WISCONSIN I Big Ten I 2 I Explosive forward Alando Tucker, who missed last season with an injured foot, leads Badgers' try for third Big Ten title in four years.
UTEP I WAC I 3 I Top scorer Omar Thomas (15.5 points a game) is back for Miners, who had best turnaround in NCAA history (six wins to 24).
CINCINNATI I Conference USA I 3 I Bearcats will be tough inside with 6'7" Jason Maxiell but need better perimeter play from Chadd Moore and James White.
VILLANOVA I Big East I 5 I Backcourt of Allan Ray, Randy Foye and Mike Nardi (a combined 40.7 points a game) adds Pennsylvania player of the year Kyle Lowry.
EAST TENNESSEE ST. I Southern I 3 I Jet-propelled 5'9" junior guard Tim Smith looks to add to his brace of conference tournament MVP trophies.