A look at the
THURSDAY :: Salt Lake City
vs. 16 South Dakota State (18-16,
The Bulldogs, who won their first 29 games, are seeded No. 1 for the second time. They had that spot in 2013 when they lost to Wichita State in the second round.
vs. 9 Vanderbilt (19-15, at-large)
Northwestern, making its first NCAA tournament appearance, set a school record with 23 wins. Vanderbilt has the most losses by an at-large team in tournament history.
THURSDAY : : Buffalo, N.Y.
Notre Dame is seeking a third straight appearance in a regional semifinal. Princeton generated 41.7% of its offense from three-pointers, the most in this tournament field.
vs. 13 Bucknell (26-8,
THURSDAY :: Orlando, Fla.
6 Maryland (24-8, at-large)
vs. 11 Xavier (21-13, at-large)
Although it got off to a school-record 20-2 start, Maryland finished by losing six of 10, including a defeat by Northwestern in a quarterfinal of the Big Ten tournament.
Florida State, back after a four-year tournament absence, is looking to make its first Final Four appearance since 1972. In 2013, Florida Gulf Coast reached a regional semifinal as a 15 seed.
THURSDAY:: Salt Lake City
7 St. Mary's (28-4, at-large)
vs. 10 Virginia Commonwealth (26-8, at-large)
St. Mary's has won at least 20 games for 10 consecutive seasons, but the Gaels were 0-3 against Gonzaga this season. Will Wade has gotten VCU to the NCAA tournament in both his seasons as coach.
vs. 15 North Dakota (22-9, Big Sky Conference champion)
Coach Sean Miller has taken Arizona as far as a regional final three times in his seven seasons. It took North Dakota just seven years in Division I to get to the tournament.
The Bulldogs, who have never reached the Final Four, led the nation in scoring margin (plus-23.4 points) and were second in field-goal percentage (51.8%).
The Wildcats, who last got to the Final Four in 2001, beat
[3 FLORIDA STATE]
The Seminoles tied a school record this season by beating seven ranked opponents. They need two more victories to tie the school record for wins in a season.
[4 WEST VIRGINIA]
The relentless Mountaineers, who thrive on scrappy defensive pressure, have made the tournament three years in a row under Coach Bob Huggins.
Although Bucknell hasn't won a tournament game since 2006, the Bison can get hot offensively behind the play of big men Zach Thomas and Nana Foulland.
Jonathan Isaac, forward, Florida State
Isaac, a 6-10 freshman, is a projected
Lauri Markkanen, forward, Arizona
A native of Finland, the 7-foot freshman averages 15.6 points and 7.1 rebounds per game, and makes 43% of his shots from three-point range — and that includes an 0-for-11 drought in late February.
Nigel Williams-Goss, guard, Gonzaga
The WCC player of the year, Williams-Goss led the Bulldogs in scoring (16.9), assists (4.8) and steals (1.8).
• South Dakota State lost five of its first six league games and came into the conference tournament seeded No. 4. Sophomore forward Mike Daum is second in Division I scoring, averaging 25.3 points per game.
• Northwestern vs. Vanderbilt features a pair of coaches whose dads were coaches, too. Northwestern’s Chris Collins is the son of former NBA coach
• Although he's only 6-5, Notre Dame's Bonzie Colson can mix it up with the big men. He has 19 double-doubles, and in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament scored 21 against Virginia, 18 against Florida State and 29 against Duke. All those teams are in the NCAA tournament.