A look at the
THURSDAY :: PITTSBURGH
16 Lafayette (20-12, Patriot champion)
Villanova, which won the Big East tournament for the first time since 1995, has six players averaging 9.2 points or more. Lafayette is making its first appearance since 2000.
vs. 9 Louisiana State (22-10, at-large)
North Carolina State is expected to have guard Anthony Barber (neck spasms) back for tournament. LSU’s best game may be a 71-69 loss to No. 1
FRIDAY :: COLUMBUS, OHIO
vs. 12 Wyoming (25-9,
Last time Northern Iowa was in tournament, the Panthers beat No. 1-seeded Kansas and No. 8
Louisville guard Chris Jones was dismissed from team after being charged with rape. Irvine is making its first
FRIDAY :: SEATTLE
11 Play-in winner (See matchup below)
Providence has quite a resume, with seven victories over teams in the NCAA tournament: Butler, St. John’s,
14 Albany (24-8, American East champion)
7 Michigan State (23-11, at-large)
Michigan State, which lost in the East regional final in 2014, had reached the Sweet 16 three consecutive years. Georgia is back in the tournament for the first time since 2011.
FRIDAY :: CHARLOTTE, N.C.
10 Georgia (21-11, at-large)
Virginia has never lost an NCAA tournament opener when seeded fourth or higher. Belmont nearly upset second-seeded Duke in 2008, but is 0-6 in tournament play.
Oklahoma has lost its first NCAA game in each of the last two seasons, including an upset loss to North Dakota State last year. Albany is 1-4 in NCAA games.
Play-in game for No. 11 :: WEDNESDAY :: DAYTON, Ohio
Boise State won a Mountain West co-championship, but will face Dayton on its home court. This is the Flyers' first NCAA appearance since 2010.
Sorting the seeds
Seth Tuttle, center,
A 6-foot-8 senior, he leads the Panthers with averages of 15.3 points and 6.8 rebounds. He may not be high on NBA draft charts, but he's a formidable player.
Buddy Hield, guard, Oklahoma
At 6 feet 4 with long arms, he makes the Sooners go, averaging 17.5 points and 5.5 rebounds. He's projected as a late first-round NBA pick.
Montrezl Harrel, forward, Louisville
A 6-foot-8, 240-pound junior, he can dominate inside. He averages 15.7 points and 9.5 rebounds. He is projected as a first-round pick in the NBA draft should he declare early.
Wyoming forward Larry Nance Jr. has the right genes. His father played 13 seasons in the NBA and won the league's first slam dunk contest. Nance, a 6-8 forward, averages 16.1 points and 7.2 rebounds.
Louisville has cut its ties with guard Chris Jones, one of its top scorers, after he was charged with rape in February. The case is pending.