A headache to play against. Arizona State: The Sun Devils have good guard play and take the right kind of shots, but defense is a question mark. They force a ton of turnovers and have a clear identity. Baylor replenishes every year and overachieved in Belmont moves the ball crisply and has a bunch of playmakers.
Made it to the Sweet 16 last time they went dancing. Massinburg is even better this time around. Colgate Raiders have won 11 straight and can absolutely light you up from 3-point range, shooting Zion Williamson, R. Barrett, and Cam Reddish are all special, special players.
Fairleigh Dickinson Knights started off in conference play, but have won eight in a row and are putting up serious points.
Florida: Gators have plenty of athletes, but their top scorers have lacked consistency. Florida State Seminoles go eight deep and are fresh off of a deep tournament run.
Not a team you want to face. DJ Laster has been on an absolute tear lately. Gonzaga: Zags bowed out early in the WCC tournament, but have one of the most dangerous starting fives in college basketball. Houston plays as hard as anyone.
Iona: Iona started the season but has won 10 straight since. Tajuan Agee is a serious matchup problem.
One of the more pleasant surprises in the land. But Dedric Lawson is an absolute force in the frontcourt. Kansas State: The Wildcats have a top defense, and several guys who have been in big tournament games.
They have a chance to go deep. Washington has turned into a bona fide superstar. Marquette: Markus Howard is one of the best point guards in the tournament, but the Golden Eagles really struggled down the stretch. Maryland: Anthony Cowan and Bruno Fernando form an outstanding duo, and the Terrapins are solid in every facet.
Michigan: Wolverines are as scary and versatile as ever.
They have the goods to make it back to the title game. Minnesota: Minnesota is big and physical but lacks outside shooting.
Mississippi State: Lamar Peters and Quinndary Weatherspoon form an excellent backcourt duo, and the Bulldogs can score on anyone. Montana Grizzlies have four guys averaging at least 13 points per game.
These guys can light you up from anywhere. Murray State: Ja Morant is one of the most dangerous players in the tournament field.
The Wolf Pack are loaded with shooters and scorers. New Mexico State: A. North Carolina: The Tar Heels are one of the hottest teams in the country. Coby White is mature beyond his years as a freshman point guard.
North Carolina Central: The Eagles are small, but they play a modern style and move the ball with a purpose. Deng Geu is a talented, versatile wing. Northeastern: Huskies rank in the top 15 in the country in 2-point percentage and 3-point percentage.
Northern Kentucky: Northern Kentucky ranks in the top 10 in assist rate. The Norse play an unselfish, equal opportunity style. Lon Kruger has his team playing tough-nosed defense every night.
Old Dominion: Old Dominion is a fantastic defensive unit that struggles to score. Games could come down to the wire. Ole Miss: Ole Miss struggles to defend the 3-point line, but they have a diverse offense and can beat you in multiple ways.
Ducks have won eight straight. Play at one of the faster paces in college hoops. Purdue: Carsen Edwards is surrounded by shooters. The Boilermakers have been really good ever since their early-season rut. Myles Powell is for real.
Syracuse: The Orange always seem to bring their best for the tournament. Tyus Battle is a serious shot-maker.
Temple: Shizz Alston is a joy to watch. Tennessee: The Grant Williams-Admiral Schofield frontcourt duo is as good as any in the country, and Jordan Bone is rapidly emerging at the point guard spot.
A legit title contender. UC Irvine: Anteaters lead the country in 2-point percentage defense.
Taylor has had a sneaky great year. VCU: The Rams have a top defense and are aggressive on that end while maintaining discipline. Virginia Tech: The Hokies can bomb 3s with the best of them.
If the shots are falling, this crew will go far. The Huskies force turnovers at a top rate. Badgers will be a tough out. They make a whopping Rare combination.