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 Louisville
Louisville, Ky., 29-5.
Nickname: Cardinals. Coach: Rick Pitino.
Conference: Big East. Bid: Big East champion.
Region: Midwest. Seed: No. 1.
Tournament Record: 64-40, 38 years. Last appearance: 2012.
Scoring: Team (73.6); Russ Smith 18.1; Gorgui Dieng 10.0; Peyton Siva 10.0; Chane Behanan 9.9.
Rebounds: Team (37.5); Gorgui Dieng 9.9; Chane Behanan 6.6.
Assists/Turnovers: Team (15.0/12.7); Peyton Siva 5.9/2.7; Russ Smith 3.6/2.6; Gorgui Dieng 2.1/1.8.
3-pointers: Team (.331); Luke Hancock 52; Russ Smith 51; Wayne Blackshear 40; Peyton Siva 37.
Last Ten: 10-0.
The Skinny: Behind coach Pitino, Peyton Siva and Russ Smith, the Cardinals are never out of a game. Just ask Syracuse.

North Carolina A&T
Greensboro, 19-16.
Nickname: Aggies. Coach: Cy Alexander.
Conference: Mid-Eastern Athletic. Bid: MEAC champion.
Region: Midwest. Seed: No. 16.
Tournament Record: 0-9, 9 years. Last NCAA Appearance: 1995.
Scoring: Team (62.4); Adrian Powell 12.5; Lamont Middleton 12.4; Jean Louisme 9.7
Rebounds: Team (35.4); Austin Witter 7.1; Adrian Powell 5.1; Bruce Beckford 5.3; Lamont Middleton 4.1.
Assists/Turnovers: Team (11.1/15.1); Lamont Middleton 2.3/2.7; Austin Witter 2.1/2.1.
3-pointers: Team (.300); Adrian Powell 57; Jean Louisme 52.
Last Ten: 6-4.
The Skinny: Even if after winning MEAC tourney for the first time since 1995, it could be tough to keep the its NCAA losing streak from reaching double digits.

Liberty
Lynchburg, Va., 15-20.
Nickname: Flames. Coach: Dale Layer.
Conference: Big South. Bid: Big South champion.
Region: Midwest. Seed: No. 16.
Tournament Record: 0-2, 2 years. Last NCAA Appearance: 2004.
Scoring: Team (69.1); John Caleb Sanders 14.2; Davon Marshall 13.4; Tavares Speaks 13.1.
Rebounds: Team (35.7); JR Coronado 8.2; Joel Vander Pol 4.8; Tomasz Gielo 4.3; John Caleb Sanders 4.0.
Assists/Turnovers: Team (12.2/13.4); John Caleb Sanders 3.5/2.6; Davon Marshall 2.8/2.0.
3-pointers: Team (.373); Davon Marshall 101; John Caleb Sanders 41; Casey Roberts 39.
Last Ten: 7-3.
The Skinny: The Flames's .429 winning percentage is the lowest for an NCAA tournament team since Oakland (Michigan) had a 12-18 record (.400) in 2005.
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Colorado State
Fort Collins, 25-8.
Nickname: Rams. Coach: Larry Eustachy.
Conference: Mountain West. Bid: At large.
Region: Midwest. Seed: No. 8.
Tournament Record: 3-10, 9 years. Last appearance: 2012.
Scoring: Team (73.1); Colton Iverson 14.7; Dorian Green 12.8; Wes Eikmeier 12.7; Greg Smith 11.1.
Rebounds: Team (40.4); Colton Iverson 9.8; Pierce Hornung 9.2; Daniel Bejarano 5.5; Greg Smith 5.3.
Assists/Turnovers: Team (13.1/10.8); Dorian Green 3.8/1.8; Pierce Hornung 2.3/1.3; Wes Eikmeier 2.2/1.5.
3-pointers: Team (.332); Wes Eikmeier 52; Dorian Green 48; Daniel Bejarano 29.
Last Ten: 6-4.
The Skinny: A semifinal loss to UNLV in MWC wasn't enough to keep the Rams from making the bracket for the second straight year. One of the nation's best rebounding teams.

Missouri
Columbia, 23-10.
Nickname: Tigers. Coach: Frank Haith.
Conference: Southeastern. Bid: At large.
Region: Midwest. Seed: No. 9.
Tournament Record: 22-25, 25 years. Last appearance: 2012.
Scoring: Team (76.2); Laurence Bowers 14.4; Jabari Brown 13.7; Phil Pressey 11.6; Keion Bell 11.1; Alex Oriakhi 11.1; Earnest Ross 10.3.
Rebounds: Team (41.4); Alex Oriakhi 8.6; Laurence Bowers 6.2; Earnest Ross 5.1; Tony Criswell 4.8; Keion Bell 4.3.
Assists/Turnovers: Team (13.9/13.2); Phil Pressey 7.1/3.6.
3-pointers: Team (.340); Jabari Brown 53; Earnest Ross 48; Phil Pressey 43.
Last Ten: 6-4.
The Skinny: Tigers lost in the first round as No. 2 seed last year. With a deep team that comes at teams in waves, they might not bow out as quickly as a No. 9 seed.
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Oklahoma State
Stillwater, 24-8.
Nickname: Cowboys. Coach: Travis Ford.
Conference: Big 12. Bid: At large.
Region: Midwest. Seed: No. 5.
Tournament Record: 38-23, 24 years. Last NCAA Appearance: 2010.
Scoring: Team (72.4); Marcus Smart 15.4; Markel Brown 15.3; Le'Bryan Nash 14.1; Phil Forte 10.4.
Rebounds: Team (36.4); Michael Cobbins 6.2; Philip Jurick 5.9; Marcus Smart 5.7; Markel Brown 4.5; Le'Bryan Nash 4.1.
Assists/Turnovers: Team (12.1/12.4); Marcus Smart 4.2/3.3; Markel Brown 2.4/1.7.
3-pointers: Team (.316); Phil Forte 67; Markel Brown 50; Marcus Smart 38.
Last Ten: 7-3.
The Skinny: Back in the dance after missing the past two, the Cowboys have one of the nation's best backcourts in Markel Brown and Marcus Smart, a combo that could get them to the second week.

Oregon
Eugene, 26-8.
Nickname: Ducks. Coach: Dana Altman.
Conference: Pac-12. Bid: Pac-12 champion.
Region: Midwest. Seed: No. 12.
Tournament Record: 12-9, 10 years. Last appearance: 2008.
Scoring: Team (71.7); E.J. Singler 11.6; Carlos Emory 11.0; Damyean Dotson 10.8; Tony Woods 9.5; Arsalan Kazemi 9.3.
Rebounds: Team (37.4); Arsalan Kazemi 9.5; E.J. Singler 4.9; Carlos Emory 4.2.
Assists/Turnovers: Team (13.0/14.9); Dominic Artis 3.4/2.5; E.J. Singler 2.9/2.3; Johnathan Loyd 2.8/1.8.
3-pointers: Team (.323); E.J. Singler 47; Damyean Dotson 38; Dominic Artis 31.
Last Ten: 7-3.
The Skinny: A late-season slide appears to be sorted out after the Ducks won three straight for Pac-12 tourney title. Dropping to a 12 seed was a little surprising.
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Saint Louis
Saint Louis, 27-6.
Nickname: Billikens. Coach: Jim Crews.
Conference: Atlantic 10. Bid: Atlantic 10 champion.
Region: Midwest. Seed: No. 4.
Tournament Record: 4-8, 7 years. Last NCAA Appearance: 2012.
Scoring: Team (68.7); Dwayne Evans 13.7; Cody Ellis 10.4; Kwamain Mitchell 10.3; Mike McCall Jr. 9.7; Jordair Jett 9.1.
Rebounds: Team (32.8); Dwayne Evans 7.7; Cody Ellis 3.5; Rob Loe 3.5.
Assists/Turnovers: Team (12.9/11.5); Jordair Jett 3.2/2.2; Kwamain Mitchell 3.0/2.0; Mike McCall Jr. 2.8/1.5.
3-pointers: Team (.347); Cody Ellis 59; Mike McCall Jr. 47.
Last Ten: 9-1.
The Skinny: One of college basketball's best surprise - thriving despite the death of coach Rick Majerus before the season.

New Mexico State
Las Cruces, 24-10.
Nickname: Aggies. Coach: Marvin Menzies.
Conference: Western Athletic. Bid: WAC champion.
Region: Midwest. Seed: No. 13.
Tournament Record: 10-21, 19 years. Last appearance: 2012.
Scoring: Team (68.0); Daniel Mullings 14.0; Bandja Sy, 11.7; Tyrone Watson 10.8; Sim Bhullar 10.2.
Rebounds: Team (37.6); Bandja Sy 7.3; Sim Bhullar 6.5; Daniel Mullings 5.2; Tshilidzi Nephawe 5.2; Tyrone Watson 5.1.
Assists/Turnovers: Team (11.5/14.4); Tyrone Watson 3.0/2.7; Daniel Mullings 2.6/3.0.
3-pointers: Team (.320); Kevin Aronis 31; Bandja Sy 27; Terrel de Rouen 25.
Last Ten: 8-2.
The Skinny: Keep an eye on center Sim Bhullar. At 7-foot-5, 360 pounds, you can't miss him.
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Memphis
Memphis, Tenn., 30-4.
Nickname: Tigers. Coach: Josh Pastner.
Conference: Conference USA. Bid: CUSA champion.
Region: Midwest. Seed: No. 6.
Tournament Record: 32-24, 24 years. Last NCAA Appearance: 2012.
Scoring: Team (75.9); Joe Jackson 13.6; Adonis Thomas 11.9; Chris Crawford 10.7; Geron Johnson 10.5.
Rebounds: Team (37.8); D.J, Stephens 6.7; Tarik Black 4.8; Shaq Goodwin 4.6; Geron Johnson 4.6; Adonis Thomas 4.6; Shaq Goodwin 4.6.
Assists/Turnovers: Team (17.2/14.6); Joe Jackson 4.8/2.7; Geron Johnson 3.7/2.9; Chris Crawford 3.3/1.6.
3-pointers: Team (.379); Chris Crawford 70; Geron Johnson 38; Joe Jackson 36.
Last Ten: 9-1.
The Skinny: Can Josh Pastner's Tigers get past the first round this year?

Middle Tennessee
Murfreesboro, Tenn., 28-5.
Nickname: Blue Raiders. Coach: Kermit Davis.
Conference: Sun Belt. Bid: At large.
Region: Midwest. Seed: No. 11.
Tournament Record: 2-6, 6 years. Last appearance: 1989.
Scoring: Team (71.2); Marcos Knight 12.5; Raymond Cintron 8.7; Shawn Jones 8.6.
Rebounds: Team (36.8); Marcos Knight 5.8; Shawn Jones 5.4; JT Sulton 4.0.
Assists/Turnovers: Team (14.2/13.8); Bruce Massey 3.3/1.8; Tweety Knight 2.5/1.4; Marcos Knight 2.4/2.0.
3-pointers: Team (.378); Raymond Cintron 70; Kerry Hammonds 33; James Gallman 28.
Last Ten: 9-1.
The Skinny: With six seniors, the Raiders set a school record with 27 wins, second nationally to No. 1 Gonzaga. The committee rewarded MTSU for playing the nation's ninth-toughest schedule.

Saint Mary's (Cal)
Moraga, Calif., 27-6.
Nickname: Gaels. Coach: Randy Bennett.
Conference: West Coast. Bid: At large.
Region: Midwest. Seed: No. 11.
Tournament Record: 3-7, 7 years. Last appearance: 2012.
Scoring: Team (75.5); Matthew Dellavedova 15.8; Stephen Holt 11.8; Beau Levesque 10.7; Brad Waldow 10.2.
Rebounds: Team (37.1); Brad Waldow 6.1; Mitchell Young 5.5; Stephen Holt 5.4; Beau Levesque 4.4.
Assists/Turnovers: Team (14.7/12.0); Matthew Dellavedova 6.4/2.8; Jordan Page 1.8/1.4.
3-pointers: Team (.375); Matthew Dellavedova 80; Beau Levesque 45; Stephen Holt 39; Jordan Page 36; James Walker III 35.
Last Ten: 8-2.
The Skinny: Gaels couldn't get past No. 1 Gonzaga in West Coast, but that's no knock. Watch the teardrop shots of Matthew Dellavedova - they bring rain.
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Michigan State
East Lansing, 25-8.
Nickname: Spartans. Coach: Tom Izzo.
Conference: Big Ten. Bid: At large.
Region: Midwest. Seed: No. 3.
Tournament Record: 54-25, 26 years. Last appearance: 2012.
Scoring: Team (68.2); Keith Appling 13.6; Gary Harris 12.9; Adreian Payne 10.4; Derrick Nix 9.5; Branden Dawson 9.4.
Rebounds: Team (37.3); Adreian Payne 7.5; Derrick Nix 6.2; Branden Dawson 6.0; Denzel Valentine 4.1.
Assists/Turnovers: Team (13.3/13.4); Keith Appling 3.5/2.4; Denzel Valentine 2.4/2.0.
3-pointers: Team (.342); Gary Harris 59; Keith Appling 37.
Last Ten: 6-4.
The Skinny: Spartans didn't get past the Big Ten semifinals, but Tom Izzo's teams always do well at the NCAA tournament, espcially ones with talent like this. It's 16 straight for Izzo in the bracket.

Valparaiso
Valparaiso, Ind., 26-7.
Nickname: Crusaders. Coach: Bryce Drew.
Conference: Horizon League. Bid: Horizon champion.
Region: Midwest. Seed: No. 14.
Tournament Record: 2-7, 7 years. Last NCAA Appearance: 2004.
Scoring: Team (71.7); Ryan Broekhoff 15.9; Kevin Van Wijk 12.7; LaVonte Dority 9.0.
Rebounds: Team (32.9); Ryan Broekhoff 7.3; Kevin Van Wijk 5.5; Bobby Capobianco 4.5.
Assists/Turnovers: Team (13.9/14.5); Erik Buggs 3.7/2.5; Matt Kenney 3.0/1.9; Ryan Broekhoff 2.3/1.9.
3-pointers: Team (.376); Ryan Broekhoff 82; Will Bogan 53; Matt Kenney 41.
Last Ten: 9-1.
The Skinny: Bryce Drew had a memorable shot to get Valpo to the regional semifinals in 1998. He's hoping to have a memorable run as the Crusaders' coach.
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Creighton
Omaha, Neb., 27-7.
Nickname: Bluejays. Coach: Greg McDermott.
Conference: Missouri Valley. Bid: MVC champion
Region: Midwest. Seed: No. 7.
Tournament Record: 10-18, 17 years. Last appearance: 2012.
Scoring: Team (75.4); Doug McDermott 23.1; Gregory Echenique 9.6; Grant Gibbs 8.6.
Rebounds: Team (35.2); Doug McDermott 7.5; Gregory Echenique 6.6; Grant Gibbs 4.1.
Assists/Turnovers: Team (17.2/12.3); Grant Gibbs 5.9/2.1; Austin Chatman 4.3/2.1; Jahenns Manigat 2.1/1.3.
3-pointers: Team (.421); Ethan Wragge 74; Doug McDermott 74; Jahenns Manigat 46; Avery Dingman 33; Austin Chatman 33.
Last Ten: 7-3.
The Skinny: All-American Doug McDermott could put on a big show at the Big Dance.

Cincinnati
Cincinnati, 22-11.
Nickname: Bobcats. Coach: Mick Cronin.
Conference: Big East. Bid: At large.
Region: Midwest. Seed: No. 10.
Tournament Record: 43-25, 26 years. Last NCAA Appearance: 2012.
Scoring: Team (66.6); Sean Kilpatrick 16.9; Cashmere Wright 12.6; JaQuon Parker 11.3.
Rebounds: Team (40.0); Titus Rrubles 6.1; Sean Kilpatrick 5.3; Justin Jackson 5.1; Jaquon Parker 4.9; Cheikh Mbodj 4.7.
Assists/Turnovers: Team (12.2/12.8); Cashmere Wright 3.0/2.0; Titus Rubles 2.0/1.9.
3-pointers: Team (.317); Sean Kilpatrick 80; Cashmere Wright 70; JaQuon Parker 40.
Last Ten: 4-6.
The Skinny: Lost six of nine to close out regular season, but slipped into the bracket after reaching Big East quarterfinals.
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Duke
Durham, N.C., 27-5.
Nickname: Blue Devils. Coach: Mike Krzyzewski.
Conference: Atlantic Coast. Bid: At large.
Region: Midwest. Seed: No. 2.
Tournament Record: 96-32, 36 years. Last appearance: 2012.
Scoring: Team (78.3); Mason Plumleee 17.2; Seth Curry 17.0; Ryan Kelly 14.3; Quinn Cook 12.4; Rasheed Sulaimon 11.5.
Rebounds: Team (33.8); Mason Plumlee 10.2; Ryan Kelly 5.4; Quinn Cook 3.9.
Assists/Turnovers: Team (14.7/10.7); Quinn Cook 5.2/2.3; Tyler Thornton 2.4/1.1; Rasheed Sulaimon 2.0/1.3; Mason Plumlee 2.0/2.8.
3-pointers: Team (.406); Seth Curry 83; Quinn Cook 55; Rasheed Sulaimon 45; Ryan Kelly 34.
Last Ten: 7-3.
The Skinny: Formidable with the return of Ryan Kelly. Vulnerable after bowing out in ACC quarters after second loss to Maryland this season.

Albany (NY)
Albany, N.Y., 24-10.
Nickname: Great Danes. Coach:
Conference: America East. Bid: America East champion.
Region: Midwest. Seed: No. 15
Tournament Record: 0-2, 2 years. Last NCAA Appearance: 2007.
Scoring: Team (64.4); Mike Black 14.9; Jacob Iati 12.1; Sam Rowley 9.0.
Rebounds: Team (33.6); Sam Rowley 6.3; John Puk 4.4; Blake Metcalf 4.1.
Assists/Turnovers: Team (11.2/13.4); Peter Hooley 3.0/2.1; Mike Black 2.5/2.9.
3-pointers: Team (.364); Jacob Iati 89; Mike Black 54.
Last Ten: 7-3.
The Skinny: Great Danes got to the dance for the first time in six years after finally beating Vermont.
 

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