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Updated: March 16, 2014 11:57PM



And just like that, Wichita State is a massive underdog again. How else to spin a regional topped by the 34-0 Shockers but featuring both teams — No. 2 seed Michigan and No. 4 seed Louisville — from the 2013 NCAA title game, plus superpower programs Duke and Kentucky? Goodness gracious.

THE TOP FIVE

1. Shock value. You’ll have to decide how much you believe in Wichita State’s special foursome of Fred VanVleet, Cleanthony Early, Ron Baker and Tekele Cotton. Remember, those guys knocked off
No. 1 seed Gonzaga and No. 2 seed Ohio State in their run to the Final Four last season.

2. Jabari Parker. From Simeon to Duke without missing a beat. This is a freshman capable of a Carmelo Anthony-like tournament.

3. Michigan’s shooters. The Nik Stauskas-led Wolverines are more dangerous from outside than they were as the runners-up last season.

4. Um, Kentucky. The pressure on its top four scorers — freshmen Julius Randle, James Young, Aaron Harrison and Andrew Harrison — to avoid embarrassing themselves remains enormous.

5. 4 = 1. Three teams are seeded higher than Louisville, but there’s little question who’s the favorite.

PEAKING

Russ Smith, Louisville’s 6-0, 165-pound ball of craziness, scored 77 points in three games in the conference tournament. Look out.

REEKING

Iowa. A play-in game for these deep, talented Hawkeyes? My, how far they’ve fallen.

THREE-POINTERS

1. Wichita State is a legit No. 1 seed that’s good enough to beat any team in the country. But the off-the-charts athleticism presented by a potential back-to-back against Kentucky and Louisville is just unfair.

2. Don’t blame Parker when Duke goes down. Mike Krzyzewski has let the interior of his lineup go soft.

3. Hey, Bruce Weber, any chance K-State can end the Kentucky talk practically before it starts? Probably not.

PREDICTION

Louisville. But this region is more stacked than any other, too. If Wichita State survives, our hat is off forever.

1. Wichita State

Site/record: Wichita, Kan., 34-0.

Nickname: Shockers.

Coach: Gregg Marshall.

Conference: Missouri Valley.

Bid: MVC champion.

Tournament record: 12-11, 10 years.

Last appearance: 2013.

Scoring: Team (75.5); Cleanthony Early, 15.8; Ron Baker, 13.1; Fred VanVleet, 12.1; Tekele Cotton, 10.8.

Rebounds: Team (38.6); Cleanthony Early, 5.9; Chadrack Lufile, 5.1; Darius Carter, 4.5; Tekele Cotton, 4.1.

Last 10: 10-0.

16. Cal Poly

Site/record: San Luis Obispo, Calif., 13-19.

Nickname: Mustangs.

Coach: Joe Callero.

Conference: Big West.

Bid: Big West champion.

Scoring: Team (63.2); Chris Eversley, 13.6; Dave Nwaba, 11.9.

Last 10: 5-5.

16. Texas Southern

Site/record: Houston, 19-14.

Nickname: Tigers.

Coach: Mike Davis.

Conference: SWAC.

Bid: SWAC champion.

Scoring: Team (76.2); Aaric Murray, 21.2; D’Aris Scarver, 13.3; Jose Rodriguez, 11.3.

Last 10: 9-1.

6. UMass

Site/record: Amherst, Mass., 24-8.

Nickname: Minutemen.

Coach: Derek Kellogg.

Conference: Atlantic 10.

Bid: At-large.

Tournament record: 11-8, eight years.

Last appearance: 1998.

Scoring: Team (76.1); Chaz Williams, 15.8; Cady Lalanne, 11.4; Sampson Carter, 10.5.

Rebounds: Team (38.6); Cady Lalanne, 8.0; Raphiael Putney, 5.5; Maxie Esho, 5.0.

Last 10: 6-4.

11. Iowa

Site/Record: Iowa City, 20-12.

Nickname: Hawkeyes.

Coach: Fran McCaffery.

Conference: Big Ten.

Bid: At-large.

Tournament record: 27-24, 22 years.

Last appearance: 2006.

Last 10: 3-7.

11. Tennessee

Site/record: Knoxville, Tenn., 21-12.

Nickname: Volunteers.

Coach: Cuonzo Martin.

Conference: Southeastern.

Bid: At-large.

Tournament record: 16-20, 19 years.

Last appearance: 2011.

Last 10: 6-4.

5. Saint Louis

Site/record: St. Louis, 26-6.

Nickname: Billikens.

Coach: Jim Crews.

Conference: Atlantic 10.

Bid: At-large.

Tournament record: 5-9, eight years.

Last appearance: 2013.

Scoring: Team (68.7); Dwayne Evans, 14.0; Jordair Jett, 13.7; Rob Loe, 9.9; Mike McCall Jr., 9.9.

Rebounds: Team (32.8); Dwayne Evans, 6.4; Rob Loe, 5.4; Grandy Glaze, 4.8; Jordair Jett, 4.0.

Last 10: 6-4.

12. N.C. State

Site/record: Raleigh, N.C., 21-13.

Nickname: Wolfpack.

Coach: Mark Gottfried.

Conference: Atlantic Coast.

Bid: At-large.

Tournament record: 34-23, 24 years.

Last appearance: 2013.

Last 10: 5-5.

12. Xavier

Site/record: Cincinnati, 21-12.

Nickname: Musketeers.

Coach: Chris Mack.

Conference: Big East.

Bid: At-large.

Tournament record: 21-23, 23 years.

Last appearance: 2012.

Last 10: 5-5.

7. Texas

Site/record: Austin, Texas, 23-10.

Nickname: Longhorns.

Coach: Rick Barnes.

Conference: Big 12.

Bid: At-large.

Tournament record: 34-33, 30 years.

Last appearance: 2012.

Scoring: Team (74.1); Jonathan Holmes, 13.0; Isaiah Taylor, 12.5; Javan Felix, 11.8; Cameron Ridley, 11.2.

Rebounds: Team (41.8); Cameron Ridley, 8.1; Jonathan Holmes, 7.2; Connor Lammert, 5.2; Demarcus Holland, 4.9.

Last 10: 5-5.

10. Arizona State

Site/record: Tempe, Ariz., 21-11.

Nickname: Sun Devils.

Coach: Herb Sendek.

Conference: Pac-12.

Bid: At-large.

Tournament record: 13-14, 13 years.

Last appearance: 2009.

Scoring: Team (75.0); Jahii Carson, 18.6; Jermaine Marshall, 15.0; Jordan Bachynski, 11.1; Shaquielle McKissic, 9.0.

Rebounds: Team (35.6); Jordan Bachynski, 8.3; Shaquielle McKissic, 5.4; Jahii Carson, 4.0.

Last 10: 5-5.

8. Kentucky

Site/record: Lexington, Ky., 24-10.

Nickname: Wildcats.

Coach: John Calipari.

Conference: Southeastern.

Bid: At-large.

Tournament record: 113-47, 53 years.

Last appearance: 2012.

Scoring: Team (75.9); Julius Randle, 15.0; James Young, 14.5; Aaron Harrison, 13.8; Andrew Harrison, 10.8.

Rebounds: Team (41.1); Julius Randle, 10.5; Willie Cauley-Stein, 6.3; Alex Poythress, 4.6; James Young, 4.1.

Last 10: 5-5.

9. Kansas State

Site/record: Manhattan, Kan., 20-12.

Nickname: Wildcats.

Coach: Bruce Weber.

Conference: Big 12.

Bid: At-large.

Tournament record: 33-31, 27 years.

Last appearance: 2013.

Scoring: Team (69.7); Marcus Foster, 15.6; Thomas Gipson, 11.8; Shane Southwell, 9.8.

Rebounds: Team (36.0); Thomas Gipson, 6.5; Shane Southwell, 4.4; Wesley Iwundu, 4.3.

Last 10: 5-5.

3. Duke

Site/record: Durham, N.C., 26-8.

Nickname: Blue Devils.

Coach: Mike Krzyzewski.

Conference: Atlantic Coast.

Bid: At-large.

Tournament record: 99-33, 37 years.

Last appearance: 2013.

Scoring: Team (78.6); Jabari Parker, 19.3; Rodney Hood, 16.4; Quinn Cook, 11.3; Rasheed Sulaimon, 9.6.

Rebounds: Team (34.5); Jabari Parker, 8.8; Amile Jefferson, 6.7.

Last 10: 7-3.

14. Mercer

Site/record: Macon, Ga., 26-8.

Nickname: Bears.

Coach: Bob Hoffman.

Conference: Atlantic Sun.

Bid: Atlantic Sun champion.

Tournament record: 0-2, two years.

Last appearance: 1985.

Scoring: Team (79.3); Langston Hall, 14.7; Daniel Coursey, 9.9; Bud Thomas, 9.1.

Rebounds: Team (38.0); Daniel Coursey, 6.6; Jakob Gollon, 4.5; Bud Thomas, 4.1.

Last 10: 8-2.

4. Louisville

Site/record: Louisville, Ky., 29-5.

Nickname: Cardinals.

Coach: Rick Pitino.

Conference: American Athletic.

Bid: AAC champion.

Tournament record: 70-40, 39 years.

Last appearance: 2013.

Scoring: Team (82.1); Russ Smith, 18.3; Montrezl Harrell, 14.2; Luke Hancock, 11.7; Chris Jones, 10.3.

Rebounds: Team (37.9); Montrezl Harrell, 8.2; Stephan Van Treese, 5.7.

Last 10: 9-1.

13. Manhattan

Site/record: Riverdale, N.Y., 25-7.

Nickname: Jaspers.

Coach: Steve Masiello.

Conference: Metro Atlantic Athletic.

Bid: MAAC champion.

Tournament record: 3-7, six years.

Last appearance: 2004.

Scoring: Team (77.4); George Beamon, 19.4; Michael Alvarado, 12.0; Rhamel Brown, 10.1.

Rebounds: Team (37.6); George Beamon, 6.6; Rhamel Brown, 6.0; Emmy Andujar, 5.3; Ashton Pankey, 4.3.

Last 10: 9-1.

2. Michigan

Site/record: Ann Arbor, Mich., 26-7.

Nickname: Wolverines.

Coach: John Beilein.

Conference: Big Ten.

Bid: At-large.

Tournament record: 48-23, 24 years.

Last appearance: 2013.

Scoring: Team (75.0); Nik Stauskas, 17.5; Caris LeVert, 13.5; Glenn Robinson III, 13.2; Mitch McGary, 9.5.

Rebounds: Team (31.9); Mitch McGary, 8.3; Caris LeVert, 4.6; Jordan Morgan, 4.6; Glenn Robinson III, 4.4; Jon Horford, 4.4.

Last 10: 8-2.

15. Wofford

Site/record: Spartanburg, S.C., 20-12.

Nickname: Terriers.

Coach: Mike Young.

Conference: Southern.

Bid: Southern champion.

Tournament record: 0-2, two years.

Last appearance: 2011.

Scoring: Team (67.0); Karl Cochran, 15.7; Spencer Collins, 12.8; Lee Skinner, 11.2.

Rebounds: Team (33.4); Lee Skinner, 8.6; Karl Cochran, 5.0.

Last 10: 8-2.

MIDWEST SCHEDULE

1. Wichita State vs. 16. Cal Poly/Texas Southern

Friday in St. Louis

8. Kentucky vs. 9. Kansas State

Friday in St. Louis

5. Saint Louis vs. 12. N.C. State/Xavier

Thursday in Orlando, Fla.

4. Louisville vs. 13. Manhattan

Thursday in Orlando, Fla.

6. UMass vs. 11. Iowa/Tennessee

1:45 p.m. Friday in Raleigh, N.C. (Ch. 2)

3. Duke vs. 14. Mercer

11:15 p.m. Friday in Raleigh, N.C. (Ch. 2)

7. Texas vs. 10. Arizona State

8:40 p.m. Thursday in Milwaukee (Ch. 2)

2. Michigan vs. 15. Wofford

6:10 p.m. Thursday in Milwaukee (Ch. 2)



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