Men's NCAA tournament: Team-by-team capsules

March 15, 2010|By Tribune Newspapers

East Region
1Kentucky Wildcats
Record: 32-2.

How they got here: Won Southeastern tournament.

Key players: G John Wall (6-4 fr.), 17.0 ppg, 6.2 apg; C DeMarcus Cousins (6-10 fr.), 15.9 ppg.

Noteworthy: Kentucky has the most talented freshman class since Michigan's Fab Five. Kentucky knows it's talented, and it often lacks a killer instinct.

8Texas Longhorns
Record: 24-9.

How they got here: At-large bid.

Key players: G-F Damion James (6-7 sr.), 17.7 ppg, 10.2 rpg; C Dexter Pittman (6-10 sr.), 10.3 ppg, 5.8 rpg; G Avery Bradley (6-2 fr.), 11.7 ppg.

Noteworthy: Texas became the fifth team in the history of the AP rankings to reach a No. 1 ranking then fall completely out of the poll in the same season.

5Temple Owls
Record: 29-5.

How they got here: Won Atlantic 10 tournament.

Key players: F Lavoy Allen (6-9 jr.), 11.7 ppg, 11.0 rpg; G Ryan Brooks (6-4 jr.), 14.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg.

Noteworthy: This season the Owls have cracked the Top 25 for the first time since 2001 and posted the program's most regular-season wins (26) since 2001.

4 Wisconsin Badgers
Record: 23-8.

How they got here: At-large bid.

Key players: G Jason Bohannon (6-2 sr.), 12.0 ppg; G Trevon Hughes (6-0 sr.), 15.4 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 4.7 apg; F Jon Leuer (6-10 jr.), 14.9 ppg.

Noteworthy: Wisconsin has had seven 20-win seasons in Bo Ryan's nine years at Wisconsin. The Badgers had a total of four in the 103 years before Ryan's arrival.

16East Tennessee St. Buccaneers
Record: 20-14.

How they got here: Won the Atlantic Sun tournament.

Key players: F Tommy Hubbard (6-4 jr.), 14.1 ppg; G Micah Williams (6-4 jr.), 12.5 ppg.

Noteworthy: The Bucs win without superior 3-point shooting. Williams is the only ETSU player among the team's top 10 scorers shooting better than 35 percent from 3.

9Wake Forest Demon Deacons
Record: 19-10.

How they got here: At-large bid.

Key players: F Al-Farouq Aminu (6-9 so.), 15.9 ppg, 10.8 rpg; G Ishmael Smith (6-0 sr.), 13.3 ppg, 6.0 apg; C Chas McFarland (7-0 sr.), 7.4 ppg, 7.3 rpg.

Noteworthy: Wake righted itself after a four-game losing streak late in the season with a victory over Clemson in the season finale.

12Cornell Big Red
Record: 27-4.

How they got here: Ivy League champion.

Key players: F Ryan Wittman (6-7 sr.), 17.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.9 bpg; C Jeff Foote (7-0 sr.), 12.3 ppg, 8.2 rpg; G Louis Dale (5-11 sr.), 11.9 ppg.

Noteworthy: Wittman finished the season with an Ivy League record six 3-pointers in the season finale en route to becoming the first Cornell player to hit 100 in one year.

13Wofford Terriers
Record: 26-8.

How they got here: Won the Southern tournament.

Key players: F Noah Dahlman (6-6 jr.), 16.8 ppg, 6.3 rpg; F Jamar Diggs (6-2 jr.), 9.4 ppg, 2.9 rpg; G Junior Salters (6-2 sr.), 7.7 ppg.

Noteworthy: Wofford could make some NCAA noise after showing toughness against high-major programs.

2West Virginia Mountaineers
Record: 27-6.

How they got here: Won Big East tournament.

Key players: F Da'Sean Butler (6-7 sr.), 17.2 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 3.3 apg; F Kevin Jones (6-8 fr.), 13.5 ppg, 7.4 apg.

Noteworthy: The athletic Mountaineers lost to Syracuse, Notre Dame, Villanova and Pittsburgh by a combined 13 points.

7Clemson Tigers
Record: 21-10.

How they got here: At-large bid.

Key players: F Trevor Booker (6-7 sr.), 15.3 ppg, 8.3 rpg; G Demontez Stitt (6-2 jr.), 11.2 ppg.

Noteworthy: This is the Tigers' third consecutive NCAA tournament appearance, which ties a school record. It's also the third straight season that Clemson (9-7 in the ACC) finished with a winning conference record.

6Marquette Golden Eagles
Record: 22-11.

How they got here: At-large bid.

Key players: F Lazar Hayward (6-6 sr.), 18.1 ppg, 7.9 rpg; F Jimmy Butler (6-6 jr.), 14.8 ppg, 6.4 rpg; G Maurice Acker (5-8 sr.), 8.5 ppg, 3.7 apg.

Noteworthy: The Eagles are right there with the Big East powers, losing five of their seven conference defeats by five points or less.

3New Mexico Lobos
Record: 29-4..

How they got here: At-large bid.

Key players: G Darrington Hobson (6-7 jr.), 15.8 ppg, 9.1 rpg, 4.6 apg; F Roman Martinez (6-6 sr.), 14.1 ppg, 6.3 rpg.

Noteworthy: The Lobos have been seeded as high as No. 3 in 1997, but have not advanced to the Sweet 16 since 1974 when just 25 teams were invited to the NCAA tournament.

15 Morgan State Bears
Record: 26-9.

How they got here: Won MEAC tournament.

Key players: G Reggie Holmes (6-4 sr.), 22.4 ppg, 4.2 rpg; F Kevin Thompson (6-9 so.), 12.6 ppg, 12.0 rpg.

Noteworthy: Morgan State was able to make it back despite losing three of five starters from last year's tournament team, including its second-leading scorer.

10Missouri Tigers
Record: 22-10.

How they got here: At-large bid.

Key players: G Kim English (6-6 so.), 14.1 ppg, 3.5 rpg; G Marcus Denmon (6-3, so.), 11.0 ppg, 3.1 rpg; F Keith Ramsey (6-9 sr.), 6.0 ppg, 5.8 rpg).

Noteworthy: Missouri is 1-3 since losing F Justin Safford (8.6 points, 4.1 rebounds) to a knee injury.

11Washington Huskies
Record: 24-9.

How they got here: Won Pac-10 tournament.

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