Southwest Region

March 14, 2011

1Kansas Jayhawks

Record: 32-2.

How they got here: Won Big 12 tourney.

Key players: F Marcus Morris (6-10 Jr.),

18.8 ppg, 7.6 rpg; F Markief Morris (6-10 Jr.), 13.9 ppg, 7.9 rpg.

Noteworthy: The Jayhawks dominated their competition, averaging 81.1 points while holding opponents to 69.1. They had a scoring margin of plus-18.2 in Big 12 games.

16Boston U. Terriers

Record: 20-13.

How they got here: Won America East tournament.

Key players: John Holland (6-5 Sr.) 19.0 ppg, 5.7 rpg; Darryl Partin (6-6 Jr.) 14.6 ppg; Jake O'Brien (6-8 Jr.) 10.9 ppg, 5.5 rpg.

Noteworthy: Terriers started 5-10, then won five of eight, then tore off eight straight. They won on the defensive end.

8UNLV Rebels

Record: 24-8.

How they got here: At-large bid.

Key players: G Tre'Von Willis (6-4 Sr.) 13.0 ppg; G/F Chace Stanback (6-8 Jr.) 12.4 ppg, 6.1 rpg; Oscar Bellfield (6-2 Jr.) 11.3 ppg.

Noteworthy: Rebels beat Wisconsin and Kansas State but had trouble with the top two teams in their conference, BYU and San Diego State, falling to each twice.

9IllinoisFighting Illini

Record: 19-13.

How they got here: At-large bid.

Key players: G Demetri McCamey (6-3 Sr.), 15 ppg, 6.1 apg; F Mike Davis (6-9 Sr.), 12.2 ppg, 7.1 rpg; C Mike Tisdale (7-1 Sr.), 10.1 ppg.

Noteworthy: McCamey recorded his 700th career assist to become only the second player in Big Ten history to reach 1,600 points and 700 assists.

5Vanderbilt Commodores

Record: 22-10.

How they got here: At-large bid.

Key players: G John Jenkins (6-4 So.) 19.4 ppg; G Jeffery Taylor (6-7 Jr.) 14.5 ppg;

C Festus Ezeli (6-11 Jr.) 12.9 ppg, 2.7 bpg.

Noteworthy: With a top-50 RPI and more than 20 wins for the second consecutive season, Vandy got in thanks largely to Jenkins, who led SEC in scoring and 3s.

12Richmond Spiders

Record: 27-7.

How they got here: Won Atlantic 10 tourney.

Key players: G Kevin Anderson (6-0 Sr.), 16.0 ppg; F Justin Harper (6-10 Sr.), 18.0 ppg, 6.8 rpg; C Dan Geriot (6-9 Sr.), 10.3 ppg.

Noteworthy: Led by Anderson and Harper, the only teammates on all-Atlantic-10 first team, the Spiders are making their first back-to-back appearances since 1990-91.

4Louisville Cardinals

Record: 25-8.

How they got here: At-large bid.

Key players: G Preston Knowles (6-1 Sr.), 14.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg; G Kyle Kuric (6-4 Jr.) 10.8 ppg; G Peyton Siva (5-11 So.) 9.9 ppg.

Noteworthy: The Cardinals were picked to finish eighth in the Big East but tied for third. They won three games by one point, including a double-OT thriller at UConn.

13Morehead State Eagles

Record: 24-9.

How they got here: Won OVC tournament.

Key players: C Kenneth Faried (6-8 Sr.), 17.6 ppg, 14.5 rpg; G Demonte Harper (6-4 Sr.), 16 ppg; G Terrance Hill (6-1 Jr.), 10.4 ppg.

Noteworthy: Faried, the two-time OVC player of the year, broke Tim Duncan's modern-day (post-1973) NCAA record for career rebounds with 1,643.

2Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Record: 26-6.

How they got here: At-large bid.

Key players: G Ben Hansbrough (6-3 Sr.) 18.5 ppg; F Tim Abromaitis (6-8 Sr.) 15.2 ppg; F Carleton Scott (6-8 Sr.) 11.4 ppg, 7.1 rpg.

Noteworthy: Irish earned highest seed in more than 20 years (No. 1 in 1979, No. 2 in 1981, No. 3 in 1986). Irish had biggest quar-

terfinal blowout in Big East tourney history.

15AkronZips

Record: 23-12.

How they got here: Won MAC tournament.

Key players: Nikola Cvetinovic (6-8 Jr.) 11.9 ppg, 7.0 rpg; Brett McKnight (6-6 Sr.) 10.3 ppg; Brett McClanahan (6-4 Jr.) 10.1 ppg.

Noteworthy: It appeared the Zips had played way out of a bid by losing two of three to close regular season. But they won the MAC tourney with a 66-65 OT win.

7Texas A&MAggies

Record: 24-8.

How they got here: At-large bid.

Key players: F Khris Middleton (6-7 So.) 14.4 ppg; F David Loubeau (6-8 Jr.) 11.6 ppg; F Nathan Walkup (6-7 Sr.) 9.4 ppg, 5.7 rpg.

Noteworthy: The Aggies finished strong, winning six of eight. The defense-minded team held opponents to 60.4 points and scored 68.7. Middleton is a force.

10Florida State Seminoles

Record: 21-10.

How they got here: At-large bid.

Key players: F Chris Singleton (6-8 Jr.), 13.8 ppg, 7.1 rpg; G Derwin Kitchen (6-4 Sr.), 10.1 ppg; F Bernard James (6-10 Jr.), 8.3 ppg.

Noteworthy: The Seminoles are making their third consecutive NCAA tournament appearance. Singleton (foot) hasn't played since Feb. 12 but hopes to return.

6Georgetown Hoyas

Record: 21-10.

How they got here: At-large bid.

Key players: G Austin Freeman (6-3 Sr.), 17.9 ppg; G Chris Wright (6-1 Sr.), 13.1 ppg, 5.4 apg; G Jason Clark (6-2 Jr.), 12.1 ppg.

Noteworthy: The Hoyas had lost four straight and five of six after an eight-game winning streak. They hope to get back Wright, out since Feb. 23 (broken hand).

11USC Trojans/VCU Rams

Trojans' record: 19-14.

How they got here:

At-large bid.

Rams' record: 23-11.

How they got here:

At-large bid.

First round: Wednesday in Dayton, Ohio

3Purdue Boilermakers

Record: 25-7.

How they got here: At-large bid.

Key players: F-C JaJuan Johnson (6-10 Sr.), 20.5 ppg, 8.1 rpg; G E'Twaun Moore (6-4, Sr.), 18.3 ppg; G Lewis Jackson (5-9, Jr.) 8 ppg.

Noteworthy: The Boilermakers are one of only five teams to reach the Sweet 16 in each of the last two years. Purdue has won its first game in its last dozen appearances.

14St. Peter's Peacocks

Record: 20-13.

How they got here: Won MAAC tourney.

Key players: G Wesley Jenkins (6-2 Sr.) 12.8 ppg, 4.9 rpg; F Jeron Belin (6-6 Sr.) 11.6 ppg, 5.3 rpg; G Nick Leon (5-11 Sr.) 10.6 ppg.

Noteworthy: St. Peter's is making its first NCAA appearance in 16 years after upsetting Iona 62-57. The Peacocks' rotation doesn't include any player taller than 6-foot-7.

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