College Basketball

NCAA South Region Capsules

1. Duke

RECORD: 29-4. LAST 10: 9-1

BID: At-large. RPI: 5

BEST WIN: 69-63 over then-No. 2 Virginia.

SCOUTING THE BLUE DEVILS: Making 39th NCAA appearance behind ACC Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year Jahlil Okafor (17.7 points, 9.0 rebounds per game).

2. Gonzaga

RECORD: 32-2. LAST 10: 9-1

BID: Automatic. RPI: 8

BEST WIN: 72-56 over No. 22 SMU.

SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS: Zags making 17th consecutive NCAA appearance, 18th overall, behind junior forward Kyle Wiltjer (16.7 points, 6.0 rebounds per game).

3. Iowa State

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

BID: Automatic. RPI: 9

BEST WIN: Beat No. 9 Kansas twice, including Big 12 tournament final.

SCOUTING THE CYCLONES: Making 17th NCAA tournament appearance behind junior forward Georges Niang (15.5 points, 5.4 rebounds, 3.5 assists per game).

4. Georgetown

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

BID: At-large. RPI: 25

BEST WIN: 78-58 over then-No. 4 Villanova.

SCOUTING THE HOYAS: Returns to NCAA tournament for fifth time in past six years, 29th appearance overall, behind junior guard D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera (16.2 points, 4.1 rebounds, 3.1 assists per game).

5. Utah

RECORD: 24-8. LAST 10: 6-4

BID: At-large. RPI: 20

BEST WIN: 69-68 in OT over then-No. 8 Wichita State.

SCOUTING THE UTES: Returns to NCAA tournament after six-year absence, 28th appearance overall, behind senior guard Delon Wright (14.9 points, 5.3 assists, 4.9 rebounds, 2.1 steals per game).

6. Southern Methodist

RECORD: 27-6. LAST 10: 91

BID: Automatic. RPI: 13

BEST WIN: Beat Temple three times.

SCOUTING THE MUSTANGS: Making 11th NCAA tournament appearance, first under coach Larry Brown, behind junior guard Nic Moore (14.4 points, 5.3 assists, 2.3 rebounds per game).

7. Iowa

RECORD: 21-11. LAST 10: 7-3

BID: At-large. RPI: 43

BEST WIN: 71-55 over then-No. 17 Maryland.

SCOUTING THE HAWKEYES: Making second consecutive NCAA tournament appearance, 24th overall, behind senior forward Aaron White (16.0 points, 7.5 rebounds per game).

8. San Diego State

RECORD: 26-8. LAST 10: 8-2

BID: At-large. RPI: 26

BEST WIN: 53-49 over then-No. 25 Utah.

SCOUTING THE AZTECS: Making sixth consecutive NCAA tournament appearance, 11th overall, behind nation’s No. 2 defense (53.1 points per game), junior guard Winston Shepard (11.1 points, 5.3 rebounds per game).

9. St. John’s

RECORD: 21-11. LAST 10: 7-3

BID: At-large. RPI: 37

BEST WIN: Beat Providence twice.

SCOUTING THE RED STORM: Making first NCAA tournament appearance in four years, 29th overall, behind senior guard D’Angelo Harrison (17.5 points, 5.4 rebounds per game).

10. Davidson

RECORD: 24-7. LAST 10: 9-1.

BID: At-large. RPI: 33.

BEST WIN: 77-60 against Dayton.

SCOUTING THE WILDCATS: Sharp-shooting Wildcats have four players who are better than 40 percent from 3-point range.

11. UCLA

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

BID: At-large. RPI: 49

BEST WIN: 69-59 over then-No. 11 Utah.

SCOUTING THE BRUINS: Making third consecutive NCAA tournament appearance, 47th overall, behind guards Norman Powell (16.4 points, 4.7 rebounds) and Bryce Alford (15.1 points, 5.0 assists per game).

12. Stephen F. Austin

RECORD: 29-4. LAST 10: 9-1

BID: Automatic. RPI: 35

BEST WIN: Beat Sam Houston State three times, including tourney final.

SCOUTING THE LUMBERJACKS: Making second consecutive NCAA appearance, third overall, behind junior guard Thomas Walkup (15.7 points, 6.4 rebounds, 3.7 assists per game).

13. Eastern Washington

RECORD: 26-8. LAST 10: 7-3

BID: Automatic. RPI: 78

BEST WIN: 88-86 over Indiana.

SCOUTING THE EAGLES: Returns to NCAA tournament for first time since 2003 behind sophomore guard Tyler Harvey (22.9 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.6 assists per game).

14. Ala.-Birmingham

RECORD: 19-15. LAST 10: 6-4

BID: Automatic. RPI: 132.

BEST WIN: 73-60 against Middle Tennessee

SCOUTING THE BLAZERS: UAB was the surprise winner of the Conference USA tournament and makes its first NCAA appearance since 2011.

15. North Dakota State

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

BID: Automatic. RPI: 99

BEST WIN: Beat South Dakota State twice.

SCOUTING THE BISON: Making second consecutive NCAA appearance, third overall, behind senior guard Lawrence Alexander (18.9 points, 4.6 rebounds per game).

16. North Florida

RECORD: 23-11. LAST 10: 9-1

BID: Automatic. RPI: 166

BEST WIN: 73-70 over Purdue.

SCOUTING THE OSPREYS: Making first NCAA tournament appearance behind sophomore guard Dallas Moore (15.9 points, 3.6 assists, 3.0 rebounds per game).

16. Robert Morris

RECORD: 19-14. LAST 10: 8-2

BID: Automatic. RPI: 174

BEST WIN: 71-54 over La.-Monroe.

SCOUTING THE COLONIALS: Making first NCAA appearance in five years, eighth overall, behind junior guard Rodney Pryor (15.2 points, 4.7 rebounds per game).

Compiled by correspondent Bill Kiser and staff writer David Scott

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