A deeper look at the NCAA tournament field

Take a quick look inside the 68 teams selected, with rankings from the selection committee

Joe Person, David Scott, Ron Green Jr., Rick Bonnell, Jim Utter, Andrew Carter, Jack Daly, J.P. GiglioMarch 12, 2012 

1. Kentucky

Record: 32-2 Seed: No. 1 South

Best win: Kansas 75-65

Worst loss: at Indiana 73-72

Scouting report: Freshman center Anthony Davis is a prohibitive favorite to be the top pick in the NBA draft. He averages 4.7 blocks. Doron Lamb stretches defenses with 48 percent 3-point shooting. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is a ferocious, all-around talent. Big Blue is loaded.

2. Syracuse

Record: 31-2 Seed: No. 1 East

Best win: at Louisville 52-51

Worst loss: at Notre Dame 67-58

Scouting report: This is the country's deepest team and it has done a great job of winning close games on the road. Center Fab Melo averages three blocks a game and the Orange has roughly twice as many steals as opponents. The flaw is rebounding - a deficit for the season.

3. North Carolina

Record: 29-5 Seed: No. 1 Midwest

Best win: at Duke 88-70

Worst loss: UNLV 90-80

Scouting report: When they're on, the Tar Heels can be as dangerous a team as there is in the country. Still, they have their flaws - suspect perimeter shooting, a lack of proven depth being among the main ones - and the Tar Heels are prone to defensive lapses.

4. Michigan State

Record: 26-7 Seed: No. 1 West

Best win: at Ohio State 58-48

Worst loss: at Illinois 42-41

Scouting report: Spartans opened with losses against North Carolina and Duke and have been among the country's best teams since and won the Big 10 tournament. Forward Draymond Green leads Michigan State in scoring and rebounding and averages nearly four assists.

5. Kansas

Record: 27-6 Seed: No. 2 Midwest

Best win: at Missouri 74-71

Worst loss: Davidson 80-74

Scouting report: Led by player-of-the-year candidate Thomas Robinson, the Jayhawks have a legitimate chance at winning another national championship under coach Bill Self.

6. Duke

Record: 27-6 Seed: No. 2 in South

Best win: at North Carolina 85-84

Worst loss: Miami 78-74 (OT)

Scouting report: The Blue Devils have been inconsistent for much of the season, but they still won 26 regular -season games, so they can't be discounted. Forward Ryan Kelly's availability is in question because of a sprained right foot.

7. Ohio State

Record: 27-6 Seed: No. 2 East

Best win: at Michigan State 72-70

Worst loss: at Illinois 79-74

Scouting report: The Buckeyes have a player-of-the-year candidate in forward Jared Sullinger, although he slumped in February. Ohio State shared the Big 10 regular-season title with Michigan State and Michigan.

8. Missouri

Record: 30-4 Seed: No. 2 West

Best win: Kansas 74-71

Worst loss: Kansas State 78-68

Scouting report: First-year coach Frank Haith of Burlington quickly made the Tigers a national force. Missouri's guard-heavy offense is led by Phil Pressey.

9. Baylor

Record: 27-7 Seed: No. 3 South

Best win: at Kansas State 75-73

Worst loss: Kansas State 57-56

Scouting report: The Bears struggled with the top teams in the Big 12 in the regular season, being swept by Kansas and Missouri. They won their first 17 games before losing back-to-back to Jayhawks and Tigers.

10. Marquette

Record: 25-7 Seed: No. 3 West

Best win: Cincinnati 95-78

Worst loss: at LSU 67-59

Scouting report: Their star is Raleigh's Darius Johnson-Odom, who is averaging 18.5 points and shooting 40 percent from 3-point range. Johnson-Odom ended up at Marquette after a stint in junior college. The Golden Eagles forced 16.7 turnovers per game.

11. Florida State

Record: 24-9 Seed: No. 3 in East

Best win: North Carolina 85-82

Worst loss: at Boston College 64-60

Scouting report: The Seminoles have been one of the best defensive teams in the nation for years under coach Leonard Hamilton. But during the second half of the season, their offense improved tremendously, too. Though Florida State is prone to bad games, it's a legitimate Final Four contender when it plays at its best.

12. Georgetown

Record: 23-8 Seed: No. 3 Midwest

Best win: at Louisville 71-68

Worst loss: at Pittsburgh 72-60

Scouting report: Coach John Thompson III uses a Princeton-style offense, full of give-and-goes and backdoor cuts. That and some nasty picks have the Hoyas shooting 46 percent as a team. Guard Jason Clark is the star, averaging 13.9 points, 47 percent from field and 32 percent from 3-point range.

13. Michigan

Record: 24-9 Seed: No. 4 Midwest

Best win: Ohio State 56-51

Worst loss: at Iowa 75-59

Scouting report: Freshman Trey Burke quickly has established himself as one of the country's top point guards. The Wolverines tied Michigan State and Ohio State for the Big 10 regular-season title.

14. Wisconsin

Record: 24-9 Seed: No. 4 East

Best win: at Ohio State 63-60

Worst loss: Iowa 72-65

Scouting report: The Badgers make their 18th tournament appearance and rely heavily upon point guard Jordan Taylor.

15. Indiana

Record: 25-8 Seed: No. 4 South

Best win: Kentucky 73-72

Worst loss: at Nebraska 70-69

Scouting report: The Hoosiers are back in the tournament for the first time since 2008 behind freshman Cody Zeller, the team's scoring and rebounding leader.

16. Louisville

Record: 26-9 Seed: No. 4 West

Best win: at West Virginia 77-74

Worst loss: at Providence 90-59

Scouting report: Rick Pitino's Cardinals won the Big East and are very good defensively, holding foes to 38 percent shooting. Gorgui Dieng, a sophomore center from Senegal, averages more than three blocked shots per game. Swingman Kyle Kuric averages 13.1 points and 36 percent from 3-point range.

17. Temple

Record: 24-7 Seed: No. 5 Midwest

Best win: Duke 78-73

Worst loss: at Richmond 76-65

Scouting report: The Owls are headed for the Big East after one more basketball season. One of the top backcourts in the country - Ramone Moore, Juan Fernandez, Khalif Wyatt.

18. Vanderbilt

Record: 24-10 Seed: No. 5 East

Best win: Florida 77-67

Worst loss: Cleveland State 71-58

Scouting report: Any team facing the SEC champion Commodores better guard the 3-point line every second. As a team, it shoots 40 percent from the arc. Top scorers John Jenkins (19.9 ppg.) and Jeff Taylor (16.8 ppg.) each shoot about 44 percent from 3. Vandy averages 22 trips to the foul line.

19. Wichita State

Record: 27-5 Seed: No. 5 South

Best win: UNLV 89-70

Worst loss: at Drake 93-86 (3OT)

Scouting report: The Shockers received an at-large bid a year after winning the National Invitation Tournament. Former Winthrop coach Gregg Marshall, the Missouri Valley Coach of the Year, could be targeted by South Carolina if Darrin Horn is fired.

20. New Mexico

Record: 27-6 Seed: No. 5 West

Best win: UNLV 65-45

Worst loss: Santa Clara 79-76 (OT)

Scouting report: The Mountain West tournament champs Lobos overcame an embarrassing November overtime loss to Santa Clara and have a standout in UCLA transfer Drew Gordon.

21. UNLV

Record: 26-8 Seed: No. 6 South

Best win: North Carolina 90-80

Worst loss: at Wyoming 68-66

Scouting report: The Rebels grabbed national attention early in the season with an upset of then-No. 1 North Carolina. Sophomore Mike Moser is UNLV's leading scorer and rebounder.

22. Cincinnati

Record: 24-10 Seed: No. 6 East

Best win: at Georgetown 68-64

Worst loss: Presbyterian 56-54

Scouting report: This is one of the country's better 3-point teams; the Bearcats make 35 percent of their attempts from the arc. Sean Kilpatrick (14.6 ppg.) is a big part of that; he has taken about a third of their 3s, making 37 percent. The Bearcats average 8.2 steals per game.

23. Murray State

Record: 30-1 Seed: No. 6 West

Best win: at Memphis 76-72

Worst loss: Tennessee State 72-68

Scouting report: The Racers are one of the most intriguing teams in the tournament. They dominated the Ohio Valley Conference, but some question how that translates this time of year. Don't be surprised if Murray State makes plenty of noise. Guard Isaiah Canaan is one of the top players in the country, shooting 47.3 percent from 3-point range. He leads his team in scoring (19.2) and assists and Canaan has plenty of supporting help.

24. San Diego State

Record: 26-7 Seed: No. 6 Midwest

Best win: UNLV 69-67

Worst loss: at Air Force 58-56

Scouting report: The Aztecs, who tied New Mexico for the Mountain West regular-season championship then lost to the Lobos in the tournament final, have an excellent all-around player in forward Jamaal Franklin.

25. Notre Dame

Record: 22-11 Seed: No. 7 South

Best win: Syracuse 67-58

Worst loss: at Rutgers 65-58

Scouting report: The Irish are relatively starless; sophomore point guard Eric Atkins is probably their best player at 12.2 points and 4.1 assists. Late-season losses at St. John's and a blowout to Georgetown suggest a downswing.

26. St. Mary's

Record: 27-5 Seed: No. 7 Midwest

Best win: Gonzaga 83-62

Worst loss: Loyola Marymount 75-60

Scouting report: Guard Matthew Dellavedova averages 15.6 points and 6.4 assists for the Gaels, who won the West Coast tournament with a 78-74 overtime victory against Gonzaga.

27. Gonzaga

Record: 25-6 Seed: No. 7 East

Best win: St. Mary's 73-59

Worst loss: at San Francisco 66-65

Scouting report: The Bulldogs are playing in their 15th NCAA tournament and get 13.8 points and 3.4 assists per game from guard Kevin Pangos.

28. Florida

Record: 23-10 Seed: No. 7 West

Best win: Vanderbilt 73-65

Worst loss: Tennessee 75-70

Scouting report: The Gators attempt a lot of 3-pointers (about 26 per game) and make a bunch, too (39 percent as a team). Kenny Boynton ( 16.3 ppg.) has to be guarded anywhere in the offensive zone because he makes 44 percent from outside the arc.

29. Creighton

Record: 28-5 Seed: No. 8 Midwest

Best win: at Wichita State 68-61

Worst loss: Missouri State 77-65

Scouting report: The Bluejays are in the tournament for the first time since 2007. Greg McDermott went to NCAAs in 2004, 2005 and 2006 as Northern Iowa's coach. His son, Doug, was the 2012 Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year.

30. Iowa State

Record: 22-10 Seed: No. 8 South

Best win: Kansas 72-64

Worst loss: at Drake 74-65

Scouting report: Cyclones forward Royce White (6-foot-8, 270) is versatile - scoring, rebounding and passing with the best of them.

31. Memphis

Record: 26-8 Seed: No. 8 West

Best win: Belmont (Tenn.) 97-81

Worst loss: at UTEP 60-58

Scouting report: Memphis won its three Conference USA tournament games by an average of 25 points, including an 83-57 victory over Marshall in the final. Sophomore guard Will Barton leads the league in scoring, averaging 18.7 points per game.

32. Kansas State

Record: 21-10 Seed: No. 8 East

Best win: at Missouri 78-68

Worst loss: Oklahoma 63-60

Scouting report: Coach Frank Martin's Wildcats entered the Big 12 tournament playing well and having won four of their final five regular-season games.

33. Alabama

Record: 21-11 Seed: No. 9 Midwest

Best win: Mississippi State 67-50

Worst loss: at South Carolina 56-54

Scouting report: This team is very solid defensively, holding opponents to an average of 60 points and 39 percent shooting. The Crimson Tide doesn't shoot the 3-pointer well (28 percent). The best player is JaMychal Green (14 ppg., 7.4 rpg.)

34. Connecticut

Record: 20-13 Seed: No. 9 South

Best win: Florida State 78-76 (OT)

Worst loss: at Providence 72-70

Scouting report: The Huskies have two future lottery picks in Jeremy Lamb and Andre Drummond, but they've never figured it out in Kemba Walker's absence. It's hurt that coach Jim Calhoun has missed long stretches with a back ailment. Just 67 percent at the foul line as a team.

35. So. Mississippi

Record: 25-8 Seed: No. 9 East

Best win: South Florida 53-51

Worst loss: at Texas-El Paso 76-68

Scouting report: The Golden Eagles are making their first appearance in the NCAA tournament since 1991 and their 25 wins are the most since they became an NCAA Division I member. Southern Mississippi has three players averaging 11 or more points - Neil Watson (12.2), LaShay Page (11.5) and Darnell Dodson (11.1).

36. Saint Louis

Record: 25-7 Seed: No. 9 West

Best win: at Xavier 73-68

Worst loss: at Rhode Island 64-62

Scouting report: The Billikens are one of the country's surprise teams and have an underrated forward in Brian Conklin. One of Rick Majerus' best coaching jobs.

37. Purdue

Record: 21-12 Seed: No. 10 Midwest

Best win: at Michigan 75-61

Worst loss: Butler 67-65

Scouting report: Robbie Hummel remained one of the Big Ten's top players even after he returned from the second of two knee injuries. Hummel leads the Boilermakers in scoring and rebounding.

38. West Virginia

Record: 19-13 Seed: No. 10 East

Best win: Georgetown 74-62

Worst loss: Kent State 70-60

Scouting report: The Mountaineers revolve around Kevin Jones, a 6-8 senior forward. Jones is good for 20 points and 11 rebounds per game and shoots 52 percent from the field. West Virginia lost seven of nine late in the regular season. It shoots just 67 percent from the foul line.

39. Virginia

Record: 22-9 Seed: No. 10 West

Best win: Michigan 70-58

Worst loss: Virginia Tech 47-45

Scouting report: The Cavaliers' first trip to the NCAA tournament under third-year coach Tony Bennett will be short-lived if they can't find some help for forward Mike Scott, who was second in the ACC in scoring (17.9 ppg) and sixth in rebounding (8.3). Injuries to starters Assane Sene, Malcolm Brogdon have them limping into the tournament.

40. Xavier

Record: 21-12 Seed: No. 10 South

Best win: at Vanderbilt 82-70 (OT)

Worst loss: at Hawaii 84-82 (OT)

Scouting report: The Musketeers started the season 9-0, including wins against Purdue, Vanderbilt and rival Cincinnati. Tu Holloway is one of the country's top guards, and Kenny Frease is a daunting inside presence.

41. Colorado State

Record: 20-11 Seed: No. 11 West

Best win: San Diego State 77-60

Worst loss: at Boise State 70-69

Scouting report: The Rams played one of the toughest schedules in the country (including a game at Duke), and forward Pierce Hornung is one of the Mountain West's best.

42. N.C. State

Record: 22-11 Seed: No. 11 Midwest

Best win: Texas 77-74

Worst loss: Georgia Tech 82-71

Scouting report: Forward C.J. Leslie and guard Lorenzo Brown give the Wolfpack, in the field for the first time since 2006, one of the best combos in the country, especially with the way they have played during the past two weeks. Foul trouble and depth issues have haunted the Wolfpack, though, and could be its undoing.

43. Texas

Record:20-13 Seed: No. 11 East

Best win: Kansas State 75-64

Worst loss: Oregon State 100-95 (OT)

Scouting report: This has been one of coach Rick Barnes' best coaching jobs, but the Longhorns had to sweat out their bid after spending much of the past few weeks on the bubble. Guard J'Covan Brown averages 20.1 points and 3.8 assists.

44. Colorado

Record: 23-11 Seed: No. 11 South

Best win: Arizona 53-51

Worst loss: Colorado State 65-64

Scouting report: The Buffaloes won the Pac-12 tournament in their first year, securing a tournament spot they likely wouldn't have otherwise received. Colorado plays strong defense and is well disciplined. Four players average in double figures with Andre Roberson averaging a double-double (11.6 ppg, 11.1 rpg)

45. California

Record: 24-9 Seed: No. 12 Midwest

Best win: Washington 69-66

Worst loss: Washington State 77-75

Scouting report: In a Pac-12 that was weaker than in previous years, the Bears finished second during the regular season and had a handful of good wins. Coach Mike Montgomery's team is led by sophomore guard Allen Crabbe (15.3 ppg), who is dangerous from 3-point range. The Bears shoot 48 percent as a team.

46. Harvard

Record: 26-4 Seed: No. 12 East

Best win: Florida State 46-41

Worst loss: at Fordham 60-54

Scouting report: The Crimson earned its second consecutive Ivy League crown and first NCAA tournament berth since 1946. Harvard's well-balanced offense features five players who average seven or more points a game, led by junior forward Kyle Casey (11.3 ppg, 5.5 rpg).

47. South Florida

Record: 20-13 Seed: No. 12 Midwest

Best win: at Louisville 58-51

Worst loss: at Auburn 52-40

Scouting report: This is a tough defensive team intent on making games ugly. They gave up just 56.9 points per game and 39 percent shooting. No player averages double-figure scoring, but when the Bulls need a big basket, Toarlyn Fitzpatrick shoots 41 percent from the 3.

48. Brigham Young

Record: 25-8 Seed: No. 14 West

Best win: Gonzaga 83-73

Worst loss: Southern Utah 69-62

Scouting report: The Cougars have four players who average in double-figure scoring, including Noah Hartsock (16.7 ppg) and Brandon Davies (15.0).

49. VCU

Record: 28-6 Seed: No. 12 South

Best win: Drexel 59-56

Worst loss: Georgia Tech 73-60

Scouting report: Despite losing most of their starters from last year's Final Four team, Virginia Commonwealth earned back-to-back NCAA bids for the first time since 1984-85. Bradford Burgess (13.3 ppg) is the leading scorer.

50. Iona

Record: 25-7 Seed: No. 14 West

Best win: Vermont 73-72

Worst loss: Fairfield 85-75

Scouting report: To the surprise of many, the Gaels squeezed into the tournament ahead of Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference rival Drexel. Forward Mike Glover averages 18.5 points and 9.0 rebounds.

51. Long Beach State

Record: 25-8 Seed: No. 12 West

Best win: Xavier 68-58

Worst loss: Cal State Fullerton 77-74

Scouting report: Coach Dan Monson and the 49ers finally got over the hump after losing in the Big West finals the previous two years. Senior guard Casper Ware (17.4 ppg) is a two-time conference player of the year and had 33 points in the tournament final victory. Big man T.J. Robinson (12.1 ppg. 10.1 rpg) gives the 49ers an interior presence.

52. Ohio

Record: 27-7 Seed: No. 13 Midwest

Best win: at Marshall 70-68

Worst loss: at Bowling Green 67-57

Scouting report: Ohio made 33 percent of its 3-pointers during the regular season but got hot from outside in the Mid-American Conference tournament. D.J. Cooper, a 5-11 guard, broke the school record for assists this season and is approaching the Bobcats' mark for steals.

53. Davidson

Record: 25-7 Seed: No. 13 West

Best win: Kansas 80-74

Worst loss: at Samford 77-74

Scouting report: The Wildcats are blessed with balance and versatility. Center Jake Cohen and forward De'Mon Brooks are a formidable frontline, and guard Nik Cochran, J.P. Kuhlman and Chris Czerapowicz can penetrate and consistently hit from beyond the 3-point line. Davidson might not be as physically talented as some higher seeds, but its discipline and determination will make the Wildcats a tough out.

54. New Mexico State

Record: 26-9 Seed: No. 13 South

Best win: at New Mexico 62-53

Worst loss: at Hawaii 91-87

Scouting report: The Aggies earned their third Western Athletic Conference title since joining the league in 2005-06 with an 82-57 rout of Louisiana Tech in the title game. New Mexico State, which has won 10 straight, has the depth, size and athleticism to make it dangerous in the NCAA tournament.

55. Montana

Record: 25-6 Seed: No. 13 East

Best win: Weber State 85-66

Worst loss: at Oregon State 71-46

Scouting report: The Grizzlies enter the tournament on a 14-game winning streak (their only Big Sky loss was against Weber State in January). Kareem Jamar's 23 points helped Montana beat Weber State 85-66 in the conference tournament final.

56. South Dakota St.

Record: 27-7 Seed: No. 14 South

Best win: Western Illinois 52-50 (OT)

Worst loss: Oral Roberts 97-75

Scouting report: This is big for the Jackrabbits, who are making their first appearance in the NCAA championship. Guard Nate Wolters (21.3 ppg, 5.1 rpg) is the leader and was named most valuable player of the Summitt League tournament. The Jackrabbits are on a roll, having won eight in a row and 11 of 12.

57. Belmont

Record: 27-7 Seed: No. 14 Midwest

Best win: Marshall 79-74

Worst loss: Lipscomb 85-74

Scouting report: The Bruins enter the tournament on a 14-game win streak, which includes their fifth consecutive Atlantic Sun tournament title. Junior 6-1 guard Kerron Johnson averages 14.1 points and 5.2 assists per game .

58. St. Bonaventure

Record: 20-11 Seed: No. 14 East

Best win: Xavier 67-56

Worst loss: Arkansas State 58-52

Scouting report: The Bonnies won the Atlantic 10 tournament as the fourth seed and have the conference's player of the year in center Andrew Nicholson. He had 26 points and 14 rebounds against Xavier in the conference tournament title game and is the school's best player since Hall-of-Famer Bob Lanier during the late 1960s.

59. Loyola (Md.)

Record: 24-8 Seed: No. 15 East

Best win: at Bucknell 72-67

Worst loss: at Marist 72-54

Scouting report: The Greyhounds are making their first appearance in the NCAA tournament in 18 years. Sophomore guard Dylon Cormier has led the way for Loyola, averaging 13.4 points a game and has scored 20 or more points seven times this season.

60. Lehigh

Record: 26-7 Seed: No. 15 South

Best win: at Bucknell 82-77

Worst loss: at Holy Cross 84-78

Scouting report: The Mountain Hawks are making their second trip to the NCAA tournament in three years and fifth overall. Much of their success can be traced to talented junior 6-3 guard C.J. McCollum, who is averaging 21.9 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game. McCollum scored 29 in Lehigh's win against Bucknell to capture the Patriot League championship.

61. Detroit

Record: 22-13 Seed: No. 15 Midwest

Best win: at Valparaiso 70-50

Worst loss: Illinois of Chicago 63-59

Scouting report: The Titans have replaced Butler as the Horizon League champion, hoping to latch on to some of the Bulldogs' March magic from the past two seasons. Coach Ray McCallum has a balanced squad led by his son, guard Ray McCallum, who averages 15.6 points per game. Chase Simon averages 13.5 points per game in the Titans' three-guard offense.

62. Norfolk State

Record: 25-9 Seed: No. 15 West

Best win: at Drexel 61-56

Worst loss: Elizabeth City State 69-57

Scouting report: The Spartans, once a member of the CIAA, won their first Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference title and earned their first NCAA tournament berth with a 73-70 victory over Bethune-Cookman. Norfolk State utilizes five Division I transfers in its rotation and is led by senior center Kyle O'Quinn's 15.9 points and 10.4 rebounds a game.

63. Long Island

Record: 25-8 Seed: No. 16 West

Best win: Robert Morris 90-73

Worst loss: at Monmouth 106-78

Scouting report: The Blackbirds are making a return trip to the tournament after getting a taste of it last March. They play an aggressive style and are led by forward Julian Boyd, who is a handful for any defense. Boyd averages 17.4 points and 9.5 rebounds per game. He's shooting 55.7 percent from the floor and 42.6 percent from 3-point range. The Blackbirds are prone to turnovers, averaging 16.2 per game.

64. UNC Asheville

Record: 24-9 Seed: No. 16 East

Best win: Virginia Military 80-64

Worst loss: at Coastal Carolina 74-69

Scouting report: The Bulldogs are playing for a second consecutive season in the tournament after dominating the Big South and have an experienced pair of guards in Matt Dickey and J.P. Primm.

65. Lamar

Record: 23-11 Seed: No. 16 Midwest

Best win: McNeese State 70-49

Worst loss: Northwestern State 74-62

Scouting report: Coach Pat Knight has taken the Cardinals to the NCAA tournament in his first season as coach, ending a 12-year drought for the program. Guards Mike James (17.7 ppg) and Devon Lamb (11.9 ppg, 7.9 rpg) are the leaders of a team that plays pesky defense, forcing 8.2 turnovers per game.

66. Vermont

Record: 23-11 Seed: No. 16 Midwest

Best win: at Old Dominion 65-63 (OT)

Worst loss: at Binghamton 57-53

Scouting report: The Catamounts won 15 of their final 16 games. Vermont upset Syracuse in the 2005 tournament. Freshman guard Four McGlynn (12 ppg) is the only player in the country to lead his team in scoring without starting a game.

67. Miss. Valley St.

Record: 21-12 Seed: No. 16 South

Best win: at Tennessee 90-89 (2OT)

Worst loss: at Ark.-Pine Bluff 78-67

Scouting report: The Delta Devils are making their fifth appearance in the NCAA tournament and first since 2008 after running through the Southwestern Athletic Conference regular season schedule with a 17-1 record.

68. Western Kentucky

Record: 15-18 Seed: No. 16 South

Best win: North Texas 74-70

Worst loss: Troy 67-65

Scouting report: The Hilltoppers overcame the firing of coach Ken McDonald in early January after a 5-11 start. Western Kentucky claimed an automatic NCAA bid after winning the Sun Belt tournament as the seventh seed.

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