1 KENTUCKY (34-0)

Location: Lexington, Ky. Conference: Southeastern.

Bid: Automatic. RPI: 1. Strength of Schedule Rank: 25.

NCAA Tournament Record: 118-48 (8 titles, 15 Final Fours).

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

Head Coach: John Calipari

School: 186-37 (6 years). Overall: 589-175 (22 years).

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

Willie Cauley-Stein, F, 7-0, Jr., 8.9, 6.4, 58.8, 57.9

Karl-Anthony Towns, F, 6-11, Fr., 9.7, 6.6, 55.8, 79.0

Trey Lyles, F, 6-10, Fr., 8.3, 5.0, 51.1, 69.7

Aaron Harrison, G, 6-6, So., 11.2, 2.5, 38.6, 77.4

Andrew Harrison, G, 6-6, So., 8.8, 2.2, 36.6, 78.7

Other Key Players

Devin Booker, G, 6-6, Fr., 10.9, 1.8, 47.7, 81.7

Dakari Johnson, C, 7-0, So., 6.9, 5.2, 50.0, 63.7

Tyler Ulis, G, 5-9, Fr., 5.4, 1.7, 41.4, 78.1

Marcus Lee, F, 6-9, So., 2.7, 2.9, 63.3, 34.8

About the Wildcats: Trying to become the first team to complete an undefeated season since Indiana in 1976. Wichita State (2014), UNLV (1991), Indiana State (1979) and Rutgers (1976) also entered the NCAAs undefeated since 1976 ... The Harrison twins are the only current Wildcats who played meaningful minutes in last year's championship game ... Awesome defensively. Held Kansas to 19.6% from the field and Louisville to 25.9% ... One of their deep subs is Sam Malone — and he's from a Boston suburb! He is an SEC all-academic, so bartending does not appear to be in his future. (EB)

2 KANSAS (26-8)

Location: Lawrence, Kan. Conference: Big 12.

Bid: At-large. RPI: 3. Strength of Schedule Rank: 1.

NCAA Tournament Record: 96-42 (3 Titles, 14 Final Fours).

Last NCAA: 2014, Lost in third round to Stanford, 60-57.

Head Coach: Bill Self

School: 351-77 (12 years). Overall: 558-182 (22 years).

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

Perry Ellis, F, 6-8, Jr., 14.2, 7.0, 47.1, 71.1

Cliff Alexander, F, 6-8, Fr., 7.1, 5.3, 56.6, 67.1

Kelly Oubre Jr., G, 6-7, Fr., 9.0, 5.1, 45.1, 68.3

Wayne Selden Jr., G, 6-5, So., 9.1, 2.6, 35.7, 65.9

Frank Mason III, G, 5-11, So., 12.6, 3.7, 45.0, 80.3

Other Key Players

Brannen Greene, G, 6-7, So., 6.1, 2.3, 43.6, 91.7

Devonte' Graham, G, 6-2, Fr., 5.3, 1.5, 40.2, 70.8

Jamari Traylor, F, 6-8, Jr., 4.9, 3.7, 48.4, 63.8

Landen Lucas, F, 6-10, So., 3.0, 3.8, 46.7, 64.9

About the Jayhawks: Have won 11 consecutive Big 12 regular-season championships, capturing six tournament titles over the period ... After a slow start to the season for Oubre, a common occurrence for freshmen in Self's system, he has turned into a key offensive cog, beginning with his 19-point effort in a win over Oklahoma on Jan. 19. He's shooting 36% from three-point range for the season and over 60% from deep since the beginning of February ... Three straight seasons of reaching at least the Sweet 16 — including one title-game appearance — preceded a disappointing exit on the first weekend last season. (SC)

3 NOTRE DAME (29-5)

Location: South Bend, Ind. Conference: Atlantic Coast.

Bid: Automatic. RPI: 16. Strength of Schedule Rank: 77.

NCAA Tournament Record: 31-37 (0 Titles, 1 Final Four).

Last NCAA: 2013, Lost in second round to Iowa St., 76-58.

Head Coach: Mike Brey

School: 329-164 (15 years). Overall: 428-216 (20 years).

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

Zach Auguste, F, 6-10, Jr., 12.5, 5.9, 61.5, 64.9

Jerian Grant, G, 6-5, Sr., 16.8, 2.9, 49.4, 75.4

Pat Connaughton, G, 6-5, Sr., 12.6, 7.8, 46.3, 76.9

Steve Vasturia, G, 6-5, So., 9.4, 3.0, 48.1, 84.8

Demetrius Jackson, G, 6-1, So., 12.5, 3.8, 50.2, 74.7

Other Key Players

V.J. Beachem, F, 6-8, So., 7.0, 1.6, 45.3, 72.0

Bonzie Colson, F, 6-5, Fr., 5.8, 2.9, 64.0, 70.8

About the Fighting Irish: Vasturia (St. Joseph's Prep) hit a key three-pointer in win over Duke and has developed into one of the team's most reliable players. "His basketball feel and IQ," Brey told the Chicago Tribune, "is flat-out off the charts for (someone) his age" … Grant (6.7 assists per game) makes the engine go. The son of former NBA forward Harvey Grant, he missed most of last season with academic troubles ... Second in the nation in team FG shooting (51%). Only Gonzaga (52.4%) is better ... The Irish were 15-17 a year ago (6-12 in the league) and were picked to finish seventh in the ACC. They went 14-4 in the league, finishing third ... Haven't been past the first weekend since 2003 when Hatboro-Horsham's Matt Carroll led them to the Sweet 16. (EB)

4 MARYLAND (27-6)

Location: College Park, Md. Conference: Big Ten.

Bid: At-large. RPI: 13. Strength of Schedule Rank: 45.

NCAA Tournament Record: 38-23 (1 Title, 2 Final Fours).

Last NCAA: 2010, Lost in second round to Michigan State, 85-83.

Head Coach: Mark Turgeon

School: 86-49 (4 years). Overall: 336-208 (17 years).

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

Damonte Dodd, F, 6-9, So., 3.8, 3.8, 60.9, 61.1

Jake Layman, F, 6-8, Jr., 13.1, 5.9, 47.4, 75.8

Dez Wells, G, 6-5, Sr., 15.3, 5.3, 46.0, 80.2

Richaud Pack, G, 6-4, Sr., 6.2, 3.4, 39.7, 70.8

Melo Trimble, G, 6-3, Fr., 16.1, 3.7, 43.5, 87.6

Other Key Players

Jared Nickens, F, 6-7, Fr., 5.9, 1.4, 38.3, 69.2

Dion Wiley, G, 6-4, Fr., 4.5, 1.6, 38.7, 65.7

Evan Smotrycz, F, 6-9, Sr., 4.2, 4.1, 30.6, 78.1

Jonathan Graham, F, 6-8, Sr., 2.5, 2.9, 53.3, 51.9

About the Terrapins: The Big Ten's most surprising team in their first season ... Had a school-record 26 regular-season wins ... Have been amazing in close games because of the shot-making of power guard Wells and the cool direction of point guard Trimble ... Won eight league games by a total of 27 points ... Trimble got to the foul line over 200 times ... Wells, the Xavier transfer, has been an impossible matchup on the perimeter because he is so fast, so relentless and so explosive ... After looking like they hit the wall in early February with blowout losses at Ohio State and Iowa, they won their next seven games. (DJ)

5 WEST VIRGINIA (23-9)

Location: Morgantown, W.Va. Conference: Big 12.

Bid: At-large. RPI: 24. Strength of Schedule Rank: 28.

NCAA Tournament Record: 25-25 (0 Titles, 2 Final Fours).

Last NCAA: 2012, lost in second round to Gonzaga, 77-54.

Head Coach: Bob Huggins

School: 173-100 (8 years). Overall: 763-311 (33 years).

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

Devin Williams, F, 6-9, So., 11.1, 8.2, 43.4, 68.8

Jonathan Holton, F, 6-7, Jr., 7.8, 6.0, 46.2, 68.7

Daxter Miles Jr., G, 6-3, Fr., 7.2, 2.3, 40.7, 48.8

Juwan Staten, G, 6-1, Sr., 14.5, 2.8, 42.3, 70.7

Gary Browne, G, 6-1, Sr., 7.0, 1.8, 37.8, 70.7

Other Key Players

Jevon Carter, G, 6-2, Fr., 8.5, 2.5, 37.4, 76.4

Jaysean Paige, G, 6-2, Jr., 5.7, 1.9, 40.4, 50.0

Elijah Macon, F, 6-9, Fr., 4.7, 2.6, 47.7, 52.5

Tarik Phillip, G, 6-3, So., 3.9, 1.4, 46.8, 69.0

Nathan Adrian, F, 6-9, So., 3.1, 2.6, 31.2, 65.4

About the Mountaineers: Have not gone dancing since 2012, the last of a string of seven appearances in 8 years. That included an Elite Eight appearance in 2005 and a Final Four berth in 2010 ... While Huggins' squad hasn't shot well at all this season (ranking 284th in field goal percentage and 288th in three-point percentage), the Mountaineers lead the country in total offensive rebounds. Nearly 46% of their boards come at the offensive end ... Huggins graduated from West Virginia magna cum laude in 1977. (SC)

6 BUTLER (22-10)

Location: Indianapolis, Ind. Conference: Big East.

Bid: At-large. RPI: 31. Strength of Schedule Rank: 30.

NCAA Tournament Record: 19-12 (0 Titles, 1 Final Four)

Last NCAA: 2013, Lost in third round to Marquette, 74-72.

Head Coach: Chris Holtmann

School: 22-10 (1 year). Overall: 66-64 (4 years).

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

Kameron Woods, F, 6-8, Sr., 7.9, 9.6, 50.9, 66.1

Andrew Chrabascz, F, 6-7, So., 10.9, 3.7, 46.1, 59.8

Roosevelt Jones, F, 6-4, Jr., 12.9, 5.2, 42.7, 61.3

Kellen Dunham, G, 6-6, Jr., 16.6, 2.6, 44.1, 86.5

Alexander Barlow, G, 5-11, Sr., 8.8, 3.8, 41.4, 83.0

Other Key Players

Tyler Wideman, F, 6-8, Fr., 2.5, 2.9, 54.5, 41.5

Kelan Martin, F, 6-6, Fr., 7.5, 2.2, 41.1, 69.1

Austin Etherington, F, 6-6, Jr., 2.4, 2.1, 38.2, 92.9

About the Bulldogs: Won 19 games for the 17th time in last 2 decades, after going 14-17 last season ... Holtmann took over on an interim basis in October when Brandon Miller took a medical leave of abscence. Three months later the job was his. Was Big South Coach of the Year at Gardner-Webb in 2012-13 ... Chrabascz missed four games in February with a hand injury ... Barlow (2.1), a former walk-on, is among the national leaders in steals ... Jones, who sat out last season with a wrist injury, averages 35 minutes a game ... Led Big East in rebound margin and offensive rebounding percentage ... Dunham is in the top five on the program's list for three-pointers made. (MK)

7 WICHITA STATE (28-4)

Location: Wichita, Kan. Conference: Missouri Valley.

Bid: At-large. RPI: 17. Strength of Schedule Rank: 100.

NCAA Tournament Record: 13-12 (0 Titles, 2 Final Four).

Last NCAA: 2014, Lost in third round to Kentucky, 78-76.

Head Coach: Gregg Marshall

School: 202-75 (8 years). Overall: 396-158 (17 years).

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

Darius Carter, F, 6-6, Sr., 11.2, 5.4, 52.3, 63.9

Evan Wessel, G, 6-5, Jr., 4.3, 3.4, 39.3, 52.9

Ron Baker, G, 6-3, Jr., 15.1, 4.4, 44.7, 74.6

Tekele Cotton, G, 6-2, Sr., 9.5, 4.0, 40.9, 69.7

Fred VanVleet, G, 5-11, Jr., 12.5, 4.4, 42.5, 79.4

Other Key Players

Shaq Morris, F, 6-7, So., 4.9, 2.7, 54.9, 61.2

Rashard Kelly, F, 6-7, Fr., 3.1, 3.1, 50.0, 55.0

Zach Brown, F, 6-6, Fr., 3.0, 1.1, 55.3, 68.0

About the Shockers: Successfully repeated as the conference regular-season champions ... Cotton went over 1,000 career points in the conference tournament ... They are fifth in the nation in fewest turnovers per game (9.4) and ninth in scoring defense (55.8) ... They are among the top 35 teams in the country in rebound margin (+5.3) ... Wessel's grandfather, Evert, played basketball at Wichita State from 1956-59, and his father, Todd, played football at WSU ... It will be hard for Philly fans to root for Wichita. Dastardly Joe Carter, who hit a three-run walkoff homer off Mitch Williams to win the 1993 World Series, is a Shocker alum, as is former Giants and Cowboys coach Bill Parcells. (TM)

8 CINCINNATI (22-10)

Location: Cincinnati, Ohio. Conference: American Athletic.

Bid: At-large. RPI: 37. Strength of Schedule Rank: 60.

NCAA Tournament Record: 43-27 (2 Titles, 6 Final Fours).

Last NCAA: 2014, Lost in second round to Harvard, 61-57.

Head Coach: Larry Davis

School: 15-8 (1 year). Overall: 139-147 (10 years).

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

Octavius Ellis, F, 6-10, Jr., 10.0, 7.3, 58.2, 72.0

Gary Clark, F, 6-7, Fr., 7.9, 6.9, 54.5, 61.2

Shaq Thomas, F, 6-7, Jr., 6.3, 2.8, 46.1, 58.5

Troy Caupain, G, 6-4, So., 9.4, 3.6, 46.1, 79.6

Farad Cobb, G, 6-1, Jr., 8.6, 2.4, 39.1, 77.3

Other Key Players

Kevin Johnson, G, 6-3, So., 6.6, 1.4, 37.7, 65.9

Jermaine Sanders, F, 6-5, Sr., 4.7, 3.0, 37.7, 54.1

Coreontae DeBerry, C, 6-9, Jr., 4.0, 2.0, 54.8, 64.6

About the Bearcats: Larry Davis, the associate head coach, took over in December when Mick Cronin took a leave of absence for health reasons ... Among national leaders in scoring defense, blocks and fewest fouls ... Three of their top four scorers are newcomers ... Had first three-game losing streak (in February) in three seasons ... Had seven different players lead them in scoring ... Last time they allowed fewer points per game was 1962-63, when two-time defending champs lost in title game ... The 56 they gave up in a double-overtime win over Nebraska was the fewest for them in an OT game since 1939 ... Haven't won an NCAA game since 2012, when they made it to Sweet 16. (MK)

9 PURDUE (21-12)

Location: West Lafayette, Ind. Conference: Big Ten.

Bid: At-large. RPI: 56. Strength of Schedule Rank: 59.

NCAA Tournament Record: 35-26 (0 titles, 2 Final Fours).

Last NCAA: 2012, Lost in third round to Kansas, 63-60.

Head Coach: Matt Painter

School: 213-124 (10 years). Overall: 237-129 (11 years).

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

Vince Edwards, F, 6-7, Fr., 8.7, 4.7, 48.3, 78.8

A.J. Hammons, C, 7-0, Jr., 11.5, 6.5, 53.5, 64.7

Raphael Davis, G, 6-5, Jr., 11.0, 4.4, 47.9, 74.4

Jon Octeus, G, 6-4, Sr., 9.6, 4.7, 51.6, 72.0

Dakota Mathias, G, 6-4, Fr., 4.7, 2.0, 32.9, 72.7

Other Key Players

Kendall Stephens, G, 6-6, So., 9.0, 2.4, 35.5, 74.0

Isaac Haas, C, 7-2, Fr., 7.9, 4.2, 55.2, 54.7

Bryson Scott, G, 6-1, So., 3.8, 1.6, 38.5, 71.7

Basil Smotherman, F, 6-6, So., 2.9, 1.9, 48.7, 58.8

About the Boilermakers: The only player even close to a star is Hammons and he was so frustrating to the coaching staff early in the season that he was coming off the bench. But he turned it on in mid-January and saved the season with his shot-making in the lane and defense at the rim. He is closing in on 100 blocked shots ... Lost to Atlantic Sun champ North Florida and Gardner-Webb at home in December when all looked lost ... Won five league games by a combined 19 points and another in overtime when they were down three in the final seconds of regulation, had to grab their own missed free throw and make a three. (DJ)

10 INDIANA (20-13)

Location: Bloomington, Ind. Conference: Big Ten.

Bid: At-large. RPI: 61. Strength of Schedule Rank: 27.

NCAA Tournament Record: 64-32 (5 titles, 8 Final Fours).

Last NCAA: 2013, Lost in regional semifinal to Syracuse, 61-50.

Head Coach: Tom Crean

School: 121-110 (7 years). Overall: 311-206 (16 years).

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

Hanner Mosquera-Perea, F, 6-9, Jr., 6.8, 4.3, 62.2, 58.8

Troy Williams, F, 6-7, So., 13.2, 7.1, 55.9, 71.7

James Blackmon Jr., G, 6-4, Fr., 15.8, 5.3, 42.6, 82.1

Robert Johnson, G, 6-3, Fr., 9.1, 2.9, 43.9, 63.4

Kevin Ferrell, G, 6-0, Jr., 16.0, 3.5, 44.1, 84.9

Other Key Players

Nick Zeisloft, G, 6-4, Jr., 7.1, 2.3, 49.0, 76.5

Collin Hartman, F, 6-6, So., 4.9, 3.2, 50.0, 65.7

Emmitt Holt, F, 6-7, Fr., 3.5, 2.7, 66.0, 55.6

Stanford Robinson, G, 6-4, So., 2.9, 1.8, 30.4, 56.9

About the Hoosiers: Have one of the nation's best offenses and an absolutely awful defense ... Shoot 41% from three, third best nationally ... Have very little size and regularly get overpowered in the lane ... Ferrell shoots 85% from the line and 42% from the arc, but like most of his teammates is a lot more interested in points scored than points given up ... Williams, the nephew of Saint Joseph's great and Virginia AAU coaching legend Boo Williams, might be the Big Ten's most explosive athlete ... Finished the regular season just 3-6, with fans and alums chanting for the end of the Tom Crean era. (DJ)

11 TEXAS (20-13)

Location: Austin, Texas. Conference: Big 12.

Bid: At-large. RPI: 42. Strength of Schedule Rank: 16.

NCAA Tournament Record: 35-34 (0 Titles, 3 Final Fours).

Last NCAA: 2014, Lost in third round to Michigan, 79-65.

Head Coach: Rick Barnes

School: 402-179 (17 years). Overall: 604-313 (28 years).

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

Jonathan Holmes, F, 6-8, Sr., 10.0, 6.0, 38.6, 77.3

Cameron Ridley, C, 6-9, Jr., 8.0, 5.1, 56.3, 60.7

Kendal Yancy, G, 6-3, So., 6.2, 2.9, 40.0, 78.1

Demarcus Holland, G, 6-2, Jr., 7.6, 3.3, 51.2, 69.4

Isaiah Taylor, G, 6-1, So., 13.1, 3.5, 40.6, 83.0

Other Key Players

Myles Turner, F, 6-11, Fr., 10.8, 6.6, 45.9, 83.8

Javan Felix, G, 5-11, Jr., 9.0, 2.2, 41.3, 75.8

Connor Lammert, F, 6-9, Jr., 5.0, 5.1, 39.4, 65.1

Prince Ibeh, C, 6-10, Jr., 2.1, 2.6, 57.5, 37.5

About the Longhorns: Barnes has struggled in Austin over the last few seasons, as Texas has yet to win a Big 12 Tournament championship in its history and hasn't won a regular-season title since 2008. An erratic 2014-15 campaign only heightened those concerns ... While Turner's points and rebound averages look just fine for a freshman big, Barnes has yet to utilize him to his full potential as a player who could dominate on both ends of the court. He has a nice midrange game for a 6-11, 18-year-old and blocks 2.8 shots per game. His per-minute averages aren't drastically different from those of Kentucky's Karl-Anthony Towns. (SC)

12 BUFFALO (23-9)

Location: Buffalo, N.Y. Conference: Mid-American.

Bid: Automatic. RPI: 28. Strength of Schedule Rank: 78.

NCAA Tournament Record: First appearance.

Head Coach: Bobby Hurley

School and Overall: 42-19 (2 years).

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

Justin Moss, F, 6-7, Jr., 17.7, 9.3, 52.1, 73.5

Xavier Ford, F, 6-7, Sr., 9.5, 6.3, 46.5, 68.2

Jarryn Skeete, G, 6-3, Jr., 9.5, 3.2, 39.3, 78.0

Lamonte Bearden, G, 6-3, Fr., 8.3, 2.8, 38.1, 74.2

Shannon Evans, G, 6-1, So., 15.4, 3.2, 40.9, 79.6

Other Key Players

Rodell Wigginton, F, 6-5, Jr., 7.4, 4.3, 42.7, 58.3

Will Regan, F, 6-8, Sr., 6.1, 4.2, 36.0, 72.4

Raheem Johnson, F, 6-10, Jr., 2.8, 2.4, 54.8, 65.6

About the Bulls: The Bulls earned their first trip to the tournament, but it was a second home to their coach, who appeared in three Final Fours while at Duke ... After losing consecutive games to Akron, Toledo and Central Michigan, the Bulls ran the table and are currently on an eight-game winning streak ... Ford, the MAC Tournament MVP, and Evans each scored 18 points in the 89-84 win over top-seeded Central Michigan in the championship game ... Moss, the MAC Player of the Year, has been hobbled by a bad ankle, but managed 10 points and 11 boards vs. CMU ... The Bulls held CMU, one of the best three-point shooting teams in the country, to 8-for-22 beyond the arc ... Ford: "\[Hurley\] brought a winning mentality to Buffalo." (MP)

13 VALPARAISO (28-5)

Location: Valparaiso, Ind. Conference: Horizon League.

Bid: Automatic. RPI: 50. Strength of Schedule Rank: 226.

NCAA Tournament Record: 2-8 (0 Titles, 0 Final Fours).

Last NCAA: 2013, Lost in second round to Michigan St., 65-54.

Head Coach: Bryce Drew

School and Overall: 94-41 (4 years).

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

Vashil Fernandez, F, 6-10, Sr., 6.9, 5.9, 56.3, 52.2

Alec Peters, F, 6-9, So., 16.7, 6.8, 49.0, 84.1

E. Victor Nickerson, F, 6-8, Jr., 6.2, 2.2, 41.4, 70.7

Darien Walker, G, 6-3, Jr., 10.9, 4.6, 39.3, 63.9

Tevonn Walker, G, 6-1, Fr., 10.2, 3.4, 44.6, 72.3

Other Key Players

Keith Carter, G, 6-1, Jr., 8.5, 3.5, 47.1, 65.5

David Skara, F, 6-8, Fr., 5.5, 3.2, 47.5, 80.0

Jubril Adekoya, F, 6-7, So., 4.8, 4.2, 48.3, 56.9

About the Crusaders: Have won their last three games and 10 of their last 11 ... Drew was named the conference's Coach of the Year. He played six seasons in the NBA, but is best known for the buzzer-beating three-pointer he nailed to lead 13th-seeded Valpo over No. 4 Ole Miss in the first round of the 1998 NCAA Tournament ... Fernandez was named conference Defensive Player of Year, and Adekoya walked away with the Sixth Man of the Year award ... Peters shoots 46.2% from the arc, the rest of the team shoots 34.4% ... The town's big event each year is the Popcorn Festival on the Saturday after Labor Day, which is no surprise since the late Orville Redenbacher built a factory there. (TM)

14 NORTHEASTERN (23-11)

Location: Boston, Mass. Conference: Colonial Athletic.

Bid: Automatic. RPI: 86. Strength of Schedule Rank: 180.

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

Last NCAA: 1991, Lost in first round to North Carolina, 101-66.

Head Coach: Bill Coen

School and Overall: 145-144 (9 years).

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

Scott Eatherton, F, 6-8, Sr., 14.6, 6.4, 59.4, 69.5

Quincy Ford, F, 6-8, Jr., 10.4, 5.4, 39.9, 75.5

Zach Stahl, F, 6-5, Jr., 8.3, 5.9, 56.9, 65.8

David Walker, G, 6-6, Jr., 13.4, 3.4, 43.6, 86.5

T.J. Williams, G, 6-3, So., 9.7, 3.5, 45.7, 59.8

Other Key Players

Reggie Spencer, F, 6-7, Sr., 5.8, 3.1, 52.3, 79.7

Caleb Donnelly, G, 6-1, Jr., 3.3, 0.8, 51.7, 62.5

Devon Begley, G, 6-4, Fr., 3.0, 1.5, 42.4, 86.7

About the Huskies: Won 23 games for first time since 1986-87 (27-7) ... Last time they were in NCAAs they were in North Atlantic Conference ... Among national leaders in fewest fouls committed; attempted 233 more free throws than opponents ... Won at Florida State in November ... Beat an Atlantic 10 team (Richmond) for first time since 2004 ... Was 4-0 for fourth time in 4 decades ... Won five games in November for first time in program history ... Were 13-0 when they score 70, 10-11 when they don't ... Were 10-1 in games following a loss ... Donnelly has a 3.99 grade-point average in chemical engineering ... Lost at Drexel, then beat Dragons at home in OT. (MK)

15 NEW MEXICO STATE (23-10)

Location: Las Cruces, N.M. Conference: Western Athletic.

Bid: Automatic. RPI: 103. Strength of Schedule Rank: 223.

NCAA Tournament Record: 10-23 (0 Titles, 1 Final Four).

Last NCAA: 2014, Lost in second round to San Diego St., 73-69 (OT).

Head Coach: Marvin Menzies

School and Overall: 175-99 (8 years).

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

Pascal Siakam, F, 6-9, Fr., 13.0, 7.7, 57.7, 76.3

Remi Barry, F, 6-7, Sr., 13.3, 4.8, 46.3, 76.6

Tshilidzi Nephawe, C, 6-10, Sr., 10.4, 7.6, 53.1, 62.1

Daniel Mullings, G, 6-2, Sr., 12.6, 5.0, 43.5, 70.8

Ian Baker, G, 6-0, So., 9.5, 2.5, 47.8, 75.9

Other Key Players

DK Eldridge, G, 6-2, Sr., 8.1, 2.7, 38.6, 63.3

Johnathon Wilkins, F, 6-10, Fr., 3.1, 2.5, 47.0, 53.5

About the Aggies: They enter the tournament with a 13-game winning streak ... Menzies, the conference's Coach of the Year, has led his team to the tournament for the last four seasons and five of the last six ... Baker shoots a sizzling 47.2% from beyond the arc (58-for-123) ... It's an international squad with five players from Canada, two from France, one from Cameroon and one from South Africa ... The win over Seattle that secured an NCAA berth avenged their only conference loss of the season ... Among notable alumni is Joe Pisarcik, who will be forever remembered by Eagles fans for his role in the "Miracle at the Meadowlands" ... The Clint Eastwood Classic "Hang 'Em High" was filmed in the desert surrounding Las Cruces. (TM)

16A HAMPTON (16-17)

Location: Hampton, Va. Conference: Mid-Eastern Athletic.

Bid: Automatic. RPI: 251. Strength of Schedule Rank: 331.

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

Last NCAA: 2011, Lost in second round to Duke, 87-45.

Head Coach: Edward Joyner Jr.

School and Overall: 98-95 (6 years).

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

Jervon Pressley, F, 6-8, Jr., 6.1, 4.9, 43.0, 55.0

Quinton Chievous, G, 6-6, Sr., 10.3, 6.3, 42.8, 61.0

Reginald Johnson, G, 6-2, Jr., 11.6, 3.4, 37.5, 58.6

Brian Darden, G, 6-0, Jr., 9.4, 1.6, 35.4, 82.4

Deron Powers, G, 5-11, Jr., 10.3, 3.2, 38.7, 86.1

Other Key Players

Dwight Meikle, F, 6-8, Jr., 13.0, 7.5, 51.9, 67.7

Ke'Ron Brown, G, 6-3, Jr., 4.6, 3.0, 33.1, 50.0

Charles Wilson-Fisher, F, 6-9, Fr., 3.2, 2.6, 53.7, 45.5

Emmanuel Okoroba, C, 6-8, Sr., 2.5, 2.4, 30.6, 55.1

About the Pirates: Meikle hurt his right ankle in the first round of the MEAC Tournament on March 9 and did not play the rest of the way. His NCAA status is unclear ... The Pirates were 12-17 before winning four straight tournament games by a combined 57 points ... Chievous, who had a season-high 23 points in the MEAC semis, is a Tennessee transfer and the son of Missouri all-timer Derrick Chievous (school-record 2,580 points) ... Team had a 50-point second half in championship game against Delaware State after having just 14 1/2 hours to get ready ... Average 70 possessions per game, the 15th fastest tempo in America. (DJ)

16B MANHATTAN (19-13)

Location: Riverdale, N.Y. Conference: Metro Atlantic Athletic.

Bid: Automatic. RPI: 168. Strength of Schedule Rank: 275.

NCAA Tournament Record: 3-8 (0 Titles, 0 Final Fours).

Last NCAA: 2014, Lost in second round to Louisville, 71-64.

Head Coach: Steve Masiello

School and Overall: 79-52 (4 years).

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

Ashton Pankey, F, 6-10, Jr., 13.5, 6.7, 54.0, 70.1

Emmy Andujar, F, 6-6, Sr., 16.5, 7.6, 51.5, 70.5

Shane Richards, F, 6-5, Jr., 13.1, 3.6, 40.8, 81.9

Donovan Kates, G, 6-6, Sr., 3.5, 2.3, 30.3, 76.2

Rashawn Stores, G, 5-11, Sr., 6.3, 1.9, 38.0, 71.9

Other Key Players

Rich Williams, G, 6-5, So., 5.7, 1.5, 37.0, 61.9

Jermaine Lawrence, F, 6-10, So., 4.8, 1.7, 41.4, 50.0

Zane Waterman, F, 6-9, Fr., 3.6, 1.4, 36.1, 65.5

Tyler Wilson, G, 6-0, So., 3.4, 1.5, 40.6, 58.6

About the Jaspers: Masiello (an assistant to Rick Pitino for six seasons) had them ahead of Louisville by three with less than 4 minutes to go in last year's tourney as a 13th seed. Most of that club is back ... Lawrence, a transfer from Cincinnati, has missed the last seven games due to a violation of team rules. No word on his status ... Andujar leads the team in scoring despite just four three-point field goals. Hard to do ... Last NCAA win was 2004, when they rolled fifth-seeded Florida by 15 before being edged by Wake Forest ... Masiello was a member of Kentucky's 1998 NCAA champion, but didn't play in the title game. (BV)