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#16 Jackson State
#1 Florida
Tigers
21-13 (12-6 Southwest Athletic)
NCAA bid: SWAC champions
RPI: 168
Coach: Tevester Anderson (4th season at Jackson State, 1st NCAA tournament)
Best Player: Trey Johnson. Johnson finished second in the nation in scoring with 27.1 points per game and cracked the 30-point barrier 13 times. He scored 49 points in a win at UTEP.
Notable Wins: none
Record in last 10 games: 7-3
Last NCAA tournament: 2000, lost to Arizona 71-47
NCAA tournament seed history: In the last 10 years, No. 16 seeds are 0-40 in the first round.
Gators
29-5 (13-3 SEC)
NCAA bid: SEC champions
RPI: 6
Coach: Billy Donovan (11th season at Florida, 9th NCAA tournament)
Best Player: Corey Brewer. On an amazingly balanced team, coaches say Brewer presents the biggest matchup problems on offense, and he's the team's top defensive player. This slot could easily go to three of his teammates, however.
Notable Wins: Ohio State, Tennessee, Kentucky (2)
Record in last 10 games: 7-3
Last NCAA tournament: 2006, beat South Alabama 76-50, beat Wisconsin-Milwaukee 82-60, beat Georgetown 57-53, beat Villanova 75-62, beat George Mason 73-58, beat UCLA 73-57
NCAA tournament seed history: In the last 10 years, No. 1 seeds are 40-0 in the first round.

#15 Texas A&M-CC
#2 Wisconsin
Islanders
26-6 (14-2 Southland)
NCAA bid: Southland champions
RPI: 81
Coach: Ronnie Arrow (8 years at Texas A&M-CC, 1st NCAA tournament)
Best Player: Chris Daniels. Voted Southland Player of the Year, the 7-foot junior averaged 15.3 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.6 blocks while shooting 59 percent from the floor.
Notable Wins: Nevada, Utah State (2)
Record in last 10 games: 7-3
Last NCAA tournament: first bid
NCAA tournament seed history: In the last 10 years, No. 15 seeds are 2-38 in the first round.
Badgers
28-5 (13-3 Big Ten)
NCAA bid: At-large
RPI: 4
Coach: Bo Ryan (6th season at Wisconsin, 6th NCAA tournament)
Best Player: Alando Tucker. The Big Ten's Player of the Year, Tucker averaged 20.1 points and 5.4 rebounds in his senior season. One of the nation's most dynamic players, Tucker has the ability to completely take over a game and is a proven leader.
Notable Wins: at Marquette, Pitt, Ohio State, at Illinois, Michigan State
Record in last 10 games: 7-3
Last NCAA tournament: 2006, lost to Arizona 94-75
NCAA tournament seed history: In the last 10 years, No. 2 seeds are 38-2 in the first round.

#14 Miami (OH)
#3 Oregon
RedHawks
18-14 (10-6 MAC)
NCAA bid: MAC champions
RPI: 92
Coach: Charlie Coles (11th season at Miami, 3rd NCAA tournament)
Best Player: Tim Pollitz. The junior forward was the MAC tourney MVP after leading the RedHawks to the unlikely title. Pollitz was first-team All-MAC after averaging 15.8 points and 5.7 rebounds.
Notable Wins: none
Record in last 10 games: 6-4
Last NCAA tournament: 1999, beat Washington 59-58, beat Utah 66-58, lost to Kentucky 58-43
NCAA tournament seed history: In the last 10 years, No. 14 seeds are 5-35 in the first round.
Ducks
26-7 (11-7 Pac-10)
NCAA bid: Pac-10 champions
RPI: 21
Coach: Ernie Kent (10th season at Oregon, 4th NCAA tournament)
Best Player: Aaron Brooks. The point guard has two game-winning shots this season against UCLA and Arizona and leads the Pac-10 in scoring. He is among the league-leaders in assists and free throw percentage.Notable Wins: at Georgetown, UCLA, Washington State (2), Arizona (2), USC
Record in last 10 games: 7-3
Last NCAA tournament: 2003, lost to Utah 60-58
NCAA tournament seed history: In the last 10 years, No. 3 seeds are 35-5 in the first round.

#13 Davidson
#4 Maryland
Wildcats
29-4, 17-1 (Southern)
NCAA bid: Southern champions
RPI: 48
Coach: Bob McKillop (18 years at Davidson, 4th NCAA tournament)
Best Player: Stephen Curry. The freshman guard had a stellar Southern tournament and averaged 21.2 points per game for the season. The son of former NBA star Dell Curry was also among the league leaders in assists, rebounds and free throw shooting.
Notable Wins: Drexel
Record in last 10 games: 10-0
Last NCAA tournament: 2006, lost to Ohio State 70-62
NCAA tournament seed history: In the last 10 years, No. 13 seeds are 8-32 in the first round.
Terrapins
24-8 (10-6 ACC)
NCAA bid: At-large
RPI: 16
Coach: Gary Williams (18th season at Maryland, 12th NCAA tournament)
Best Player: D.J. Strawberry. On a team that oozes experiences (starting five seniors) but lacks a prototypical star, Strawberry has been the Terrapins biggest all-around threat, averaging 15.2 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists and two steals a game.
Notable Wins: Michigan State, at Illinois, at Duke
Record in last 10 games: 8-2
Last NCAA tournament: 2004, beat UTEP 86-83, lost to Syracuse 72-70
NCAA tournament seed history: In the last 10 years, No. 4 seeds are 32-8 in the first round.

#12 Old Dominion
#5 Butler
Monarchs
24-8 (15-3 Colonial)
NCAA bid: At-large
RPI: 81
Coach: Blaine Taylor (6th season at Old Dominion, 2nd NCAA tournament)
Best Player: Valdas Vasylius. The senior from Lithuania led ODU in scoring at 15.8 points and was second in rebounding at 6.2. The big man exploded for 31 points and 12 rebounds in a late win at Hofstra.
Notable Wins: at Georgetown, Drexel (2)
Record in last 10 games: 9-1
Last NCAA tournament: 2005, lost to Michigan State 89-81
NCAA tournament seed history: In the last 10 years, No. 12 seeds are 15-25 in the first round.
Bulldogs
27-6 (13-3 Horizon)
NCAA bid: At-large
RPI: 27
Coach: Jim Lickliter (6th season at Butler, 2nd NCAA tournament)
Best Player: A.J. Graves. The junior guard averaged 17.1 points per game and is second in the nation in free throw shooting at 95 percent. Graves is a 3-point specialist and the catalyst for the Bulldogs.
Notable Wins: Notre Dame, Indiana, Tennessee, Purdue
Record in last 10 games: 6-4
Last NCAA tournament: 2003, beat Mississippi State 47-46, beat Louisville 79-71, lost to Oklahoma 65-54
NCAA tournament seed history: In the last 10 years, No. 5 seeds are 25-15 in the first round.

#11 Winthrop
#6 Notre Dame
Eagles
28-4 (14-0 Big South)
NCAA bid: Big South champions
RPI: 70
Coach: Gregg Marshall (9th season at Winthrop, 7th NCAA tournament)
Best Player: Michael Jenkins. Jenkins became the team leader when Torrell Martin went down with an injury and has continued to be the key for the Eagles. He was the team's leading scorer at 15.3 points per game en route to first-team All-Big South honors.
Notable Wins: at Old Dominion, at Missouri State
Record in last 10 games: 10-0
Last NCAA tournament: 2006, lost to Tennessee 63-61
NCAA tournament seed history: In the last 10 years, No. 6 seeds are 29-11 in the first round.
Fighting Irish
24-7 (11-5 Big East)
NCAA bid: At-large
RPI: 31
Coach: Mike Brey (7th season at Notre Dame, 4th NCAA tournament)
Best Player: Russell Carter. One half of Notre Dame's long-range sharpshooting duo, Carter connected on 40.5 percent of his shots from beyond the arc. He also averaged 17.1 ppg in earning All-Big East first-team honors.
Notable Wins: at Maryland, Villanova, Marquette
Record in last 10 games: 7-3
Last NCAA tournament: 2003, beat Wisconsin-Milwaukee 70-69; beat Illinois 68-60; lost to Arizona 71-88
NCAA tournament seed history: In the last 10 years, No. 11 seeds are 11-29 in the first round.

#10 Georgia Tech
#7 UNLV
Yellow Jackets
20-11 (8-8 ACC)
NCAA bid: At-large
RPI: 52
Coach: Paul Hewitt (7th season at Georgia Tech, 4th NCAA tournament)
Best Player: Javaris Crittenton. The explosive freshman point guard leads the Yellow Jackets, as well as all ACC freshman, with 14.5 points, 5.4 assists and 2.1 assists a game. At 6-foot-4 he's a constant matchup problem for other point guards.
Notable Wins: Memphis, Duke, Florida State (2), North Carolina, Boston College
Record in last 10 games: 7-3
Last NCAA tournament: 2005, beat George Washington 80-68, lost to Louisville 54-76
NCAA tournament seed history: In the last 10 years, No. 10 seeds are 20-20 in the first round.
Runnin' Rebels
28-6 (12-4 Mountain West)
NCAA bid: Mountain West champions
RPI: 10
Coach: Lon Kruger (3rd season at UNLV, 1st NCAA tournament)
Best Player: Wendell White. The senior guard averaged 14.4 points and 6.3 rebounds. The first-team All-MWC selection had six double-doubles this season.
Notable Wins: at Nevada, BYU (2)
Record in last 10 games: 9-1
Last NCAA tournament: 2000, lost to Tulsa 89-62
NCAA tournament seed history: In the last 10 years, No. 7 seeds are 20-20 in the first round.

#9 Purdue
#8 Arizona
Boilermakers
21-11 (9-7 Big Ten)
NCAA bid: At-large
RPI: 42
Coach: Matt Painter (2nd season at Purdue, 1st NCAA tournament)
Best Player: Carl Landry. The All-Big first-teamer is one of the Big Ten's most complete players as the senior averaged 18.7 points (third in the conference) and 7.1 rebounds a game (fourth) and he hit 60 percent of his shots (second).
Notable Wins: Michigan State
Record in last 10 games: 7-3
Last NCAA tournament: 2003, beat LSU 80-56; lost to Texas 77-67
NCAA tournament seed history: In the last 10 years, No. 9 seeds are 19-21 in the first round.
Wildcats
20-10 (11-7 Pac-10)
NCAA bid: At-large
RPI: 14
Coach: Lute Olson (24 years at Arizona, 23nd NCAA tournament)
Best Player: Marcus Williams. The sophomore forward led Arizona with 16.8 points per game and also grabbed 6.9 rebounds, both of which were in the top eight of the Pac-10. Williams was the only Wildcat named first-team All-Pac-10.
Notable Wins: UNLV, Memphis, at Oregon
Record in last 10 games: 5-5
Last NCAA tournament: 2006, beat Wisconsin 94-75, lost to Villanova
NCAA tournament seed history: In the last 10 years, No. 8 seeds are 21-19 in the first round.
-Written by Cory McCartney and Bill Trocchi

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