[1] Duke vs. [16] North Florida/Robert Morris

6:10 p.m. Friday in Charlotte, N.C. • Ch. 4


Coach: Mike Krzyzewski.

Entry: ACC at-large.

Key player: Jahlil Okafor (17.7 ppg, 9.0 rpg).

Notable: Duke is the only team in Division I with three freshmen averaging in double figures (ACC Player of the Year Okafor, Justise Winslow and Tyus Jones).

OSPREYS (23-11)

Coach: Matthew Driscoll.

Entry: Atlantic Sun champion.

Key player: Dallas Moore (15.4 ppg, 3.6 apg).


Coach: Andy Toole.

Entry: Northeast champion.

Key player: Rodney Pryor (15.2 ppg, 4.7 rpg).

[8] San Diego State vs. [9] St. John’s

8:40 p.m. Friday in Charlotte, N.C. • Ch. 4

AZTECS (26-8)

Coach: Steve Fisher.

Entry: Mountain West at-large.

Key player: Winston Shepard (11.1 ppg, 5.3 rpg).

Notable: The Aztecs are holding opponents to 38 percent from the field, but they shoot only 42 percent themselves. They were held to 46 points or fewer four times this season.

RED STORM (21-11)

Coach: Steve Lavin.

Entry: Big East at-large.

Key player: D’Angelo Harrison (17.5 ppg, 5.4 rpg).

Notable: The Red Storm has been outrebounded by almost four per game and announced C Chris Obekpa was suspended for the first two weekends of the tournament.

[5] Utah vs. [12] Stephen F. Austin

6:27 p.m. Thursday in Portland, Ore. • truTV

UTES (24-8)

Coach: Larry Krystkowiak.

Entry: Pac-12 at-large.

Key player: Delon Wright (14.9 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 5.3 apg).

Notable: The Utes, who shoot 40 percent from three-point range, put together a winning record in the Pac-12 for the first time since joining the league in 2011.


Coach: Brad Underwood.

Entry: Southland champion.

Key player: Thomas Walkup (15.7 ppg, 6.4 rpg).

Notable: Led by Southland Player of the Year Walkup, the Lumberjacks are back after making quite an impression last year, when they beat VCU 77-75 in overtime.

[4] Georgetown vs. [13] Eastern Washington

8:57 p.m. Thursday in Portland, Ore. • truTV

HOYAS (21-10)

Coach: John Thompson III.

Entry: Big East at-large.

Key player: D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera (16. 2 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 3.1 apg).

Notable: Since 2009, the Hoyas have won a grand total of one NCAA tournament game. Their past five NCAA losses came against teams seeded 10th or worse.

EAGLES (26-8)

Coach: Jim Hayford.

Entry: Big Sky champion.

Key player: Tyler Harvey (22.9 ppg, 2.6 apg).

Notable: The Eagles are guard-oriented, led by national scoring leader Harvey. They won at Indiana and had close losses to SMU, Washington and California.

[2] Gonzaga vs. [15] North Dakota State

8:50 p.m. Friday in Seattle • TNT


Coach: Mark Few.

Entry: West Coast Conference champion.

Key player: Kyle Wiltjer (16.7 ppg, 6.0 rpg).

Notable: The Zags had a good shot at a No. 1 seed before stumbling at home vs. BYU. Gonzaga has Final Four-level talent, led by Wiltjer and Kevin Pangos.

BISON (23-9)

Coach: Saul Phillips.

Entry: Summit champion.

Key player: Lawrence Alex­ander (18.9 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.8 apg).

Notable: The Bison went 15-4 vs. conference foes, and 12 wins were by single digits, including a one-point win over South Dakota State in the Summit final.

[7] Iowa vs. [10] Davidson

6:20 p.m. Friday in Seattle • TNT

HAWKEYES (21-11)

Coach: Fran McCaffery.

Entry: Big Ten at-large.

Key player: Aaron White (16.0 ppg, 7.5 rpg).

Notable: The Hawkeyes closed the regular season with six consecutive victories, securing their second consecutive NCAA trip. Iowa is athletic and deep but also prone to shooting droughts.


Coach: Bob McKillop.

Entry: Atlantic 10 at-large.

Key player: Tyler Kalinoski (17.0 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 4.1 apg).

Notable: The Wildcats are one of the nation’s best outside-shooting teams at 40 percent from three-point range. Kalinoski was the A-10 Player of the Year.

[6] Southern Methodist vs. [11] UCLA

2:10 p.m. Thursday in Louisville, Ky. • truTV


Coach: Larry Brown.

Entry: American Athletic champion.

Key player: Nic Moore (14.3 ppg, 5.3 apg).

Notable: Brown, in his third season coaching the Mustangs, is back in the NCAA tournament for the first time since leading Kansas to the 1988 championship.

BRUINS (20-13)

Coach: Steve Alford.

Entry: Pac-12 at-large.

Key player: Norman Powell (16.4 ppg, 4.7 rpg)

Notable: A loss to Gonzaga on Dec. 13 was the start of a five-game losing streak that also included losses to Kentucky and Utah. The Bruins are only 4-12 away from home this season.

[3] Iowa State vs. [14] Alabama-Birmingham

11:40 a.m. Thursday in Louisville, Ky. • truTV


Coach: Fred Hoiberg.

Entry: Big 12 champion.

Key player: Georges Niang (15.5 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 3.5 apg).

Notable: The Cyclones are one of the most dangerous offensive teams in the country, averaging 78.4 points per game. But defending with consistency has been an issue.

BLAZERS (19-15)

Coach: Jerod Haase.

Entry: Conference USA champion.

Key player: Robert Brown (13.1 ppg, 3.1 apg).

Notable: The Blazers earned an NCAA bid after the university announced in December it was shutting down its football program, a move that drew an outcry from UAB fans.