NCAA Midwest capsules

March 15, 2010|By Tribune Newspapers

1Kansas Jayhawks
Record: 32-2.

How they got here: Won Big 12 tournament.

Key players: G Sherron Collins (5-11 sr.), 15.3 ppg, 4.3 apg; G Xavier Henry (6-6 fr.), 13.9 ppg, 4.2 rpg; C Cole Aldrich (6-11 jr.), 11.3 ppg, 9.7 rpg.

Noteworthy: The scary thing for Bill Self, coach of the No. 1-ranked Jayhawks? They rank 265th (of 344 teams) in average experience.

8Nevada-Las Vegas Rebels
Record: 25-8.

How they got here: At-large bid.

Key players: G Tre'Von Willis (6-4 jr.), 17.7 ppg, 4.1 rpg, G/F Chace Stanback (6-8, so.), 10.6 ppg, 5.8 rpg; G Oscar Bellfield (6-2 jr.), 9.3 ppg, 5.6 apg.

Noteworthy: UNLV's roster features transfers from high-profile programs Kentucky, UCLA, Arizona State and Memphis.

5Michigan State Spartans
Record: 24-8.

How they got here: At-large bid.

Key players: G Kalin Lucas (6-1 jr.), 14.8 ppg, 3.9 apg; F Raymar Morgan (6-4 sr.), 11.1 ppg, 6.2 rpg.

Noteworthy: Michigan State clinched a share of its 12th Big Ten title. Tom Izzo became the sixth coach in Big Ten history with at least six conference championships.

4Maryland Terrapins
Record: 23-8.

How they got here: At-large bid.

Key players: G Greivis Vasquez (6-6 sr.), 19.6 ppg, 6.3 apg; F Landon Milbourne (6-7 sr.), 12.4 ppg, 4.9 rpg.

Noteworthy: Talented senior guards are valuable in March, and Maryland has a great one in Vasquez, the ACC Player of the Year, and another pretty good one in Eric Hayes.

16Lehigh Mountain Hawks
Record: 21-10.

How they got here: Won the Patriot League tournament.

Key players: G C.J. McCollum (6-3 fr.), 18.9 ppg, 4.9 rpg; G Marquis Hall (6-0 sr.), 11.3 ppg.

Noteworthy: McCollum is the first player in Patriot League history to win conference player of the year and rookie of the year awards in the same season.

9Northern Iowa Panthers
Record: 28-4.

How they got here: Won Missouri Valley tournament.

Key players: G Kwadzo Ahelegbe (6-2 jr.), 10.5 ppg, 3.1 rpg; C Jordan Eglseder (7-0 sr.), 12.2 ppg, 7.5 rpg; F Adam Koch (6-8 sr.), 12.4 ppg.

Noteworthy: Northern Iowa won the MVC tournament for the second straight year, the first to do that since Illinois State in 1997-98.

12New Mexico State Aggies
Record: 22-11.

How they got here: Won Western Athletic tournament.

Key players: G Jahmar Young (6-5 jr.), 20.5 ppg; G Jonathan Gibson (6-2 sr.), 17.7 ppg.

Noteworthy: The Aggies overcame a terrible start to the season once forwards Troy Gillenwater and Wendell McKines worked their way back from academic problems.

13Houston Cougars
Record: 19-15.

How they got here: Won Conference USA tournament.

Key players: G Aubrey Coleman (6-4 sr.), 26.0 ppg, 7.5 rpg; G Kelvin Lewis (6-4 sr.), 15.1 ppg.

Noteworthy: Coleman, an NBA draft prospect, was the nation's leading scorer and ranked second in steals per game during the regular season.

2Ohio State Buckeyes
Record: 27-7.

How they got here: Won Big Ten tournament.

Key players: G-F Evan Turner (6-7 jr.), 19.5 ppg, 5.8 apg, 9.4 rpg; G William Buford (6-5 so.), 14.3 ppg; G-F David Lighty (6-5 jr.), 12.4 ppg.

Noteworthy: Thad Matta led Ohio State to a share of the Big Ten regular-season title, its third in six years - something the Buckeyes haven't done since Fred Taylor in 1960-64.

7Oklahoma State Cowboys
Record: 22-10.

How they got here: At-large bid.

Key players: G James Anderson (6-6 jr.), 22.9 ppg, 6.0 rpg; G Obi Muonelo (6-5 sr.), 13.4 ppg, 5.2 rpg; F Marshall Moses (6-7 jr.), 9.0 ppg, 8.6 rpg.

Noteworthy: Anderson scored at least 20 points against every Big 12 rival.

6Tennessee Volunteers
Record: 24-8.

How they got here: At-large bid.

Key players: G/F Scotty Hopson (6-8, so.), 13.1 ppg; F Wayne Chism (6-9 sr.), 12.8 ppg, 6.9 rpg; PG Bobby Maze (6-3 sr.), 9.5 ppg.

Noteworthy: Coach Bruce Pearl deserves praise for keeping the Vols together after the dismissal of Tyler Smith, the Vols' best player, and the suspension of three others.

3Georgetown Hoyas
Record: 23-10.

How they got here: At-large bid.

Key players: C Greg Monroe (6-11 so.), 16.0 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 3.5 apg; G Austin Freeman (6-4 jr.), 16.9 ppg; G Chris Wright (6-1 jr.), 14.2 ppg.

Noteworthy: The Hoyas, at 10-8, didn't have a great Big East showing, but they made a statement by defeating third-ranked Syracuse in the conference tournament.

15UC-Santa Barbara Gauchos
Record: 20-9.

How they got here: Won Big West tourney.

Key players: F Orlando Johnson (6-5 so.), 17.9 ppg, 5.4 rpg; F James Nunnally (6-5 so.), 14.9 ppg, 5.7 rpg; G James Powell (6-2 sr.), 9.5 ppg.

Noteworthy: Johnson, the Big West Player of the Year, and Nunnally scored 47.5 percent of the team's points, making them the highest-scoring sophomore duo in school history.

10Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Record: 22-12.

How they got here: At-large bid.

Key players: F Gani Lawal (6-9 jr.), 13.5 ppg, 9.0 rpg; F Derrick Favors (6-10 fr.), 11.7 ppg, 8.3 rpg; G Iman Shumpert (6-5 so.), 9.8 ppg.

Noteworthy: Georgia Tech has a lot of talent, but this is a team that has been maddening to figure out. They won just twice in their final seven games entering the ACC tournament.

11San Diego State Aztecs
Record: 25-8.

How they got here: Won Mountain West tournament.

Key players: F Kawi Leonard (6-7 fr.), 12.6 ppg, 9.6 rpg; F Malcolm Thomas (6-9 jr.), 11.1 ppg, 7.9 rpg; G D.J. Gay (6-0 jr.), 10.6 ppg, 3.2 apg.

Noteworthy: San Diego State coach Steve Fisher is 20-8 in the NCAA tournament.

14Ohio Bobcats
Record: 21-14.

How they got here: Won Mid-American tournament.

Key players: G Armon Bassett (6-2 jr.), 15.5 ppg, 3.4 apg; G D.J. Cooper (5-11 fr.), 13.5 ppg.

Noteworthy: The Bobcats have plenty of versatility and offensive options. Five players are double-digit scorers, and a sixth averages 9.7 points per game.

Kansas Jayhawks
Nevada-Las Vegas Rebels
Michigan State Spartans
Maryland Terrapins
6Lehigh Mountain Hawks
Northern Iowa Panthers
2New Mexico State Aggies
3Houston Cougars
Ohio State Buckeyes
Oklahoma State Cowboys
Tennessee Volunteers
Georgetown Hoyas
5UC-Santa Barbara Gauchos
0Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
1San Diego State Aztecs
4Ohio Bobcats

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