GONZAGA VS.  SOUTHERN
3:10 p.m. Thursday in Salt Lake City • TBS
Coach: Mark Few.
Entry: WCC champion.
Player to watch: Elias Harris (14.9 ppg, 7.4 rpg).
Notable: Center Kelly Olynyk has taken his game to another level, one year after redshirting because there weren’t going to be enough minutes for him.
Coach: Roman Banks.
Entry: SWAC champion.
Player to watch: Malcolm Miller (15.8 ppg, 6.0 rpg).
Notable: Southern, only one year removed from scandal and NCAA sanctions, were ranked 261st out of the 345 Division I teams in assists.
 PITTSBURGH VS.  WICHITA STATE
12:40 p.m. Thursday in Salt Lake City • TBS
Coach: Jamie Dixon.
Entry: Big East at-large.
Player to watch: Travon Woodall (11.8 ppg, 5.2 apg).
Notable: They shoot well but there isn’t much depth; Dixon is pretty reliant on his starters, so injuries can be pretty costly in the NCAA’s format.
Coach: Gregg Marshall.
Entry: MVC at-large.
Player to watch: Cleanthony Early (13.6 ppg, 5.1 rpg).
Notable: The Shockers head into the NCAA tournament having lost three of their last five games, but against nonconference foes they are 12-1.
 WISCONSIN VS.  MISSISSIPPI
11:40 a.m. Friday in Kansas City, Mo. • truTV
Coach: Bo Ryan.
Entry: Big Ten at-large.
Player to watch: Ryan Evans (10.4 ppg, 7.5 rpg).
Notable: The Badgers will frustrate opponents with their deliberate style and a smothering defense that gave up only 55.9 points per game.
Coach: Andy Kennedy
Entry: SEC champion.
Player to watch: Marshall Henderson (20.1 ppg).
Notable: After going through a 1-4 stretch, Ole Miss won five of its final seven regular-season games and claimed the SEC tournament title.
 KANSAS STATE VS.  BOISE ST./LA SALLE
2:10 p.m. Friday in Kansas City, Mo. • truTV
Coach: Bruce Weber.
Entry: Big 12 at-large.
Player to watch: Rodney McGruder (15.7 ppg, 5.4 rpg).
Notable: The Wildcats, in their first year under Weber, got a share of their first conference title since 1977 but fell to rival Kansas in the title game.
Coach: Leon Rice
Entry: Mountain West at-large.
Coach: John Giannini.
Entry: Atlantic 10 at-large.
 OHIO STATE VS.  IONA
6:15 p.m. Thursday in Dayton, Ohio • Ch. 4
Coach: Thad Matta.
Entry: Big Ten champion.
Player to watch: Deshaun Thomas (19.6 ppg, 6.2 rpg).
Notable: In winning the Big Ten title, the Buckeyes won 25 games for the 11th time in school history and for the sixth time in nine seasons under Matta.
Coach: Tim Cluess.
Entry: MAAC champion.
Player to watch: Lamont Jones (23.0 ppg, 3.5 apg).
Notable: The Gaels finished in the top 20 in the nation in points (80.7), free-throw percentage and three-point baskets (8.4).
 NOTRE DAME VS.  IOWA STATE
8:45 p.m.Thursday in Dayton, Ohio • Ch. 4
FIGHTING IRISH (25-9)
Coach: Mike Brey.
Entry: Big East at-large.
Player to watch: Jack Cooley (13.1 ppg, 10.3 rpg).
Notable: The Irish have one of the nation’s best guard tandems in Jerian Grant and Eric Atkins, who both are in the top 40 nationally in assists.
Coach: Fred Hoiberg.
Entry: Big 12 at-large.
Player to watch: Will Clyburn (15.0 ppg, 7.1 rpg).
Notable: Clyburn is the Big 12 newcomer of the year after transferring from Utah, while Tyrus McGee was named the conference’s best sixth man.
 ARIZONA VS.  BELMONT
6:20 p.m. Thursday in Salt Lake City • TNT
Coach: Sean Miller.
Entry: Pac-12 at-large.
Player to watch: Solomon Hill (13.4 ppg, 5.3 rpg).
Notable: Arizona, which began the season 14-0, was second in the Pac-12 in scoring offense (73.3) and fourth in scoring defense (63.7).
Coach: Rick Byrd.
Entry: Ohio Valley champion.
Player to watch: Ian Clark (18.2 ppg, 2.5 apg).
Notable: The Bruins had the nation’s second-toughest nonconference schedule according to the RPI. Clark was third in the nation from three-point range.
 NEW MEXICO VS.  HARVARD
8:50 p.m. Thursday in Salt Lake City • TNT
Coach: Steve Alford.
Entry: Mountain West champion.
Player to watch: Kendall Williams (13.5 ppg, 5.0 apg).
Notable: The Lobos could be a dark horse to win the NCAA tournament. New Mexico is 9-3 in games against the top 50 in the RPI and is 6-0 on neutral courts.
Coach: Tommy Amaker.
Entry: Ivy League champion.
Player to watch: Wesley Saunders (16.5 ppg, 4.1 rpg).
Notable: Harvard shoots well (48.2 percent on field-goal attempts). One of the youngest teams in the field with one senior and two juniors.
|New England||5:30 PM|
|LA Lakers||1:00 PM|
|St. Louis||12:00 PM|
|North Dakota St||2:00 PM|
|Penn State||11:00 AM|
|(14) Texas||12:00 PM|
|Coll of Charleston||12:00 PM|
|Stony Brook||12:00 PM|
|(21) Georgia||12:00 PM|
|Wake Forest||12:00 PM|
|(4) Notre Dame|
|(24) Oklahoma||1:00 PM|
|St Johns||1:00 PM|
|William & Mary||1:00 PM|
|Boston College||1:00 PM|
|(16) North Carolina|
|(2) Connecticut||1:00 PM|
|Virginia Tech||1:00 PM|
|Wichita State||1:05 PM|
|(18) Miss State||2:00 PM|
|North Texas||2:00 PM|
|(12) Texas A&M|
|(11) Arizona State||2:00 PM|
|Missouri State||2:00 PM|
|(20) Iowa||3:00 PM|
|(1) South Carolina||3:30 PM|