North Carolina

Chapel Hill, 28-6.

Nickname: Tar Heels. Coach: Roy Williams.

Conference: Atlantic Coast. Bid: ACC champion.

Region: East. Seed: No. 1.

Tournament Record: 112-44, 46 years. Last appearance: 2015.

Scoring: Team (82.3); Brice Johnson 16.6; Joel Berry II 12.7; Marcus Paige 12.1; Justin Jackson 12.1; Kennedy Meeks 9.4; Isaiah Hicks 9.2.

Last Ten: 8-2.

The Skinny: The preseason No. 1-ranked Tar Heels won the ACC regular-season and tournament titles with a deep roster, though it was Brice Johnson leading the way instead of preseason ACC co-player of the year Marcus Paige. The Tar Heels are trying to return to the Final Four for the first time since winning the 2009 championship.

Florida Gulf Coast

Fort Myers, 20-13.

Nickname: Eagles. Coach: Joe Dooley.

Conference: Atlantic Sun. Bid: Atlantic Sun champion.

Region: East. Seed: No. 16.

Tournament Record: 2-1, 1 year. Last appearance: 2013.

Scoring: Team (77.0); Marc-Eddy Norelia 17.2; Christian Terrell 12.6; Zach Johnson 11.2.

Last Ten: 7-3.

The Skinny: The Eagles are headed back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since "Dunk City" went to the Sweet 16 three years ago. FGCU reached the 20-win mark for the fourth consecutive season.

Fairleigh Dickinson

Teaneck, N.J., 18-14.

Nickname: Knights. Coach: Greg Herenda.

Conference: Northeast. Bid: NEC champion.


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Region: East. Seed: No. 16.

Tournament Record: 0-4, 4 years. Last appearance: 2005.

Scoring: Team (77.9); Darian Anderson 15.4; Earl Potts Jr. 14.7; Marques Townes 11.4; Stephan Jiggetts 11.4; Mike Holloway 9.6.

Last Ten: 6-4.

The Skinny: The Knights are making their first NCAA appearance since 2005, when they lost to top-seeded Illinois in a game effort. Third-year coach Greg Herend, who had an 18-42 mark in his first two seasons, starts one freshman and four sophomores.

Southern Cal

Los Angeles, 21-12.

Nickname: Trojans. Coach: Andy Enfield.

Conference: Pac-12. Bid: At large.

Region: East. Seed: No. 8.

Tournament Record: 12-18, 16 years. Last appearance: 2011.

Scoring: Team (80.8); Jordan McLaughlin 13.4; Nikola Jovanovic 12.1; Julian Jacobs 11.8; Katin Reinhardt 11.5; Bennie Boatwright 11.5; Elijah Stewart 9.8.

Last Ten: 3-7.

The Skinny: Picked to finish 10th in the Pac-12, the Trojans made a bigger leap than many thought possible with just one senior on the roster. They have five players averaging 11.5 points or more and a dynamic guard duo in Jordan McLaughlin and Julian Jacobs.

Providence

Providence, R.I., 23-10.

Nickname: Friars. Coach: Ed Cooley.

Conference: Big East. Bid: At large.

Region: East. Seed: No. 9.

Tournament Record: 14-18, 17 years. Last appearance: 2015.

Scoring: Team (74.0); Ben Bentil 21.2; Kris Dunn 16.0; Rodney Bullock 11.6.

Last Ten: 5-5.

The Skinny: The Friars rose as high as No. 8 in The Associated Press Top 25, then needed to win their last three games just to finish with a winning record in the conference. Forward Ben Bentil is the Big East's top scorer, averaging 21.2 points per game.

Indiana

Bloomington, 25-7.

Nickname: Hoosiers. Coach: Tom Crean.

Conference: Big Ten. Bid: At large.

Region: East. Seed: No. 5.

Tournament Record: 64-33, 38 years. Last appearance: 2015.

Scoring: Team (82.3); Yogi Ferrell 17.0; James Blackmon Jr. 15.8; Troy Williams 13.1; Thomas Bryant 11.6.

Last Ten: 7-3.

The Skinny: The Hoosiers played their best basketball late in the season — just in time to take advantage of late-season swoons by Maryland and Iowa and win the outright Big Ten title. But they played poorly in a Big Ten quarterfinal loss to Michigan and now are out to prove that was an aberration.

Chattanooga

Chattanooga, Tenn., 29-5.

Nickname: Mocs. Coach: Matt McCall.

Conference: Southern. Bid: Southern champion.

Region: East. Seed: No. 12.

Tournament Record: 3-10, 10 years. Last appearance: 2009.

Scoring: Team (75.8); Tre' McLean 12.3; Justin Tuopy 11.1; Greg Pryor 9.9; Eric Robertson 8.8.

Last Ten: 8-2.

The Skinny: Matt McCall, a former assistant on Billy Donovan's Florida staff, has led Chattanooga to a school-record 29 wins in his debut season as a head coach. Chattanooga rolled to the Southern Conference regular-season and tournament championships despite losing Casey Jones — the conference's preseason player of the year — to a season-ending ankle injury in December.

Kentucky

Lexington, 26-8.

Nickname: Wildcats. Coach: John Calipari.

Conference: Southeastern. Bid: SEC champion.

Region: East. Seed: No. 4.

Tournament Record: 122-49, 55 years. Last appearance: 2015.

Scoring: Team (79.7); Jamal Murray 20.1; Tyler Ulis 17.2; Alex Poythress 10.3; Isaiah Briscoe 9.6.

Last Ten: 8-2.

The Skinny: A year after nearly going undefeated, the Wildcats enter this NCAA Tournament averaging 80 points a game. One possible weakness is on the defensive glass. Kentucky is allowing a dozen offensive rebounds a game.

Stony Brook

Stony Brook, N.Y., 26-6.

Nickname: Seawolves. Coach: Steve Pikiell.

Conference: America East. Bid: America East champion.

Region: East. Seed: No. 13.

Tournament Record: First year. Last NCAA Appearance: First year.

Scoring: Team (76.8); Jameel Warney 19.8; Carson Puriefoy 15.1; Rayshaun McGrew 10.8; Ahmad Walker 10.4.

Last Ten: 8-2.

The Skinny: Jameel Warney has averaged at least 12 points a game in all four seasons at Stony Brook. The 6-foot-8 forward scored 43 against Vermont in the America East tournament final.

Notre Dame

South Bend, Ind., 21-11.

Nickname: Fighting Irish. Coach: Mike Brey.

Conference: Atlantic Coast. Bid: ACC champion.

Region: East. Seed: No. 6.

Tournament Record: 34-38, 34 years. Last appearance: 2015.

Scoring: Team (75.7); Demetrius Jackson 15.5; Zack Auguste 14.4; Steve Vasturia 11.8; Bonzie Colson 11.5; V.J. Beachem 11.3.

Last Ten: 6-4.

The Skinny: With wins over Iowa, Duke (twice), North Carolina and Louisville, the Irish shouldn't be intimidated by whatever comes their way in the NCAAs. Their most recent performance was ugly, however. They lost by 31 points to North Carolina in the ACC tournament semifinals.

Michigan

Ann Arbor, 22-12.

Nickname: Wolverines. Coach: John Beilein.

Conference: Big Ten. Bid: At large.

Region: East. Seed: No. 11.

Tournament Record: 51-24, 25 years. Last appearance: 2014.

Scoring: Team (74.3); Caris LeVert 16.5; Derrick Walton Jr. 11.7; Zak Irvin 11.7; Duncan Robinson 11.2.

Last Ten: 5-5.

The Skinny: With Caris LeVert and Spike Albrecht sidelined with season-ending injuries, the Wolverines scratched out an NCAA Tournament berth with a last-second win over Indiana in the Big Ten tournament. Zak Irvin and Duncan Robinson are dangerous from beyond the arc.

Tulsa

Tulsa, Okla., 20-11.

Nickname: Golden Hurricane. Coach: Frank Haith.

Conference: American Athletic. Bid: At large.

Region: East. Seed: No. 11.

Tournament Record: 12-15, 15 years. Last appearance: 2014.

Scoring: Team (74.0); James Woodard 15.6; Shaquille Harrison 14.8; Pat Birt 12.4.

Last Ten: 6-4.

The Skinny: Guards James Woodard and Shaquille Harrison are four-year starters for the Golden Hurricane, although the latter is only 21 percent for his career from 3-point range.

West Virginia

Morgantown, 26-8.

Nickname: Mountaineers. Coach: Bob Huggins.

Conference: Big 12. Bid: At large.

Region: East. Seed: No. 3.

Tournament Record: 27-26, 26 years. Last appearance: 2015.

Scoring: Team (79.2); Jaysean Paige 13.9; Devin Williams 13.3; Daxter Miles Jr. 9.7; Jevon Carter 9.7; Taril Phillip 9.4.

Last Ten: 7-3.

The Skinny: "Press Virginia" leads the nation with 9.9 steals per game. The Mountaineers were chosen by Big 12 coaches in the preseason to finish sixth but earned the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament.

Stephen F. Austin

Nacogdoches, Texas, 27-5.

Nickname: Lumberjacks. Coach: Brad Underwood.

Conference: Southland. Bid: Southland champion.

Region: East. Seed: No. 14.

Tournament Record: 1-3, 3 years. Last NCAA Appearance: 2015.

Scoring: Team (80.7); Thomas Walkup 17.5; Demetious Floyd 13.8; Clide Geffrard Jr. 13.4; Ty Charles 9.7.

Last Ten: 10-0.

The Skinny: SFA is in the NCAA Tournament for the third consecutive season. The Texas-based Lumberjacks have a 20-game winning streak, which is somewhat reminiscent of the 28-game streak they took into the tourney two years ago when they got their only NCAA victory, against Virginia Commonwealth in overtime.

Wisconsin

Madison, 20-12.

Nickname: Badgers. Coach: Greg Gard.

Conference: Big Ten. Bid: At large.

Region: East. Seed: No. 7.

Tournament Record: 34-20, 21 years. Last appearance: 2015.

Scoring: Team (68.9); Nigel Hayes 16.3; Bronson Koenig 13.4; Ethan Happ 12.1; Vitto Brown 9.7.

Last Ten: 7-3.

The Skinny: The Badgers overcame a sluggish nonconference start and the midseason retirement of coach Bo Ryan to climb back into the NCAA Tournament conversation under the leadership of successor Greg Gard. Leaders Nigel Hayes and Bronson Koenig are tourney tested.

Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, 21-11.

Nickname: Panthers. Coach: Jamie Dixon.

Conference: Atlantic Coast. Bid: At large.

Region: East. Seed: No. 10.

Tournament Record: 24-26, 25 years. Last appearance: 2014.

Scoring: Team (76.0); Michael Young 16.0; Jamel Artis 14.4; James Robinson 10.3

Last Ten: 4-6.

The Skinny: The Panthers got off to a 14-1 start before the ACC schedule began to take its toll. Free throw shooting has been an advantage, with Pitt at 75 percent for the season and opponents shooting 66 percent.

Xavier

Cincinnati, 27-5.

Nickname: Musketeers. Coach: Chris Mack.

Conference: Big East. Bid: At large.

Region: East. Seed: No. 2.

Tournament Record: 23-25, 25 years. Last appearance: 2015.

Scoring: Team (81.3); Trevon Bluiett 15.5;; Edmond Summer 11.3 Myles Davis 11.1; James Farr 10.8; J.P. Macura 9.6; Jalen Reynolds 9.4.

Last Ten: 7-3.

The Skinny: The Musketeers have as deep and balanced an offense as any team in the country. Their downfall at times has been because of turnovers and a defense that slipped down the stretch.

Weber State

Ogden, Utah, 26-8.

Nickname: Wildcats. Coach: Randy Rahe.

Conference: Big Sky. Bid: Big Sky champion.

Region: East. Seed: No. 15.

Tournament Record: 6-16, 15 years. Last appearance: 2014.

Scoring: Team (76.7); Jeremy Senglin 18.2; Joel Bolomboy 17.2; Kyndahl Hill 8.3.

Last Ten: 9-1.

The Skinny: Weber State: Wildcats are making their second NCAA appearance in the last three years. They are led by conference MVP and defensive player of the year Joel Bolomboy, who averages 12.7 rebounds per game.