[1] Wisconsin vs. [16] Coastal Carolina

8:20 p.m. Friday in Omaha • TBS

BADGERS (31-3)

Coach: Bo Ryan.

Entry: Big Ten champion.

Key player: Frank Kaminsky (18.2 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 2.7 apg).

Notable: Losing a trusted senior point guard to an injury would be a serious blow for most teams, but the Badgers still rolled down the stretch without Traevon Jackson.


Coach: Cliff Ellis

Entry: Big South champion.

Key player: Warren Gillis (13.1 ppg, 3.2 apg).

Notable: The Chanticleers' résumé includes a victories at Auburn, where Ellis earned three NCAA tournament appearances as coach of the Tigers.

[8] Oregon vs. [9] Oklahoma State

5:50 p.m. Friday in Omaha • TBS

DUCKS (25-9)

Coach: Dana Altman.

Entry: Pac-12 at-large.

Key player: Joseph Young (20.2 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 3.7 apg).

Notable: The Ducks had won seven in a row before being routed in the Pac-12 title game by Arizona on Saturday night. Oregon shoots 76 percent on free throws.

COWBOYS (18-13)

Coach: Travis Ford.

Entry: Big 12 at-large.

Key player: Le'Bryan Nash (17.1 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 2.0 apg).

Notable: The Cowboys hit a rough patch late in the season, losing five of six after beating Kansas and Baylor. They have five top-25 victories, including three against the top 10.

[5] Arkansas vs. [12] Wofford

8:50 p.m. Thursday in Jacksonville, Fla. • TNT


Coach: Mike Anderson.

Entry: SEC at-large.

Key player: Bobby Portis (17.5 ppg, 8.6 rpg).

Notable: Led by Portis, the SEC Player of the Year, the Razorbacks have their most victories since 1994-95, when they lost in the NCAA championship game to UCLA.


Coach: Mike Young.

Entry: Southern champion.

Key player: Karl Cochran (11.6 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.7 apg).

Notable: The Terriers won at North Carolina State in December. Cochran was named conference Player of the Year and Young the league's Coach of the Year.

[4] North Carolina vs. [13] Harvard

6:20 p.m. Thursday in Jacksonville, Fla. • TNT

TAR HEELS (24-11)

Coach: Roy Williams.

Entry: ACC at-large.

Key player: Marcus Paige (13.9 ppg, 4.6 apg).

Notable: After Williams pushed his team to play with more toughness and urgency all season, the Tar Heels responded by reaching the ACC tournament final.

CRIMSON (22-7)

Coach: Tommy Amaker.

Entry: Ivy League champion.

Key player: Wesley Saunders (16.3 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 4.2 apg).

Notable: After winning a game in each of the last two NCAA tournaments, Harvard had a tough road back, needing to beat Yale in a one-game playoff for the automatic bid.

[2] Arizona vs. [15] Texas Southern

1:10 p.m. Thursday in Portland, Ore. • TNT


Coach: Sean Miller.

Entry: Pac-12 champion.

Key player: Stanley Johnson (14.1 ppg, 6.6 rpg).

Notable: One of the nation's best defensive teams, Arizona has won 11 consecutive games, including a rout of Oregon for the Pac-12 tournament title.

TIGERS (22-12)

Coach: Mike Davis.

Entry: Southwestern Athletic champion.

Key player: Madarious Gibbs (14.1 ppg, 4.3 apg).

Notable: The Tigers, who beat Michigan State and Kansas State on the road in December, have four scorers averaging in double figures.

[7] Virginia Commonwealth vs. [10] Ohio State

3:40 p.m. Thursday in Portland, Ore. • TNT

RAMS (26-9)

Coach: Shaka Smart.

Entry: Atlantic 10 champion.

Key player: Treveon Graham (16.3 ppg, 7.0 rpg).

Notable: The Rams played well to win the A-10 tournament but don't have the same havoc-causing defense since losing the face of that style, Briante Weber, to knee surgery.

BUCKEYES (23-10)

Coach: Thad Matta.

Entry: Big Ten at-large.

Key player: D'Angelo Russell (19.3 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 5.1 apg).

Notable: The Buckeyes may go only as far as Russell, the Big Ten's Freshman of the Year, takes them. He is the nation's leader in points per game among freshmen.

[6] Xavier vs. [11] Brigham Young

3:10 p.m. Thursday in Jacksonville, Fla. • TBS


Coach: Chris Mack.

Entry: Big East at-large.

Key player: Matt Stainbrook (12.0 ppg, 6.8 rpg).

Notable: The Musketeers led the Big East in field-goal percentage (47.3) and assists per game (16.4). They are 6-3 vs. ranked teams, with all three losses to Villanova.

COUGARS (25-9)

Coach: Dave Rose.

Entry: West Coast at-large.

Key player: Tyler Haws (21.9 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.3 apg).

Notable: G Kyle Collinsworth tied Shaquille O'Neal and Michael Anderson for the NCAA record with six triple-doubles, with all of Collinsworth's coming this season.

[3] Baylor vs. [14] Georgia State

12:40 p.m. Thursday in Jacksonville, Fla. • TBS

BEARS (24-9)

Coach: Scott Drew.

Entry: Big 12 at-large.

Key player: Rico Gathers (11.7 ppg, 11.6 rpg).

Notable: Baylor and Kentucky were the only teams to have at least a six-point lead in every regular-season game, although that streak ended for the Bears in the Big 12 tournament.


Coach: Ron Hunter.

Entry: Sun Belt champion.

Key player: R.J. Hunter (19.8 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 3.6 apg).

Notable: Led by high-scoring junior R.J. Hunter, the son of the coach, the Panthers return to the NCAA tournament for the first time since they upset Wisconsin in 2001.