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Updated: March 16, 2014 11:58PM



It’s time to play “Who wants to be the East Region’s No. 1 seed?”

Michigan and Villanova were under consideration before stumbling in their respective conference tournaments. That opened the door for Virginia. The Cavaliers used a swarming defense to win the ACC regular season and tournament titles. And now they are out for more.

THE TOP FIVE

1. Upset alert: Harvard ruined several pool sheets last season, stunning No. 3 New Mexico. This year, Cincinnati has to be aware of the Crimson.

2. Familiar faces: Connecticut and Villanova were both in the Big East last season and could meet with a trip to the Sweet 16 on the line this year.

3. Melvin Ejim: The Iowa State forward earned Big 12 Player of the Year honors after averaging 18.2 points and 8.6 rebounds.

4. Shabazz Napier: The senior leads Connecticut in points (17.4 per game), rebounding (5.9 per game) and assists (4.9).

5. Maurice Creek: A transfer from Indiana, where he had a series of leg injuries, Creek is averaging 14.3 points for George Washington.

Peaking

Michigan State. The Spartans proved what they could do when everything is clicking, knocking off Wisconsin and Michigan on the way to the Big Ten tournament title.

Reeking

Villanova – Are the Wildcats the team that went 28-3 in the regular season or the team that lost to Seton Hall in the Big East quarterfinals?

Three-pointers

1. Virginia will hold Costal Carolina to 40 points.

2. Cincinnati’s Sean Kilpatrick will have a big game against Harvard.

3. The first team to 80 will win the Iowa State-North Carolina game in the round of 32.

PREDICTION

Iowa State. The Cyclones can put up points (sixth nationally in points per game). The impressive run to the Big 12 tournament title was just the start.

1. Virginia

Site/record: Charlottesville, 28-6.

Nickname: Cavaliers.

Coach: Tony Bennett.

Conference: Atlantic Coast.

Bid: ACC champion.

Tournament record: 22-17, 17 years.

Last appearance: 2012.

Scoring: Team (65.9); Malcolm Brogdon 12.6; Joe Harris 11.7; Anthony Gill 8.4; Justin Anderson 8.1.

Rebounds: Team (35.6); Akil Mitchell 7.1; Malcolm Brogdon 5.6.

Last 10: 9-1.

16. Coastal Carolina

Site/record: Conway, S.C., 21-12.

Nickname: Chanticleers.

Coach: Cliff Ellis.

Conference: Big South.

Bid: Big South champion.

Tournament record: 0-2, 2 years

Last appearance: 1993.

Scoring: Team (72.7); Elijah Wilson 16.1; Warren Gillis 14.8; Josh Cameron 14.1.

Rebounds: Team (39.6); El Hadji Ndieguene 6.9; Badou Diagne 6.5; Michel Enanga 5.3; Elijah Wilson 4.1.

Last 10: 8-2.

6. North Carolina

Site/record: Chapel Hill, 23-9.

Nickname: Tar Heels.

Coach: Roy Williams.

Conference: Atlantic Coast.

Bid: At large.

Tournament record: 109-42, 44 years.

Last appearance: 2013.

Scoring: Team (76.3); Marcus Paige 17.4; James Michael McAdoo 14.2; Brice Johnson 10.4; Leslie McDonald 10.3; J.P. Tokoto 9.2.

Rebounds: Team (39.8); James Michael McAdoo 6.7; Brice Johnson 6.2; Kennedy Meeks 5.9; J.P. Tokoto 5.8.

Last 10: 8-2.

11. Providence

Site/record: Providence, R.I., 23-11.

Nickname: Friars.

Coach: Ed Cooley.

Conference: Big East.

Bid: Big East champion.

Tournament record: 14-16, 15 years.

Last appearance: 2004.

Scoring: Team (73.2); Bryce Cotton 21.4; LaDontae Henton 13.9; Kadeem Batts 12.4; Tyler Harris 11.5.

Rebounds: Team (36.8); LaDontae Henton 7.8; Kadeem Batts 7.6; Tyler Harris 5.2; Carson Desrosiers 4.8.

Last 10: 7-3.

5. Cincinnati

Site/record: Cincinnati, 27-6.

Nickname: Bobcats.

Coach: Mick Cronin.

Conference: American Athletic.

Bid: At large.

Tournament record: 43-26, 27 years.

Last appearance: 2013.

Scoring: Team (68.7); Sean Kilpatrick 20.7; Justin Jackson 11.1; Titus Rubles 7.3.

Rebounds: Team (36.1); Justin Jackson 7.2; Titus Rubles 6.7; Sean Kilpatrick 4.4.

Last 10: 6-4.

12. Harvard

Site/record: Boston, 26-4.

Nickname: Crimson.

Coach: Tommy Amaker.

Conference: Ivy League.

Bid: Ivy champion.

Tournament record: 1-4, 3 years.

Last appearance: 2013.

Scoring: Team (73.6); Wesley Saunders 14.0; Siyani Chambers 11.1; Steve Moundou-Missi 10.5; Kyle Casey 10.0; Laurent Rivard 10.0; Brandyn Curry 9.3.

Rebounds: Team (34.2); Steve Moundou-Missi 5.8; Kyle Casey 5.7; Wesley Saunders 4.7.

Last 10: 9-1.

7. UConn

Site/record: Storrs, 26-8.

Nickname: Huskies.

Coach: Kevin Ollie

Conference: American Athletic.

Bid: At large.

Tournament record: 52-29, 31 years.

Last appearance: 2012.

Scoring: Team (71.9); Shabazz Napier 17.4; DeAndre Daniels 12.5; Ryan Boatright 11.8.

Rebounds: Team (35.4); Shabazz Napier 5.9; DeAndre Daniels 5.8.

Last 10: 7-3.

10. Saint Joseph’s

Site/record: Philadelphia, 24-9.

Nickname: Hawks.

Coach: Phil Martelli.

Conference: Atlantic 10.

Bid: Atlantic 10 champion.

Tournament record: 18-23, 19 years.

Last appearance: 2008.

Scoring: Team (71.3); Langston Galloway 17.5; Ronald Roberts Jr. 14.4; DeAndre Bembry 12.0; Halil Kanacevic 10.7; Chris Wilson 9.0.

Rebounds: Team (35.9); Halil Kanacevic 8.8; Ronald Roberts Jr. 7.4; DeAndre Bembry 4.5; Langston Galloway 4.3.

Last 10: 8-2.

8. Memphis

Site/record: Memphis, Tenn., 23-9.

Nickname: Tigers.

Coach: Josh Pastner.

Conference: American Athletic.

Bid: At large.

Tournament record: 33-25, 25 years.

Last appearance: 2013.

Scoring: Team (77.6); Joe Jackson 14.3; Shaq Goodwin 11.8; Michael Dixon Jr. 11.8; Chris Crawford 9.1; Geron Johnson 8.9.

Rebounds: Team (37.6); Shaq Goodwin 6.6; Geron Johnson 4.9; Austin Nichols 4.3; Chris Crawford 4.0.

Last 10: 6-4.

9. George Washington

Site/record: Washington, D.C., 24-8.

Nickname: Colonials.

Coach: Mike Lonergan.

Conference: Atlantic 10.

Bid: At large.

Tournament record: 4-10, 10 years.

Last appearance: 2007.

Scoring: Team (73.4); Maurice Creek 14.3; Kethan Savage 12.7; Isaiah Armwood 12.5; Patricio Garino 12.2; Kevin Larsen 11.3.

Rebounds: Team (37.4); Isaiah Armwood 8.5; Kevin Larsen 7.0; Joe McDonald 4.6; Kethan Savage 4.3; Patricio Garino 4.3.

Last 10: 6-4.

3. Iowa State

Site/record: Ames, 26-7.

Nickname: Cyclones.

Coach: Fred Hoiberg.

Conference: Big 12.

Bid: Big 12 champion.

Tournament record: 14-15, 15 years.

Last appearance: 2013.

Scoring: Team (82.9); Melvin Ejim 18.1; DeAndre Kane 17.0; Georges Niang 16.5; Dustin Hogue 10.7.

Rebounds: Team (38.8); Dustin Hogue 8.6; Melvin Eljim 8.5; DeAndre Kane 6.7; Georges Niang 4.4.

Last 10: 8-2.

14. N.C. Central

Site/record: Durham, 28-5.

Nickname: Eagles.

Coach: LeVelle Moton.

Conference: Mid-Eastern.

Bid: MEAC champion.

Tournament record: First year.

Last appearance: First year.

Scoring: Team (73.9); Jeremy Ingram 20.6; Jordan Parks 10.2; Alfonzo Houston 9.6.

Rebounds: Team (35.5); Jay Copeland 5.9; Jordan Parks 5.6; Karamo Jawara 4.8; Emanuel Chapman 4.3.

Last 10: 10-0.

4. Michigan State

Site/record: East Lansing, 26-8.

Nickname: Spartans.

Coach: Tom Izzo.

Conference: Big Ten.

Bid: Big Ten champion.

Tournament record: 56-26, 27 years.

Last appearance: 2013.

Scoring: Team (76.2); Gary Harris 17.2; Adreian Payne 15.7; Keith Appling 12.5; Branden Dawson 10.2.

Rebounds: Team (37.0); Branden Dawson 8.3; Adreian Payne 7.3; Denzel Valentine 6.1; Gary Harris 4.3.

Last 10: 6-4.

13. Delaware

Site/record: Newark, 25-9.

Nickname: Fightin Blue Hens.

Coach: Monte Ross.

Conference: Colonial Athletic.

Bid: CAA champion.

Tournament record: 0-4, 4 years. Last appearance: 1999.

Scoring: Team (79.5); Devon Saddler 19.7; Davon Usher 19.4; Jarvis Threatt 18.1; Carl Baptiste 11.3; Kyle Anderson 11.0.

Rebounds: Team (36.5); Carl Baptiste 8.0; Davon Usher 6.1; Jarvis Threatt 5.8; Devon Saddler 4.3.

Last 10: 8-2.

2. Villanova

Site/record: Philadelphia, 28-4.

Nickname: Wildcats.

Coach: Jay Wright.

Conference: Big East.

Bid: At large.

Tournament record: 49-33, 33 years.

Last appearance: 2013.

Scoring: Team (78.5); James Bell 14.5; Darrun Hilliard II 14.3; JayVaughn Pinkston 14.2; Ryan Arcidiacono 9.9.

Rebounds: Team (37.1); James Bell 6.1; JayVaughn Pinkston 6.1; Daniel Ochefu 6.0; Josh Hart 4.4.

Last 10: 8-2.

15. Milwaukee

Site/record: Milwaukee, Wis., 21-13.

Nickname: Panthers.

Coach: Rob Jeter.

Conference: Horizon League.

Bid: Horizon champion.

Tournament record: 3-3, 3 years. Last appearance: 2006.

Scoring: Team (68.1); Jordan Aaron 15.0; Kyle Kelm 12.6; Matt Tiby 12.1; Austin Arians 10.9.

Rebounds: Team (33.4); Matt Tiby 6.6; Klyle Kelm 5.1; Austin Arians 3.9.

Last 10: 6-4.

EAST SCHEDULE

1. Virginia vs. 16. Coastal Carolina

8:25 p.m. Friday in Raleigh, N.C. (TBS)

8. Memphis vs. 9. George Washington

5:55 p.m. Friday in Raleigh, N.C. (TBS)

5. Cincinnati vs. 12. Harvard

1:10 p.m. Thursday in Spokane, Wash. (TNT)

4. Michigan State vs. 13. Delaware

3:40 p.m. Thursday in Spokane, Wash. (TNT)

6. North Carolina vs. 11. Providence

6:20 p.m. Friday in San Antonio (TNT)

3. Iowa State vs. 14. N.C. Central

8:50 p.m. Friday in San Antonio (TNT)

7. UConn vs. 10. St. Joseph’s

5:40 p.m. Thursday in Buffalo, N.Y. (TBS)

2. Villanova vs. 15. Milwaukee

8:10 p.m. Thursday in Buffalo, N.Y. (TBS)



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