NCAA South Region Capsules

March 16, 2014 

1. Florida

Record: 32-2. Last 10: 10-0.

Bid: Automatic. RPI: 1.

Best win: 67-61 against Kansas

Scouting the Gators: No. 1 overall seed Florida hasn’t lost since Dec. 2 (at Connecticut) and has the experience (five senior starters) and talent to win it all.

2. Kansas

Record: 24-9. Last 10: 6-4.

Bid: At-large. RPI: 3.

Best win: 94-83 vs. then-No. 4 Duke

Scouting the Jayhawks: NCAA tournament regular led by 6-foot-8 “super-freshman” Andrew Wiggins (17.3 points per game, 5.9 rebounds per game) and sophomore Perry Ellis (13.1 ppg, 6.4 rpg).

3. Syracuse

Record: 27-5. Last 10: 5-5

Bid: At-large. RPI: 14

Best win: 91-89 (OT) against Duke

Scouting the Orange: Since a 25-0 start, the Orange has limped to a 2-5 finish, including a quick exit in the ACC tournament. Jim Boeheim will have to recapture his team’s January magic for a fifth Final Four appearance.

4. UCLA

Record: 26-8. Last 10: 7-3.

Bid: Automatic. RPI: 14.

Best win: 75-71 against Arizona.

Scouting the Bruins: Sophomore forward Kyle Anderson averages 14.8 points, 8.7 rebounds and 6.6 assists. Guard Jordan Adams leads the Bruins in scoring (17.5).

5. Virginia Commonwealth

Record: 26-8. Last 10: 7-3.

Bid: At-large. RPI: 12.

Best win: 59-56 vs. Virginia.

Scouting the Rams: This is VCU’s fourth tournament appearance in five seasons. Guard Treveon Graham (15.6 ppg, 7.1 rpg) and forward Juvonte Reddic (12.5 ppg, 8.5 rpg) lead the Rams.

6. Ohio State

Record: 25-9. Last 10: 6-4.

Bid: At-large. RPI: 24.

Best win: 59-58 at Wisconsin

Scouting the Buckeyes: Ohio State lost five of six during one stretch but rallied and always is a threat – especially with point guard Aaron Craft at the helm.

7. New Mexico

Record: 27-6. Last 10: 9-1.

Bid: Automatic. RPI: 16

Best win: 58-44 vs. then-No. 6 San Diego State

Scouting the Lobos: Making third straight NCAA appearance behind first-team all-conference picks Cameron Bairstow (20.3 ppg, 7.2 rpg) and Kendall Williams (16.4 ppg, 5.0 assists per game).

8. Colorado

Record: 23-11. Last 10: 5-5

Bid: At-large. RPI: 31.

Best win: 75-72 against Kansas.

Scouting the Buffaloes: Forward Josh Scott leads Colorado in scoring (14.1) and rebounding (8.5). The Buffaloes are in the tournament for a third consecutive season.

9. Pittsburgh

Record: 25-9. Last 10: 5-5.

Bid: At-large. RPI: 39.

Best win: 80-75 vs. North Carolina.

Scouting the Panthers: Seniors Lamar Patterson (17.7 ppg) and Talib Zanna give the Panthers a strong inside-out combo, but they’ve had problems getting over the hump against elite competition.

10. Stanford

Record: 21-12. Last 10: 6-4.

Bid: At-large. RPI: 41.

Best win: 82-80 at Oregon

Scouting the Cardinal: Forward Dwight Powell averages 14.2 points, 7.4 rebounds and 3.3 assists for coach Johnny Dawkins’ Cardinal.

11. Dayton

Record: 23-10. Last 10: 8-2

Bid: At-large. RPI: 42.

Best win: 72-67 at Saint Louis

Scouting the Flyers: Dayton roared down the regular-season stretch, winning nine of 10 games behind a balanced attack led by guard Jordan Sibert (12.6 ppg).

12. Stephen F. Austin

Record: 31-2. Last 10: 10-0

Bid: Automatic. RPI: 57.

Best win: 79-69 vs. Towson

Scouting the Lumberjacks: Takes nation’s second-longest active winning streak (26 games) into NCAAs behind conference player of the year Jacob Parker (14.5 ppg, 7.1 rpg).

13. Tulsa

Record: 21-12. Last 10: 10-0.

Bid: Automatic. RPI: 72.

Best win: 69-60 vs. Louisiana Tech.

Scouting the Golden Hurricane: Tulsa has won 11straight and heads to the tournament for the first time since 2003 under second-year coach Danny Manning.

14. Western Michigan

Record: 23-9. Last 10: 9-1

Bid: Automatic. RPI: 87

Best win: 87-76 vs. Toledo

Scouting the Broncos: Making fourth NCAA appearance behind first-team all-conference picks Shayne Whittington (16.1 ppg, 8.8 rpg) and David Brown (19.1 ppg).

15. Eastern Kentucky

Record: 24-9. Last 10: 8-2

Bid: Automatic. RPI: 100

Best win: Beat Belmont twice.

Scouting the Colonels: Returns to NCAA tournament for first time since 2007 behind first-team all-conference guard Glenn Cosey (18.8 ppg).

16. Albany

Record: 18-14. Last 10: 7-3

Bid: Automatic. RPI: 183

Best win: 67-58 vs. Vermont

Scouting the Great Danes: Peter Hooley (15.7 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.6 apg) led team to upset win in conference tournament, second straight NCAA appearance.

16. Mount St. Mary’s

Record: 16-16. Last 10: 6-4

Bid: Automatic. RPI: 216

Best win: 68-64 vs. American

Scouting the Mountaineers: Tournament most valuable player Rashad Whack (17.7 ppg) led team to fourth NCAA appearance, first since 2008.

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