NCAA South capsules

March 15, 2010|By Tribune Newspapers

1Duke Blue Devils
Record: 29-5.

How they got here: Won ACC tournament.

Key players: F-G Jon Scheyer (6-5 sr.), 18.9 ppg, 5.2 apg; F Kyle Singler (6-8 jr.), 17.2 ppg; G Nolan Smith (6-2 jr.), 17.6 ppg, 3.0 apg.

Noteworthy: A lack of depth and consistent guard play has hurt Duke in recent tournaments. The Blue Devils still don't have great depth, but their guard play has been terrific.

8California Bears
Record: 23-10.

How they got here: At-large bid.

Key players: G Jerome Randle (5-10 sr.), 18.7 ppg, 4.5 apg; G Patrick Christopher (6-5 sr.), 16.0 ppg; F Jamal Boykin (6-8 sr.), 11.7 ppg.

Noteworthy: The Bears entered the Pac-10 tournament as the No. 1 seed for the first time, taking advantage of a down year among the usual league stalwarts.

5Texas A&M Aggies
Record: 23-9.

How they got here: At-large bid.

Key players: G Donald Sloan (6-3 sr.), 17.9 ppg, 3.6 rpg; F Bryan Davis (6-9 sr.), 10.0 ppg.

Noteworthy: Freshman F Khris Middleton is beginning to assert himself. He moved into the starting lineup during Big 12 play and scored a team-high 15 points in the regular season finale at Oklahoma.

4Purdue Boilermakers
Record: 27-5.

How they got here: At-large bid.

Key players: C JaJuan Johnson (6-10 jr.), 14.9 ppg, 7.2 rpg; G E'Twaun Moore (6-4 jr.), 16.7 ppg, 3.6 rpg.

Noteworthy: Purdue claimed a share of its first Big Ten title since 1996 despite losing terrific F Robbie Hummel to a torn ACL. He was averaging 15.7 points and 6.9 rebounds.

16Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions
Record: 17-15.

How they got here: Won Southwestern Athletic tournament.

16Winthrop Eagles
Record: 19-13.

How they got here: Won Big South tournament.

9Louisville Cardinals
Record: 20-12.

How they got here: At-large bid.

Key players: F Samardo Samuels (6-9 so.), 15.3 ppg, 7.0 rpg; G Edgar Sosa (6-2 sr.), 13.3 ppg, 4.5 apg; F Jared Swopshire (6-8 so.), 7.6 ppg, 6.0 rpg.

Noteworthy: The Cards struggled on the boards in their conference tournament loss to Cincinnati, getting outrebounded 54-33.

12Utah State Aggies
Record: 27-7.

How they got here: At-large bid.

Key players: F Tai Wesley (6-7 jr.), 13.8 ppg, 6.5 rpg; G Jared Quayle (6-1 sr.), 12.0 ppg, 4.2 apg.

Noteworthy: The Aggies had won 16 consecutive games entering the WAC semifinals and it's no secret why: defense. Utah State held opponents to a conference-best 40.4 percent field-goal percentage.

13Siena Saints
Record: 27-6.

How they got here: Won Metro Atlantic Athletic tournament.

Key players: F Alex Franklin (6-5 sr.), 16.1 ppg, 7.9 rpg; F Ryan Rossiter (6-9 jr.), 14.1 ppg, 11.1 rpg.

Noteworthy: Siena has a strong and experienced starting unit, but the Saints nearly missed out after trailing at halftime in all three of their games in the MAAC tournament.

2Villanova Wildcats
Record: 24-7.

How they got here: At-large bid.

Key players: G Scottie Reynolds (6-2 sr.), 18.8 ppg, 3.4 apg; G Corey Fisher (6-1 jr.), 13.6 ppg, 4.0 apg; Antonio Pena (6-8 jr.), 10.8 ppg.

Noteworthy: Led by super senior Reynolds, the Wildcats rely on strong play from their guards. But they lost five of their final seven games.

7Richmond Spiders
Record: 26-8.

How they got here: At-large bid.

Key players: G Kevin Anderson (6-0 jr.), 17.8 ppg, 3.4 rpg; F Justin Harper (6-10 jr.), 10.7 ppg, 5.5 rpg ; G David Gonzalvez (6-4 sr.), 14.3 ppg.

Noteworthy: Richmond - a school with a history of NCAA tournament upsets - has the ingredients to make a run. Guard play is huge and the Spiders' guards are top-notch.

6Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Record: 23-11.

How they got here: At-large bid.

Key players: F Luke Harangody (6-8 sr.), 23.2 ppg, 9.7 rpg; F Tim Abromaitis (6-8 jr.), 16.9 ppg, 4.9 rpg.

Noteworthy: Harangody is one of the better scorers in the country, and his return from a knee injury was essential for the Irish heading into the Big East tournament.

3Baylor Bears
Record: 25-7.

How they got here: At-large bid.

Key players: G Tweety Carter (5-11 sr.), 15.8 ppg, 6.3 apg; G LaceDarius Dunn (6-4 jr.), 19.2 ppg, 4.7 rpg; F-C Ekpe Udoh (6-10 jr.), 13.4 ppg.

Noteworthy: Baylor ended a streak of 24 losses to Texas in last year's Big 12 tourney, then extended its winning streak to three vs. the Longhorns with a sweep this season.

15Robert Morris Colonials
Record: 23-11.

How they got here: Won Northeast tournament.

Key players: G Karon Abraham (5-9 fr.), 12.9 ppg, 2.1 rpg; F Rob Robinson (6-8 sr.), 10.2 ppg.

Noteworthy: The Colonials have won a league-record seven NEC tournament championships.

10St. Mary's Gaels
Record: 26-5.

How they got here: Won West Coast tournament.

Key players: C Omar Samhan (6-11 sr.), 20.9 ppg, 11.0 rpg; G Mickey McConnell (6-0 jr.), 13.7 ppg, 5.3 apg.

Noteworthy: St. Mary's avenged two regular season losses to Gonzaga by beating the Bulldogs in the WCC tourney title game.

11Old Dominion Monarchs
Record: 26-8.

How they got here: Won Colonial Athletic Association tournament.

Key players: F Gerald Lee (6-10 sr.), 14.8 ppg, 5 rpg; F Frank Hassell (6-8 jr.), 8.9 ppg, 6.5 rpg.

Noteworthy: The Monarchs are tireless on the defensive end, holding opponents to just 57.3 points per game. That total ranks fifth in the nation.

14Sam Houston State Bearkats
Record: 25-7.

How they got here: Won Southland tournament.

Key players: F Gilberto Clavell (6-6 jr.), 16.9 ppg, 6.5 rpg; G Corey Allmond (6-1 sr.), 16.3 ppg.

Noteworthy: The Bearkats have an abundance of scoring options and lead the nation with 20.9 assists per game while averaging more than 80 points per game.

Duke Blue Devils
California Bears
Texas A&M Aggies
Purdue Boilermakers
6Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions
6Winthrop Eagles
Louisville Cardinals
2Utah State Aggies
3Siena Saints
Villanova Wildcats
Richmond Spiders
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Baylor Bears
5Robert Morris Colonials
0St. Mary's Gaels
1Old Dominion Monarchs
4Sam Houston State Bearkats

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