NCAA Tournament: Capsules on All 68 Teams -- South Regional

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A little bit about each team in the 17 teams in the South Regional

South Regional

1. VIRGINIA (29-3)

Name to Know: De’Andre Hunter, projected NBA lottery pick

Best Wins: North Carolina (road), Virginia Tech (twice), Florida State

Worst Losses: Duke (twice), Florida State

Famous alumnus: Tina Fey

Considerations: Last year, Virginia became the first No. 1 seed to lose to a No. 16 seed (Maryland-Baltimore County)

Comment: Tony Bennett’s defensive style does not translate to postseason success, so two wins may be the limit

16. GARDNER-WEBB (23-11)

Name to Know: DJ Laster, 21.8-point average over last five games

Best Wins: Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, Radford

Worst Losses: Eastern Illinois, Arkansas State

Famous alumnus: Artis Gilmore, Hall of Famer attended G-W when it was a junior college

Considerations: This is the Bulldogs’ first NCAA Tournament appearance

Comment: Big South teams usually leave in a hurry


8. MISSISSIPPI (20-12)

Name to Know: Breein Tyree, first-team all-SEC

Best Wins: Auburn (twice), Mississippi State (road), Baylor

Worst Losses: Butler, Alabama, Arkansas

Famous alumnus: Ted DiBiase Jr., pro wrestler

Considerations: Rebels are not particularly good at anything except free throws, which could come in handy

Comment: Can’t see Mississippi going very far

9. OKLAHOMA (19-13)

Name to Know: Christian James, third-team all-Big 12

Best Wins: Wofford, Kansas

Worst Losses: West Virginia

Famous alumnus: Mickey Mantle

Considerations: Sooners finished tied for seventh with 7-11 Big 12 record

Comment: Oklahoma is lucky to be in the tournament, but won’t be for long


5. WISCONSIN (23-10)

Name to Know: Ethan Happ, first-team all-Big Ten

Best Wins: Michigan, Iowa (road), Maryland

Worst Losses: Western Kentucky, Indiana

Famous alumnus: Charles Lindbergh

Considerations: Outstanding defensive team that doesn’t score a lot

Comment: Happ’s lousy free-throw shooting (46.5 percent) may cost the Badgers at some point

12. OREGON (21-12)

Name to Know: Payton Pritchard, 20 points, six rebounds, seven assists, four steals in Pac-12 title win over Washington

Best Wins: Washington (twice), Syracuse

Worst Losses: Texas Southern (home), UCLA (home)

Famous alumnus: Phil Knight

Considerations: Ducks have won eight straight games

Comment: Oregon is the most likely Pac-12 team to win a game in NCAA Tournament


4. KANSAS STATE (25-8)

Name to Know: Barry Brown Jr., team’s top scorer

Best Wins: Texas Tech, Kansas

Worst Losses: Texas A&M, Tulsa

Famous alumnus: Erin Brockovich

Considerations: Status uncertain for No. 2 scorer Dean Wade, who missed the final two games with a foot injury

Comment: Teams like K-State that can’t score seldom do well in the NCAA Tournament

13. UC IRVINE (30-5)

Name to Know: Jonathan Galloway, first-team all-Big West

Best Wins: Saint Mary’s (road), UC Santa Barbara (twice), Texas A&M (road)

Worst Losses: Pacific, Long Beach State (home)

Famous alumnus: Greg Louganis

Considerations: Anteaters have won 16 in a row

Comment: Irvine is capable of an upset if things go its way


6. VILLANOVA (25-9)

Name to Know: Phil Booth, first-team all-Big East

Best Wins: Marquette, St. John’s (road), Creighton (road)

Worst Losses: Penn, Furman (home)

Famous alumnus: Bradley Cooper

Considerations: Villanova is the defending national champ

Comment: Wildcats and Jay Wright know how to win in the postseason, so expect them to win a game or two

11. SAINT MARY’S (22-11)

Name to Know: Jordan Ford, all-WCC performer averages 21.3 points

Best Wins: Gonzaga

Worst Losses: Pepperdine, Western Kentucky

Famous alumnus: Mahershala Ali, Academy Award-winning actor.

Considerations: Saint Mary’s had lost to Gonzaga by a combined margin of 62 points in their two regular-season meetings before beating the Zags in the WCC tournament.

Comment: Ford can carry the team to a win, maybe two, but Gaels will be overmatched at some point


3. PURDUE (23-9)

Name to Know: Carsen Edwards, big scorer and first-team all-Big Ten

Best Wins: Wisconsin (road), Michigan State

Worst Losses: Notre Dame, Texas

Famous alumnus: Neil Armstrong

Considerations: Edwards has scored 25 points or more 12 times, but shoots less than 40 percent from the field

Comment: Edwards can carry the Boilermakers to a couple of wins if he is hot.

14. OLD DOMINION (26-8)

Name to Know: B.J. Stith, Conference USA Player of the Year

Best Wins: Syracuse (road), Virginia Commonwealth, Western Kentucky (three times)

Worst Losses: Florida Atlantic, Saint Joseph’s

Famous alumnus: Justin Verlander

Considerations: Old Dominion is one of the nation’s worst offensive teams, but it is great on defense

Comment: Monarchs very capable of a win, maybe two


7. CINCINNATI (28-6)

Name to Know: Jarron Cumberland, AAC Player of the Year

Best Wins: Houston, Central Florida, Mississippi, Temple (road)

Worst Losses: East Carolina

Famous alumnus: Urban Meyer

Considerations: Excellent defensive team, but Bearcats don’t score much

Comment: Teams with offensive limitations can win opener, but that may be all

10. IOWA (22-11)

Name to Know: Tyler Cook, Hawkeyes’ leading scorer and rebounder

Best Wins: Michigan

Worst Losses: Rutgers (home), Nebraska

Famous alumnus: Tennessee Williams

Considerations: Hawkeyes and Cook played poorly down the stretch.

Comment: The way Iowa is playing now suggests an early exit


2. TENNESSEE (29-5)

Name to Know: Grant Williams, two-time SEC Player of the Year

Best Wins: Gonzaga, Kentucky (twice)

Worst Losses: Auburn (twice)

Famous alumnus: Peyton Manning

Considerations: Vols’ key players are all juniors and seniors, which is why they are consistent

Comment: Tennessee is among the nation’s leaders in field-goal percentage and field-goal percentage defense, so they should advance pretty far

15. COLGATE (23-10)

Name to Know: Rapolas Ivanauskas, Patriot League Player of the Year

Best Wins: Bucknell (twice), Lehigh (twice)

Worst Losses: Loyola-Maryland, Boston University (home)

Famous alumnus: John Cassavetes, actor, director

Considerations: Colgate enters the tournament on an 11-game winning streak

Comment: The Red Raiders have never won an NCAA Tournament game, and it won’t change this year

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