68 (5 years). Overall: 516-215 (25 years).

Probable Starters, Pos., Hgt., Yr., Pts., Reb., FG%, FT%

Kwamain Mitchell, G, 5-11, Jr., 12.1, 2.6, 45.1, 66.2

Mike McCall, G, 6-0, So., 7.1, 1.6, 43.1, 74.0

Dwayne Evans, F, 6-5, So., 7.8, 7.2, 45.5, 67.6

Brian Conklin, F, 6-6, Sr., 13.9, 5.0, 53.9, 79.1

Rob Loe, F, 6-11, So., 5.1, 3.1, 41.9, 60.0

Other Key Players

Cody Ellis, F, 6-8, Jr., 10.8, 3.6, 42.4, 78.6

Jordair Jett, G, 6-1, So., 6.0, 2.5, 45.6, 58.7

Kyle Cassity, G, 6-4, Sr., 3.7, 1.6, 40.2, 80.0

Cory Remekum, F, 6-8, Jr., 1.9, 1.7, 52.4, 63.2

About the Billikens: Majerus has been to 11 NCAAs (10 with Utah, once with Ball State), but not since 2003. He's only lost in the first round once and made four Sweet 16s, including a title-game appearance in 1998 ... They led the A-10 in defense and were among the nation's best, allowing only 56 points a game. They held opponents to 30% from the arc ... Ellis was their best three-point threat (40%), coming off the bench ... Were 15-1 at home, with the only blemish coming to Temple in early January ... Average only 11 turnovers, also among the country's leaders ... Eight guys play at least 20 minutes, while another gets 10.

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10. VIRGINIA (22-9)

Location: Charlottesville, Va.

Conference: Atlantic Coast

Bid: At-large.

RPI: 53.

Strength of Schedule Rank: 83.

NCAA Tournament Record: 22-16 (0 Titles, 2 Final Fours).

Last NCAA: 2007, lost in second round to Tennessee, 77-74

Head Coach: Tony Bennett

School: 53-40 (3 years). Overall: 122-73 (6 years).

Probable Starters, Pos., Hgt., Yr., Pts., Reb., FG%, FT%

Jontel Evans, G, 5-11, Jr., 7.3, 2.0, 47.1, 61.4

Sammy Zeglinski, G, 6-1, Sr., 8.8, 3.4, 36.9, 76.9

Joe Harris, G, 6-6, So., 11.2, 3.9, 44.9, 76.9

Mike Scott, F, 6-8, Sr., 17.9, 8.3, 57.3, 81.4

Akil Mitchell, F, 6-8, So., 3.9, 4.1, 48.9, 51.0

Other Key Players

KT Harrell, G, 6-4, So., 4.7, 1.0, 31.5, 70.0

Darion Atkins, F, 6-8, Fr., 2.4, 2.5, 59.5, 57.9

About the Cavaliers: Bennett brought his defensive philosophy with him from Washington State and it is taking root. Hold teams to 53.2 points per game, second nationally. They do play good defense, but it is also a function of pace. Average just 60.3 possessions per game, 339th nationally. Defense holds teams to 0.866 points per possession ... Scott is most of the offense ... Evans led in assists (3.8) and steals (1.6) ... Philly's Zeglinski has had a terrific senior season for a team that was picked nowhere and was an ACC factor from start to finish. Six of the eight regular-season losses were by a combined 16 points ... Freshman guard Malcolm Brogdon (6.7 points, 80% FT) is out with a foot injury. Seven-foot senior center Assane Sene has been out with an ankle since Jan. 20.

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11. COLORADO STATE (20-11)

Location: Fort Collins, Colo.

Conference: Mountain West.

Bid: At-large.

RPI: 27.

Strength of Schedule Rank: 7.

NCAA Tournament Record: 3-9 (0 Titles, 0 Final Fours).

Last NCAA: 2003, lost in first round to Duke, 67-57

Head Coach: Tim Miles

School: 71-87 (5 years). Overall: 283-219 (17 years).

Probable Starters, Pos., Hgt., Yr., Pts., Reb., FG%, FT%

Kaipo Sabas, G, 5-11, Sr., 5.1, 2.3, 52.4, 85.0

Dorian Green, G, 6-2, Jr., 13.4, 3.6, 49.2, 82.2

Wes Eikmeier, G, 6-3, Jr., 16.0, 1.8, 40.9, 87.5

Pierce Hornung, F, 6-5, Jr., 8.4, 8.3, 63.2, 58.2

Will Bell, F, 6-6, Sr., 8.3, 3.8, 52.2, 83.1

Other Key Players

Greg Smith, F, 6-6, Jr., 9.7, 5.3, 44.0, 72.2

Jesse Carr, G, 6-2, Jr., 6.7, 3.0, 46.7, 75.0

Dwight Smith, G, 6-4, So., 4.7, 2.1, 49.4, 67.2

About the Rams: The Rams, whose schedule was among the nation's toughest, faced a school-record four different ranked teams in 2011-12, playing six games against top-25 opponents. CSU's basketball program dates back to 1902, but this season was the first in school history in which the Rams defeated three ranked opponents (San Diego State, UNLV, New Mexico) ... There was no place like home for the Rams this season, compiling a 14-1 record at Moby Arena and setting a program record in win percentage ... Green also plays baseball. His father Darren played football at Kansas ... The HBO movie "Temple Grandin" depicts the life of a world-renowned expert on livestock who also battles autism, he is a professor at CSU.

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12. LONG BEACH STATE (25-8)

Location: Long Beach, Cal.

Conference: Big West.

Bid: Automatic.

RPI: 39.

Strength of Schedule Rank: 136.

NCAA Tournament Record: 7-9 (0 Titles, 0 Final Fours).

Last NCAA: 2007, lost in first round to Tennessee, 121-86

Head Coach: Dan Monson

School: 85-76 (5 years). Overall: 255-199 (15 years).

Probable Starters, Pos., Hgt., Yr., Pts., Reb., FG%, FT%

Casper Ware, G, 5-9, Sr., 16.7, 2.4, 40.2, 78.2

Larry Anderson, G, 6-5, Sr., 14.0, 5.0, 49.1, 69.3

James Ennis, G, 6-7, Jr., 9.7, 3.9, 49.3, 69.6

Eugene Phelps, F, 6-6, Sr., 9.8, 5.7, 51.3, 46.3

T.J. Robinson, F, 6-8, Sr., 12.3, 10.2, 54.0, 70.7

Other Key Players

Mike Caffey, G, 6-0, Fr., 5.6, 2.8, 44.1, 71.1

Edis Dervisevic, F, 6-8, Sr., 4.1, 2.8, 55.1, 42.9

About the 49ers: Won the conference title without Anderson, who suffered a sprained right knee in a loss to CS Fullerton last week. He'd probably be available by the second round. Ware hit a career-high eight three-pointers (on 16 attempts) en route to 33 points in the title game. Overall, his team made 14 of 33 from beyond the arc ... Ware was joined on the all-conference team by Ennis ... Caffey showed poise in scoring a team-high 14 points in a win over then-No. 14 Xavier in the Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu in December. The 49ers beat Auburn in the next game before falling to Kansas State in the tourney title game ... This is the third different team Monson has taken to the four-letter tournament. He led Gonzaga to the Elite Eight in 1999 and took Minnesota to the first round in 2005.

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13. DAVIDSON (25-7)

Location: Davidson, N.C.

Conference: Southern.

Bid: Automatic.

RPI: 65.

Strength of Schedule Rank: 173.

NCAA Tournament Record: 8-11 (0 Titles, 0 Final Fours).

Last NCAA: 2008, lost in regional final to Kansas, 59-57

Head Coach: Bob McKillop

School and Overall: 426-270 (23 years).

Probable Starters, Pos., Hgt., Yr., Pts., Reb., FG%, FT%

Nik Cochran, G, 6-3, Jr., 10.8, 2.8, 40.5, 88.6

JP Kuhlman, G, 6-4, Jr., 10.8, 3.7, 42.1, 73.3

Chris Czerapowicz, G, 6-7, So., 10.3, 4.7, 42.2, 69.4

De'Mon Brooks, F, 6-7, So., 15.9, 6.2, 54.0, 70.8

Jake Cohen, F, 6-10, Jr., 13.9, 6.0, 47.9, 87.5

Other Key Players

Clint Mann, F, 6-7, Jr., 5.3, 3.1, 46.9, 54.8

Tyler Kalinoski, G, 6-4, Fr., 4.9, 2.1, 31.3, 75.0

Tom Droney, G, 6-6, So., 4.0, 3.8, 41.3, 64.1

About the Wildcats: Cohen, who starred at Conestoga High, took 152 free throws this season and only missed 19 (87.5%). He made the all-tournament team, as did Brooks and Kuhlman ... Cohen had seven blocked shots in the conference title game ... Kalinoski comes from an athletic family. His father, Scott, played football at Purdue, his uncle, Dave Ford, played for the Baltimore Orioles, and his grandfather, Ron Ward, played for the Toronto Maple Leafs ... Davidson was one of four colleges attended by President Woodrow Wilson.

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14A. IONA (25-7)

Location: New Rochelle, N.Y.

Conference: Metro Atlantic.

Bid: At-large.

RPI: 40.

Strength of Schedule Rank: 144.

NCAA Tournament Record: 1-8 (0 Titles, 0 Final Fours).

Last NCAA: 2006, lost in first round to LSU, 80-64

Head Coach: Tim Cluess

School: 50-19 (2 years). Overall: 148-42 (6 years).

Probable Starters, Pos., Hgt., Yr., Pts., Reb., FG%, FT%

Lamont Jones, G, 6-0, Jr., 16.0, 3.2, 46.8, 78.0

Scott Machado, G, 6-1, Sr., 13.6, 5.0, 49.0, 80.8

Sean Armand, G, 6-3, So., 9.5, 2.1, 47.5, 78.6

Taaj Ridley, F, 6-7, Jr., 6.9, 4.1, 51.4, 63.9

Mike Glover, F, 6-7, Sr., 18.5, 9.0, 64.4, 65.6

Other Key Players

Kyle Smith, G, 6-4, Jr., 5.7, 2.0, 40.5, 93.8

Jermel Jenkins, G, 5-11, Sr., 5.2, 1.4, 41.9, 90.0

Randy Dezouvre, G, 6-5, Sr., 5.0, 2.8, 52.1, 71.4

Ra'Shad James, G, 6-1, Jr., 3.0, 1.5, 52.4, 68.4

About the Gaels: This is a dynamic offensive team. They lead the nation in scoring (83.3 points) and are second in shooting (50%). Machado, Jones and Glover form a talented three-headed monster ... It all starts with the versatile Machado, the MAAC all-time assists leader, who leads the nation at 9.9 per game. He is a triple-double waiting to happen ... Jones, an Arizona transfer, joins him in the back court and can dominate when hot ... Glover is their leading scorer and a beast on the boards ... While they look great on paper, they lack size but shoot 40% on three-pointers ... Forced 114 more turnovers than they committed.

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14B. BRIGHAM YOUNG (25-8)

Location: Provo, Utah

Conference: West Coast.

Bid: At-large.

RPI: 45.

Strength of Schedule Rank: 99.

NCAA Tournament Record: 14-29 (0 Titles, 0 Final Fours).

Last NCAA: 2011, lost in regional semifinal to Florida, 83-74 (ot)

Head Coach: Dave Rose.

School and Overall: 184-53 (7 years).

Probable Starters, Pos., Hgt., Yr., Pts., Reb., FG%, FT%

Matt Carlino, G, 6-2, Fr., 12.7, 3.1, 41.3, 74.1

Charles Abouo, G, 6-5, Sr., 11.5, 6.5, 44.3, 74.0

Brock Zylstra, G, 6-6, Jr., 8.4, 4.3, 46.0, 63.5

Brandon Davies, F, 6-9, Jr., 15.0, 7.3, 51.6, 68.0

Noah Hartsock, F, 6-8, Sr., 16.7, 5.2, 56.5, 83.9

Other Key Players

Anson Winder, G, 6-3, Fr., 4.3, 1.6, 36.8, 64.9

Nate Austin, C, 6-11, Fr., 4.2, 3.8, 55.5, 51.3

Craig Cusick, G, 6-2, Jr., 3.0, 1.4, 37.5, 65.5

About the Cougars: No Jimmer Fredette, no problem. The Cougars rumbled to another 25-win season, the 11th in program history and the sixth in a row, tying Kansas as the only other program in the nation with six consecutive 25-win seasons ... Here is number to remember - 6: the number of times a freshman has scored 30 points or more in a game at BYU. This season, Carlino (30 points) was six shy of the all-time lead held by Danny Ainge (36 vs. Idaho St., Dec. 3, 1977) ... Another digit to stash away - 172: the number of career blocks by Hartsock prior to BYU's conference tournament loss to Gonzaga. Hartsock currently sits just behind former 76ers center Shaun Bradley (177).

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15. NORFOLK STATE (25-9)

Location: Norfolk, Va.

Conference: Mid-Eastern Athletic.

Bid: Automatic.

RPI: 128.

Strength of Schedule Rank: 307.

NCAA Tournament Record: First appearance

Head Coach: Anthony Evens

School and Overall: 77-81 (5 years).

Probable Starters, Pos., Hgt., Yr., Pts., Reb., FG%, FT%

Rodney McCauley, G, 6-5, Sr., 3.4, 2.5, 38.6, 55.3

Chris McEachin, G, 6-6, Sr., 13.1, 3.1, 39.9, 74.0

Pendarvis Williams, G, 6-6, So., 12.0, 3.6, 46.0, 83.7

Kyle O'Quinn, C, 6-10, Sr., 16.0, 10.6, 58.8, 69.0

Marcos Tamares, F, 6-7, Sr., 6.9, 2.5, 38.7, 69.1

Other Key Players

Jamel Fuentes, G, 6-3, So., 3.3, 2.6, 39.2, 43.8

A.J. Rogers, F, 6-7, Jr., 2.5, 1.4, 53.2, 53.9

Brandon Wheeless, G, 6-4, Sr., 5.4, 2.5, 45.8, 52.4

Quasim Pugh, G, 6-0, Jr., 2.6, 1.3, 32.6, 75.0

Rob Johnson, F, 6-7, Jr., 5.8, 3.1, 43.0, 75.0

About the Spartans: The top seed in 2011 conference tourney, but they were upset in the first round ... O'Quinn is the main man, having been named the MEAC Player of the Year, defensive player of the year and the conference tournament's most outstanding performer ... Two of the Spartans' losses came early in the season to Marquette. The first time they played, on Nov. 14, the Spartans were blown out, 99-68. In the rematch, a week later in the Virgin Islands, the result was 59-57 ... It's just the sixth time in MEAC history that the same school has won both the MEAC football (including co-champions) and men's basketball tournament titles in the same year.

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16. LIU-BROOKLYN (25-8)

Location: Brooklyn, N.Y.

Conference: Northeast.

Bid: Automatic.

RPI: 80.

Strength of Schedule Rank: 243.

NCAA Tournament Record: 0-4 (0 Titles, 0 Final Fours).

Last NCAA: 2011, lost in second round to North Carolina, 102-87

Head Coach: Jim Ferry

School: 150-148 (10 years). Overall: 254-167 (14 years).

Probable Starters, Pos., Hgt., Yr., Pts., Reb., FG%, FT%

Jason Brickman, G, 5-10, So., 9.7, 2.6, 44.5, 82.1

C.J. Garner, G, 5-10, Jr., 12.6, 2.6, 43.0, 81.4

Michael Culpo, G, 6-1, Sr., 9.6, 3.3, 38.6, 76.5

Jamal Olasewere, F, 6-7, Jr., 16.9, 7.5, 57.7, 74.2

Julian Boyd, F, 6-7, Jr., 17.4, 9.5, 55.7, 73.7

Other Key Players

Kenny Onyechi, F, 6-7, Jr., 5.4, 3.3, 49.2, 50.9

Brandon Thompson, G, 6-1, Jr., 4.5, 2.6, 36.9, 77.8

Arnold Mayorga, F, 6-7, Sr., 2.8, 1.9, 42.6, 75.9

Booker Hucks, F, 6-6, Jr., 1.4, 1.4, 54.6, 56.3

About the Blackbirds: They want to run, run and run some more. Their strong starting five utilizes the fast break to outscore teams. They score 81.9 points per game (third in nation) and lead the nation in free throws made (20.9 per game) ... The offense runs through Boyd and Olasewere. They rebound and run the floor well for their size ... Brickman runs the show at point, can shoot and dish (5th in nation in assists) ... Garner can get to the rim ... Culpo is an outside shooter ... This isn't a deep team, they need Boyd and Olasewere on the floor. They are small and don't get much exposure to teams with size, making it tough come March.