1 VILLANOVA (32-2)

Location: Villanova, Pa. Conference: Big East.

Bid: Automatic. RPI: 2. SOS: 22.

NCAA Tournament Record: 50-34 (1 Title, 4 Final Fours).

Last NCAA: 2014, Lost in third round to Connecticut, 77-65.

Head Coach: Jay Wright

School: 318-151 (14 years). Overall: 440-236 (21 years).

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

Daniel Ochefu, F, 6-11, Jr., 9.2, 8.4, 65.3, 68.8

JayVaughn Pinkston, F, 6-7, Sr., 9.6, 5.4, 44.7, 76.9

Darrun Hilliard, G, 6-6, Sr., 14.0, 3.3, 43.3, 78.6

Ryan Arcidiacono, G, 6-3, Jr., 10.2, 1.8, 39.4, 81.3

Dylan Ennis, G, 6-2, Jr., 9.8, 3.7, 42.3, 62.0

Other Key Players

Josh Hart, G, 6-5, So., 10.4, 4.4, 51.5, 66.0

Kris Jenkins, F, 6-6, So., 6.4, 2.0, 42.3, 78.0

Phil Booth, G, 6-3, Fr., 5.6, 1.5, 55.0, 75.0

About the Wildcats: Had best regular season in program history, for second year in row ... First unbeaten non-conference season in program history ... Hilliard's eight treys at Butler on Feb. 14 tied the single-game record set by Allan Ray in 2005 ... Led Big East in three-point accuracy (38.3%) and scoring defense (61.5) ... Pinkston is the 11th Wildcat to get 1,500 points and 700 rebounds ... Have three 1,000-point scorers ... Ochefu's 24 rebounds in loss at Seton Hall were second most for D-I player against D-I opponent ... Are 2-4 in the NCAA since getting to Final Four in 2009, the last time they got past the first weekend. Have lost in their second game twice as a No. 2 seed (2010 and last March). (MK)

2 VIRGINIA (29-3)

Location: Charlottesville, Va. Conference: Atlantic Coast.

Bid: At-large. RPI: 7. Strength of Schedule Rank: 20.

NCAA Tournament Record: 24-18 (0 Titles, 2 Final Fours).

Last NCAA: 2014, Lost in regional semifinal to Michigan St., 61-59.

Head Coach: Tony Bennett

School: 135-63 (6 years). Overall: 204-96 (9 years).

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

Anthony Gill, F, 6-8, Jr., 11.7, 6.8, 58.8, 67.2

Darion Atkins, F, 6-8, Sr., 7.5, 5.9, 51.9, 47.7

Evan Nolte, F, 6-8, Jr., 2.8, 1.5, 34.2, 57.1

Malcolm Brogdon, G, 6-5, Jr., 13.6, 3.9, 43.5, 86.4

London Perrantes, G, 6-2, So., 6.3, 2.4, 35.1, 79.1

Other Key Players

Justin Anderson, G, 6-6, Jr., 13.4, 4.3, 48.0, 80.6

Mike Tobey, C, 6-11, Jr., 7.3, 5.2, 50.9, 75.9

Marial Shayok, G, 6-6, Fr., 3.6, 1.9, 40.0, 56.3

About the Cavaliers: It's easier to negotiate I-95 at 4:30 than to crack Virginia's defense, which through the regular season allowed 50.3 points, tops in the nation ... The Cavaliers are the only school that has been a top seed the last 2 years. Arizona, Florida and Wichita State were the other 1-seeds in 2014 ... Anderson (48% on triples), who hadn't played since Feb. 7 because of a fractured finger and then an appendectomy, played in the ACC Tournament ... UVa beat Rutgers in November, 45-26. They also held Georgia Tech (28) and Harvard (27) under 30 ... Brogdon mentors fifth-graders at a nearby school. He's enrolled in UVa's prestigious Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. (EB)

3 OKLAHOMA (22-10)

Location: Norman, Okla. Conference: Big 12.

Bid: At-large. RPI: 18. Strength of Schedule Rank: 13.

NCAA Tournament Record: 35-28 (0 Titles, 4 Final Fours).

Last NCAA: 2014, Lost in second round to North Dakota St., 80-75 (ot).

Head Coach: Lon Kruger

School: 90-48 (4 years). Overall: 559-352 (29 years).

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

Tashawn Thomas, F, 6-8, Sr., 11.1, 6.2, 51.4, 66.7

Ryan Spangler, F, 6-8, Jr., 10.3, 7.8, 58.7, 70.0

Buddy Hield, G, 6-4, Jr., 17.4, 5.5, 42.5, 80.4

Isaiah Cousins, G, 6-4, Jr., 12.2, 4.8, 43.7, 64.6

Jordan Woodard, G, 6-0, So., 9.0, 3.4, 36.8, 83.6

Other Key Players

Frank Booker, G, 6-4, So., 5.2, 1.4, 32.5, 82.4

Dinjiyl Walker, G, 6-1, Jr., 3.7, 1.0, 36.4, 63.0

Khadeem Lattin, F, 6-9, Fr., 2.1, 3.2, 41.9, 52.9

About the Sooners: Haven't advanced past the round of 64 since an Elite Eight appearance in 2009 that came under previous coach Jeff Capel ... Hield has increased his points per game and rebound averages each year as a Sooner, turning into Oklahoma's main offensive threat. He led the conference in scoring ... Entering the Big 12 Tournament, Hield had taken 213 three-point shots (shooting 38%) and 214 two-pointers ... Cousins launches about half as many bombs as Hield, but he nails 'em at 45.3% ... Spangler, a transfer from Gonzaga, played quarterback for 3 years in high school in Oklahoma and punted as a senior ... Woodard's brother James, a junior, leads Tulsa in scoring. (SC)

4 LOUISVILLE (24-8)

Location: Louisville, Ky. Conference: Atlantic Coast.

Bid: At-large. RPI: 21. Strength of Schedule Rank: 19.

NCAA Tournament Record: 72-41 (3 Titles, 10 Final Fours).

Last NCAA: 2014, Lost in regional semifinal to Kentucky, 74-69.

Head Coach: Rick Pitino.

School: 365-125 (14 years). Overall: 719-253 (30 years).

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

Montrezl Harrell, F, 6-8, Jr., 15.8, 9.4, 57.3, 58.5

Wayne Blackshear, F, 6-5, Sr., 10.7, 4.3, 39.4, 74.5

Chinanu Onuaku, C, 6-10, Fr., 3.4, 4.9, 62.9, 46.7

Quentin Snider, G, 6-2, Fr., 3.2, 1.3, 33.7, 64.0

Terry Rozier, G, 6-1, So., 17.0, 5.4, 41.6, 77.1

Other Key Players

Anton Gill, G, 6-3, So., 2.6, 0.9, 35.1, 41.2

Mangok Mathiang , C, 6-10, So., 2.6, 4.6, 38.8, 51.1

About the Cardinals: Blackshear and Harrell are the last two active Cardinals who played in the championship game win 2 years ago ... No one is deadly from the arc; Rozier and Blackshear are at 32% ... Harrell may not be as proficient as Rick Barry at the line, but he has improved from the 46% he made a year ago ... Guard Chris Jones (13.7 points, 4.0 rebounds) was leading the team in assists (3.6) before he was kicked off the team in February. Louisville is 4-1 without him. Last year, Pitino tossed forward Chane Behanan, also for misconduct ... Have combined for over 400 steals/block shots; opponents are under 300 ... Shot just 43.1% during the regular season ... Rozier once scored 69 points in a high school game that went double-overtime. (EB)

5 NORTHERN IOWA (30-3)

Location: Cedar Falls, Iowa. Conference: Missouri Valley.

Bid: Automatic. RPI: 14. Strength of Schedule Rank: 115.

NCAA Tournament Record: 3-6 (0 Titles, 0 Final Fours).

Last NCAA: 2010, Lost in regional semifinal to Michigan St., 59-52.

Head Coach: Ben Jacobson

School and Overall: 196-104 (9 years).

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

Seth Tuttle, F, 6-8, Sr., 15.3, 6.8, 61.6, 75.4

Marvin Singleton, F, 6-6, Sr., 5.0, 5.1, 54.0, 64.4

Jeremy Morgan, G, 6-5, So., 6.0, 3.2, 43.8, 73.1

Matt Bohannon, G, 6-4, Jr., 5.7, 1.7, 39.6, 76.9

Deon Mitchell, G, 6-1, Sr., 7.4, 2.0, 41.0, 69.1

Other Key Players

Wes Washpun, G, 6-1, Jr., 7.7, 2.6, 48.2, 68.2

Nate Buss, F, 6-9, Sr., 7.4, 2.8, 47.0, 78.7

Paul Jesperson, G, 6-6, Jr., 5.4, 2.1, 47.7, 87.5

Wyatt Lohaus, G, 6-2, Fr., 3.9, 1.1, 42.3, 85.2

About the Panthers: Tuttle was named the District VI Player of the Year and Jacobson was named Coach of the Year by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association ... Tuttle and Buss were also named to the all-tournament team ... They have won three in a row after losing at Wichita State, 74-60. Before that, the Panthers had won 16 straight ... On average, they make 9.1 three-pointers a game, 12th best in the nation ... They went 15-0 at home and 6-0 on neutral courts ... Bohannon's brother, Zach, is a senior guard at Wisconsin this season ... NFL quarterback Kurt Warner is among the school's notable alumni. (TM)

6 PROVIDENCE (22-11)

Location: Providence, R.I. Conference: Big East.

Bid: At-large. RPI: 22. Strength of Schedule Rank: 5.

NCAA Tournament Record: 14-17 (0 Titles, 2 Final Fours).

Last NCAA: 2014, Lost in second round to North Carolina, 79-77.

Head Coach: Ed Cooley

School: 79-55 (4 years). Overall: 171-124 (9 years).

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

Ben Bentil, F, 6-8, Fr., 6.0, 4.3, 44.0, 72.6

Ladontae Henton, F, 6-6, Sr., 20.1, 6.3, 45.8, 75.8

Carson Desrosiers, C, 7-0, Sr., 7.0, 4.4, 46.2, 70.7

Junior Lomomba, G, 6-5, So., 1.8, 1.3, 32.6, 65.6

Kris Dunn, G, 6-3, So., 15.5, 5.6, 48.0, 68.8

Other Key Players

Tyler Harris, F, 6-9, Jr., 10.4, 4.0, 43.3, 73.3

Kyron Cartwright, G, 5-11, Fr., 3.6, 1.7, 38.6, 75.0

Jalen Lindsey, G, 6-7, Fr., 3.5, 1.6, 35.0, 55.6

Paschal Chukwu, C, 7-2, Fr., 2.8, 2.5, 68.1, 60.5

About the Friars: First back-to-back 20-win seasons since 1993-94 ... Henton is one of 15 finalists for the Julius Erving Award, given to the top small forward in Division I. He is the second Friar to get 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds, joining Ryan Gomes (2001-05), and owns the program record for games, starts and minutes ... Dunn, who missed most of last season with a shoulder injury, had a triple-double in late January (27 points, 13 rebounds, 11 assists), the first for a Friar since 2006 (Geoff McDermott). Dunn is the first to lead Big East in assists and steals in conference play ... Went 3-1 against the ACC. (MK)

7 MICHIGAN STATE (23-11)

Location: East Lansing, Mich. Conference: Big Ten.

Bid: At-large. RPI: 23. Strength of Schedule Rank: 7.

NCAA Tournament Record: 59-27 (2 titles, 8 Final Fours).

Last NCAA: 2014, Lost in regional final to Connecticut, 60-54.

Head Coach: Tom Izzo

School and Overall: 491-198 (20 years).

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

Gavin Schilling, F, 6-9, So., 5.5, 4.2, 60.2, 45.8

Branden Dawson, F, 6-6, Sr., 11.6, 9.3, 54.3, 47.2

Denzel Valentine, G, 6-5, Jr., 14.5, 6.1, 44.2, 82.6

Bryn Forbes, G, 6-3, Jr., 9.0, 1.5, 45.4, 78.6

Travis Trice, G, 6-0, Sr., 14.8, 3.4, 38.9, 68.7

Other Key Players

Matt Costello, F, 6-9, Jr., 7.4, 5.5, 60.3, 66.7

Marvin Clark Jr., F, 6-6, Fr., 4.8, 2.1, 51.5, 75.0

Lourawls Nairn Jr., G, 5-10, Fr., 2.2, 1.5, 34.2, 51.6

About the Spartans: Unlike recent editions, this is not a roster with future NBA players. Trice and Valentine are program guys who have gotten better, but will never be stars ... Terrific from the arc (39%) and terrible from the free-throw line (63%). Valentine (42%) and Forbes (43%) are the snipers ... Dawson led the Big Ten in rebounding, but has never lived up to the recruiting hype ... Lost only three marquee non-conference games to Duke, Kansas and Notre Dame ... Have registered 200 more assists than their opponets ... After starting just 6-4 in the league, won six of their last eight ... If Tom Izzo gets this team to the Sweet 16, he should gain immediate admittance to the Hall of Fame. (DJ)

8 NORTH CAROLINA STATE (20-13)

Location: Raleigh, N.C. Conference: Atlantic Coast.

Bid: At-large. RPI: 39. Strength of Schedule Rank: 9.

NCAA Tournament Record: 35-24 (2 Titles, 3 Final Fours).

Last NCAA: 2014, Lost in second round to Saint Louis, 83-80 (ot).

Head Coach: Mark Gottfried

School: 90-51 (4 years). Overall: 369-205 (18 years).

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

Abdul-Malik Abu, F, 6-8, Fr., 5.9, 4.7, 47.0, 53.2

Lennard Freeman, F, 6-8, So., 3.2, 5.6, 41.9, 50.0

Ralston Turner, G, 6-5, Sr., 13.4, 3.3, 40.1, 82.9

Trevor Lacey, G, 6-3, Jr., 16.1, 4.5, 44.2, 74.3

Anthony Barber, G, 6-2, So., 11.8, 3.3, 45.0, 70.5

Other Key Players

Kyle Washington, F, 6-9, So., 7.1, 4.6, 44.7, 71.4

Caleb Martin, F, 6-6, Fr., 5.2, 2.9, 37.3, 73.1

Beejay Anya, F, 6-9, So., 4.5, 4.2, 60.7, 53.4

Cody Martin, F, 6-6, Fr., 3.4, 2.1, 48.3, 46.2

About the Wolfpack: Abu attended the wedding of N.C. State alums and fellow Muslims Deah Barakat and Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, two of the three people shot and killed in Chapel Hill on Feb. 10 in an incident that has garnered global attention as a possible hate crime. Abu made good on his wedding-day promise that the Wolfpack would beat rivals Duke and North Carolina this season ... Lacey is one of the better two-guards in the country ... Barber played high school basketball in Hampton, Va., and refined his game on courts that were refurbished through donations made by Allen Iverson. (EB)

9 LOUISIANA STATE (22-10)

Location: Baton Rouge, La. Conference: Southeastern.

Bid: At-large. RPI: 58. Strength of Schedule Rank: 86.

NCAA Tournament Record: 24-23 (0 Titles, 4 Final Fours).

Last NCAA: 2009, Lost in second round to North Carolina, 84-70.

Head Coach: Johnny Jones

School: 61-36 (3 years). Overall: 266-198 (15 years).

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

Jareel Martin, F, 6-9, So., 16.6, 9.0, 51.0, 71.5

Jordan Mickey, F, 6-8, So., 16.0, 9.9, 51.7, 66.2

Tim Quarterman, G, 6-6, So., 11.7, 5.2, 43.0, 76.0

Keith Hornsby, G, 6-4, Jr., 13.2, 4.2, 41.9, 79.1

Jalyn Patterson, G, 6-0, Fr., 6.0, 2.4, 39.7, 80.0

Other Key Players

Josh Gray, G, 6-1, Jr., 7.3, 2.3, 39.8, 58.6

Brian Bridgewater, F, 6-9, So., 2.2, 0.9, 55.3, 63.6

About the Fightin' Tigers: Hornsby, the son of Grammy winner Bruce Hornsby, is a transfer from UNC-Asheville. "Every time I see him in concert, it's reassuring — how talented he is and how hard he still works at it," Keith Hornsby told the Charlotte Observer. "I want to be like that" ... Hornsby had 26 in a game at Ohio State 2 years ago when Buckeyes coach Thad Matta told him he could play at a higher D-I level. He is shooting 39.3% from the arc ... Mickey leads the nation in blocked shots ... Quarterman and Gray each average four assists a game ... Quarterman had the eighth triple-double in LSU history this year with 18 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists in a win vs. Mississippi. Shaquille O'Neal (six) and Pete Maravich (one) had the others. (EB)

10 GEORGIA (21-11)

Location: Athens, Ga. Conference: Southeastern.

Bid: At-large. RPI: 38. Strength of Schedule Rank: 39.

NCAA Tournament Record: 7-11 (0 Titles, 1 Final Four).

Last NCAA: 2011, Lost in second round to Washington, 68-65.

Head Coach: Mark Fox

School: 106-88 (6 years). Overall: 229-131 (11 years).

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

Marcus Thornton, F, 6-8, Sr., 12.2, 7.0, 48.6, 66.4

Nemanja Djurisic, F, 6-8, Sr., 11.4, 5.1, 48.6, 71.3

Kenny Paul Geno, F, 6-6, So., 1.9, 1.5, 43.3, 61.5

Charles Mann, G, 6-5, Jr., 11.2, 5.2, 40.6, 67.2

Kenny Gaines, G, 6-3, Jr., 11.7, 3.6, 40.6, 70.1

Other Key Players

J.J. Frazier, G, 5-10, So., 10.0, 3.9, 42.0, 82.4

Yante Maten, F, 6-8, Fr., 4.9, 4.1, 41.3, 64.6

Cameron Forte, F, 6-7, Jr., 3.5, 2.7, 56.9, 51.6

About the Bulldogs: Thornton was the state of Georgia's Mr. Basketball in 2010, but three knee surgeries have sidetracked his career. He already has a bachelor's degree in real estate ... The Bulldogs haven't won an NCAA Tournament game since beating 14th-seeded Murray State in 2002. They haven't gotten past the first weekend since 1996 when Tubby Smith was the coach ... Mann's father, Charles, played professionally in Europe. He is NOT the former Redskins defensive end ... Thornton, Frazier and Maten have missed games this year with concussions.Gaines was slowed early in the year with mono ... Frazier is listed at 5-10, 150 pounds. (EB)

11A BOISE STATE (25-8)

Location: Boise, Idaho. Conference: Mountain West.

Bid: At-large. RPI: 40. Strength of Schedule Rank: 117.

NCAA Tournament Record: 0-6 (0 Titles, 0 Final Fours).

Last NCAA: 2013, Lost in first round to La Salle, 80-71.

Head Coach: Leon Rice

School and Overall: 102-62 (5 years).

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

James Webb III, F, 6-9, So., 11.3, 7.9, 55.6, 65.5

Nick Duncan, F, 6-8, So., 9.7, 3.4, 40.3, 84.8

Chandler Hutchison, G, 6-7, Fr., 3.1, 2.0, 34.1, 64.9

Igor Hadziomerovic, G, 6-4, Sr., 5.1, 3.1, 46.2, 67.9

Derrick Marks, G, 6-3, Sr., 19.3, 3.7, 49.4, 78.9

Other Key Players

Mikey Thompson, G, 6-4, Jr., 7.9, 2.3, 37.5, 77.8

Robert Heyer, G, 6-3, Sr., 4.7, 3.2, 52.0, 86.1

Montigo Alford, G, 5-9, Jr., 3.8, 0.9, 39.6, 58.3

About the Broncos: Senior swingman Anthony Drmic (15.0 points, 5.0 rebounds in seven games) had season-ending ankle surgery in early January ... The Broncos were the top seed in the MW Tourney after beating San Diego State during the regular season. But the Broncos' Achilles' heel was Wyoming, which beat them twice, including in the MW semifinals ... Marks was named MW Player of the Year, Webb was Newcomer of the Year and Rice was Coach of the Year ... Heading into its semifinal game, BSU had won six straight games by double digits ... The Broncos entered the tournament as the AP's 25th-ranked team, the first ranking in the history of the program. (MP)

11B DAYTON (25-8)

Location: Dayton, Ohio. Conference: Atlantic 10.

Bid: At-large. RPI: 32. Strength of Schedule Rank: 93.

NCAA Tournament Record: 17-17 (0 Titles, 1 Final Four).

Last NCAA: 2014, Lost in regional final to Florida, 62-52.

Head Coach: Archie Miller

School and Overall: 88-46 (4 years).

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

Dyshawn Pierre, F, 6-6, Jr., 13.0, 8.1, 46.8, 66.1

Kendall Pollard, F, 6-6, So., 12.5, 5.4, 57.4, 59.4

Jordan Sibert, G, 6-4, Sr., 16.6, 3.5, 46.1, 78.9

Scoochie Smith, G, 6-2, So., 8.5, 3.1, 40.1, 75.0

Kyle Davis, G, 6-0, So., 7.4, 2.7, 46.9, 67.3

Other Key Players

Darrell Davis, G, 6-4, Fr., 4.7, 1.6, 40.0, 73.9

Bobby Wehrli, F, 6-6, Jr., 2.1, 2.0, 47.2, 54.5

About the Flyers: The team was 7-2 when Miller dismissed starting center Devon Scott (9.1 points, 7.4 rebounds) and bench player Jalen Robinson (3.2 points) over a dorm incident. Both are 6-9. With just about no bench and no height, they kept winning, proving their NCAA run last year was no fluke ... Attempted an incredible 24 three-pointers per game. Had the second-best ratio of free throws to field-goal attempts (48%) ... They also can shoot threes, a solid 39% ... Assisted on a terrific 62 percent of all baskets ... Sibert, the Ohio State transfer, shoots 36% from the arc ... Lost three conference road games by a combined five points ... Undefeated at home (16-0), where they open play Wednesday. They went 9-8 away from the famed U of D Arena. (DJ)

12 WYOMING (25-9)

Location: Laramie, Wyo. Conference: Mountain West.

Bid: Automatic. RPI: 71. Strength of Schedule Rank: 152.

NCAA Tournament Record: 9-19 (1 Title, 1 Final Four).

Last NCAA: 2002, Lost in second round to Arizona, 68-60.

Head Coach: Larry Shyatt

School: 103-59 (5 years). Overall: 173-143 (10 years).

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

Derek Cooke Jr., F, 6-9, Sr., 8.1, 6.0, 71.8, 55.7

Larry Nance Jr., F, 6-8, Sr., 16.1, 7.2, 51.3, 79.4

Charles Hankerson Jr., G, 6-4, Sr., 6.6, 3.2, 37.9, 45.6

Josh Adams, G, 6-2, Jr., 13.1, 3.3, 44.3, 74.8

Riley Grabau, G, 6-2, Sr., 9.1, 2.2, 37.5, 93.9

Other Key Players

Jason McManamen, G, 6-5, So., 3.8, 1.6, 41.4, 40.0

Alan Herndon, F, 6-9, Fr., 3.1, 2.3, 48.0, 59.3

About the Cowboys: Reached their first conference title game since 2006. Topped San Diego State in a defensive battle, 45-43, despite shooting 5-for-20 in the second half ... UW has finished in the top 25 in scoring defense the last 3 years ... Nance, the MW's co-defensive player of the year, missed four games due to mononucleosis. The Cowboys struggled during his absence and also upon his return when he was trying to regain his stamina. Nance and the Pokes appear to be at full strength ... UW will be wearing an MM patch, honoring the loss of graduate Mick McMurry, a philanthropist and major contributor to the athletic program ... Shyatt has reached 100 wins quicker than any other coach in UW history

13 UC IRVINE (21-12)

Location: Irvine, Calif. Conference: Big West.

Bid: Automatic. RPI: 88. Strength of Schedule Rank: 143.

NCAA Tournament Record: First appearance.

Head Coach: Russell Turner

School and Overall: 89-79 (5 years).

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

Will Davis II, F, 6-8, Sr., 12.9, 7.0, 54.1, 70.7

Mamadou Ndiaye, C, 7-6, So., 10.4, 5.1, 63.0, 52.6

Travis Souza, G, 6-5, Sr., 7.4, 3.0, 46.3, 84.9

Luke Nelson, G, 6-3, So., 10.5, 2.9, 35.1, 72.2

Alex Young, G, 6-1, Jr., 9.6, 3.5, 41.3, 75.4

Other Key Players

Jaron Martin, G, 5-10, So., 6.8, 1.1, 42.8, 83.9

John Ryan, C, 6-10, Sr., 5.5, 5.0, 56.6, 58.8

Dominique Dunning, G, 6-4, Jr., 4.2, 4.0, 45.2, 67.7

Ioannis Dimakopoulos, F, 7-2, So., 3.9, 1.6, 46.7, 61.5

Aaron Wright, G, 6-3, Jr., 3.6, 2.0, 40.2, 56.3

Mike Best, F, 6-10, Jr., 3.4, 2.3, 46.4, 67.6

About the Anteaters: Their closest chances to making the tourney previously were three Big West regular-season championships in (2001, 2002, 2014) ... Playing a slow-down, conservative style offensively, they rank at 308 in free-throw attempts and at 237 in three-point attempts in the country ... Won the conference tourney without the injured Ryan (foot) and Dunning (knee). Status for both is TBD ... Turner previously served as assistant for Mike Montgomery and then Don Nelson with the Golden State Warriors from 2004-10. (SC)

14 ALBANY (24-8)

Location: Albany, N.Y. Conference: America East.

Bid: Automatic. RPI: 99. Strength of Schedule Rank: 287.

NCAA Tournament Record: 1-4 (0 Titles, 0 Final Fours).

Last NCAA: 2014, Lost in second round to Florida, 67-55.

Head Coach: Will Brown

School and Overall: 215-214 (14 years).

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

Dallas Ennema, F, 6-6, So., 5.0, 2.1, 38.8, 67.6

Sam Rowley, F, 6-5, Sr., 14.0, 7.7, 51.1, 81.5

Richard Peters, C, 6-11, So., 2.3, 2.3, 60.0, 47.6

Ray Sanders, G, 6-4, Jr., 9.7, 4.5, 43.6, 77.2

Evan Singletary, G, 6-1, Jr., 13.0, 3.6, 40.9, 81.4

Other Key Players

Peter Hooley, G, 6-4, Jr., 13.7, 3.0, 43.6, 76.1

Wheeler Baker, G, 6-2, Fr., 5.6, 1.4, 39.1, 72.4

Michael Rowley, F, 6-8, So., 3.8, 4.4, 44.1, 71.1

Greig Stire, F, 6-7, Fr., 2.1, 2.0, 42.6, 70.3

About the Great Danes: Hard to believe it has been 9 years since they hung late with second-ranked Connecticut in a first-round NCAA game at what is now the Wells Fargo Center ... Hooley's three off an offensive rebound to win the conference title over Stony Brook was their first triple of the game. They had been 0-for-9 ... Hooley, a native of Australia, missed a handful of games to fly home and tend to his ailing mother, who eventually succumbed to cancer ... The Rowley brothers are also from Australia ... A loss to Bucknell on Dec. 8 left them at 2-6. They are 22-2 since then. (BV)

15 BELMONT (22-10)

Location: Nashville, Tenn. Conference: Ohio Valley.

Bid: Automatic. RPI: 105. Strength of Schedule Rank: 247.

NCAA Tournament Record: 0-6 (0 Titles, 0 Final Fours).

Last NCAA: 2013, Lost in second round to Arizona, 81-64.

Head Coach: Rick Byrd

School: 619-313 (29 years). Overall: 711-368 (34 years).

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

Amanze Egekeze, F, 6-8, Fr., 5.5, 3.1, 40.3, 83.0

Evan Bradds, F, 6-7, So., 14.1, 7.1, 69.5, 64.0

Craig Bradshaw, G, 6-3, Jr., 17.9, 3.7, 48.5, 74.8

Taylor Barnette, G, 6-3, So., 10.8, 2.6, 44.2, 43.3

Reece Chamberlain, G, 6-1, Sr., 8.5, 5.5, 44.0, 63.5

Other Key Players

Nick Smith, F, 6-8, So., 6.6, 2.1, 40.6, 100.0

Mack Mercer, F, 6-9, Fr., 3.2, 1.3, 49.2, 74.2

Holden Mobley, F, 6-3, Sr., 1.0, 0.8, 30.8, 73.3

About the Bruins: Barnette's off-balance three-pointer with 3.2 seconds to go ended Murray State's 25-game winning streak in the conference title game. They have been in eight OVC finals and won seven of them ... Bradshaw, Bradds and Smith are all at 40% or better from the arc ... Smith is perfect from the foul line, but has just 14 attempts in 463 minutes. He was 11-for-14 as a freshman ... Bradds' grandfather (Gary) was the third overall pick by the Baltimore Bullets in the 1964 NBA draft out of Ohio State. A journeyman, he played 2 years in the NBA and four in ABA ... Bradshaw was a two-time all-district golfer at Christ Presbyterian Academy in Nashville. (BV)

16 LAFAYETTE (20-12)

Location: Easton, Pa. Conference: Patriot League.

Bid: Automatic. RPI: 122. Strength of Schedule Rank: 181.

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

Last NCAA: 2000, Lost in second round to Temple, 73-47.

Head Coach: Fran O'Hanlon

School and Overall: 288-308 (20 years).

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

Dan Trist, F, 6-9, Sr., 17.3, 6.7, 58.0, 77.7

Seth Hinrichs, G, 6-7, Sr., 13.1, 5.8, 49.0, 84.5

Bryce Scott, G, 6-3, Jr., 8.5, 3.4, 43.0, 77.6

Joey Ptasinski, G, 6-2, Sr., 9.7, 2.8, 48.1, 91.7

Nick Lindner, G, 5-10, So., 12.8, 2.1, 49.4, 85.0

Other Key Players

Monty Boykins, G, 6-4, So., 4.7, 1.5, 38.7, 58.3

Matt Klinewski, F, 6-8, Fr., 3.2, 1.8, 47.1, 62.9

Zach Rufer, G, 6-2, Jr., 3.1, 1.8, 48.6, 60.0

About the Leopards: O'Hanlon, a product of St. Thomas More High, still holds the Villanova school record for single-game assists (16, Feb. 24, 1970, vs. Toledo). He served as an assistant under Fran Dunphy at Penn for six seasons ... Lindner (5.4 assists per game) played four seasons at Germantown Academy ... Trist hails from Australia ... Shoot 41% from the arc as a team. There are 75 Division I schools that don't shoot that well OVERALL ... Although there is a usual eight-man rotation, the five starters logged 199 of the 200 minutes in the conference-title victory over American. All five scored in double figures ... Only three non-conference losses were to Yale, West Virginia and Kansas. (BV)