NCAA Midwest Region capsules

  • Updated: March 17, 2013 - 8:12 PM


Thursday in Lexington, Ky.


Coach: Rick Pitino.

Entry: Big East champion.

Key player: Gorgui Dieng (10.0 ppg, 9.9 rpg).

Notable: The Cardinals, a Final Four team in 2012, are on a 10-game winning streak, having won every game since their epic five-overtime loss at Notre Dame.

FLAMES (15-20)

Coach: Dale Layer.

Entry: Big South champion.

AGGIES (19-16)

Coach: Cy Alexander.

Entry: Mid-Easter Athletic champion.


Thursday in Lexington, Ky.

RAMS (25-8)

Coach: Larry Eustachy.

Entry: Mountain West at-large.

Key player: Colton Iverson (14.7 ppg, 9.8 rpg).

Notable: Eustachy, in his first year with the Rams, is coaching in his second NCAA tournament in a row, having guided Southern Miss to the tourney last year.

TIGERS (23-10)

Coach: Frank Haith.

Entry: Southeastern at-large.

Player to watch: Laurence Bowers (14.4 ppg, 6.2 rpg).

Notable: Mizzou, which is in its first year in the SEC after leaving the Big 12, will try to erase the memory of losing as a No. 2 seed to Norfolk State last year.


Thursday in San Jose, Calif.

COWBOYS (24-8)

Coach: Travis Ford.

Entry: Big 12 at-large.

Player to watch: Marcus Smart (15.4 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 4.2 apg).

Notable: In Smart, the Cowboys boast one of the nation’s top players. The freshman guard is the Big 12 Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year.

DUCKS (26-8)

Coach: Dana Altman.

Entry: Pac-12 champion.

Player to watch: E.J. Singler (11.6 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 2.9 apg).

Notable: Altman was named Pac-12 Coach of the Year. Oregon led the Pac-12 in rebounding (37.4 per game) and steals (8.5 per game).


Thursday in San Jose, Calif.


Coach: Jim Crews.

Entry: Atlantic 10 champion.

Player to watch: Dwayne Evans (13.6 ppg, 7.7 rpg).

Notable: A dark horse to reach the Final Four, St. Louis is playing for the memory of late coach Rick Majerus, who died last December.

AGGIES (24-10)

Coach: Marvin Menzies.

Entry: WAC champion.

Player to watch: Daniel Mullings (14.0 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 2.6 apg).

Notable: The Aggies use a strong inside game to shoot better than 46 percent from the floor and outrebound opponents by 6.4 per game.

[2] DUKE VS. [15] ALBANY

Friday in Philadelphia


Coach: Mike Krzyzewski.

Entry: ACC at-large.

Player to watch: Mason Plumlee (17.2 ppg, 10.2 rpg).

Notable: Plumlee led the conference with 17 double-doubles; Duke was 18-0 during the regular season when Ryan Kelly played.


Coach: Will Brown.

Entry: America East champion.

Player to watch: Mike Black (14.9 ppg, 2.5 apg).

Notable: Albany, the conference leader in free-throw percentage (73.4 percent), made more free throws (502) than its opponents attempted (493).


Friday in Philadelphia


Coach: Greg McDermott.

Entry: Missouri Valley champion.

Player to watch: Doug McDermott (23.1 ppg, 7.5 rpg).

Notable: The Bluejays swept the regular-season and tournament titles in what could be their last season in the MVC before potentially joining the Catholic 7.

BEARCATS (22-11)

Coach: Mick Cronin.

Entry: Big East at-large.

Player to watch: Sean Kilpatrick (16.9 ppg, 5.3 rpg).

Notable: The Bearcats ended nonconference play with a 12-1 record and a No. 8 ranking but shot 37.2 percent in Big East play and are 4-7 in their past 11.


Thursday in Auburn Hills, Mich.

TIGERS (30-4)

Coach: Josh Pastner.

Entry: Conference USA champion.

Player to watch: Joe Jackson (13.7 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 4.8 apg).

Notable: Memphis is known for its balanced scoring and didn’t have anybody finish among the top 15 in Conference USA scorers during the regular season.


Coach: Kermit Davis.

Entry: Sun Belt at-large.

ST. MARY’S (27-6)

Coach: Randy Bennett.

Entry: West Coast at-large.


Thursday in Auburn Hills, Mich.


Coach: Tom Izzo.

Entry: Big Ten at-large.

Player to watch: Adreian Payne (10.4 ppg, 7.5 rpg).

Notable: The Spartans, again with their typical muscle on the boards in the 6-10 Payne and 6-9 Derrick Nix, seek their seventh Final Four since 1999.


Coach: Bryce Drew.

Entry: Horizon League champion.

Player to watch: Ryan Broekhoff (15.9 ppg, 7.3 rpg).

Notable: The Crusaders reached their first NCAA tourney under Drew, who as a Valpo player hit one of the most iconic winning shots in tournament history.

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Houston 1 FINAL
Miami 1
Philadelphia 1 FINAL
Minnesota 7
St. Louis 3 FINAL
Detroit 4
Baltimore - WP: T. Wilson 10 FINAL
NY Yankees - LP: S. Baker 2
Boston 9 FINAL
Tampa Bay 6
Toronto 3 FINAL
Pittsburgh 8
Atlanta 5 FINAL
Toronto 3
Washington 2 FINAL
NY Mets 10
Chicago Cubs 5 FINAL
Cincinnati 9
San Diego 3 FINAL
Texas 2
San Francisco 9 FINAL
Seattle 8
Colorado 4 FINAL
Chicago Cubs 18
Cleveland 3 FINAL
Milwaukee 2
Oakland 10 FINAL
Chicago WSox 4
Los Angeles 5 FINAL
LA Angels 4
Kansas City 10 FINAL
Arizona 5
Atlanta 100 FINAL
Charlotte 115
New York 80 FINAL
Chicago 111
Golden State 108 FINAL
Milwaukee 95
Oklahoma City 89 4th Qtr 0:31
Utah 91
Denver 66 3rd Qtr 5:55
Portland 76
Nashville 4 FINAL
Washington 3
Arizona 2 FINAL
Pittsburgh 3
San Jose 3 FINAL(SO)
Philadelphia 2
Anaheim 3 FINAL
NY Islanders 2
NY Rangers 2 FINAL
Boston 4
Tampa Bay 0 FINAL
Detroit 4
New Jersey 1 FINAL
Carolina 3
Florida 2 FINAL(OT)
Montreal 3
Ottawa 3 FINAL(OT)
Toronto 4
Los Angeles 1 FINAL
Minnesota 4
Columbus 4 FINAL
St. Louis 2
Buffalo 3 FINAL
Colorado 5
Dallas 1 2nd Prd 4:44
Vancouver 2
Arizona 78 FINAL
Wisconsin 85
Canisius 73 FINAL
Notre Dame 66 FINAL
Kentucky 68
San Jose 1 FINAL
New England 2
Orlando City 2 FINAL
Montreal 2
Los Angeles 0 FINAL
D.C. 1
Sporting Kansas City 1 FINAL
New York City 0
Red Bull New York 2 FINAL
Columbus 1
Portland 1 FINAL
Vancouver FC 2
Colorado 0 FINAL
Houston 0
Seattle 0 FINAL
FC Dallas 0
Texas 54 FINAL
(1) Connecticut 105
Dayton 82 FINAL
(8) Louisville 66
(16) Duke 55 FINAL
(4) Maryland 65
Gonzaga 69 FINAL
(6) Tennessee 73


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