College Basketball

NCAA Midwest Region Capsules

1. Kentucky

RECORD: 34-0. LAST 10: 10-0

BID: Automatic. RPI: 1

BEST WIN: 72-40 over then-No. 5 Kansas.

SCOUTING THE WILDCATS: Last year’s NCAA runner-up back for 54th appearance behind nation’s No. 3 defense (53.7 points per game), guards Aaron Harrison (11.3 points), Devin Booker (10.7 points per game).

2. Kansas

RECORD: 26-8. LAST 10: 6-4

BID: At-large. RPI: 2

BEST WIN: 89-76 over No. 13 Iowa State.

SCOUTING THE JAYHAWKS: Making 10th straight NCAA tournament appearance, 45th overall, behind junior forward Perry Ellis (13.8 points, 7.0 rebounds per game).

3. Notre Dame

RECORD: 29-5. LAST 10: 8-2

BID: Automatic. RPI: 15

BEST WIN: Beat Duke twice, including in ACC semifinals.

SCOUTING THE FIGHTING IRISH: Back in NCAA tournament for 34th time, first since 2013, behind senior guard Jerian Grant (16.8 points, 6.6 assists, 3.0 rebounds per game).

4. Maryland

RECORD: 27-6. LAST 10: 8-2

BID: At-large. RPI: 11

BEST WIN: 59-53 over then-No. 5 Wisconsin.

SCOUTING THE TERRAPINS: Returns to NCAA tournament after five-year absence, 25th appearance overall, behind freshman guard Melo Trimble (16.3 points, 3.6 rebounds, 3.1 assists per game).

5. West Virginia

RECORD: 23-9. LAST 10: 5-5

BID: At-large. RPI: 24

BEST WIN: 62-61 over then-No. 8 Kansas.

SCOUTING THE MOUNTAINEERS: Returns to NCAA tournament after three-year absence, 26th appearance overall, behind senior guard Juwan Staten (14.5 points, 4.6 assists, 2.8 rebounds per game).

6. Butler

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

BID: At-large. RPI: 32

BEST WIN: 74-66 over then-No. 5 North Carolina.

SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS: Making 13th appearance in NCAA tournament and first in two years behind junior guard Kellen Dunham (16.7 points, 2.6 rebounds per game).

7. Wichita State

RECORD: 28-4. LAST 10: 9-1

BID: At-large. RPI: 18

BEST WIN: 74-60 over then-No. 10 Northern Iowa.

SCOUTING THE SHOCKERS: Making third straight appearance in NCAA tournament, 12th overall, behind All-American junior guard Ron Baker (15.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists per game).

8. Cincinnati

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

BID: At-large. RPI: 40

BEST WIN: Beat No. 20 SMU twice.

SCOUTING THE BEARCATS: Making 29th NCAA tournament appearance behind nation’s No. 6 scoring defense (55.3 points per game), junior forward Octavius Ellis (10.0 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.1 blocked shots per game)

9. Purdue

RECORD: 21-12. LAST 10: 6-4

BID: At-large. RPI: 52

BEST WIN: 83-67 over then-No. 22 Indiana.

SCOUTING THE BOILERMAKERS: Returns to NCAA tournament after three-year absence, 27th appearance overall, behind 7-foot junior center A.J. Hammons (11.8 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.9 blocks per game).

10. Indiana

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

BID: At-large. RPI: 56

BEST WIN: 89-70 over then-No. 13 Maryland.

SCOUTING THE HOOSIERS: Back in NCAA tournament for 38th time, first appearance since 2013, behind junior guard Yogi Ferrell (16.1 points, 4.9 assists, 3.3 rebounds per game).

11. Texas

RECORD: 20-13. LAST 10: 5-5

BID: At-large. RPI: 42

BEST WIN: 61-59 in OT over then-No. 14 Baylor.

SCOUTING THE LONGHORNS: Making 16th NCAA tournament appearance in 17 years under coach Rick Barnes, 32nd overall, behind sophomore guard Isaiah Taylor (13.0 points, 4.6 assists, 3.3 rebounds per game).

12. Buffalo

RECORD: 23-9. LAST 10: 8-2

BID: Automatic. RPI: 30

BEST WIN: 89-84 over Central Michigan.

SCOUTING THE BULLS: Making first-ever appearance in NCAA tournament behind junior forward Justin Moss (17.7 points, 9.2 rebounds per game).

13. Valparaiso

RECORD: 28-5. LAST 10: 9-1

BID: Automatic. RPI: 50

BEST WIN: Beat Green Bay twice.

SCOUTING THE CRUSADERS: Making ninth NCAA appearance, first since 2013, behind sophomore forward Alec Peters (16.7 points, 6.8 rebounds per game).

14. Northeastern

RECORD: 23-11. LAST 10: 7-3

BID: Automatic. RPI: 85

BEST WIN: 58-57 over Richmond.

SCOUTING THE HUSKIES: Making first NCAA appearance in 24 years, eighth overall, behind senior forward Scott Eatherton (14.6 points, 6.4 rebounds per game).

15. New Mexico State

RECORD: 23-10. LAST 10: 10-0

BID: Automatic. RPI: 107

BEST WIN: 71-64 over Texas-El Paso.

SCOUTING THE AGGIES: Making 22nd appearance in NCAA tournament behind freshman forward Pascal Siakam (13.0 points, 7.7 rebounds per game).

16. Manhattan

RECORD: 19-13. LAST 10: 7-3

BID: Automatic. RPI: 169

BEST WIN: 79-69 over Iona.

SCOUTING THE JASPERS: Making second straight NCAA appearance, eighth overall, behind senior forward Emmy Andujar (16.5 points, 7.6 rebounds, 3.5 assists per game).

16. Hampton

RECORD: 16-17. LAST 10: 7-3

BID: Automatic. RPI: 256

BEST WIN: 75-64 over Norfolk State.

SCOUTING THE PIRATES: Making first NCAA appearance in four years, fourth overall, behind junior forward Dwight Meikle (13.0 points, 7.5 rebounds per game).

Compiled by correspondent Bill Kiser and staff writer David Scott

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