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NCAA South Regional matchups

(1) Kentucky

Record: 32-2

Nickname: Wildcats

Coach: John Calipari

Scoring: Anthony Davis 14.3; Doron Lamb 13.2; Terrence Jones 12.5; Michael Kidd-Gilchrist 11.8; Darius Miller 9.6; Marquis Teague 9.4

Last 10: 9-1

The skinny: The Wildcats are the third team since Alabama in 1956 to go undefeated in SEC play — Kentucky was the other two, too.(16) Miss. Valley St./Western Kentucky

Mississippi Valley State (21-12): Want to have fun watching a team that can fill up the bucket from long range? Here it is, coached by UK Unforgettable Sean Woods.

Western Kentucky (15-18):

The skinny: Former assistant Ray Harper took over for the fired Ken McDonald in January and led the Hilltoppers to four wins in four days in the Sun Belt Tournament.

(8) Iowa State

Record: 22-10

Nickname: Cyclones

Coach: Fred Hoiberg

Scoring: Royce White 13.1; Scott Christopherson 12.5; Chris Allen 11.8; Melvin Ejim 9.4

Last 10: 6-4

The skinny: The Cyclones jack up three-pointers at an incredible pace — hitting 38 percent of 23 attempts per game — and go to Royce White whenever that fails.

(9) Connecticut

Record: 20-13

Nickname: Huskies

Coach: Jim Calhoun

Scoring: Jeremy Lamb 17.7; Shabazz Napier 12.7; Ryan Boatright 10.5; Andrew Drummond 10.2

Last 10: 5-5

The skinny: Huskies Coach Jim Calhoun missed eight games with spinal stenosis, requiring major surgery, but returned in time to get UConn into the NCAA field.

(5) Wichita State

Record: 27-5

Nickname: Shockers

Coach: Gregg Marshall

Scoring: Garrett Stutz 13.5; Joe Ragland 13.4; Toure' Murry 12.2; Ben Smith 9.9

Last 10: 9-1

The skinny: Could the Shockers be the 2012 version of Butler? They won 16 of 17 at one point, though an upset loss to Illinois State in the league tournament hurt their seeding.

(12) Va. Commonwealth

Record: 28-6

Nickname: Rams

Coach: Shaka Smart

Scoring: Bradford Burgess 13.3; Juvonte Reddic 10.6; Troy Daniels 10.0; Rob Brandenberg 8.9

Last 10: 9-1

The skinny: Smart took the Rams to the Final Four last year behind star guard Joey Rodriguez. This time, the hotshot coach is trying to do it behind Darius Theus.

(4) Indiana

Record: 25-8

Nickname: Hoosiers

Coach: Tom Crean

Scoring: Cody Zeller 15.5; Christian Watford 12.0; Jordan Hulls 11.5; Victor Oladipo 10.9

Last 10: 8-2

The skinny: Indiana knocked off three top-five teams. Verdell Jones was a big part of those wins, though. His knee injury in the Big Ten Tournament will hurt the Hoosiers.

(13) New Mexico State

Record: 26-9

Nickname: Aggies

Coach: Marvin Menzies

Scoring: Wendell McKines 18.8; Christian Kabongo 14.6; Hernst Laroche 12.0; Hamidu Rahman 10.0

Last 10: 9-1

The skinny: McKines made the most of his misfortune by leading New Mexico State to the NCAA tourney. The Aggies senior broke his foot and was forced to redshirt last season.

(3) Baylor

Record: 27-7

Nickname: Bears

Coach: Scott Drew

Scoring: Perry Jones III 14.0; Pierre Jackson 13.3; Quincy Acy 11.8; Quincy Miller 11.1; Brady Heslip 9.6

Last 10: 6-4

The skinny: At times lampooned for his in-game coaching prowess, Scott Drew has still put together a team brimming with talent. The seniors reached a region final two years ago.

(14) South Dakota State

Record: 27-7

Nickname: Jackrabbits

Coach: Scott Nagy

Scoring: Nate Wolters 21.3; Jordan Dykstra 11.5; Griffan Callahan 10.5; Chad White 9.1

Last 10: 9-1

The skinny: The Jackrabbits are just five years removed from a 6-24 train wreck, and are in just their fourth year of eligibility and ninth at the Division I level.

(7) Notre Dame

Record: 22-11

Nickname: Fighting Irish

Coach: Mike Brey

Scoring: Jack Cooley 12.4; Jerian Grant 12.3; Eric Atkins 12.2

Last 10: 7-3

The skinny: Brey deserved more credit for coach of the year than he got. The Irish lost four seniors from last season's 27-7 team, and captain Tim Abromaitis went down with a season-ending knee injury after two games.

(10) Xavier

Record: 21-12

Nickname: Musketeers

Coach: Chris Mack

Scoring: Tu Holloway 17.0; Mark Lyons 15.5; Dezmine Wells 10.2

Last 10: 6-4

The skinny: Holloway got plenty of grief — much of it justified — when he called his team a bunch of "gangsters" after a brawl with Cincinnati. Holloway apologized for his choice of words, then tried to make everyone forget.

(6) UNLV

Record: 26-8

Nickname: Rebels

Coach: Dave Rice

Scoring: Mike Moser 14.1; Chace Stanback 12.7; Anthony Marshall 12.1; Oscar Bellfield 9.8

Last 10: 5-5

The skinny: So much for everything falling apart when Lon Kruger left for Oklahoma. The Runnin' Rebels had a perfect home mark for the first time since 1989-90.

(11) Colorado

Record: 23-11

Nickname: Buffaloes

Coach: Tad Boyle

Scoring: Carlon Brown 12.6; Andre Roberson 11.6; Austin Dufault 10.9; Spencer Dinwiddie 10.2

Last 10: 7-3

The skinny: Boyle knew his team would need to make a run in its first Pac-12 tourney. It did precisely that. The Buffaloes won four games in four days and earned an NCAA berth.

(2) Duke

Record: 27-6

Nickname: Blue Devils

Coach: Mike Krzyzewski

Scoring: Austin Rivers 15.4; Seth Curry 13.4; Ryan Kelly 11.8; Mason Plumlee 10.9; Andre Dawkins 8.5

Last 10: 8-2

The skinny: Get ready for the video montages for the 20th anniversary of an epic regional final, especially if the Blue Devils end up meeting Kentucky along the way.

(15) Lehigh

Record: 26-7

Nickname: Mountain Hawks

Coach: Brett Reed

Scoring: C.J. McCollum 21.9; Gabe Knutson 12.1; Holden Greiner 10.0

Last 10: 9-1

The skinny: McCollum was the Patriot League's player of the year, and he showed why in the conference tournament title game. He poured in 29 points against Bucknell in a riveting performance made for March.

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