A look at the
1 VIRGINIA: The
2 MICHIGAN STATE: This is the team most people figured had earned a No. 1 slot with a victory over
3 UTAH: The
4 IOWA STATE: Averaging 81.8 points, the
Denzel Valentine, guard,
Not only is Valentine a co-favorite with
Jakob Poeltl, center,
It looks like Poeltl made the right decision to stay in school another year, boosting his
A.J. English, guard, Iona
The 6-4 senior might not be a household name, but has a chance to show people why he ranks among the Top 10 scorers in the nation at 22.4 points per game.
In his third season at
Hampton Coach Ed Joyner Jr. provided one of the best moments of the 2015 tournament when he pretended to call upon a higher power during a news conference. "I told you I had Jesus on speed dial," he told reporters.
If the name Domantas Sabonis sounds familiar, that's because the Gonzaga forward is the son of NBA Hall of Famer Arvydas Sabonis.
1 Virginia (26-7, At-large) vs. Hampton (21-10, Mid-Eastern Athletic champ)
Virginia might be a controversial top seed, but the Cavaliers can play at both ends of the court. Hampton is led by senior guard Reginald Johnson Jr.
8 Texas Tech (19-12, At-large) vs. 9 Butler (21-10, At-large)
The Red Raiders started
5 Purdue (26-8, At-large) vs. 12 Arkansas-Little Rock (29-4, Sun Belt champion)
Purdue has added blue-chip freshman Caleb Swanigan to an already imposing front line. Look for Arkansas-Little Rock — the other Trojans — to make use of a deep bench.
4 Iowa State (21-11, At-large) vs. 13 Iona (22-10, Metro Atlantic champion)
Iowa State's veteran offense should be tough to defend for a small-conference opponent that gave up an average of almost 74 points a game this season.
Seton Hall guard Isaiah Whitehead leads a dangerously efficient team against a Gonzaga squad that relies on big men Domantas Sabonis and Kyle Wiltjer.
3 Utah (26-8, At-large) vs. 14
Utah must rebound from a lopsided loss to
The Flyers rank among the better defensive squads in the field. Syracuse will have to prove to the critics that it deserves a 10th seed … or even a spot in the tournament.
2 Michigan State (29-5, Big Ten champion) vs. 15 Middle Tennessee (24-9,