NCAA East Region Capsules

March 16, 2014 

1. Virginia

Record: 28-6. Last 10: 9-1

Bid: Automatic. RPI: 10

Best win: 75-56 vs. then-No. 4 Syracuse

Scouting the Cavaliers: The strength of Tony Bennett’s fifth Virginia team is its defense, but in guards Malcolm Brogdon (12.4 points per game) and Joe Harris (11.6 ppg) the ACC champions have the firepower to make a deep run.

2. Villanova

Record: 28-4. Last 10: 8-2

Bid: At-large. RPI: 5.

Best win: 63-59 vs. Kansas

Scouting the Wildcats: Senior James Bell (14.9 ppg, 6.0 rebounds per game) led team to school-record number of wins.

3. Iowa State

Record: 26-7. Last 10: 8-2

Bid: Automatic. RPI: 8.

Best win: 77-70 vs. then-No. 7 Michigan

Scouting the Cyclones: Earned third straight NCAA berth after winning Big 12 tournament behind conference player of the year Melvin Ejim (18.2 ppg, 8.6 rpg).

4. Michigan State

Record: 26-8. Last 10: 6-4

Bid: Automatic. RPI: 21.

Biggest win: 72-68 (OT) vs. Ohio State

Scouting the Spartans: Michigan State, once the country’s top-ranked team, has overcome injuries to finish strong. Guard Keith Appling makes the Spartans go and averages 4.8 assists.

5. Cincinnati

Record: 27-6. Last 10: 6-4

Bid: At-large. RPI: 19.

Best win: 69-66 at then-No. 11 Louisville

Scouting the Bearcats: Tied for regular-season title with Louisville behind play of senior G Sean Kilpatrick (20.9 ppg, 4.3 rpg).

6. North Carolina

Record: 23-9. Last 10: 8-2

Bid: At-large. RPI: 25

Best win: 74-66 vs. then-No. 5 Duke

Scouting the Tar Heels: Sophomore guard Marcus Paige (17.4 ppg) carried the Tar Heels to a handful of great wins. Roy Williams’ resilient group is as dangerous as any in the filed.

7. Connecticut

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

Bid: At-large. RPI: 23.

Best win: 51-45 vs. then-No. 11 Cincinnati

Scouting the Huskies: Having best season since 2011 behind conference player of year Shabazz Napier (17.8 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 5.2 assists per game).

8. Memphis

Record: 23-9. Last 10: 6-4

Bid: At-large. RPI: 34

Best win: 73-68 vs. then-No. 5 Oklahoma State

Scouting the Tigers: Making fourth straight NCAA appearance behind Joe Jackson (14.4 ppg, 4.6 apg), Michael Dixon Jr. (12.2 ppg).

9. George Washington

Record: 24-8. Last 10: 6-4

Bid: At-large. RPI: 29.

Best win: 60-53 vs. Creighton.

Scouting the Colonials: Guard Maurice Creek (14.6 ppg) leads George Washington, which hadn’t been in the tournament since 2007.

10. Saint Joseph’s

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

Bid: Automatic. RPI: 38.

Best win: 73-68 vs. Massachusetts.

Scouting the Hawks: Atlantic 10 tournament champ returns to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2008 behind senior guard Langston Galloway (17.0 ppg).

11. Providence

Record: 23-11. Las t 10: 7-3

Bid: Automatic. RPI: 42.

Best win: 81-68 vs. then-No. 20 Creighton

Scouting the Friars: Senior Bryce Cotton (21.7 ppg, 5.9 apg) led team to Big East tournament title and best conference record since 2008-09 season.

12. Harvard

Record: 26-4. Last 10: 9-1

Bid: Automatic. RPI: 51

Best win: 76-64 vs. Green Bay

Scouting the Crimson: Won third straight Ivy League title, NCAA berth behind junior Wesley Saunders (14.0 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 3.9 apg).

13. Delaware

Record: 25-9. Last 10: 8-2

Bid: Automatic. RPI: 74

Best win: 83-76 vs. Towson

Scouting the Blue Hens: Earned first NCAA berth since 1999 behind seniors Devon Saddler (19.7 ppg, 3.6 apg) and Davon Usher (19.4 ppg, 6.1 rpg).

14. N.C. Central

Record: 28-5. Last 10: 10-0

Bid: Automatic. RPI: 102

Best win: 82-72 at N.C. State

Scouting the Eagles: MEAC Player of the Year Jeremy Ingram (20.2 ppg, 3.8 rpg) led team to first NCAA tournament berth.

15. Milwaukee

Record: 21-13. Last 10: 6-4

Bid: Automatic. RPI: 125

Best win: Swept series vs. Green Bay.

Scouting the Panthers: Behind tournament most valuable player Jordan Aaron (15.0 ppg), upset win sends team to NCAAs for fourth time.

16. Coastal Carolina

Record: 21-12. Last 10: 8-2

Bid: Automatic. RPI: 204

Best win: 76-61 vs. Winthrop

Scouting the Chanticleers: Coastal Carolina makes its third tournament appearance. Cliff Ellis is fourth coach to take four teams to the tournament (Coastal Carolina, South Alabama, Clemson, Auburn).

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