College Basketball

NCAA West Region Capsules

1. Wisconsin

RECORD: 31-3. LAST 10: 9-1

BID: Automatic. RPI: 4

BEST WIN: 72-48 over No. 23 Ohio State.

SCOUTING THE BADGERS: Making 17th consecutive NCAA tournament appearance, 21st overall, behind 7-foot senior forward Frank Kaminsky (18.2 points, 8.1 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.6 blocks per game).

2. Arizona

RECORD: 31-3. LAST 10: 10-0

BID: Automatic. RPI: 6

BEST WIN: 69-51 over then-No. 8 Utah.

SCOUTING THE WILDCATS: Making 32nd NCAA appearance behind freshman forward Stanley Johnson (14.1 points, 6.6 rebounds per game).

3. Baylor

RECORD: 24-9. LAST 10: 6-4

BID: At-large. RPI: 10

BEST WIN: Beat No. 13 Iowa State twice.

SCOUTING THE BEARS: Making second straight NCAA tournament appearance, ninth overall, behind junior forward Rico Gathers (11.7 points, 11.6 rebounds per game).

4. North Carolina

RECORD: 24-11. LAST 10: 6-4

BID: At-large. RPI: 12

BEST WIN: 71-67 over No. 3 Virginia in ACC tournament semifinals.

SCOUTING THE TAR HEELS: Making 46th NCAA tournament appearance behind junior guard Marcus Paige (13.9 points, 4.6 assists, 2.9 rebounds per game).

5. Arkansas

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

BID: At-large. RPI: 17

BEST WIN: 78-72 over SMU.

SCOUTING THE RAZORBACKS: Returns to NCAA tournament after seven-year absence, 30th appearance overall, behind sophomore forward Bobby Portis (17.7 points, 8.8 rebounds, 1.5 blocks per game).

6. Xavier

RECORD: 21-13. LAST 10: 6-4

BID: At-large. RPI: 31

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

SCOUTING THE MUSKETEERS: Making second straight NCAA tournament appearance, 25th overall, behind senior center Matt Stainbrook (12.0 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists per game).

7. Virginia Commonwealth

RECORD: 25-9. LAST 10: 7-3

BID: Automatic. RPI: 16.

BEST WIN: 93-87 (2OT) against Northern Iowa.

SCOUTING THE RAMS: VCU struggled for several games after losing point guard Briante Weber (knee), who was on pace to become NCAA’s career steals leader.

8. Oregon

RECORD: 25-9. LAST 10: 8-2

BID: At-large. RPI: 27

BEST WIN: 67-64 over No. 17 Utah in tourney semifinals.

SCOUTING THE DUCKS: Making second straight NCAA tournament appearance, 13th overall, behind senior guard Joseph Young (20.2 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.7 assists per game).

9. Oklahoma State

RECORD: 18-13. LAST 10: 4-6

BID: At-large. RPI: 46

BEST WIN: 67-62 over No. 8 Kansas.

SCOUTING THE COWBOYS: Despite poor finish, making third straight NCAA appearance, 27th overall, thanks to tough schedule (17th in nation), senior forward Le’Bryan Nash (17.1 points, 5.6 rebounds per game).

10. Ohio State

RECORD: 23-10. LAST 10: 6-4

BID: At-large. RPI: 39

BEST WIN: 80-56 over then-No. 16 Maryland.

SCOUTING THE BUCKEYES: Making seventh straight NCAA tournament appearance, 31st overall, behind freshman guard D’Angelo Russell (19.3 points, 5.6 rebounds, 5.1 assists per game).

11. Mississippi

RECORD: 20-12. LAST 10: 5-5

BID: At-large. RPI: 55

BEST WIN: 96-82 over then-No. 19 Arkansas.

SCOUTING THE REBELS: Making eighth appearance in NCAA tournament, first since 2013, behind junior guard Stefan Moody (16.3 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.8 steals per game).

11. Brigham Young

RECORD: 25-9. LAST 10: 8-2

BID: At-large. RPI: 38

BEST WIN: 73-70 over then-No. 3 Gonzaga

SCOUTING THE COUGARS: Making second consecutive NCAA tournament appearance, 29th overall, behind nation’s No. 2 offense (83.6 points per game), led by senior guard Tyler Haws (21.9 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.3 assists per game).

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. Harvard

RECORD: 22-7. LAST 10: 8-2

BID: Automatic. RPI: 54

BEST WIN: Beat Yale twice, including tiebreaker.

SCOUTING THE CRIMSON: Making fourth consecutive NCAA appearance, fifth overall, behind senior guard Wesley Saunders (16.3 points, 6.1 rebounds, 4.2 assists per game).

14. Georgia State

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

BID: Automatic. RPI: 61

BEST WIN: 72-48 over Green Bay.

SCOUTING THE PANTHERS: Making first appearance in NCAA tournament since 2001, third overall, behind forward R.J. Hunter (20.1 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists), guard Ryan Harrow (19.4 points, 3.8 assists per game).

15. Texas Southern

RECORD: 22-12. LAST 10: 10-0

BID: Automatic. RPI: 125

BEST WIN: 71-64 over Michigan State.

SCOUTING THE TIGERS: Making second consecutive NCAA appearance, sixth overall, behind senior guard Madarious Gibbs (14.1 points, 4.3 assists, 3.4 rebounds per game).

16. Coastal Carolina

RECORD: 24-9. LAST 10: 8-2

BID: Automatic. RPI: 127

BEST WIN: 61-48 over La.-Monroe.

SCOUTING THE CHANTICLEERS: Making second straight NCAA appearance and fourth overall behind senior guards Warren Gillis (13.1 points), Josh Cameron (12.9 points).

Compiled by correspondent Bill Kiser and staff writer David Scott

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