1. Wichita State
Record: 34-0. Last 10: 10-0
Bid: Automatic. RPI: 5
Best win: 70-65 at Saint Louis
Scouting the Shockers: Nations only undefeated team led by conference player of the year Fred VanVleet (12.1 points per game, 5.3 assists per game, 3.9 rebounds per game).
Record: 25-8. Last 10: 8-2.
Bid: At-large. RPI: 9.
Best win: 77-70 at Wisconsin
Scouting the Wolverines: Michigan won its first Big Ten regular-season title since 1986 without the services of injured star forward Mitch McGary.
Record: 26-8. Last 10: 7-3.
Bid: At-large. RPI: 6.
Best win: 79-69 vs. Michigan
Scouting the Blue Devils: Duke continues to labor on defense, but freshman forward Jabari Parker (19.2 ppg) and Rodney Hood (16.5 ppg) are good enough to carry the Blue Devils into the Sweet 16.
Record: 29-5. Last 10: 9-1.
Bid: Automatic. RPI: 18.
Best win: 58-57 at then-No. 7 Cincinnati
Scouting the Cardinals: Senior guard Russ Smith (17.5 ppg, 4.8 apg, 3.5 rpg) led team to share of regular-season title and tournament championship.
5. Saint Louis
Record: 26-6. Last 10: 6-4
Bid: At-large. RPI: 18
Best win: 64-62 vs. Virginia Commonwealth.
Scouting the Billikens: Saint Louis slumped late losing three straight games and then falling in the Atlantic 10 tournament to St. Bonaventure after being ranked as high as 10th. Guard Jordaire Jett averages 13.8 points and 4.7 assists.
Record: 24-8. Last 10: 6-4.
Bid: At-large. RPI: 20
Best win: 81-65 vs. New Mexico.
Scouting the Minutemen: Chaz Williams is just 5-foot-9, but he averages 15.6 points, 7.0 assists and is one of the nations top point guards.
Record: 23-10. Last 10: 5-5
Bid: At-large. RPI: 36.
Best win: 81-69 vs. then-No. 6 Kansas
Scouting the Longhorns: Back in NCAA tournament for 15th time, behind Jonathan Holmes (13.2 ppg, 7.3 rpg) and Cameron Ridley (8.1 rpg).
Record: 24-10. Last 10: 5-5.
Bid: At-large. RPI: 15.
Best win: 73-66 vs. Louisville
Scouting the Wildcats: Youthful Kentucky has been inconsistent but has several talented freshmen (as usual), including forward Julius Randle, who averages 15.4 points and 10.5 rebounds.
9. Kansas State
Record: 20-12. Last 10: 5-5
Bid: At-large. RPI: 47
Best win: 85-82 vs. then-No. 7 Kansas
Scouting the Wildcats: Making fifth straight NCAA tournament appearance behind freshman all-conference pick Marcus Foster (15.4 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.4 apg).
10. Arizona State
Record: 21-11. Last 10: 5-5.
Bid: At-large. RPI: 45.
Best win: 69-66 (2OT) against Arizona.
Scouting the Sun Devils: Coach Herb Sendeks team sputtered down the stretch but has a top point guard in Jahii Carson (18.6 ppg, 4.5 apg).
Record: 20-12. Last 10: 3-7
Bid: At-large. RPI: 53
Best win: 84-74 at Ohio State
Scouting the Hawkeyes: Iowa faded badly down the regular-season stretch, losing six of its final seven games, including a quick exit from the Big Ten tournament.
Record: 21-12. Last 10: 6-4
Bid: At-large. RPI: 41
Best win: 87-52 vs. Virginia.
Scouting the Volunteers: Tennessee returns to the tournament for the first time since 2011. Guard Jordan McRae averages 18.8 points and 2.6 assists.
12. N.C. State
Record: 21-13. Last 10: 5-5
Bid: At-large. RPI: 53.
Best win: 66-63 vs. Syracuse.
Scouting the Wolfpack: ACC Player of the Year T.J. Warren (24.9 ppg) has been sensational since the calendar hit February. He will have to continue his Danny Manning impersonation to carry the Wolfpack past the opening weekend of the tournament.
Record: 21-12. Last 10: 5-5
Bid: At-large. RPI: 49.
Best win: 75-59 vs. then-No. 9 Creighton
Scouting the Bulldogs: Tied for third in first season in Big East behind sophomore Semaj Christon (17.0 ppg, 4.1 apg, 2.8 rpg).
Record: 25-7. Last 10: 9-1
Bid: Automatic. RPI: 62
Best win: Beat Iona twice
Scouting the Jaspers: Returns to NCAAs for first time in decade behind George Beamon (19.2 ppg) and Rhamel Brown (3.8 blocks per game).
Record: 26-8. Last 10: 8-2
Bid: Automatic. RPI: 80
Best win: 79-76 at Mississippi
Scouting the Bears: Conference player of the year Langston Hall (14.7 ppg, 5.6 apg) leads team to first NCAA berth since 1985.
Record: 20-12. Last 10: 8-2
Bid: Automatic. RPI: 156
Best win: 63-59 at Elon
Scouting the Terriers: Karl Cochran (15.7 ppg, 5.0 rpg) leads team to third Southern Conference tournament title, NCAA appearance in past five years.
16. Cal Poly
Record: 13-19. Last 10: 5-5.
Bid: Automatic. RPI: 212.
Best win: 61-59 against Cal State-Northridge.
Scouting the Mustangs: The surprise Big West champions are led by forward Chris Eversley, who averages 13.6 points and 7.1 rebounds.
16. Texas Southern
Record: 19-14. Last 10: 9-1.
Bid: Automatic. RPI: 260
Best win: 78-73 vs. Prairie View A&M
Scouting the Tigers: Slides into NCAA tournament for fifth time, first since 2003, behind conference player of the year Aaric Murray (21.7 ppg, 7.7 rpg).