5 Minute Guide

SI's annual look at the trends, teams and names to keep an eye on as the Big Dance begins
March 20, 2006

Foul 'Em

DANTE CUNNINGHAM,F, Villanova (37.0%) Opponents should stay away from Wildcats' four guards andgo after their big men, especially if it's this wiry 6'9" freshman

JOEY DORSEY, F,Memphis (38.1%) Tigers' leading rebounder struggles outside the paint; shot42.9% from line last season

STEVEN HILL, C,Arkansas (50.0%) A 7-footer who rarely gets to the line: only 44 attempts in 61career games, 46 of which he started

ALANDO TUCKER, F,Wisconsin (54.3%) Shot better than 68% in each of his first three seasonsbefore precipitous drop; still averages 19.0 points

JOSH BOONE, F-C,UConn (55.9%) Raised his free throw percentage from 40.5 as a freshman to 66.4last year, then regressed

Don't Foul'Em

STEVE NOVAK, F,Marquette (97.3%) Marksman is a 93.1% career free throw shooter, but fallsshort of qualifying for NCAA record. Has only 18 career misses (in 259attempts)--including just two this season

DEREK RAIVIO(left), G, Gonzaga (92.4%) He's third in the country from foul line thisseason, and is a 90.7% career shooter

GERRY MCNAMARA,G, Syracuse (90.1%) The alltime leading foul shooter in Big East history(conference games only), at 91.7%

ALLAN RAY, G,Villanova (89.5%) If eye is O.K. he's a cut above Wildcats' three other guards,who hit between 76.7% and 78.3%

RONALD STEELE, G,Alabama (89.8%) Hard to avoid fouling him: Tide's primary ball handler hasaveraged 40.2 minutes over the team's last 19 games


DEE BROWN(above), Illinois His shooting percentages have dropped from last year, buthe's a better leader than ever

TERRELL EVERETT,Oklahoma Became much more effective once juco transfer Michael Neal emerged astop perimeter scorer

DOMINIC JAMES,Marquette Big East's best freshman was third in conference in assists (5.4) and13th in steals (1.60)

CARLDELL(SQUEAKY) JOHNSON, UAB Is tied for 10th in country in assists (6.2) and ledC-USA in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.17 to 1)

MARCUS WILLIAMS,UConn Would lead nation with average of 8.6 assists, but missed too many gamesto qualify

Sultans ofSwat

HILTON ARMSTRONG,F-C, UConn Big East defensive player of the year averages 3.3 blocks (tied forsixth in nation)

EREK HANSEN, C,Iowa Led Big Ten in blocks (2.6) but gets pushed around because of slenderframe (6'11", 210 pounds)

PATRICK O'BRYANT,C, Bradley Lean, athletic 7-footer intrigues NBA scouts and averages 13.2points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.1 blocks

TYRUS THOMAS, F,LSU Dynamic redshirt freshman led SEC in blocks (3.0) and ranked second inrebounds (9.3)

SHELDEN WILLIAMS(far right), C, Duke The Landlord is No. 5 in career blocks in ACC history andnot as prone to foul trouble as he was in first three years

Three andEasy

N.C. STATEWolfpack hit 9.3 treys per game but has no Plan B if missing from outside

OHIO STATE Trioof Buckeyes starters shoot better than 40% from behind the arc

TENNESSEEVolunteers' up-tempo style depends on hitting threes in transition; ChrisLofton is top gunner at 45.3%

TEXAS Playingessentially without a point guard, Longhorns led Big 12 in three-point shooting(41.7%) in conference play

WICHITA STATEBehind Kyle Wilson (43.4%) and Sean Ogirri (44.6%, right), Shockers usedtrifectas to win several close games

Dream Games

ORAL ROBERTS VS.ARKANSAS (Oakland regional, second round) Why not ORU as the first No. 16 seedto beat a No. 1 (Memphis)?

WASHINGTON VS.AIR FORCE (Washington, D.C., regional, second round) Pressure-happy Huskiesagainst Falcons' modified Princeton offense

VILLANOVA VS.GEORGETOWN (Minneapolis regional final) Rematch of 1985 title game, except thistime 'Nova plays Goliath to Hoyas' David

UCONN VS. NORTHCAROLINA (Washington, D.C., regional final) Tar Heels freshman Tyler Hansbroughis confronted by Huskies' stellar frontcourt vets

DUKE VS. GONZAGA(national semifinals) Where better than the Final Four to settle the player ofthe year race?

Super ShootingWomen

SEIMONE AUGUSTUS(left), G, LSU Reigning national player of the year is shooting 57.8% fromfield, 51.5% from beyond arc

MONIQUE CURRIE,G-F, Duke Fifth-year senior is hitting career-best 43.7% from three-point land,and she scored a school-record 43 against Miami in February

CRYSTALLANGHORNE, C-F, Maryland Shaq-like presence leads nation in field goalpercentage (65.9%) and has recorded a double double in half of her 64 careergames

MARSCILLA PACKER,G, Ohio State Second in nation in three-point accuracy (48.1%)

CANDICE WIGGINS,G, Stanford All-America shoots 43.9% from beyond the arc, 48.5% from the fieldand 82.2% from the line


Beset by injuries down the stretch, Spartans lost five of last sevenregular-season games

Dropped last four ACC games, largely because of injuries to Ilian Evtimov andCameron Bennerman

Went 1--4 to close regular season and then got bounced in semis of MissouriValley tournament

After climbing into Top 10, lost four of last six games, including SECtournament opener

Won seven of nine before start of 2005 NCAAs but lost six of nine going intothis year's

Major Mids

Wildcats were toughened up by nonconference foes Duke, Syracuse and NorthCarolina

Wolf Pack improved three-point shooting from 27.0% last year, when it lost insecond round, to 36.3%

ORAL ROBERTS,Mid-Continent
After a slew of injuries at beginning of season, Golden Eagles got healthy andreached first Big Dance in 22 years

Led by 6'5" junior Torrell Martin, Eagles won sixth conference title ineight years

Four starters return from team that reached Sweet 16 last season