West Region

March 14, 2011

1Duke Blue Devils

Record: 30-4.

How they got here: Won ACC tournament.

Key players: G Nolan Smith (6-2 Sr.), 21.6 ppg, 5.2 apg; F Kyle Singler (6-8 Sr.), 17.1 ppg; F Mason Plumlee (6-10 So.), 8.7 rpg.

Noteworthy: There's a small chance point guard Kyrie Irving could return from a broken foot, but even without him, the Blue Devils could be back in the Final Four.

16Hampton Pirates

Record: 24-8.

How they got here: Won MEAC tourney.

Key players: G Darrion Pellum (6-6 Jr.), 17.8 ppg; G Kwame Morgan II (6-3 Jr.), 16.2 ppg; F Charles Funches (6-8 Sr.), 11.1 ppg, 8.1 rpg.

Noteworthy: The Pirates are making their third NCAA tournament appearance and first since 2002. They do it with defense, leading their conference in scoring defense.

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Michigan Wolverines

Record: 20-13.

How they got here: At-large bid.

Key players: G Darius Morris (6-4, So.), 15.1 ppg, 6.8 apg; G Tim Hardaway Jr. (6-5, Fr.), 13.8 ppg; Jordan Morgan (6-8 Fr.), 9.5 ppg.

Noteworthy: Morris led the Big Ten in assists. He is third in school history for assists in a season behind Gary Grant (234) and Rumeal Robinson (233).

9Tennessee Volunteers

Record: 19-13.

How they got here: At-large bid.

Key players: G Scotty Hopson (6-7 Jr.), 17.7 ppg, 3.4 rpg; F Tobias Harris (6-8 Fr.), 14.7ppg, 7.5 rpg.

Noteworthy: With the country's third- toughest schedule and an eight-game suspension for coach Bruce Pearl, the Vols have had plenty of ups and downs.

5Arizona Wildcats

Record: 27-7.

How they got here: At-large bid.

Key players: F Derrick Williams (6-8 So.), 18.9 ppg, 8.1 rpg; F Solomon Hill (6-6 So.), 7.9 ppg, 4.5 rpg.

Noteworthy: The Wildcats have made 26 trips to the NCAA tournament and rank fifth all-time in games played (63) and sixth in wins (41).

12Memphis Tigers

Record: 25-9.

How they got here: At-large bid.

Key players: G Will Barton (6-6 Fr.), 12.5 ppg, 4.9 rpg; F Tarik Black (6-8 Fr.), 9.5 ppg, 5.2 rpg; G Joe Jackson (6-0 Fr.), 9 ppg.

Noteworthy: This is Memphis' first NCAA tournament bid of the post-John Calipari era. The Tigers have appeared in the national championship game twice.

4Texas Longhorns

Record: 27-7.

How they got here: At-large bid.

Key players: G Jordan Hamilton (6-7 So.), 18.5 ppg, 7.6 rpg; F Tristan Thompson (6-8 Fr.), 13.5 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 70 blocks.

Noteworthy: The Longhorns, ranked as high as No. 3, lost three of their final five games before rebounding to reach the Big12 final, where they lost to Kansas.

13Oakland Golden Grizzlies

Record: 25-9.

How they got here: Won Summit tourney.

Key players: C Keith Benson (6-11 Sr.), 18ppg, 10.1 rpg; G Reggie Hamilton (5-11 Jr.), 17.4 ppg, 5.4 apg.

Noteworthy: With a win over Tennessee in Knoxville on their resume, the Golden Grizzlies could be a popular upset pick. They're in the top 10 in scoring at 85.6 ppg.

2San Diego State Aztecs

Record: 32-2.

How they got here: Won Mountain West tournament.

Key players: F Kawhi Leonard (6-7 So.), 15.2 ppg, 10.8 rpg; F Malcolm Thomas (6-9 Sr.), 11.6 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 2.2 bpg.

Noteworthy: The Aztecs never have won an NCAA tournament game; their only losses this season were to BYU.

15Northern Colorado Bears

Record: 21-10.

How they got here: Won Big Sky tourney.

Key players: G Devon Beitzel (6-1 Sr.), 21.1 ppg; F Neal Kingman (6-7 Sr.), 10.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg; F Chris Kaba (6-8 Sr.), 9.6 ppg, 4.7 rpg.

Noteworthy: The Bears, in their fourth season in Division I, are in the NCAA tournament for the first time. Big Sky MVP Beitzel scored 27 points in the title game.

7Temple Owls

Record: 25-7.

How they got here: At-large bid.

Key players: G Ramone Moore (6-4 Jr.), 14.4 ppg; F Lavoy Allen (6-9 Sr.), 11.8 ppg, 8.2 rpg; G Juan Fernandez (6-4 Jr.) 10.5 ppg.

Noteworthy: The Owls rank sixth all-time with 1,711 wins, trailing Kentucky, North Carolina, Kansas, Duke and Syracuse. Allen has seven straight double-doubles.

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Penn State Nittany Lions

Record: 19-14.

How they got here: At-large bid.

Key players: G Talor Battle (6-0 Sr.), 20 ppg; F Jeff Brooks (6-8 Sr.), 13.2 ppg, 6.5 rpg; F David Jackson (6-7 Sr.), 9.9 ppg.

Noteworthy: The Nittany Lions earned their way in by winning four of their last five games, which took them all the way to the Big Ten championship game.

6Cincinnati Bearcats

Record: 25-8.

How they got here: At-large bid.

Key players: Yancy Gates (6-9 Jr.), 11.8 ppg, 6.8 rpg; Dion Dixon (6-3 Jr.), 11.6 ppg; Cashmere Wright (6-0 So.), 8.9 ppg.

Noteworthy: After blowing through nonconference play at 15-0, the Bearcats were sixth in the Big East at 11-7. They're coming off an 89-51 rout by Notre Dame.

11Missouri Tigers

Record: 22-9.

How they got here: At-large bid.

Key players: G Marcus Denmon (6-3 Jr.), 16.9 ppg; F Laurence Bowers (6-8 Jr.), 11.6 ppg; F Ricardo Ratliffe (6-8 Jr.), 10.7 ppg.

Noteworthy: With high hopes heading into the season, the Tigers underwhelmed and were 8-8 in the Big 12, 1-7 on the road, and lost three straight to end regular season.

3Connecticut Huskies

Record: 26-9.

How they got here: Won Big East tourney.

Key players: G Kemba Walker (6-1 Jr.), 23.4 ppg, 4.3 apg; G/F Jeremy Lamb (6-5 Fr.), 10ppg; F/C Alex Oriakhi (6-9 So.), 8.5 rpg.

Noteworthy: The Huskies won five games in five days in the Big East tournament. The question is whether they can build on the momentum or will run out of gas.

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Bucknell Bison

Record: 25-8.

How they got here: Won Patriot tourney.

Key players: Mike Muscala (6-11 So.), 14.8 ppg, 7.5 rpg; Bryson Johnson (6-1 So.), 11.6 ppg; Darryl Shazier (6-0 Sr.), 5.7 apg.

Noteworthy: Bucknell enters as one of the country's hottest teams. After starting 2-6, the Bison won 23 of 25, including their last 10 through the league tournament.

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