Two fast-paced teams will race to the finish in a game that could determine the Pac-10 title.
NORTHWESTERN With the addition of transfers Tim Doyle (from St. John's) and Michael Thompson (Duke), the Wildcats have a shot at earning their first NCAA tournament berth.
ORAL ROBERTS Four starters are back from a surprising 17--11 team, including sophomores Caleb Green (pictured) and Ken Tutt, who combined for 37.8 points per game last season.
SOUTHERN ILLINOIS Senior guard Darren Brooks, the Missouri Valley's Player of the Year, returns from a team that went 17--1 in conference play.
TOLEDO The Rockets have all five starters back from a 20--11 team, including MAC Player of the Year Keith Triplett (19.6 points per game).
WISCONSIN- MILWAUKEE The Panthers return four starters from a 20--11 team and will get tournament ready with games against heavyweights Wisconsin, Kansas and Purdue.
Coaches on the Rise
MIKE ANDERSON, 44, UAB After reaching the Sweet 16 with an upset of Kentucky, he is on many schools' short lists.
JEFF CAPEL, 29, VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH Youngest coach in Division I, the former Duke guard is 41--18 in two seasons and should soon be jumping to a big-time program.