1. NORTH CAROLINA
LOCATION: Chapel Hill. ENROLLMENT: 26,878
HOW THEY GOT HERE: Won ACC tourney.
RECORD: 28-6. RPI: 2nd.
RECORD VS. FIELD: 12-5.
NCAA HISTORY: This is 39th appearance, and fourth in a row. UNC won it all in 1957, '82, '93 and 2005, and there have been 12 other Final Four appearances.
KEY PLAYERS: F Tyler Hansbrough (6-9/Soph., 18.1 ppg, 7.9 rpg); G Ty Lawson (5-11/Fr., 10.2 ppg, 5.5 spg, 51.6 FG%); F Brandan Wright (6-9/Fr., 15.0 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 1.7 bpg, 66.2 FG%).
THE BUZZ: The Tar Heels are as talented as anyone -- actually, players one through 10, they're probably the most-talented team in the nation -- and have all the pieces to win the national title. Depth is excellent, Hansbrough and Wright are big-timers in the paint, there is a ton of firepower and the Heels are athletic. But defense is iffy at times, befitting a team that has nine underclassmen among its top 10 players; in each of their losses, they allowed at least 80 points.
BET YOU DIDN'T KNOW: UNC was the nation's first state university; it was chartered in 1789 and opened to students in 1795.

2. GEORGETOWN
LOCATION: Washington, D.C. ENROLLMENT: 6,164
HOW THEY GOT HERE: Won Big East tourney
RECORD: 26-6. RPI: 9th.
RECORD VS. FIELD: 10-5.
NCAA HISTORY: This is 24th appearance, and second in a row. It's just the third since 1997, though. The Hoyas won it all in 1984.
KEY PLAYERS: F Jeff Green (6-9/Jr., 14.3 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.2 bpg, 50.3 FG%); C Roy Hibbert (7-2/Jr., 12.7 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 2.4 bpg, 69.3 FG%); G Jonathan Wallace (6-1/Jr., 11.1 ppg, 50.0 FG%, 47.6 3-pt FG%, 90.0 FT%).
THE BUZZ: The Hoyas are a frontcourt-oriented team. Green is a solid all-around player (he leads the team in assists). Hibbert isn't as dominant as he should be; he has great size and good mobility, but he often disappears. Wallace is the key guy in the backcourt; if his "3s" aren't falling, the guards aren't going to do much offensively.
BET YOU DIDN'T KNOW: Dikembe Mutombo first went to Georgetown on an academic scholarship, intending to get a medical degree so he could return to his home country of Zaire and help the people there.

3. WASHINGTON STATE