Virginia

Charlottesville, 26-7.

Nickname: Cavaliers. Coach: Tony Bennett.

Conference: Atlantic Coast. Bid: At large.

Region: Midwest. Seed: No. 1.

Tournament Record: 25-19, 19 years. Last appearance: 2015.

Scoring: Team (70.4); Malcolm Brogdon 18.7; Anthony Gill 13.3; London Perrantes 11.0.

Last Ten: 7-3.

The Skinny: Backcourt mates Malcolm Brogdon and London Perrantes have started together for three years. Always a top defensive team under Tony Bennett, this year's group has been more efficient on offense than any in his seven seasons as Virginia's coach.

Hampton

Hampton, Va., 21-10.

Nickname: Pirates. Coach: Edward Joyner Jr.

Conference: Mid-Eastern Athletic. Bid: MEAC champion.

Region: Midwest. Seed: No. 16.

Tournament Record: 2-5, 5 years. Last appearance: 2015.

Scoring: Team (74.8); Reginald Johnson 18.3; Quinton Chievous 17.0; Brian Darden 13.2.

Last Ten: 7-3.

The Skinny: Hampton won a game last season in the First Four and brings dangerous experience for a low seed. The Pirates are led by physical point guard and top scorer Reginald Johnson Jr., shooting guard Brian Darden and high-energy forward Quinton Chievous.

Texas Tech

Lubbock, 19-12.

Nickname: Red Raiders. Coach: Tubby Smith.

Conference: Big 12. Bid: At large.

Region: Midwest. Seed: No. 8.


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Tournament Record: 8-15, 14 years. Last appearance: 2007.

Scoring: Team (72.4); Toddrick Gotcher 11.1; Devaugntah Williams 10.6; Aaron Ross 10.3; Zach Smith 10.1.

Last Ten: 6-4.

The Skinny: Red Raiders were picked to finish last in the Big 12's preseason poll, but the Red Raiders defied all the odds, placing seventh after the regular season and bringing Tubby Smith conference coach of the year honors. The Red Raiders' nine conference victories are their most since 2006-07, the last time Texas Tech earned an NCAA bid.

Butler

Indianapolis, 21-10.

Nickname: Bulldogs. Coach: Chris Holtmann.

Conference: Big East. Bid: At large.

Region: Midwest. Seed: No. 9.

Tournament Record: 20-13, 13 years. Last appearance: 2015.

Scoring: Team (80.6); Kellen Dunham 16.3; Kelan Martin 16.1; Roosevelt Jones 14.0; Andrew Chrabascz 10.1.

Last Ten: 7-3.

The Skinny: This has not been the season Butler expected. The Bulldogs really had no bad losses in the Big East, but their resume only has a couple of truly impressive wins. Seniors Kellen Dunham and Roosevelt Jones are hungry to take advantage of this second chance in March.

Purdue

West Lafayette, Ind., 26-8.

Nickname: Boilermakers. Coach: Matt Painter.

Conference: Big Ten. Bid: At large.

Region: Midwest. Seed: No. 5.

Tournament Record: 35-27, 27 years. Last appearance: 2015.

Scoring: Team (77.7); A.J. Hammons 14.9; Vince Edwards 11.0; Caleb Swanigan 10.4; Isaac Haas 9.9.

Last Ten: 7-3.

The Skinny: Coach Matt Painter has completely turned this team around in two seasons. How did it happen? He relied on defense — and a dominating post game with 7-footers A.J. Hammons and Isaac Haas. The key for the Boilermakers is 3-point shooting. When they make shots from beyond the arc, they can be one of the best teams in America.

UALR

Little Rock, Ark., 29-4.

Nickname: Trojans. Coach: Chris Beard.

Conference: Sun Belt. Bid: Sun Belt champion.

Region: Midwest. Seed: No. 12.

Tournament Record: 1-4, 4 years. Last appearance: 2011.

Scoring: Team (70.9); Josh Hagins 12.8; Marcus Johnson Jr. 12.7; Roger Woods 9.8.

Last Ten: 8-2.

The Skinny: The Trojans return to the NCAA Tournament for only the second time in the last 26 seasons. First-year coach Chris Beard was named Sun Belt coach of the year after taking over a team that was 13-18 a season ago.

Iowa State

Ames, 21-11.

Nickname: Cyclones. Coach: Steve Prohm.

Conference: Big 12. Bid: At large.

Region: Midwest. Seed: No. 4.

Tournament Record: 16-17, 17 years. Last appearance: 2015.

Scoring: Team (81.8); Georges Niang 19.8; Monte Morris 13.9; Abdel Nader 13.1; Jameel McKay 11.5; Matt Thomas 10.7; Deonte Burton 10.0.

Last Ten: 5-5.

The Skinny: The Cyclones aren't particularly deep, and they're prone to lapses defensively. But Iowa State can score with anybody in the country, and forward Georges Niang is a matchup nightmare.

Iona

New Rochelle, N.Y., 22-10.

Nickname: Gaels. Coach: Tim Cluess.

Conference: Metro Atlantic Athletic. Bid: MAAC champion.

Region: Midwest. Seed: No. 13.

Tournament Record: 1-10, 10 years. Last appearance: 2013.

Scoring: Team (79.6); A.J. English 22.4; Jordan Washington 13.8; Deyshonee Much 13.1; Isaiah Williams 12.9.

Last Ten: 9-1.

The Skinny: The Gaels reached the NCAA Tournament with a three-point win over MAAC regular-season champion Monmouth in the conference tournament title game. Iona has won 20 games in a school-record six straight seasons.

Seton Hall

South Orange, N.J., 25-8.

Nickname: Pirates. Coach: Kevin Willard.

Conference: Big East. Bid: Big East champion.

Region: Midwest. Seed: No. 6.

Tournament Record: 15-9, 9 years. Last appearance: 2006.

Scoring: Team (74.8); Isaiah Whitehead 18.4; Khadeen Carrington 14.3; Desi Rodriguez 12.5; Angel Delgado 10.0.

Last Ten: 8-2.

The Skinny: Heading to the NCAA Tournament for the time in 10 years, the Pirates have won 12 of their last 14 games with three wins over top-5 teams. They start five sophomores, led by point guard Isaiah Whitehead, who has scored at least 20 points in seven consecutive games.

Gonzaga

Spokane, Wash., 26-7.

Nickname: Bulldogs. Coach: Mark Few.

Conference: West Coast. Bid: WCC champion.

Region: Midwest. Seed: No. 11.

Tournament Record: 22-18, 18 years. Last appearance: 2015.

Scoring: Team (79.7); Kyle Wiltjer 20.7; Domantas Sabonis 17.4; Eric McClellan 10.6; Josh Perkins 10.3.

Last Ten: 8-2.

The Skinny: The Bulldogs underachieved during the regular season, struggling to adjust to the loss of center Przemek Karnowski for the season to a back injury in early December. Kyle Wiltjer and Domantas Sabonis are still good enough to challenge any tournament opponent, but the backcourt is nowhere near the level of a season ago, when the Zags reached the Elite Eight before falling to Duke.

Utah

Salt Lake City, 26-8.

Nickname: Utes. Coach: Larry Krystkowiak.

Conference: Pac-12. Bid: At large.

Region: Midwest. Seed: No. 3.

Tournament Record: 37-31, 28 years. Last appearance: 2015.

Scoring: Team (77.6); Jakob Poelti 17.6; Jordan Loveridge 11.8; Kyle Kuzma 10.8; Lorenzo Bonam 9.9; Brandon Taylor 9.6.

Last Ten: 9-1.

The Skinny: The Utes finished alone in second place in the Pac-12. Led by forward Jakob Poeltl (17.6 points per game), they're looking to improve upon last year's Sweet 16 appearance.

Fresno State

Fresno, Calif., 25-9.

Nickname: Bulldogs. Coach: Rodney Terry.

Conference: Mountain West. Bid: MWC champion.

Region: Midwest. Seed: No. 14.

Tournament Record: 2-5, 5 years. Last appearance: 2001.

Scoring: Team (75.3); Marvelle Harris 20.6; Torren Jones 10.5; Karachi Edo 9.9.

Last Ten: 9-1.

The Skinny: Turnover margin could be crucial for the Bulldogs. They're at plus-147 in that department for the season.

Dayton

Dayton, Ohio, 25-7.

Nickname: Flyers. Coach: Archie Miller.

Conference: Atlantic 10. Bid: At large.

Region: Midwest. Seed: No. 7.

Tournament Record: 19-18, 16 years. Last appearance: 2015.

Scoring: Team (73.2); Charles Cooke 15.7; Dyshawn Pierre 13.0; Scoochie Smith 11.7; Kendall Pollard 10.6.

Last Ten: 6-4.

The Skinny: The Flyers have been extremely erratic, especially on offense with no consistent scoring threats. Their unpredictability makes them a tough team to figure out heading into the NCAA Tournament. They've struggled against athletic front lines.

Syracuse

Syracuse, N.Y., 19-13.

Nickname: Orangemen. Coach: Jim Boeheim.

Conference: Atlantic Coast. Bid: At large.

Region: Midwest. Seed: No. 10.

Tournament Record: 61-37, 37 years. Last appearance: 2014.

Scoring: Team (70.2); Michael Gbinije 17.8; Malachi Richardson 13.2; Trevor Cooney 12.8; Tyler Roberson 10.1.

Last Ten: 5-5.

The Skinny: Fifth-year senior Michael Gbinije has scored in double digits in all 31 games this season. Syracuse enters the NCAA Tournament having lost five of its last six after winning eight of nine.

Michigan State

East Lansing, 29-5.

Nickname: Spartans. Coach: Tom Izzo.

Conference: Big Ten. Bid: Big Ten champion.

Region: Midwest. Seed: No. 2.

Tournament Record: 63-28, 29 years. Last appearance: 2015.

Scoring: Team (79.8); Denzel Valentine 19.4; Bryn Forbes 14.4; Mayy Costello 10.4; Eron Harris 9.3.

Middle Tennessee

Murfreesboro, 24-9.

Nickname: Blue Raiders. Coach: Kermit Davis.

Conference: Conference USA. Bid: CUSA champion.

Region: Midwest. Seed: No. 15.

Tournament Record: 2-7, 7 years. Last appearance: 2013.

Scoring: Team (72.7); Giddy Potts 15.0; Reggie Upshaw 13.8; Perrin Buford 12.0; Darnell Harris 11.6.

Last Ten: 7-3.

The Skinny: The Blue Raiders may have the player with the best name in the NCAA Tournament in guard Giddy Potts. He is also one of the best 3-point shooters in the nation at 50.3 percent.