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Posted: Sunday, March 15, 2009 6:12 pm | Updated: 1:34 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

The brackets are set. The bubbles have burst. The madness is set to begin. Take a look at all 65 NCAA Tournament teams.

The brackets are set. The bubbles have burst. The madness is set to begin. Take a look at all 65 NCAA Tournament teams.

Enter the Trib's March Mania contest

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Breakdown analysis of the regional brackets

PDF: Printable NCAA Tournament bracket

(1) Louisville

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

Bid: Automatic

Seed: No. 1 Midwest

Top players: Earl Clark (13.6 ppg., 8.8 rpg.); Terrence Williams (12.8 ppg., 5.0 apg).

Best win: Pittsburgh 69-63.

Scouting report: They hold teams to 40 percent shooting from the field and they don't get rattled on the road (9-3 away from Freedom Hall in the regular season, including neutral sites).

(2) Pittsburgh

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

Bid: At-large.

Seed: No. 1 East

Top players: DeJuan Blair (15.6 ppg., 12.4 rpg.), Sam Young (18.8 ppg., 6.1 rpg.)

Best win: At Connecticut 76-68.

Scouting report: Blair is an incredibly rugged, undersized center who twice beat up on Connecticut's Hasheem Thabeet this season. Few will push him out of the post.

(3) North Carolina

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

Bid: At-large.

Seed: No. 1 South

Top players: G Ty Lawson (15.9 ppg, 6.5 apg); C Tyler Hansbrough (21.4 ppg, 8.2 rpg).

Best win: At Duke 101-87.

Scouting report: The Tar Heels have a super low-post game with Hansbrough and the ACC player of the year in Lawson. If Lawson's toe injury heals, a suspect defense is about the only thing that could keep them from getting to the Final Four and challenging for the NCAA title.

(4) Memphis

Record: 31-3 Last 10 games: 10-0

Bid: Automatic

Seed: No. 2 West

Top players: G Tyreke Evans (16.6 ppg, 5.5 rpg), F Robert Dozier (12.8 ppg, 7.2 rpg).

Best wins: Gonzaga 68-50. Tennessee 54-52

Scouting report: The Tigers are strong defensively, holding opponents to 36 percent shooting, and have improved from last season in free throws (shooting 70 percent). They struggle from the 3-point line (32 percent).

(5) Connecticut

Record: 27-4 Last 10 games: 7-3

Bid: At-large

Seed: No. 1 West

Top players: Jeff Adrien (13.7 ppg., 9.9 rpg), Hasheem Thabeet (10.8 rpg., 4.5 bpg).

Best win: Louisville 68-51

Scouting report: Seven-footer Thabeet is a force as a shot-blocker, but needs more lower-body strength to keep from being pushed out of the post.

(6) Duke

Record: 28-6 Last 10 games: 8-2

Bid: Automatic

Seed: No. 2 East

Top players: F Gerald Henderson (16.6 ppg, 4.8 rpg); F Kyle Singler (16.7 ppg, 7.7 rpg).

Best win: Wake Forest 101-91.

Scouting report: Duke doesn't have a low-post scorer or a penetrating point guard, but has a lot of guys who shoot well and can defend multiple positions. The Blue Devils are 1-2 in the NCAA tournament the last two years.

(7) Michigan State

Record: 26-6 Last 10 games: 8-2

Bid: At-large

Seed: No. 2 Midwest

Top players: G Kalin Lucas (14.7 ppg, 4.6 apg), F Raymar Morgan (11.0 ppg, 5.8 rpg).

Best wins: Beat Texas 67-63. Beat Kansas 75-62.

Scouting report: Well-balanced offense with seven players averaging more than five points a game and out-rebounding teams by 10 a game. The Spartans are capable of making a run to the Final Four.

(8) Missouri

Record: 28-6 Last 10 games: 8-2

Bid: Automatic

Seed: No. 3 West

Top players: F DeMarre Carroll (16.8 ppg, 7.3 rpg); F Leo Lyons (14.2 ppg, 6.0 rpg).

Best win: Oklahoma 73-64

Scouting report: Tigers return to national prominence under coach Mike Anderson. Carroll a rock-solid senior who transferred from Vanderbilt.

(9) Oklahoma

Record: 27-5 Last 10 games: 6-4

Bid: At-large

Seed: No. 2 South

Top players: C Blake Griffin (21.9 ppg, 14.3 rpg); G Willie Warren (14.7 ppg, 3.0 apg).

Best win: At Texas A&M 79-63

Scouting report: Sooners might have the country's best player in Griffin and the top freshman in Warren. Oklahoma stumbled a bit late in the season, but it was while Griffin was out with a concussion.

(10) Syracuse

Record: 26-9 Last 10 games: 8-2

Bid: At-large

Seed: No. 3 South

Top players: Jonny Flynn (17.3 ppg., 6.3 apg). Eric Devendorf (15.2 ppg. 81% foul-shooter)

Best win: Connecticut, 127-117

Scouting report: Point guard Flynn's penetration makes this team go, setting up open looks for jump-shooters Devendorf and Andy Rautins. They shoot 49.5 percent as a team.

(11) Kansas

Record: 25-7 Last 10 games: 7-3

Bid: At-large

Seed: No. 3 Midwest

Top players: G Sherron Collins (18.3 ppg, 5.0 apg); C Cole Aldrich (14.6 ppg, 10.6 apg).

Best win: At Oklahoma 87-78

Scouting report: Jayhawks lost all five starters from last season's national championship team but managed to stay among the country's elite and win Big 12 regular-season title. Young team has gotten key leadership from Collins, a junior guard.

(12) Villanova

Record: 26-7 Last 10 games: 7-3

Bid: At-large

Seed: No. 3 East

Top players: G Dante Cunningham (16.4 ppg, 54 percent from field), Scottie Reynolds (15.7 ppg, 38 percent from 3-point range).

Best win: Pittsburgh 67-57

Scouting report: The Wildcats spread your defense with excellent 3-point shooting (37 percent as a team). Their experienced backcourt is a big advantage in the NCAA tournament.

(13) Gonzaga

Record: 26-5 Last 10 games: 9-1

Bid: Automatic

Seed: No. 4 South

Top players: F Josh Heytvelt (15.2 ppg, 6.8 rpg); G Matt Bouldin (13.8 ppg, 3.8 rpg).

Best wins: Tennessee 77-70.

Scouting report: It's no surprise seeing the Zags in the tournament as this is their 11th straight NCAA appearance. They have plenty of options at the offensive end, led by the rugged Heytvelt, who played his best at the end of the regular-season.

(14) Washington

Record: 25-8 Last 10 games: 8-2

Bid: At-large

Seed: No. 4 West

Top players: G Isaiah Thomas (15.4 ppg, 2.5 apg); F Jon Brockman (14.9 ppg, 11.2 rpg).

Best win: UCLA 86-75

Scouting report: Thomas quickly developed into an excellent playmaker as a freshman, helping Huskies to surprise Pac-10 regular-season title. He leads four Huskies who score in double figures.

(15) Florida State

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

Bid: At-large

Seed: No. 5 East

Top players: G Toney Douglas (20.9 ppg, 4.0 rpg); F Uche Echefu (8.8 ppg, 5.3 rpg).

Best win: At Clemson 65-61

Scouting report: Seminoles make the tournament for the first time in coach Leonard Hamilton's seven-year tenure. All-ACC choice Douglas can dominate game from his guard position.

(16) Xavier

Record: 25-7 Last 10 games: 5-5

Bid: At-large

Seed: No. 4 East

Top players: G/F B.J. Raymond (14.1 ppg, 43 percent 3-point shooting), F Derrick Brown (13.8 ppg, 6.1 rpg).

Best win: Memphis 63-58.

Scouting report: The Musketeers struggled down the stretch and their free throw shooting (67.9 percent) didn't help in close games. One of the most balanced teams offensively in the country.

(17) Purdue

Record: 25-9 Last 10 games: 7-3

Bid: Automatic

Seed: No. 5 West

Top players: G E'Twaun Moore (14.0 ppg, 4.8 rpg), F Robbie Hummel (12.3 ppg, 6.6 rpg).

Best win: Michigan State 72-54.

Scouting report: The Boilermakers earned some impressive wins but were just 7-6 away from home. They were manhandled early in the season by Duke and struggled down the stretch, losing three of their last four in the regular season.

(18) Wake Forest

Record: 24-6 Last 10 games: 7-3

Bid: At large

Seed: No. 4 Midwest

Top players: F James Johnson (14.8 ppg, 8.5 rpg), G Jeff Teague (19.1 ppg, 3.5 apg)

Best win: North Carolina 92-89.

Scouting report: The Deacons have the potential to be a Final Four team. They're very effective in up-tempo games and have had spells of very good defensive play. Poor ACC tournament performance raised some questions.

(19) Utah

Record: 24-9 Last 10: 8-2

Bid: Automatic

Seed: No. 5 Midwest

Top players: C Luke Neville (16.9 ppg, 8.9 rpg); G Lawrence Borha (11.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg).

Best win: Brigham Young 94-88

Scouting report: The Utes have gotten better as the season has progressed, winning 12 of 14. Center Luke Neville is a major force at both ends of the court and guard Lawrence Bohra gives the Utes a dangerous perimeter scorer.

(20) Illinois

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

Bid: At-large

Seed: No. 5 South

Top players: G Demetri McCamey (11.5 ppg, 2.7 rpg), F Mike Davis (11.2 ppg, 8-1 rpg).

Best win: Purdue 71-67 (OT) and 66-48.

Scouting report: The Fighting Illini fared well in the Big Ten but in their only significant nonconference game, they lost to Clemson. Not a very strong rebounding team.

(21) West Virginia

Record: 23-11 Last 10 games: 7-3

Bid: At-large

Seed: No. 6 Midwest

Top players: Da'Sean Butler (17.1 ppg., 36% from 3-point), Alex Ruoff (15.7 ppg., 80% at foul line.)

Best win: Pittsburgh 74-60.

Scouting report: They play a tough 1-3-1 zone that covers shooters without giving up inside baskets. But they shoot just 68.5% from the foul line.

(22) UCLA

Record: 25-7 Last 10 games: 6-4

Bid: At-large

Seed: No. 6 East

Top players: G Darren Collison (14.5 ppg, 4.9 apg); G-F Josh Shipp (14.4 ppg, 3.0 rpg).

Best win: Washington 85-76

Scouting report: Bruins will have to play well to advance to fourth straight Final Four. Collison has been struggling with a bruised tailbone.

(23) Marquette

Record: 24-9 Last 10: 4-6

Bid: At-large

Seed: No. 6 West

Top players: Jerel McNeal (20.1 ppg., 66 steals), Lazar Hayward (16.2 ppg., 8.5 rpg.)

Best win: Villanova 79-72.

Scouting report: They entered the Big East tournament losing four straight. They have four double-figure scorers, but give up 70 ppg., and 45 percent shooting from the field.

(24) Arizona State

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

Bid: At-large

Seed: No. 6 South

Top players: G James Harden (20.8 ppg, 5.5 rpg); F Jeff Pendergraph (14.5 ppg, 8.4 rpg).

Best win: At UCLA 61-58 (OT)

Scouting report: Harden is the Pac-10's most explosive scorer. Former N.C. State coach Herb Sendek appears to have found success with the Sun Devils.

(25) Texas

Record: 22-11 Last 10 games: 6-4

Bid: At-large

Seed: No. 7 East

Top players: G A.J. Abrams (16.3 ppg, 1.2 apg); G-F Damion James (15.4 ppg, 9.2 rpg).

Best win: Oklahoma 73-68

Scouting report: Longhorns have one of the nation's premier guards in Abrams. Center Dexter Pittman (6-foot-10, 298 pounds) is a force in the middle.

(26) Boston College

Record: 22-11 Last 10 games: 5-5

Bid: At-large

Seed: No. 7 Midwest

Top players: G Tyrese Rice (17.1 ppg, 5.4 apg); F Joe Trapani (13.5 ppg, 6.6 rpg).

Best win: At North Carolina 85-78

Scouting report: The Eagles are one of two teams to defeat both North Carolina and Duke. Coach Al Skinner's teams always are tough and physical, and Rice knows how to get in the lane and score.

(27) California

Record: 22-10 Last 10 games: 6-4

Bid: At-large

Seed: No. 7 West

Top players: G Jerome Randle (18.4 ppg, 4.9 apg); G Patrick Christopher (14.6 ppg, 3.8 rpg).

Best win: At Washington 88-85 (OT)

Scouting report: Golden Bears led by former Stanford, Golden State Warriors coach Mike Montgomery. Randle makes 46.7 percent of his 3-pointers.

(28) Clemson

Record: 23-8 Last 10 games: 4-6

Bid: At large

Seed: No. 7 South

Top players: F Trevor Booker (15.1 ppg, 9.7 rpg), K.C. Rivers (14.3 ppg, 6.0 rpg)

Best win: Duke 74-47

Scouting report: The Tigers can hurt you inside with Trevor Booker, outside with 3-point specialist Terrence Oglesby and in between with K.C. Rivers. If their full-court press is effective, they're dangerous.

(29) Ohio State

Record: 22-10 Last 10 games: 5-5

Bid: At-large

Seed: No. 8 Midwest

Top players: G/F Evan Turner (16.8 ppg, 6.9 rpg), G Jon Diebler (11.2 ppg, 3.4 rpg).

Best wins: Purdue 80-72 (OT).

Scouting report: Strong 3-point shooting team with three players shooting better than 40 percent. The Buckeyes are forcing 14 turnovers and getting six steals a game but were only 5-6 away from home.

(30) Louisiana State

Record: 26-7 Last 10 games: 7-3

Bid: At-large

Seed: No. 8 South

Top player: Chris Johnson (21.3 ppg, 8.5 rpg); F Marcus Thornton (20.7 ppg, 5.5 rpg)

Best win: At Tennessee 79-73

Scouting report: Johnson is 6-11 and a furious shot-blocker, and LSU prefers to bound the ball inside and score.

(31) Oklahoma State

Record: 22-11 Last 10 games: 8-2

Bid: At-large

Seed: No. 8 East

Top players: F James Anderson (18.6 ppg, 5.8 rpg); G Byron Eaton (14.1 ppg, 5.5 apg).

Best win: Texas A&M 72-61

Scouting report: Oklahoma State had a six-game winning streak broken by rival Oklahoma in the last game of the regular season. First-year coach Travis Ford came from Massachusetts.

(32) Brigham Young

Record: 25-7 Last 10 games: 8-2

Bid: At-large

Seed: No. 8 West

Top players: F Lee Cummard (16.8 ppg, 6.3 rpg), G Jimmer Fredette (16.2 ppg, 3.0 rpg).

Best win: Utah 63-50

Scouting report: The Cougars are solid at both ends with Cummard and Fredette, both of whom have received several post-season honors...BYU plays solid defense, holding opponents to 40 percent shooting, 29 percent from 3-point range.

(33) Texas A&M

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

Bid: At-large

Seed: No. 9 West

Top players: G-F Josh Carter (14.1 ppg, 4.5 rpg); G Donald Sloan (11.7 ppg, 3.5 rpg).

Best win: Missouri 96-86

Scouting report: Aggies slumped late in the regular season and lost in first round of Big 12 tournament to Texas Tech. A&M pounds it inside, led by forwards Brian Davis and Chinemelu Elonu.

(34) Tennessee

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

Bid: At-large

Seed: No. 9 East

Top players: Tyler Smith (17.4 ppg, 5.9 rpg); Wayne Chism (13.8 ppg, 8.1 rpg).

Best win: Marquette 80-68

Scouting report: The Volunteers are talented but erratic. Offensively, they are hard to stop behind slashers such as the 6-7 Smith and the 6-9 Chism. But they have little outside scoring punch and their defense is unimpressive.

(35) Butler

Record: 26-5 Last 10: 7-3

Bid: At-large

Seed: No. 9 South

Top players: F Matt Howard (14.6 ppg, 6.7 rpg); F Gordon Hayward (13.2 ppg, 6.5 rpg).

Best win: At Xavier 74-65

Scouting report: The Bulldogs have been a top-25 team for much of the season. Considered one of the best and most dangerous so-called mid-major teams. Howard was the Horizon League player of the year.

(36) Siena

Record: 27-8 Last 10 games: 8-2

Bid: Automatic

Seed: No. 9 Midwest

Top players: G Kenny Hasbrouck (14.8 ppg, 3.2 rpg); G/F Edwin Ubiles (14.6 ppg, 4.8 rpg).

Best win: Beating second-seeded Niagara, a potential NCAA at-large team, 77-70 in the Metro Atlantic tournament final.

Scouting report: The Saints are in the tournament for the second straight season. They feature the conference player of the year in Hasbrouck, who leads a balanced scoring attack and is also the school's all-time steals leader.

(37) Southern California

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

Bid: Automatic

Seed: No. 10 Midwest

Top players: F Taj Gibson (14.3 ppg, 9.4 rpg); G Daniel Hackett (12.5 ppg, 4.7 apg).

Best win: Arizona State 66-63

Scouting report: Bubble team's worst nightmare, Trojans get in with surprise victory in Pac 10 tournament. F DeMar DeRozan is one of the country's top freshmen.

(38) Maryland

Record: 20-13 Last 10 games: 5-5

Bid: At-large

Seed: No. 10 West

Top players: G Greivis Vasquez (17.2 ppg, 5.1 apg); F Landon Milbourne (11.6 ppg, 5.3 rpg).

Best win: North Carolina 88-85 (OT).

Scouting report: Vasquez might be the ACC's most versatile player, but he's about the only thing the Terrapins have going for them besides some quality bench coaching from Gary Williams, who knows how to get a lot out of a little.

(39) Michigan

Record: 20-13 Last 10 games: 5-5

Bid: At-large

Seed: No. 10 South

Top players: F Manny Harris (16.8 ppg, 6.9 rpg), F DeShawn Sims (15.7 ppg, 6.9).

Best win: Duke 81-73.

Scouting report: The Wolverines have the offense to compete with the nation's best teams, but at times their defense has been lacking. They have a minus-3.1 rebounding margin and allowing 44 percent field goal shooting.

(40) Minnesota

Record: 22-10 Last 10 games: 4-6

Bid: At-large

Seed: No. 10 East

Top players: G Lawrence Westbrook (12.4 ppg, 2.5 rpg), F Damian Johnson (9.7 ppg, 4.2 rpg).

Best win: Beat Louisville 70-64

Scouting report: A tough team defensively, but which one will show up? The team that beat Louisville, Illinois and Ohio State or the one that lost to Northwestern?

(41) Utah State

Record: 30-4 Last 10 games: 7-3

Bid: Automatic

Seed: No. 11 West

Top players: F Gary Wilkinson (17.1 ppg, 6.9 rpg); G Jared Quayle (12.9 ppg, 3.7 apg).

Best win: Utah 66-64.

Scouting report: Aggies have been in postseason 10 consecutive seasons and are usually one of the country's better-shooting teams.

(42) Temple

Record: 22-11 Last 10 games: 8-2

Bid: Automatic

Seed: No. 11 South

Top players: G Dionte Christmas (18.9 ppg, 5.9 rpg), F Lavoy Allen (11.0 ppg, 8.8 rpg).

Best win: Tennessee 88-72.

Scouting report: Christmas is an explosive scorer and combined with the Owls' stingy defense — they hold opponents to 40 percent shooting from the field — Temple can be very dangerous.

(43) Virginia Commonwealth

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

Bid: Automatic

Seed: No. 11 East

Top players: G Eric Maynor (22.4 ppg, 6.2 apg), F Larry Sanders (11.3 pg, 8.5 rpg).

Best win: Richmond 77-76.

Scouting report: The Rams held opponents to 39.7 percent shooting and have three players shooting 41 percent or better from the 3-point line. They struggled away from home (11-8).

(44) Dayton

Record: 26-7 Last 10 games: 5-5

Bid: At-large

Seed: No. 11 Midwest

Top players: F Chris Wright (12.9 ppg, 6.5 rpg), G/F Marcus Johnson (12.2 ppg, 3.1 rpg).

Best win: Marquette 89-75.

Scouting report: The Flyers substitute frequently and have eight players averaging 13 or more minutes a game. Wright is a solid force inside but shooting 67 percent from the free throw line.

(45) Northern Iowa

Record: 23-10 Last 10 games: 6-4

Bid: Automatic

Seed: No. 12 West

Top players: F Adam Koch (12.3 ppg, 5.2 rpg), G Kwadzo Ahelegbe (11.8 ppg, 3.2 apg).

Best win: Auburn 67-61

Scouting report: Not as strong as its record, with seven losses to teams ranked 100 or worse in the RPI. The Panthers fumble the ball more than they should, and that will cost them.

(46) Wisconsin

Record: 19-12 Last 10 games: 7-3

Bid: At-large

Seed: No. 12 East

Top players: F Marcus Landry (12.7 ppg, 4.5 rpg), G Trevon Hughes (11.9 ppg, 3.2 rpg).

Best win: Illinois 63-50

Scouting report: The Badgers keep the tempo slow, holding their opponents to 58.9 points a game. They have a balanced offense, with four players averaging more than nine points a game.

(47) Western Kentucky

Record: 24-8 Last 10 games: 9-1

Bid: Automatic

Seed: No. 12 South

Top players: G Orlando Mendez-Valdez (14.0 ppg, 4.1 rpg), G A.J. Slaughter (15.8 ppg, 3.1 rpg).

Best win: Louisville 68-54

Scouting report: The Hilltoppers have won five Sun Belt Conference titles this decade. They're dominated by guard play, led by Mendez-Valdez who was a first-team all-conference player.

(48) Arizona

Record: 19-13 Last 10 games: 5-5

Bid: At-large

Seed: No. 12 Midwest

Top players: F Jordan Hill (18.5 ppg, 11.0 rpg); F Chase Budinger (17.9 ppg, 9.3 rpg).

Best win: Kansas 84-67

Scouting report: Streaky Wildcats fell apart late in the regular season, losing four straight after winning seven in a row. Budinger one of the country's top all-purpose players.

(49) Mississippi State

Record: 23-12 Last 10 games: 7-3

Bid: Automatic

Seed: No. 13 West

Top players: F/C Jarvis Varnado (15.9 ppg, 9.0 rpg); G Dee Bost (11.2 ppg, 4.3 apg).

Best win: Louisiana State 67-57

Scouting report: The Bulldogs, with an RPI approaching triple figures, had to get in by winning the SEC tourney and did. An athletic bunch heating up at the right time, led by shot-blocking machine (4.7 pg) Varnado.

(50) Cleveland State

Record: 25-10 Last 10 games: 8-2

Bid: Automatic

Seed: No. 1 Midwest

Top players: F J'Nathan Bullock (15.3 ppg, 7.0 rpg), G Norris Cole (12.9 ppg, 2.7 rpg).

Best win: At Syracuse 72-69

Scouting report: This is the Vikings' first NCAA tournament appearance in 23 years. In beating Butler for Horizon title, they showed they can be dangerous. Bullock is a forced to be reckoned with.

(51) Akron

Record: 23-12 Last 10 games: 7-3

Bid: Automatic

Seed: No. 13 South

Top players: G Brett McKnight (11.3 ppg, 3.6 rpg), F Nate LinHart (10.3 ppg, 5.1 rpg).

Best win: Buffalo 65-53

Scouting report: The Zips used a relentless 40-minute, in-your-face press to charge through the Mid-American Conference tournament and earn its first NCAA Tournament berth since 1986.

(52) Portland State

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

Bid: Automatic

Seed: No. 13 East

Top players: G Jeremiah Dominguez (12.9 ppg, 3.2 apg); G Andre Murray (11.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg).

Best win: At Gonzaga 77-70

Scouting report: Vikings are in the tournament for a second consecutive year. Guard-oriented team has four players, led by Dominguez, who average double-figure scoring.

(53) American

Record: 24-7 Last 10 games: 10-0

Bid: Automatic

Seed: No. 14 East

Top players: G Garrison Carr (17.6 ppg, 3.0 rpg); F Brian Gilmore (12.2 ppg, 5.4 rpg).

Best win: Holy Cross 56-50

Scouting report: Eagles dominated Patriot League and make the tournament for second straight season. American has a strong group of guards and is coached by Jeff Jones, Virginia's former coach.

(54) Stephen F. Austin

Record: 23-7 Last 10 games: 9-1

Bid: Automatic

Seed: No. 14 South

Top players: F Matt Kingsley (15.8 ppg, 7.8 rpg), F Josh Alexander (14.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg).

Best win: North Dakota State 112-111 (OT)

Scouting report: The Lumberjacks went 13-0 at home and won a tournament at Drake but are untested against top-level competition. And 65 percent free throw shooting isn't going to help.

(55) North Dakota State

Record: 26-6 Last 10 games: 9-1

Bid: Automatic

Seed: No. 14 Midwest

Top players: G Ben Woodside (22.8 ppg, 6.3 apg), F Brett Winkelman (18.7 ppg, 7.4 rpg).

Best win: Beat Oakland 66-64

Scouting report: The Bison have used the same starting five all season on the way to tying the school record for wins. Woodside is the Summit League Player of the Year.

(56) Cornell

Record: 21-9 Last 10 games: 7-3

Bid: Automatic

Seed: No. 14 West

Top players: F Ryan Wittman (18.5 ppg; 3.6 rpg), G Louis Dale (13.5 ppg; 3.6 apg).

Best win: La Salle 79-70

Scouting report: Ivy champ Big Red returns to the tournament for a second straight season. Experienced Cornell has four starters back from last year's team.

(57) Binghamton

Record: 23-8 Last 10 games: 10-0

Bid: Automatic

Seed: No. 15 South

Top players: F D.J. Rivera (20.0 ppg, 6.5 rpg); G Dwayne Jackson (11.7 ppg, 3.8 rpg).

Best win: at Vermont 85-83

Scouting report: This is Bearcats' first NCAA Tournament appearance. Rivera led America East in scoring but league's coaches didn't vote him all-conference.

(58) Robert Morris

Record: 24-10 Last 10 games: 8-2

Bid: Automatic

Seed: No. 14 Midwest

Top players: G Jeremy Chappell (16.9 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 3.2 apg); F Rob Robinson (16.7 ppg, 6.3 rpg).

Best win: Beat Mt. St. Mary's 48-46

Scouting report: The Colonials get great work from Chappell, the NEC's regular-season and tournament MVP. Nine players average 14 minutes or more, but this is a team that will simply serve as cannon fodder for a top seed.

(59) Morgan State

Record: 23-11 Last 10 games: 9-1

Bid: Automatic

Seed: No. 15 South

Top players: G Reggie Holmes (16.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg), F Marquise Kately (11.0 ppg, 5.2 rpg).

Best wins: Maryland 66-65

Scouting report: Morgan State rebounds well but is shooting just 42 percent from the field and 65 percent from the free throw line not good qualities when having to face a highly seeded team early in the tournament.

(60) Cal State Northridge

Record: 17-13 Last 10 games: 7-3

Bid: Automatic

Seed: No. 15 West

Top players: F Tremaine Townsend (11.1 ppg, 8.3 rpg); G Josh Jenkins (10.2 ppg, 6.1 apg).

Best win: Long Beach St. 95-74

Scouting report: This was a down year for the Big West Conference, and Northridge got in the NCAAs the only way possible — by winning its tournament. PG Jenkins was lost to a mid-February car accident and will miss the remainder of the season.

(61) East Tennessee State

Record: 23-10 Last 10 games: 6-4

Bid: Automatic

Seed: No. 16 East

Top players: G Courtney Pigram (17.6 ppg, 58 steals), F/G Mike Smith (15.5 ppg, 7.7 rpg).

Best win: Chattanooga 82-70.

Scouting report: Good rebounding team and don't turn the ball over much, but the Buccaneers have not been tested against good competition.

(62) Radford

Record: 21-11. Last 10 games: 9-1.

Bid: Automatic

Seed: No. 16 South

Top players: C Artsio Parakhouski (15.3 ppg, 11.2 rpg), G Kenny Thomas (14.8 ppg, 4.8 rpg).

Best wins: Virginia Military 108-94 and 97-90.

Scouting report: In their three toughest nonconference games — losses to Virginia, West Virginia and Wake Forest — the Highlanders were only competitive in one, losing by two to the Cavaliers.

(63) Chattanooga

Record: 18-16 Last 10 games: 7-3

Bid: Automatic

Seed: No. 16 West

Top players: G Stephen McDowell (18.6 ppg, 31 steals); F Niccheaus Doaks (13.9 ppg, 8.7 rpg).

Best wins: College of Charleston 80-69

Scouting report: Opened season 4-10 but then meshed behind South Carolina transfer G McDowell and powerful 6-7, 240-pound Doaks. They surprised with their SC tourney win, but won't be around long in the NCAAs.

(64) Morehead State

Record: 19-15 Last 10 games: 6-4

Bid: Automatic

Seed: Play-in Midwest

Top players: C Kenneth Faried (13.9 ppg, 12.8 rpg), G Leon Buchanan (15.1 ppg, 6.3 rpg).

Best win: At East Tennessee State 71-61

Scouting report: The Eagles are in the tournament for the first time in 25 years. These guys commit more turnovers and hit fewer threes than their opponents, and will be one and done.

(65) Alabama State

Record: 22-9 Last 10 games: 9-1

Bid: Automatic

Seed: Play-in Midwest

Top players: G Brandon Brooks (13.8 ppg, 6.8 apg); F Wesley Jones (9.4 ppg, 6.8 rpg).

Best win: Jackson State 65-58

Scouting report: Hornets won the Southwestern Athletic regular season, then had to win the league tournament title against a competitive Jackson State team. Alabama State last made NCAA tournament in 2004.

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