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#16 Florida A&M
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#1 Kansas
Rattlers
21-13 (12-6 Mid-Eastern Athletic)
NCAA bid: MEAC champions
RPI: 171
Best Player: Rome Sanders. The fifth-year senior forward led the team in points with 15.3 per game and also averaged 5.9 boards. Sanders does his damage from inside and earned 243 free throws.

Purple Eagles
22-11 (13-5 Metro Atlantic Athletic)
NCAA bid: MAAC champions
RPI: 136
Best Player: Charron Fisher. Fisher was second in the MAAC in scoring with 21.8 ppg and also averaged 8.0 rebounds. The 6-foot-3 junior was a first-team All-MAAC member.
Jayhawks
30-4 (14-2 Big 12)
NCAA bid: Big 12 champions
RPI: 11
Coach: Bill Self (4th season at Kansas, 4th NCAA tournament)
Best Player: Julian Wright. The sophomore isn't the Jayhawks' top scorer, but the All-Big 12 first-team selection is their most versatile player, averaging 12 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists a game.
Notable Wins: Florida, Boston College, Texas (2)
Record in last 10 games: 10-0
Last NCAA tournament: 2006, lost to Bradley 77-73
NCAA tournament seed history: In the last 10 years, No. 1 seeds are 40-0 in the first round.

#15 Weber State
#2 UCLA
Wildcats
20-11 (11-5 Big Sky)
NCAA bid: Big Sky champions
RPI: 143
Coach: Randy Rahe (1st season at Weber State, 1st NCAA tournament)
Best Player: David Patten. The Big Sky player of the year averaged 14.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per year. The 6-foot-8, fifth-year senior can pop a three-pointer when needed (hitting 38 percent) but had a poor year at the free throw line (54 percent).
Notable Wins: none
Record in last 10 games: 8-2
Last NCAA tournament: 2003, lost to Wisconsin 81-74
NCAA tournament seed history: In the last 10 years, No. 15 seeds are 2-38 in the first round.
Bruins
25-5 (15-3 Pac-10)
NCAA bid: At-large
RPI: 3
Coach: Ben Howland (4th season at UCLA, 3rd NCAA tournament)
Best Player: Aaron Afflalo. On a defensive-minded, balanced team, Afflalo is a go-to player for the Bruins in critical situations. The Pac-10 Player of the Year is the team's leading scorer and top three-point shooter.
Notable Wins: BYU, Kentucky, Texas A&M, Washington State (2), Arizona (2)
Record in last 10 games: 7-3
Last NCAA tournament: 2006, beat Belmont, 78-44; beat Alabama 62-59; beat Gonzaga 73-71; beat Memphis 50-45; beat LSU 59-45; lost to Florida 73-57
NCAA tournament seed history: In the last 10 years, No. 2 seeds are 38-2 in the first round.

#14 Wright State
#3 Pitt
Raiders
23-9 (13-3 Horizon)
NCAA bid: Horizon champions
RPI: 72
Coach: Brad Brownell (1st season at Wright State, 1st NCAA tournament)
Best Player: DaShaun Wood. The Horizon Player of the Year led the league with 19.4 points per game and spearheaded the Raiders regular season and tourney championship over Butler.
Notable Wins: Butler (2)
Record in last 10 games: 9-1
Last NCAA tournament: 1993, lost to Indiana 97-54
NCAA tournament seed history: In the last 10 years, No. 14 seeds are 5-35 in the first round.
Panthers
27-6 (12-4 Big East)
NCAA bid: At-large
RPI: 5
Coach: Jamie Dixon (4th season at Pitt, 4th NCAA tournament)
Best Player: Aaron Gray. One of the nation's best post players, Gray averaged 14.6 points and 10.1 rebounds in earning All-Big East first-team honors. An underrated passer, the 7-footer averaged 1.6 assists a game.
Notable Wins: Georgetown, at Villanova, Marquette
Record in last 10 games: 7-3
Last NCAA tournament: 2006, beat Kent State 79-64; lost to Bradley 72-66
NCAA tournament seed history: In the last 10 years, No. 3 seeds are 35-5 in the first round.

#13 Holy Cross
#4 S. Illinois
Crusaders
25-8 (13-1 Patriot)
NCAA bid: Patriot champions
RPI: 60
Coach: Ralph Willard (8th season at Holy Cross, 4th NCAA tournament
Best Player: Keith Simmons. Simmons led the Patriot League in scoring with 17.2 ppg en route to earning Player of the Year honors. Simmons scored in double figures in all 33 games, including 23 in the Patriot League final against Bucknell.
Notable Wins: none
Record in last 10 games: 8-2
Last NCAA tournament: 2003, lost to Marquette 72-68
NCAA tournament seed history: In the last 10 years, No. 13 seeds are 8-32 in the first round.
Salukis
27-6 (15-3 Missouri Valley)
NCAA bid: At-large
RPI: 7
Coach: Chris Lowery (3rd season at Southern Illinois, 3rd NCAA tournament)
Best Player: Jamaal Tatum. The guard was the MVC Player of the Year after piloting the Salukis to the regular season title. He led the team with 14.5 points per game and is one of several stalwart defenders for SIU.
Notable Wins: Virginia Tech, Creighton (2), at Butler, Bradley (2), Missouri State (2)
Record in last 10 games: 9-1
Last NCAA tournament: 2006, lost to West Virginia 64-46
NCAA tournament seed history: In the last 10 years, No. 4 seeds are 32-8 in the first round.

#12 Illinois
#5 Virginia Tech
Fighting Illini
23-11 (9-7 Big Ten)
NCAA bid: At-large
RPI: 29
Coach: Bruce Weber (4th season at Illinois, 4th NCAA tournament)
Best Player: Warren Carter. One half of Illinois' strong inside game along with Shaun Pruitt, Carter, a 6-foot-9 forward, is the team's top scorer (13.4 ppg) and second-leading rebounder (6.2 rpg).
Notable Wins: Michigan State
Record in last 10 games: 8-2
Last NCAA tournament: 2006, beat Air Force 78-69; lost to Washington 67-64
NCAA tournament seed history: In the last 10 years, No. 5 seeds are 25-15 in the first round.
Hokies
20-11 (10-6 ACC)
NCAA bid: At-large
RPI: 34
Coach: Seth Greenberg (4th season at Virginia Tech, 1st NCAA tournament)
Best Player: Zabian Dowdell. The senior guard averaged 18.3 points and 3.2 assists in earning All-ACC first-team honors and is was also an all-defensive team pick. The lock-down defender was second in the league at 2.1 assists a game.
Notable Wins: at Duke, North Carolina (2), Maryland, at Georgia Tech, Virginia, Boston College
Record in last 10 games: 5-5
Last NCAA tournament: 1996, beat Wisconsin-Green Bay 61-48; lost to Kentucky 84-60
NCAA tournament seed history: In the last 10 years, No. 12 seeds are 15-25 in the first round.

#11 VCU
#6 Duke
Rams
27-6 (16-2 Colonial Athletic)
NCAA bid: West Coast champions
RPI: 44
Coach: Anthony Grant (1st season at VCU, 1st NCAA tournament)
Best Player: Eric Maynor. The sophomore point guard set a school record for assists and averaged 13.6 points. Maynor earned the CAA tourney's MVP after making clutch plays in the final two minutes of the final and was also a first-team All-CAA selection.
Notable Wins: Old Dominion, Drexel (2)
Record in last 10 games: 8-2
Last NCAA tournament: 2004, lost to Wake Forest 79-78
NCAA tournament seed history: In the last 10 years, No. 11 seeds are 11-29 in the first round.
Blue Devils
22-10 (8-8 ACC)
NCAA bid: At-large
RPI: 15
Coach: Mike Krzyzewski (27th season at Duke, 23rd NCAA tournament)
Best Player: Josh McRoberts. The sophomore is the Blue Devils' best option near the basket, averaging 12.6 points and 7.8 rebounds a game. He also led ACC with 180 defensive rebounds.
Notable Wins: Indiana, Georgetown, Boston College (2), at Clemson
Record in last 10 games: 4-6
Last NCAA tournament: 2006, beat Southern 70-54; beat George Washington 74-61; lost to LSU 62-54
NCAA tournament seed history: In the last 10 years, No. 6 seeds are 29-11 in the first round.

#10 Gonzaga
#7 Indiana
Bulldogs
23-10 (11-3 West Coast)
NCAA bid: West Coast champions
RPI: 61
Coach: Mark Few (8th season at Gonzaga, 8th NCAA tournament)
Best Player: Derek Raivio. The senior guard became the Zags' go-to guy following Josh Heytvelt's drug arrest and suspension. Raivio led the Bulldogs in scoring with 18.2 points per game and was the WCC Co-Player of the Year.
Notable Wins: North Carolina, Texas
Record in last 10 games: 7-3
Last NCAA tournament: 2006, beat Xavier 79-75; beat Indiana 90-80; lost to UCLA 73-71
NCAA tournament seed history: In the last 10 years, No. 10 seeds are 20-20 in the first round.
Hoosiers
20-10 (10-6 Big Ten)
NCAA bid: At-large
RPI: 28
Coach: Kelvin Sampson (1st season at Indiana, 1st NCAA tournament)
Best Player: D.J. White. The 6-foot-9 junior bounced back from a nagging foot injury to become a major presence in the post for the Hoosiers and averaged 13.7 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.2 blocks a game.
Notable Wins: Southern Illinois, Michigan State, Wisconsin
Record in last 10 games: 5-5
Last NCAA tournament: 2006, beat San Diego State 87-83; lost to Gonzaga 90-80
NCAA tournament seed history: In the last 10 years, No. 7 seeds are 20-20 in the first round.

#9 Villanova
#8 Kentucky
Wildcats
22-10 (9-7 Big East)
NCAA bid: At-large
RPI: 19
Coach: Jay Wright (6th season at Villanova, 3rd NCAA tournament)
Best Player: Scottie Reynolds. After a slow start to his freshman season, the point guard caught fire in Big East play, scoring 20 or more points nine times, including 40 at UConn. He averaged 14.1 points and 4.1 assists on the season.
Notable Wins: at Georgetown
Record in last 10 games: 7-3
Last NCAA tournament: 2006, beat Monmouth 58-45; beat Arizona 82-78; beat Boston College 60-59 OT; lost to Florida 62-75
NCAA tournament seed history: In the last 10 years, No. 9 seeds are 19-21 in the first round.
Wildcats
21-11 (9-7 SEC)
NCAA bid: At-large
RPI: 13
Coach: Tubby Smith (10th season at Kentucky, 10th NCAA tournament)
Best Player: Randolph Morris. The junior big man was seventh in the SEC in scoring (15.8 ppg) and rebounding (7.7) and shot 59 percent from the floor. He scored a season-high 29 points in UK's SEC tourney loss.
Notable Wins: at Louisville, Tennessee, at Arkansas
Record in last 10 games: 4-6
Last NCAA tournament: 2006, beat UAB 69-64; lost to UConn 87-83
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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