The young Tar Heels (28-6) sailed into the tournament with an automatic bid after winning the ACC tournament. Led by sophomore Tyler Hansbrough (18.7 ppg), UNC is fast, deep and talented.
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The Hoyas (27-7) are streaking and were impressive in their last outing, topping the West's No. 3-seed Pitt in the finals of the Big East tournament. Georgetown presents matchup problems with the dominating inside duo of Jeff Green (left) and Roy Hibbert.
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Led by sharpshooter Derrick Lowe, the Cougars (25-7) finished second in the Pac-10 and earned their first NCAA tournament berth since 1994.
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Behind all-everything freshman Kevin Durant, the Longhorns put together a 24-9 season and are one of the most dangerous teams in the field. Texas can shoot, get up and down the floor and score.
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The Buckeyes (29-3) enter the NCAAs as one of the favorites after winning the Big Ten regular season and conference tournament titles. Beware of dominating 7-foot freshman Greg Oden on both ends of the floor.
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How hot are the Tigers (30-3)? They enter the Big Dance with a 22-game winning streak and finished 16-0 in Conference USA. Chris Douglas-Roberts is the go-to guy, but all the Tigers can score.
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The Aggies (25-6) established themselves as one of the toughest teams in the Big 12 -- and the nation. Led by clutch guard Acie Law, Texas A&M is never out of a game and had impressive wins at Kansas and against Texas.
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The Cavaliers (19-10) picked up an at-large bid after sharing the ACC regular-season title with North Carolina. They boast arguably the nation's top backcourt in Sean Singletary (44) and J.R. Reynolds (2).
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The defending champions (29-5) shook off a late-season slump to win the SEC tournament. With an experienced starting five, including Joakim Noah (left), Al Horford and Corey Brewer, Florida is the favorite.
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The Badgers (28-5) lost to Ohio State in the Big Ten tournament title game, but have the talent to go far led by player of the year candidate Alando Tucker.
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The Ducks (26-7) are flying high after winning the Pac-10 tournament. Sprite guard Aaron Brooks can light it up.
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Despite losing to Miami in the first round of the ACC tournament, the Terrapins (24-8) are hot having won eight of their last 10 games. Led by defensive stopper D.J. Strawberry, Maryland beat Duke twice and UNC once during the regular season.
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The Jayhawks (30-4) won both the Big 12 regular-season and tournament titles and have one of the nation's deepest and most talented teams led by Julian Wright (30) and Brandon Rush (25).
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The Bruins (25-5) won the Pac-10 regular season title and could make it back to the Final Four with explosive scorer Aaron Affalo (left) and steady point guard Darren Collison.
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The 27-6 Panthers are scrappy and tough and finished the regular season second in the Big East before losing to Georgetown in the conference tournament final. Aaron Gray is a tough matchup inside.
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The always dangerous Salukis (27-6) were the regular-season champs in the Missouri Valley. SIU also beat Virginia Tech and Butler and have a lockdown guard in Jamaal Tatum.
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