Top players: Jr., Dejan Delic, F, 12.1 ppg.; Jr., Marques Alston, F, 12.0 ppg., ,5.3 rpg,; Sr., Tyler Azzarelli, G, 9.3 ppg.
Scouting report: Monmouth rebounded from a 2-7 start and earned its NCAA tournament bid when Chris Kenny drove the length of the court after a missed free throw to score with two seconds left against Fairleigh Dickinson.
Little-known fact: Northeast Conference teams are 0-23 in NCAA first-round games.
Play-in No. 16 Hampton
Location: Hampton, Va.
Conference: Mid-Eastern Athletic.
Against tournament field: 1-2.
Away from home: 7-9.
In last 10 games: 4-6.
Impressive victories: Feb. 6, at Howard, 75-63; Feb. 24, at South Carolina State, 69-64; Mar. 11, at Raleigh, N.C. vs. Delaware State, 60-56.
Disturbing losses: Dec. 18, at Yale, 71-52; Feb. 13, home vs. Coppin State, 79-72; Mar. 1, home vs. Florida A&M, 73-65.
Top players: Jr., Jaz Cowan, F, 13.2 ppg, 7.1 rpg; Sr., Bruce Brown, C, 10.5 ppg, 6.5 rpg; Sr., Jeff Granger, G, 11.7 ppg, 4.0 rpg.
Scouting report: The Pirates lost five of their last six regular season games but got hot in the MEAC tournament, defeating defending champion Delaware State in the championship game. Cowan and Granger are playing their best basketball of the season and Brown is a big man capable of dominating a game.
Little-known fact: As a No. 15-seed in 2001, Hampton upset second-seeded Iowa State in the first round of the NCAA tournament. The Pirates have earned the MEAC's automatic tournament bid three times over the last six seasons.
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