March 10, 1997

1. Kentucky

Record: 30-4.

Location, conference: Lexington, Ky.; Southeastern Conference.

Conference finish: Routed Georgia in tournament final, 95-68.

NCAA tournament record: 70-33.

Coach: Rick Pitino (eighth season, 187-45).

Starters: F Allen Edwards, 6-5, Jr., 9.9 ppg., 3.8 rpg. F Scott Padgett, 6-9, So., 9.7 ppg., 5.2 rpg. F Jared Prickett, 6-9, Sr., 7.4 ppg, 5.6 ppg. G Ron Mercer, 6-7, So., 18.3 ppg., 5.2 rpg. G Wayne Turner, 6-2, So., 5.0 ppg., 2.6 rpg.

Scouting report: The Wildcats were swept this season by South Carolina, but showed in the SEC tournament they are peaking at the right time.

2. Utah

Record: 26-3.

Location, conference: Salt Lake City; Western Athletic Conference.

Conference finish: Beat Texas Christian, 89-68, to win WAC tournament.

NCAA tournament record: 22-21

Coach: Rick Majerus (eighth season, 276-106).

Starters: F Keith Van Horn, 6-10, Sr., 22.0 ppg., 9.3 rpg. F Drew Hansen, 6-5, Jr., 4.4 ppg., 3.2 rpg. C Michael Doleac, 6-11, Jr., 14.3 ppg., 7.8 rpg. G Ben Caton, 6-3, Sr., 8.3 ppg., 1.8 rpg. G Andre Miller, 6-2, Jr., 9.0 ppg., 4.6 rpg.

Scouting report: Van Horn, whose last-second shots sparked two wins in the tournament, is the first player in conference history to be named Player of the Year three times.

3. Wake Forest

Record: 23-6.

Location, conference: Winston-Salem, N.C.; Atlantic Coast Conference.

Conference finish: Tied for second in the ACC.

NCAA tournament record: 21-14

Coach: Dave Odom (eighth year, 165-78).

Starters: C Tim Duncan, 6-10, Sr., 20.0 ppg, 14.5 rpg; F Ricky Peral, 6-10, Sr., 7.8 ppg, 4.0 rpg; F Sean Allen, 6-8, Sr., 3.8 ppg, 3.2 rpg; G Jerry Braswell, 6- 1, Jr., 9.4 ppg, 3.1 rpg; G Tony Rutland, 6-2, Jr., 11.4 ppg, 2.9 apg.

Scouting report: After holding 18 of their first 19 opponents under 38 percent shooting, the Demon Deacons have allowed their last nine opponents to connect on 40.4 percent of their field-goal attempts. National Player of the Year candidate Duncan has recorded a double double in 27 of 29 games this season.

4. St. Joseph's

Record: 24-6.

Location: Philadelphia; Atlantic 10 Conference (East).

Conference finish: First in Atlantic 10 East.

NCAA tournament record: 12-18.

Coach: Phil Martelli (2nd season, 46-19).

Starters: F Duval Simmonds, 6-8, Jr., 5.8 ppg, 3.8, F Dmitri Domani 6-7, Sr., 8.4 ppg, 4.5 rpg; C Nemanja Petrovic, 6-10, Sr., 7.5 ppg, 5.2 rpg; G Rashid Bey, 6-0, Jr., 14.0 ppg, 3.6 rpg; G Arthur Davis, 6-4, Fr., 14.2 ppg, 4.3 rpg.

Scouting report: The 19th-ranked Eagles won their last eight games, rolling through the Atlantic 10 tournament to end UMass' five-year domination. Bey and Davis power the offense, giving BC a formidable guard tandem.

5. Boston College

Record: 21-8.

Location: Boston; Big East Conference (Big East 6).

Conference finish: Tied for first in Big East 6, won conference tournament.

NCAA tournament record: 15-11.

Coach: Jim O'Brien (11th season, 167-165).

Starters: F Antonio Granger, 6-6, So., 10.3 ppg, 3.9 rpg, F Danya Abrams, 6-7, Sr., Sr. 16.8 ppg, 8.1 rpg, C Mickey Curley, 6-9, So., 8.4 ppg, 5.2 rpg, G James Penn, 6-1, So., 13.1 ppg, 3.1 rpg, G Duane Woodward, 6-2, So., 10.3 ppg. 3.2 rpg.

Scouting report: Abrams (point-rebound double doubles in his last two games) and Woodward (double-figure scoring in six of last eight games) are peaking at the right time for the Eagles. BC hits 37.6 percent of its three-point tries, and has hit 40 percent 10 times this season (nine wins).

6. Stanford

Record: 20-7

Location, conference: Stanford, Calif.; Pac-10 Conference

Conference finish: Tied for third

NCAA tournament record: 5-4

Coach: Mike Montgomery (11th season, 201-128).

Starters: F Peter Sauer, 6-7, Soph., 8.8 ppg. 4.6 rpg.; C Tim Young, 7-1, Soph., 13.4 ppg., 7.8 rpg.; G Kris Weems, 6-3, Soph., 11.8 ppg., 2.5 rpg.; G Arthur Lee, 6-0, Soph., 8.0 ppg.; 2.0 rpg.; G Brevin Knight, 5-10, Sr., 15.2 ppg., 3.6 rpg.

Scouting report: The Cardinal likes to shoot the three-pointer. As a team Stanford shoots better than 40 percent from beyond the arc and has made at least 10 treys in a game 10 times this season.

7. UNC-Charlotte

Record: 21-8

Location, conference: Charlotte, N.C.; Conference USA

Conference finish: Second in Conference USA White Division

NCAA tournament record: 3-5

Coach: Melvin Watkins (first season, 21-8)

Starters: F DeMarco Johnson, 6-8, Jr., 19.3 ppg, 9.1 rpg; F Shanderic Downs, 6-5, Sr., 12.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg; C Alexander Kuehl, 7-2, Sr., 6.6 ppg, 8.2 rpg; G Sean Colson, 6-0, Jr., 13.6 ppg, 6.3 apg; G Roderick Howard, 5-10, Sr., 8.6 ppg, 1.7 rpg.

Scouting report: After an 18-year career as 49ers assistant, Watkins had the most successful season for a first-year coach at UNC-Charlotte since the 1975-76 season. The 49ers had won nine of 10 before losing to Marquette on Saturday.

8. Iowa

Record: 21-9.

Location, conference: Iowa City, Iowa, Big 10 Conference

Conference finish: Tied for second in the Big 10

NCAA tournament record: 23-19

Coach: Tom Davis (11th season, 227-118).

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