Nickname: Musketeers. Location: Cincinnati.
Record: 28-5, 15-Three. Bid: Big East at-large.
Last look: 2017, misplaced to Gonzaga in Elite Eight.
Coach: Chris Mack (10-7 in seven appearances).
Overview: Instead of the plucky 11 seed making an sudden run by means of the regional, Xavier would be the favourite. How properly the Musketeers deal with it largely is dependent upon Trevon Bluiett, the senior catalyst. There are different scoring choices, and the defensive focus often is nice, however when the star’s photographs are falling Xavier’s probabilities for fulfillment vastly enhance.
Projected starters: G Trevon Bluiett, 6-6, Sr. (19.5 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 2.5 apg, 42.1 3FG%, 96.1 FT%); G J.P. Macura, 6-5, Sr. (12.2 ppg, Four.Four rpg, Three.Zero apg); F Kerem Kanter, 6-10, Sr. (10.Four ppg, Four.5 rpg); G Quentin Goodin, 6-Four, So. (Eight.Eight ppg, Three.Zero rpg, Four.9 apg); F Naji Marshall, 6-7, Fr. (Eight.1 ppg, Four.Four rpg)
2 North Carolina
Nickname: Tar Heels. Location: Chapel Hill.
Record: 25-10, 11-7. Bid: ACC at-large.
Last look: 2017, nationwide champion.
Coach: Roy Williams (76-24 in 27 appearances).
Overview: It was an up-and-down season for the Tar Heels after dropping a number of items from final 12 months’s title crew. The low factors had been losses to Wofford at house and three consecutive defeats in late January. A robust end has given the crew hope of an prolonged event run. The expertise of Joel Berry II and Luke Maye — a part of 5 upperclassmen starters — is one large benefit. The different is on the backboard because the Heels are close to the highest of the nation in rebound margin.
Projected starters: G Joel Berry II, 6-Zero, Sr. (17.1 ppg, Three.5 rpg, Three.Three apg, 88.Eight FT%); G Cameron Johnson, 6-Eight, Sr. (12.7 ppg, Four.7 rpg, 86.2 FT%); G Kenny Williams, 6-Four, Jr. (11.Four ppg, Three.7 rpg); G/F Theo Pinson, 6-6, Sr. (10.Three ppg, 6.Four rpg, Four.Eight apg, 82.Zero FT%); F Luke Maye, 6-Eight, Jr. (17.2 ppg, 10.1 rpg, 44.Zero 3FG%)
Nickname: Wolverines. Location: Ann Arbor.
Record: 28-7, 13-5. Bid: Big Ten champ.
Last look: 2017, misplaced to Oregon in Sweet 16.
Coach: John Beilein (19-11 in 11 appearances).
Overview: The Wolverines, maybe the most well liked crew within the nation, have gained 9 in a row punctuated by wins in opposition to Michigan State and Purdue to say the Big Ten event title. Beilein has certainly one of his greatest defensive groups ever — the Wolverines restrict opponents to 63 factors a sport — and a extra balanced offensive unit than years previous led by high-motor large man Mo Wagner. Versatile wing Duncan Robinson (9.6 ppg) has flourished in his function off the bench.
Projected starters: G Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman, 6-Four, Sr. (12.6 ppg, Three.9 rpg, 40.Zero 3FG%); G Zavier Simpson, 6-Zero, So. (7.5 ppg, Three.6 apg); G Charles Matthews, 6-6, Jr. (12.6 ppg, 5.Four rpg); F Isaiah Livers, 6-7, Fr. (Three.9 ppg); F Moritz Wagner, 6-11, Jr. (14.5 ppg, 7.1 rpg).
Midwest: Team-by-team analysis of the region
Nickname: Bulldogs. Location: Spokane, Wash.
Record: 30-Four, 17-1. Bid: West Coast Conference champ.
Last look: 2017, misplaced to North Carolina in championship sport.
Coach: Mark Few (26-18 in 18 appearances).
Overview: The Zags misplaced rather a lot from final 12 months’s Final Four crew however nonetheless have veteran guards Josh Perkins and Silas Melson. As all the time, they’ve international aptitude that may current matchup issues: Forward Killian Tillie is often good across the rim however has additionally linked on 15 of his final 17 three-point makes an attempt, and Rui Hachimura generally is a beast off the bench. It’s the identical query every postseason for the Zags, although. Considering the weak point of the WCC — which can ship solely Gonzaga to the event — are they really battle-tested?
Projected starters: F Johnathan Williams, 6-9, Sr. (13.5 ppg, Eight.Three rpg, 56.5 FG%); F Killian Tillie, 6-10, So. (13.Four ppg, 6.Zero rpg, 59.Three FG%, 50.Zero 3FG%) G Josh Perkins 6-Three, Jr. (12.Four ppg, Three.1 rpg, 5.Four apg, 40.Eight 3FG%); G Zach Norvell Jr., 6-5, Fr. (12.2 ppg, Three.6 rpg, 2.Four apg, 82.Four FT%); G Silas Melson 6-Four, Sr. (9.5 ppg, Three.Zero rpg, 2.Four apg, 88.Zero FT%)
5 Ohio State
Nickname: Buckeyes. Location: Columbus.
Record: 24-Eight, 15-Three. Bid: Big Ten at-large.
Last look: 2015, misplaced to Arizona in Round of 32.
Coach: Chris Holtmann (Four-Three in three appearances).
Overview: The Buckeyes undoubtedly exceeded expectations in Holtmann’s first 12 months taking on for Thad Matta. There has been no rebuilding mission in Columbus, and credit score goes to Holtmann’s defensive fortitude and Wooden Award finalist Keita Bates-Diop, who has been an offensive juggernaut all season and helped Ohio State shoot near 50% from the sector.
Projected starters: G C.J. Jackson, 6-1, Jr. (12.2 ppg, Three.Eight rpg, Three.9 apg, 81.Eight FT%); G Kam Williams, 6-2, Sr. (Eight.2 ppg, 80.Zero FT%); F Kaleb Wesson, 6-9, Fr. (10.Eight ppg, 5.2 rpg, 56.Eight FG%); F Keita Bates-Diop, 6-7, Jr. (19.Four ppg, Eight.Eight rpg); F Jae’Sean Tate, 6-Four, Sr. (12.5 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 55.6 FG%).
Nickname: Cougars. Location: Houston.
Record: 26-7, 14-Four. Bid: American at-large.
Last look: 2010, misplaced to Maryland in Round of 64.
Coach: Kelvin Sampson (12-14 in 14 appearances).
Overview: This stage will likely be new for a lot of the gamers, however their coach is conversant in the panorama. They desire a quick tempo, however they defend properly sufficient to win a extra bodily contest if vital.
Projected starters: G Rob Gray, 6-1, Sr. (18.6 ppg, Three.Three rpg, Four.6 apg); G Corey Davis Jr., 6-1, Jr. (13.5 ppg, Three.1 rpg, 2.5 apg); F Devin Davis, 6-6, Sr. (10.7 ppg, 6.2 rpg); G Galen Robinson Jr., 6-1, Jr. (Four.7 ppg, Three.Eight apg); F Breaon Brady, 6-Eight, Jr. (Four.5 ppg, Four.Four rpg)
7 Texas A&M
Nickname: Aggies. Location: College Station.
Record: 20-12, 9-9. Bid: SEC at-large.
Last Appearance: 2016, misplaced to Oklahoma in candy 16.
Coach: Billy Kennedy (Three-Three in three appearances).
Overview: Texas A&M is approach down the nationwide checklist in three-pointers made, three-point proportion, and thus doesn’t depend on the deep ball. Shooting percentages are mediocre general. But the Aggies unfold their scoring out, led by middle Tyler Davis. And they’re large, close to the highest of the nation in blocked photographs, defensive rebounds and rebounding margin.
Projected Starters: G T.J. Starks, 6-2, Fr. (9.6 ppg, 2.Zero apg); G Admon Gilder, 6-Four, Jr. (12.2 ppg, Four.2 rpg, 40.Zero 3FG%, 82.1 FT%); F DJ Hogg, 6-9, Jr. (11.Three ppg, 5.2 rpg); F Robert Williams, 6-10, So. (10.Three ppg, 9.Zero rpg, 2.5 bpg, 62.Zero FG%); C Tyler Davis, 6-10, Jr. (14.5 ppg, Eight.Eight rpg, 1.Three bpg, 57.6 FG%).
Nickname: Tigers. Location: Columbia.
Record: 20-12, 10-Eight. Bid: SEC at-large
Last Appearance: 2013, misplaced to Colorado State in Round of 64.
Coach: Cuonzo Martin (Three-2 in two appearances).
Overview: Missouri scores numerous factors from past the arc and is comparatively environment friendly (38.5%, 40th nationally). The Tigers are stable on protection, permitting 68.1 factors a sport. One query: Heralded freshman Michael Porter Jr., who returned within the SEC event after lacking all however two minutes of the season. Can he get match and explosive sufficient to be an element? Another query: No. 2 scorer Jordan Barnett has been arrested on suspicion of driving whereas intoxicated. His standing is in query.
Projected Starters: G Kassius Robertson, 6-Three, Sr. (16.2 ppg, Three.Zero rpg, 42.5 3FG%); F Jordan Barnett, 6-7, Sr. (f13.7 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 89.Zero FT%); F Kevin Puryear, 6-7, Jr. (Eight.6 ppg, Four.Three rpg, 82.Zero FT%); F Jeremiah Tilmon (Eight.Four ppg, Four.Three rpg, 56.9 FG%); G Jordan Geist, 6-2, Jr. (7.Four ppg, Three.9 rpg, 2.9 apg).
9 Florida State
Nickname: Seminoles. Location: Tallahassee.
Record: 20-11, 9-9. Bid: ACC at-large.
Last look: 2017, misplaced to Xavier in Round of 32.
Coach: Leonard Hamilton (7-Eight in eight appearances).
Overview: The Seminoles are extra of a sum-of-parts success. Only Terance Mann acquired sufficient votes to be honorable point out on the all-ACC crew. Ten gamers are a part of the rotation that performs up-tempo to make the most of their athleticism and overcomes an absence of constant outdoors taking pictures.
Projected starters: G Terance Mann, 6-6, Jr. (13.2 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 56.1 FG%); F Phil Cofer, 6-Eight, Sr. (13.1 ppg, 5.1 rpg); G Braian Angola, 6-6, Sr. (12.9 ppg, Three.Eight rpg, Three.Zero apg, 83.5 FT%); G CJ Walker, 6-1, So. (Eight.5 ppg, 2.7 apg); C Christ Koumadje, 7-Four, Jr. (7.Four ppg, Four.7 rpg, 1.6 bpg).
Nickname: Friars. Location: Providence.
Record: 21-13, 10-Eight. Bid: Big East at-large.
Last look: 2017, misplaced to Southern California in First Four.
Coach: Ed Cooley (1-Four in 4 appearances).
Overview: It’s truthful to marvel simply how a lot the scrappy Friars have left within the tank after working additional time thrice within the Big East event. But that scrappiness has been their defining trait. They’ll positively encounter larger lineups, however their relentless ball strain and streaky long-range taking pictures makes them arduous to place away.
Projected starters: G Alpha Diallo, 6-7, So. (13.Zero ppg, 6.6 rpg, 2.2 apg); G Kyron Cartwright, 5-11, Sr. (11.Eight ppg, 5.7 apg); G Jalen Lindsey, 6-7, Sr. (Eight.9 ppg, Three.6 rpg); F Rodney Bullock, 6-Eight, Sr. (14.Zero ppg, 5.Eight rpg); F Kalif Young, 6-9, So. (Four.Four ppg, Four.1 rpg)
11 San Diego State
Nickname: Aztecs. Location: San Diego.
Record: 22-10, 11-7. Bid: Mountain West champ.
Last look: 2015, misplaced to Duke in Round of 32.
Coach: Brian Dutcher (first look).
Overview: The program didn’t miss a beat as Dutcher succeeded longtime boss Steve Fisher to take care of continuity, and enter on a nine-game successful streak. Now that they’re right here, the Aztecs could be a troublesome out. Their scoring steadiness and stable bench manufacturing make them arduous to defend, although their outdoors taking pictures isn’t all the time constant.
Projected starters: F Malik Pope, 6-10, Sr. (12.9 ppg, 6.6 rpg); G Devin Watson, 6-1, Jr. (12.Three ppg, Three.Eight apg); F Matt Mitchell, 6-6, Fr. (10.7 ppg, Four.Zero rpg); G Trey Kell, 6-Four, Sr. (10.Zero ppg, Four.Zero rpg, Four.1 apg); F Jalen McDaniels, 6-10, Fr. (10.2 ppg, 7.5 rpg)
12 South Dakota State
Nickname: Jackrabbits. Location: Brookings.
Record: 28-6, 13-1. Bid: Summit champ.
Last look: 2017, misplaced to Gonzaga in Round of 64.
Coach: T.J. Otzelberger (Zero-1 in a single look).
Overview: Making their fifth event look in seven seasons, the Jackrabbits are in higher place to advance for the primary time. Mike Daum, two-time Summit League participant of 12 months, and freshman David Jenkins present a lot of the firepower for an offense that averages 85 factors and ranks close to the highest in three-point discipline targets made and three-point proportion. Brandon Key, who leads the crew in assists, is a key contributor off the bench.
Projected starters: F Mike Daum, 6-9, Jr. (23.Eight ppg, 10. Four rpg, 85.6 FT%); G/F Reed Tellinghuisen, 6-7, Sr. (12.Zero ppg, Four.7 rpg); G David Jenkins Jr., 6-2, Fr. (16.1 ppg, Three.Three rpg, 79.Zero FT%); G Tevin King, 6-2, Jr. (9.Three ppg, 5.5 rpg, Three.Zero apg, 1.7 spg); G Skyler Flatten, 6-6, Sr. (7.Zero ppg, 50.5 3FG%).
Nickname: Spartans. Location: Greensboro.
Record: 27-7, 15-Three. Bid: Southern champ.
Last look: 2001, misplaced to Stanford in Round of 64.
Coach: Wes Miller (first look).
Overview: Known for his or her potential to defend (greatest within the convention and top-10 within the nation in scoring protection), the Spartans might be a tough opponent. While they could lack depth, they do have some talent gamers. Leading scorer and convention event MVP Francis Alonso might want to have the sport of his life to get his crew previous the primary spherical.
Projected starters: G Francis Alonso, 6-Three, Jr. (15.6 ppg, Three.Zero apg, 40.7 3FG%, 87.Four FT%); G Demetrius Troy, 6-Zero, Jr. (7.5 ppg, Three.Eight apg); F Marvin Smith, 6-6, Sr. (12.Three ppg, 5.Four rpg, 75.7 FT%); F James Dickey, 6-10, So. (Eight.9 ppg, Eight.Three rpg, 2.2 bpg, 53.7 FG%); F Jordy Kuiper, 6-9, Sr. (7.1 ppg, Four.7 rpg).
Nickname: Grizzlies. Location: Missoula.
Record: 26-7, 16-2. Bid: Big Sky champ.
Last look: 2013, misplaced to Syracuse in Round of 64.
Coach: Travis DeCuire (first look).
Overview: As the Montana guards go, so go the Griz. Ahmaad Rorie is often the most effective participant on the ground, and Michael Oguine is a lockdown defender. Montana’s protection will likely be sufficient to maintain it in video games and provides the Big Sky champ an opportunity at knocking off the next seeded crew. They pressure 15.7 turnovers per sport — each starter has totaled not less than 29 steals. But they’ve just one participant who shoots above 40% from three.
Projected starters: G Ahmaad Rorie, 6-1, Jr. (17.2 ppg, Three.Eight rpg, Three.7 apg, 84.Eight FT%); G Michael Oguine, 6-2, Jr. (15.Eight ppg, 5.5 rpg, 46.1 FG%); F Jamar Akoh, 6-Eight, Jr. (13.1 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 57.9 FG%); G Bobby Moorehead, 6-7, Jr. (7.5 ppg, 5.Zero rpg); F Fabijan Krslovic, 6-Eight, Sr. (7.5 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 57.Zero FG%)
Nickname: Bisons. Location: Nashville.
Record: 23-9, 10-Four. Bid: Atlantic Sun champ.
Last look: First look.
Coach: Casey Alexander (first look).
Overview: The Bisons (sure, with an s) are on a superb run getting into their first NCAA event. They have gained eight in a row and 12 of 13, together with the Atlantic Sun event closing in opposition to favored Florida Gulf Coast. In that 108-96 win, they practically surrendered a 32-point lead earlier than recovering late. Lipscomb can put up factors, 82.6 a sport (23rd within the nation), led by all-conference guard Garrison Mathews, the Atlantic Sun event MVP. That sort of scoring will likely be a necessity within the event.
Projected starters: F Rob Marberry, 6-7, Jr. (16.Zero ppg, 5.Eight rpg); G Kenny Cooper, 6-Zero, So. (9.9 ppg, Three.7 apg); F Eli Pepper, 6-9, Jr. (7.Zero ppg, 7.9 rpg); G Garrison Mathews, 6-5, Jr. (22.1 ppg, 5.5 rpg); G Michael Buckland, 6-5, So. (7.5 ppg, Four.Three rpg, 80.Zero FT%).
16 North Carolina Central
Nickname: Eagles. Location: Durham.
Record: 19-15, 9-7. Bid: Mid-Eastern Athletic champ.
Last look: 2017, misplaced to UC Davis in First Four.
Coach: LeVelle Moton (Zero-2 in two appearances).
Overview: The Eagles are a powerful rebounding crew and possess the management and expertise from upperclassmen who will likely be seeking to break by means of after an in depth loss within the First Four final 12 months.
Projected starters: G Jordan Perkins, 6-1, Fr. (Eight.Four ppg, 5.Four apg, 40.Four 3FG%); G Reggie Gardner Jr., 6-Three, Fr. (11.2 ppg, 76.Zero FT%); F Pablo Rivas, 6-6, Sr. (11.Eight ppg, 6.9 rpg, 50.2 FG%); F Zacarry Douglas, 6-Eight, Jr. (Four.1 ppg, Four.2 rpg, 48.Zero FG%); C Raasean Davis, 6-9, Jr. (15.Zero ppg, Eight.Zero rpg, 66.7 FG%).
No. 16 Texas Southern
Nickname: Tigers. Location: Houston.
Record: 15-19, 12-6. Bid: SWAC champ.
Last look: 2017, misplaced to North Carolina in Round of 64.
Coach: Mike Davis (7-Eight in eight appearances).
Overview: Texas Southern took a weird highway to the NCAA event. The Tigers began the season Zero-13, and for the second 12 months in a row they didn’t play a house sport till January. But the Tigers emerged once more as one of many high groups within the Southwestern Athletic Conference as soon as league play started, they usually secured a pair of double-digit event victories to go to the NCAA event for the fourth time in six seasons.
Projected starters: G Demontrae Jefferson, 5-7, So. (23.7 ppg, Four.5 apg, 81% FT); G Donte Clark, 6-Four, Sr. (18.6 ppg, 5.Three rpg); G Derrick Bruce, 6-Three, Jr. (13.9 ppg, Three.Eight rpg, 84% FT); F Marquis Salmon, 6-Eight, Sr. (5.Three ppg, 6.2 rpg, 61% FG); G Cainan McClelland, 6-Four, Fr. (2.6 ppg).
Contributing: Daniel Chavkin, Jace Evans, Joe Fleming, Lindsay Schnell, George Schroeder, Erick Smith, Eddie Timanus, Adam Woodard, Jesse Yomtov