College Basketball

NCAA East Region Capsules

1. Villanova

RECORD: 32-2. LAST 10: 10-0

BID: Automatic. RPI: 3

BEST WIN: Beat Providence three times, including Big East tournament semifinals.

SCOUTING THE WILDCATS: Making 35th appearance in NCAA tournament behind senior guard Darrun Hilliard II (14.0 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.2 assists per game).

2. Virginia

RECORD: 29-3. LAST 10: 8-2

BID: At-large. RPI: 7

BEST WIN: 76-65 over Maryland.

SCOUTING THE CAVALIERS: Making second consecutive NCAA appearance, 19th overall, behind nation’s top defense (50.7 points per game), junior forward Malcolm Brogdon (13.9 points, 3.9 rebounds).

3. Oklahoma

RECORD: 22-10. LAST 10: 7-3

BID: At-large. RPI: 19

BEST WIN: 75-73 over No. 9 Kansas.

SCOUTING THE SOONERS: Making third consecutive NCAA tournament appearance, 29th overall, behind junior guard Buddy Hield (17.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists per game).

4. Louisville

RECORD: 24-8. LAST 10: 5-5

BID: At-large. RPI: 21

BEST WIN: 59-57 over No. 3 Virginia.

SCOUTING THE CARDINALS: Making ninth consecutive NCAA appearance, 42nd overall, behind sophomore guard Terry Rozier (17.1 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists per game).

5. Northern Iowa

RECORD: 30-3. LAST 10: 9-1

BID: Automatic. RPI: 14

BEST WIN: 70-54 over No. 12 Wichita State.

SCOUTING THE PANTHERS: Making first NCAA appearance in five years, seventh overall, behind senior forward Seth Tuttle (15.3 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists per game).

6. Providence

RECORD: 22-11. LAST 10: 5-5

BID: At-large. RPI: 23

BEST WIN: 75-74 over Notre Dame.

SCOUTING THE FRIARS: Making second consecutive appearance in NCAA tournament, 17th overall, behind senior forward LaDontae Henton (19.7 points, 6.4 rebounds per game).

7. Michigan State

RECORD: 23-11. LAST 10: 8-2

BID: At-large. RPI: 22

BEST WIN: 62-58 over No. 8 Maryland in tournament semifinals.

SCOUTING THE SPARTANS: Making 18th consecutive NCAA tournament appearance, 30th overall, behind guards Travis Trice (15.1 points, 5.2 assists per game) and Denzel Valentine (14.4 points, 6.1 rebounds, 4.3 assists per game).

8. N.C. State

RECORD: 20-13. LAST 10: 6-4

BID: At-large. RPI: 41

BEST WIN: 87-75 over then-No. 2 Duke.

SCOUTING THE WOLFPACK: Making fourth consecutive NCAA appearance, 26th overall, behind junior guard Trevor Lacey (15.8 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.4 assists per game).

9. Louisiana State

RECORD: 22-10. LAST 10: 6-4

BID: At-large. RPI: 53

BEST WIN: 74-73 over then-No. 18 West Virginia.

SCOUTING THE TIGERS: Returns to NCAA tournament after six-year absence, 21st appearance overall, behind 6-foot-10 sophomore forward Jarell Martin (16.9 points, 9.2 rebounds per game).

10. Georgia

RECORD: 21-11. LAST 10: 6-4

BID: At-large. RPI: 36

BEST WIN: Beat Mississippi twice.

SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS: Back in NCAA tournament after four-year absence, 10th appearance overall, behind senior forward Marcus Thornton (12.3 points, 7.2 rebounds, 1.2 blocks per game).

11. Boise State

RECORD: 25-8. LAST 10: 8-2

BID: At-large. RPI: 44

BEST WIN: 56-46 over then-No. 24 San Diego State.

SCOUTING THE BRONCOS: Making seventh appearance in NCAA tournament, first since 2013, behind senior guard Derrick Marks (19.3 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists per game).

11. Dayton

RECORD: 25-7. LAST 10: 7-3

BID: At-large. RPI: 28.

BEST WIN: 59-55 against Virginia Commonwealth.

SCOUTING THE FLYERS: Dayton plays with just seven players in its rotation, none are taller than 6-foot-6.

12. Wyoming

RECORD: 25-9. LAST 10: 6-4

BID: Automatic. RPI: 73

BEST WIN: 45-43 over San Diego State in tournament final.

SCOUTING THE COWBOYS: Making 15th NCAA appearance, first since 2002, behind senior forward Larry Nance Jr. (16.1 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists per game).

13. UC Irvine

RECORD: 21-12. LAST 10: 7-3

BID: Automatic. RPI: 90

BEST WIN: 72-70 over Green Bay.

SCOUTING THE ANTEATERS: Making first NCAA tournament appearance behind senior forward Will Davis II (12.9 points, 7-0 rebounds per game).

14. Albany

RECORD: 24-8. LAST 10: 9-1

BID: Automatic. RPI: 108

BEST WIN: 64-60 over Yale.

SCOUTING THE GREAT DANES: Making second consecutive NCAA appearance, fifth overall, behind senior forward Sam Rowley (14.0 points, 7.7 rebounds per game).

15. Belmont (Tenn.)

RECORD: 21-10. LAST 10: 7-3

BID: Automatic. RPI: 105

BEST WIN: 88-87 over No. 25 Murray State.

SCOUTING THE BRUINS: Making seventh NCAA appearance in past 10 seasons behind junior guard Craig Bradshaw (18.1 points per game).

16. Lafayette

RECORD: 20-12. LAST 10: 6-4

BID: Automatic. RPI: 124

BEST WIN: 65-63 over American.

SCOUTING THE LEOPARDS: Making first NCAA appearance in 15 years, fourth overall, behind senior forward Dan Trist (17.3 points, 6.7 rebounds per game).

Compiled by correspondent Bill Kiser and staff writer David Scott

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