A detail of a NCAA logo decal is seen at center court as the Kansas State Wildcats play against the Brigham Young Cougars during the second round of the 2010 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Ford Center on March 20, 2010 in Oklahoma City, Okla.
Before you fill out your NCAA Tournament bracket, get to know the field with a quick 68 (or so)-word primer on all 68 teams.
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1. Virginia Cavaliers
This was supposed to be a breakout season for Virginia, but a slow start tempered expectations temporarily. The Cavaliers rebounded in conference and look like a solid pick for the Sweet 16 or further. Unlike some of Bennett’s previous UVa teams, these Cavs don’t live and die by the 3-pointer and have depth in the frontcourt. Remember the names of Virginia’s sharpshooting swing men, Joe Harris and Malcolm Brogdon.
2. Villanova Wildcats
These Wildcats might give coach Jay Wright a good chance to reach his second Final Four. Villanova doesn’t have a bad loss and picked up some solid wins early in the season before a successful Big East campaign. As usual, the Wildcats have an outstanding backcourt led by James Bell and Darrun Hilliard II. Sharp-shooting teams such as Creighton, which beat Villanova twice, cause the Cats problems.
3. Iowa State Cyclones
If you are looking for a team that shoots a lot of 3-pointers, you will love the Cyclones. But unlike previous seasons, if the shots from deep aren’t falling, Iowa State can still win. Fred Hoiberg’s team is one of the nation’s highest scoring and best rebounding teams. Melvin Ejim, DeAndre Kane and Georges Niang are all players who can take over with the game on the line.
4. Michigan State Spartans
These Spartans have resembled the ill-fated 300 of ancient times with the way player after player has been cut down by injury. But when Michigan State is fully healthy and clicking it is as good as any team in the country. Stars such as Adreian Payne and Keith Appling should be available to play in the tournament, but how well they will play is one of the tourney’s biggest questions.
5. Cincinnati Bearcats
Looking for a team with a senior leader? Cincinnati fits the bill with fifth-year guard Sean Kilpatrick among the players who could be a true star of the tournament. Kilpatrick can take over a game offensively, but Cincy coach Mick Cronin might like to see his assist-to-turnover ratio improve. Senior forward Justin Jackson gives the Bearcats a solid inside presence with his scoring and rebounding.
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6. North Carolina Tar Heels
Staring at your bracket wondering which Tar Heels team will show up for the tournament? You’re not alone. North Carolina has shown it can beat anyone with wins versus Duke, Louisville, Michigan State and others on its resume. They’ve also fallen to lowly Belmont, UAB and Miami. But the Heels have been more consistent of late and Marcus Paige has played as well as anyone in the ACC.
7. Connecticut Huskies
The Huskies might aren’t at the top of the list of true title contenders, but UConn has perhaps the tournament’s best and most experienced point guard in senior Shabazz Napier. Napier scores, rebounds, dishes out assists, is an excellent defender and has come up huge in some of the Huskies’ biggest games -- such as a 34-point performance in an overtime win versus Memphis.
8. Memphis Tigers
Josh Pastner’s team won a lot of games over the course of the season, but picked up its signature, resume-building victory to start March, knocking off defending champion Louisville on the road. Senior guard Joe Jackson is still the Tigers’ leading scorer, but has seen a dramatic drop in his 3-point shooting percentage this season. Shaq Goodwin is one of the American Conference’s best rebounders.
9. George Washington Colonials
The Colonials boast a solid resume with several wins over power-conference teams, including a signature victory against Creighton. George Washington has one of the most balanced attacks in the country with all five starters averaging in double figures, led by senior Indiana transfer Maurice Creek. Creek was a freshman standout for the Hoosiers, but saw his playing time and stats decline for two years until a resurgance at GW this season.
10. St. Joseph’s Hawks
St. Joe’s missed some opportunities to pick up quality wins early in the season against the likes of Creighton and crosstown rival Villanova, but the Hawks had a good run in a competitive Atlantic-10 conference. Phil Martelli is a veteran coach who has taken the Hawks deep in the tourney before and he has some talent to work with, namely senior guard Langston Galloway and senior forward Ronald Roberts, Jr.
11. Providence Friars
Providence was a bubble team, but decided not to let the selection committee decide its fate. The Friars upset Creighton in the Big East title game to get an automatic bid. Senior point guard Bryce Cotton was outstanding in the conference tourney and has a hot hand heading into the NCAA’s. Cotton averages 21.3 points, but he’s hardly selfish, also dishing out five assists a game.
12. Harvard Crimson
Since former Michigan coach Tommy Amaker took over the Crimson have become the team to beat in the Ivy League and once again earned the conference’s
automatic bid. Harvard could be a popular upset pick with the Crimson boasting some major-conference talent. Junior small forward Wesley Saunders leads Harvard in scoring after turning down scholarships from programs such as Colorado, San Diego State and USC.
13. Delaware Blue Hens
Back in the tournament for the first time since 1999, Delaware won the Colonial Athletic Association in the regular season and then held off William & Mary in the CAA championship game to earn the automatic bid. Devon Sadler, Davon Usher and Jarvis Threatt are a high scoring trio -- all three average more than 18 points per game -- and could make the Blue Hens a tough matchup.
14. North Carolina Central Eagles
It turns out Duke isn’t the only NCAA Tournament team from Durham, N.C. N.C. Central had nearly as impressive a season as the better known team across town, dominating the MEAC. The Eagles don’t have a bunch of quality wins, but they competed well in losses to Cincinnati and Wichita State. High scoring guard Jeremy Ingram has potential to be one of the tourney’s breakout stars.
15. Milwaukee Panthers
Another surprising automatic qualifier, the Panthers won five games in a row to finish the season and make the field. That included an overtime victory against rival and Horizon League favorite Green Bay in the conference semifinals. Jordan Aaron, standing just 5-foot-10, is an undersized guard, but he’s come up huge in recent games. Kyle Kelm, a 6-foot-9 senior forward, is also playing well as of late.
16. Coastal Carolina Chanticleers
The Big South champions are among the best rebounding teams in the country and nearly everyone on the roster gets into the act with seven Chanticleers averaging three or more boards per game. Freshman Elijah Wilson leads Coastal Carolina in scoring, but it has some veterans too with Warren Gillis and Josh Cameron each averaging more than 14 points. Cliff Ellis has coached four different teams to the NCAA tourney.
Florida boasts one of the country’s most athletic teams and that has led to a lot of victories for the Gators this season. With one of the most balanced lineups in the country, swingman Casey Prather does a bit of everything and offers the kind of senior leadership you like in a tournament team. The SEC didn’t offer the stiffest challenge, but with two-time champion Billy Donovan in charge the Gators should be ready.
2. Kansas Jayhawks
Freshmen Joel Embiid and Andrew Wiggins could be the NBA’s top two draft picks, but the Jayhawks weren’t consistent against the nation’s toughest schedule and injured Embiid may not play unless KU makes the Sweet 16. Kansas may have the highest ceiling, but have been known to go cold from 3-point range. He’s not their biggest star, but as junior point guard Naadir Tharpe goes, so do the Jayhawks.
3. Syracuse Orange
Living on the edge caught up with Syracuse late in the season as the Orange finally suffered a few losses. But this is a team with a top-notch point guard, Tyler Ennis, and championship coach, Jim Boeheim. That’s usually a combination to bet on, but Syracuse also has a history of early exits. The Orange are a title contender, but not the Final Four lock they once seemed.
4. UCLA Bruins
Steve Alford’s first season as UCLA coach put the Bruins successfully back in the NCAA Tournament with one of the country’s most efficient offenses. Sophomore swingman Jordan Adams is an All Pac-12 star with great shooting touch and Kyle Anderson is a 6-foot-9 forward who can not only score inside and out, is a tremendous rebounder as well. The talent is there, but Alford teams are prone to tourney flameouts.
5. Virginia Commonwealth Rams
Virginia Commonwealth’s full-court pressure defense can give teams fits and has helped the Rams to tournament success in recent years. This season, Shaka Smart’s team resembles some of his best VCU squads and it survived a tough Atlantic-10 schedule. Treveon Graham and Juvonte Reddic offer experience and star power. Reddic has the size and athleticism to match up with just about any big man in the country.
6. Ohio State Buckeyes
Point guard Aaron Craft’s statistics aren’t eye-popping, other than averaging nearly five assists per game, but he’s one of the tournament’s best known players thanks to the way he runs the Buckeye offense and his tenacious defense. He’s also led Ohio State to the Final Four, which is a good reason to keep an eye on the Buckeyes this time around. Forward LaQuinton Ross is often a beneficiary of Craft’s play-making.
7. New Mexico Lobos
Since losing back-to-back games to Kansas and rival New Mexico State in December, the Lobos put together a stretch as good as almost any team in the country heading into March. That includes a sound beating of San Diego State. Cameron Bairstow has potential to become one of those players everyone is talking about. Alex Kirk is a true 7-foot center many teams will struggle to match up against.
8. Colorado Buffaloes
The Buffs aren’t as good as they were early in the
season before star guard Spencer Dinwiddie was lost to injury. But Colorado remains a solid squad worthy of its tournament bid. Sophomore Josh Scott stepped it up in Dinwiddie’s absence and has had some of his best games down the stretch, but keep in mind most of Colorado’s best wins came before Dinwiddie went down.
9. Pittsburgh Panthers
The ACC newcomers lost a lot of heartbreakers that left Pittsburgh without a signature win and on the bubble heading into the conference tournament. The Panthers responded by taking down North Carolina to earn a spot in the field. Pitt enters with fifth-year senior power forward on a hot streak, averaging 12.8 points and 8.8 rebounds, including 19 points and 21 rebounds in the win over UNC.
10. Stanford Cardinal
Stanford squeaked into the field after finishing sixth in the Pac-12 and is just 5-9 against the RPI Top 50, but picked up an impressive blowout victory against Arizona State in the conference tournament before falling to champion UCLA. Chasson Randle is an outstanding player who averages better than 18 points per game and shoots nearly 40 percent from 3-point range. Dwight Powell offers help on offense.
Another bubble team that slipped into the field, the Flyers hung their hat on going 2-1 against the RPI Top 25, but finished sixth in the Atlantic 10 conference. Dayton’s not a high scoring team, but it is balanced offensively with averaging between 4.5 and 12.5 points per game. Guard Jordan Sibert is the leading scorer and an Ohio State transfer, adding some intrigue to the first round.
12. Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks
The Lumberjacks enter the tournament on a 28-game winning streak, including rolling through the Southland Conference tourney. Of course, Stephen F. Austin hasn’t done it against the toughest schedule. Despite the gaudy record, the Lumberjacks have an RPI of just 52 and are 0-1 against the top 50. Even so, watch out for high-scoring duo Desmond Haymon and Jacob Parker. Parker shoots 47 percent from 3-point range.
13. Tulsa Golden Hurricane
Danny Manning has two NCAA championship rings as a player and assistant coach at Kansas, now in his second year coaching Tulsa he has the Hurricane in the tourney as the Conference USA champions. But Manning’s experience might not make up for the young Tulsa roster. Seven of the top eight players are sophomores, including leading scorer James Woodard, who is putting up 15.3 points per game
14. Western Michigan Broncos
The Broncos don’t really do anything flashy, but they did enough to beat Toledo for the MAC title. Still, Western Michigan enters the NCAA Tournament with a less than impressive resume with a season-opening victory over New Mexico State on a neutral count one of the biggest highlights. Senior David Brown can score in bunches, averaging 19 points, and 6-foot-11 center Shayne Whittington averages 16 points and nine rebounds.
15. Eastern Kentucky Colonels
The Colonels’ presence in the field is a bit of a surprise with Eastern Kentucky upsetting Murray State and Belmont to win the Ohio Valley Conference. But EKU has one of the nation’s most prolific offenses. Glenn Cosey can put up points in a hurry and shoots 42 percent from behind the arc. The Colonels are a hot team that could make some noise if their shots are falling.
16a. Albany Great Danes
The Great Danes went 17-14 in the regular season, but are the big dogs in the America East Conference after taking down Stony Brook in the league title game. Albany has one of the lowest RPI ratings in the field, No. 199. Peter Hooley scores 15.7 points per game to lead four Danes averaging double figures and is a fantastic 3-point shooter, hitting 40 percent from beyond the arc.
16b. Mount St. Mary’s Mountaineers
After starting the season 0-5, Mount St. Mary’s is in the field with a 16-16 record. But its run through the Northeastern Conference tournament was impressive with a fast-paced, 3-point launching offense putting up points. Rashad Whack and Julian Norfleet are high-scoring guards who love to shoot from deep. When they are hitting The Mount can be tough to beat, but it lacks size underneath.
1. Wichita State Shockers
With the nucleus of last year’s Final Four team back, it’s been a historic season in Kansas’ Air Capital with the Shockers flying high all year, but against inferior competition. Cleanthony Early and Ron Baker can light it up and few teams have a point guard like Fred VanVleet. WSU is clearly a great team, but hasn’t been tested since December and could run into trouble versus deep frontcourts.
2. Michigan Wolverines
Injuries have made it an up and down season for Michigan, but Nik Stauskus has developed into a bona fide star capable of making it another special season in Ann Arbor. The sophomore guard has stepped it up on the offensive end after the Wolverines lost a lot of talent from last year’s Final Four squad. Still, Michigan misses injured Mitch McGary’s presence in the paint.
3. Duke Blue Devils
Duke has had a good record
all season, and knocking off Syracuse in February gave the Blue Devils a signature victory. Freshman forward Jabari Parker can take over games offensively, but is also a defensive liability. Parker gets the most attention, but Rodney Hood might be Duke’s best overall player. Rasheed Sulaimon plays like a star at times, but has disappeared in many of the Devils’ losses.
4. Louisville Cardinals
The defending champs are contenders again, but the Cardinals 2013-14 resume doesn’t necessarily match their reputation. A weak non-conference schedule with losses to North Carolina and Kentucky contributed to a losing record against the Top 25. But Louisville has played well late in the season and players such as guard Russ Smith and forward Montrezl Harrell know how to get it done on the biggest stage.
5. Saint Louis Billikens
The Billikens climbed into the Top 10 in February, but stumbled a bit down the stretch. Saint Louis has an outstanding record at first glance, but lacks quality wins. Guard Jordair Jett is a four-year contributor who has matured into the team’s leader and does a little bit of everything. Saint Louis could struggle if it meets a team with size. Leading rebounder Dwayne Evans is just 6’6.
6. UMass Minutemen
The Minutemen were one of the hottest teams in the country through much of the non-conference schedule, but came back down to earth a bit against a rugged Atlantic 10 slate. Still, UMass is a solid team capable of a run. Junior center Cady Lalanne is a true post presence, able to score, rebound and block shots in the paint, but it’s guard Chaz Williams who runs the show.
7. Texas Longhorns
Freshman Isaiah Taylor’s quick emergence as one of the Big 12’s top point guards is one of the main reasons the Longhorns are back in the NCAA Tournament. The lightning quick Taylor scores and distributes and is the catalyst for Texas’ offense. Cameron Ridley, all 285 pounds of him, provides a big, physical presence underneath. This team elevated Rick Barnes off the hot seat and into Coach of the Year discussions.
8. Kentucky Wildcats
Led by the nation’s No. 1 recruiting class, fans were a bit too quick to print up “40-0” T-shirts, but at least John Calipari has this team back in the NCAA Tournament after going to the NIT a year ago. That doesn’t cut it for disappointed Wildcat supporters, but when they are on Julius Randle and Willie Cauley-Stein are as good as any frontcourt duo in the nation.
9. Kansas State Wildcats
Back in November, the Wildcats were 2-3 following a 27-point loss to Georgetown. That Bruce Weber turned K-State, led by freshman Marcus Foster, into a tournament team is a tremendous accomplishment. KSU knocked off six ranked opponents at home, but struggles away from Bramlage Coliseum kept it from being a higher seed and are a good reason to hesitate before moving the Wildcats too far in your bracket.
10. Arizona State Sun Devils
Point guard Jahii Carson can take over games and Arizona State has enough talent to knock off a top team -- like it did against rival Arizona -- but isn’t consistent enough to be considered a threat to make a deep run. Penn State transfer Jermaine Marshall can put plenty of points on the board, but as a team the Sun Devils are in the Pac-12’s worst rebounding team.
11a. Iowa Hawkeyes
The once-proud Iowa program has steadily improved under Fran McCaffery and spent most of the 2013-14 season back in the Top 25. But Hawkeyes weren’t playing their best basketball down the stretch in the regular season, losing three straight in late February. This is a high-scoring bunch that can keep defenses off balance and Roy Devyn Marble can light it up. Iowa is a bit inconsistent from 3-point range.
11b. Tennessee Volunteers
After three straight NIT appearances at Missouri State and Tennessee, Volunteers coach Cuonzo Martin finally has an NCAA Tournament team with Tennessee playing strong late in the SEC season. Jordan McRae is a veteran guard who has developed into a star, averaging 18.6 points and 2.5 assists per game. Jarnell Stokes is a burly forward who owns the paint, averaging double figures in both points and rebounds.
12a. Xavier Musketeers
New to the Big East, the Musketeers don’t have the best resume, but a victory against bitter rival Cincinnati and an upset of Creighton gave Xavier the quality wins to make the ield. As usual, the Musketeers have good guard play with 6-foot-3 Cincinnati product Semaj Christon leading the way. The sophomore is averaging 17.1 points and 4.2 assists, but consistency has been an issue for Xavier.
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12b. North Carolina State Wolfpack
Calling N.C. State a one-man Wolfpack would be taking it too far, but ACC Player of the Year T.J. Warren is certainly the go-to guy. Warren averages nearly 25 points per game and also pulls down seven rebounds. When he gets help the Pack is tough to beat, but too often that’s not the case. Lightning fast point guard Anthony Barber can cause matchup problems.
13. Manhattan Jaspers
Masiello’s team rides a five-game winning streak into the NCAA Tournament with two of those victories coming against Metro Atlantic favorites Iona. George Beamon carries the load on offense for the Jaspers, averaging 19.5 points per game, but he’s not without help. Michael Alvarado has also had big games. The Jaspers don’t have a lot of size, but Beamon is the type of player who could spark an upset.
14. Mercer Bears
Mercer knocked off last year’s Cinderella, Florida Gulf Coast, to win the Atlantic Sun and make the NCAAs for the first time since 1985. It’s a balanced attack for the Bears, who average nearly 80 points per game, but senior guard Langston Hall is the only player averaging double figures in scoring. Hall makes the Mercer offense go, putting up 14.7 points per game and 5.6 assists.
15. Wofford Terriers
Just making the NCAAs is an upset for Wofford, which was a surprise winner of the Southern Conference tournament, but earned a bid by holding off a rally from Western Carolina in the conference title game. With just two upperclassmen in the regular rotation, the Terriers won’t be a popular upset pick, and for good reason. Karl Cochran is a solid player, but doesn’t have a great supporting cast.
16a. Cal Poly Mustangs
The Mustangs have to be considered the most unlikely NCAA Tournament team in the field. Cal Poly enters the Big Dance with a 13-19 record and went just 6-10 in the Big West. But three wins in a row in the conference tournament gave the Mustangs an automatic bid. Senior forward Chris Eversley leads the team in both scoring and rebounding, putting up 13.4 points and 7.2 rebounds.
16b. Texas Southern Tigers
After losing 8 of 10 games early in the season, the Tigers are entering the NCAA Tournament on a nine-game winning streak. The Southwestern Athletic Conference champions rallied in the second half to beat lowly Prairie View A&M in the league title game and secure a bid. Center and West Virginia transfer Aaric Murray leads the team in scoring for the year, averaging 21 points per game.
1. Arizona Wildcats
Once among the clear favorites, the Wildcats remain a threat to make the Final Four even after losing forward Brandon Ashley to injury. Freshman big man Aaron Gordon is capable of reaching double figures in scoring and rebounding anytime he takes the floor. Arizona hasn’t played the toughest schedule, but junior guard Nick Johnson has turned into a true star capable of carrying the team on his back. 2.Wisconsin Badgers
Bo Ryan’s team hit a rough patch in the middle of Big Ten play, but seemed to get it together down the stretch. When the Badgers establish the pace they can be as tough to beat as any team in the nation. Frank Kaminsky is a 7-foot rim protector on defense and combines with sophomore forward Sam Dekker to give Wisconsin a high scoring duo in the paint.
3. Creighton Bluejays
Senior forward Doug McDermott is the favorite to win almost all major player of the year awards and has led the Bluejays to one of their best seasons ever after making the move up from the Missouri Valley Conference to the new-look Big East. When senior forward Ethan Wragge has the hot hand from 3-point range to compliment McDermott’s dominance inside, Creighton is tough to beat.
4. San Diego State Aztecs
The Aztecs played a challenging non-conference schedule and picked up some quality wins away from home -- taking down Creighton and Kansas, among others. San Diego State offers a lot to like in a tournament team, including a national champion coach in Steve Fischer and a senior star, Xavier Thames. Tulane transfer Josh Davis is a threat to put up a double-double every time he takes the floor.
5. Oklahoma Sooners
The Sooners are a bit of a surprise this season, but perhaps shouldn’t be considering Oklahoma is the fifth school coach Lon Kruger has guided to the NCAA Tournament. Guard Buddy Hield ranks among the Big 12’s top scorers and big man Ryan Spangler averages about 10 points per game with nine double-doubles this season, but senior forward Cameron Clark just might be OU’s best all-around player.
6. Baylor Bears
A super talented team that doesn’t quite live up to expectations, these Baylor Bears followed what is becoming a familiar theme in Waco, Texas. Scott Drew’s team was ranked in the Top 10 at one point before losing eight of 10. The Bears have played better since February and Cory Jefferson is a player who can carry a team, but beware of Baylor’s inconsistency.
7. Oregon Ducks
The Ducks went from Top 10 early in the season, to the tournament bubble after losing eight of 10 midway through, to soaring again during a late surge that included an upset of Arizona. Houston transfer Joseph Young fit seamlessly into the Oregon lineup and leads the team in scoring. Another transfer, forward Mike Moser, has seen his career revived in Eugene and leads the Ducks in rebounding.
Under Mark Few, Gonzaga has been an NCAA Tournament staple for 17 years, but the Bulldogs didn’t have a spot in this
year’s field locked up heading into the West Coast Conference tournament. The Zags answered the call with a league title and automatic berth. Guards Kevin Pangos and David Stockton give Gonzaga, which has won seven of its last 10 games, a talented and experienced backcourt.
9. Oklahoma State Cowboys
This wasn’t the kind of season sophomore Marcus Smart imagined when he skipped the NBA draft, but he and the Cowboys can make up for it with a deep tourney run. Smart still put up impressive stats, but served a three-game suspension in the midst of a seven-game losing streak. OSU rebounded to beat Kansas and secure an NCAA bid, suggesting this talented squad is gelling at the right time.
10. BYU Cougars
One of the most surprising selections, the Cougars were the No. 2 team in the West Coast Conference, falling to Gonzaga in the league tournament. BYU is better now that Kyle Collinsworth is back from injury and giving the Cougars depth and rebounding from the guard position. Another guard, Tyler Hawes, is a big-time scorer, averaging 23.4 points and if BYU advances, he’ll likely be the reason.
In his second year, Tim Miles has gotten the Huskers into the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1998. It wasn’t looking good in January when a loss to Penn State was Nebraska’s sixth in seven games, but the Huskers were solid down the stretch in the Big Ten, knocking off Michigan State and Wisconsin. Sophomore Terran Petteway averages 18.1 points and does a little of everything.
12. North Dakota State Bison
The Summit League champions are an outstanding shooting team, leading the nation in field goal percentage at 50.9 percent and hitting nearly 37 percent of their 3-pointers. Nobody on the North Dakota State roster is better behind the arc than Taylor Braun, who scores 18 points per game. Forward Marshall Bjorklund doesn’t shoot the 3, but he makes 64 percent of his shots roaming the paint for the Bison.
13.New Mexico State Aggies
Back in the NCAAs for the third straight year and fourth time since 2010, New Mexico State has tournament experience many mid-major programs envy. The Aggies also have a giant in the paint, 7-foot-5, 355-pound sophomore center Sim Bhullar, who averages 10.2 points and 7.8 rebounds. But it’s junior guard Daniel Mullings who is the star, scoring 16.7 points per game to lead the team.
14. Louisiana Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns
It took a one-point overtime victory over favored Georgia State for the Ragin’ Cajuns to sneak into the field, but Louisiana Lafayette boasts one of the nation’s highest scoring offenses. Sophomore forward Shawn Long can be tough to handle in the lane. He’s averaging 18.9 points and 10.4 rebounds a contest. Elfrid Payton paces the Lafayette offense, averaging 19.1 points, 6.0 assists and 6.0 rebounds.
15. American Eagles
American runs one of the most deliberate offenses in the field. The Eagles hit nearly 50 percent of their field goals, but are still just the 316th highest scoring teams in the nation, averaging 63.9 points per game. They're also a poor rebounding team, but will try to limit possessions. Sophomore Jesse Reed leads the Patriot League tourney champions with 13.9 points per game.
16. Weber State Wildcats
The Big Sky champs are a solid shooting team, knocking down 48 percent of their field goals, but the Wildcats are weak on the glass, just the 200th-best rebounding team in the country. Forward Joel Bolomboy is the exception, averaging 10.8 boards and is capable of putting up double-doubles on any given night. Senior swingman Davion Berry paces the offense, averaging nearly 20 points per game.