Midwest regional sized up

March 14, 2017 GMT

NCAA Capsules-Midwest Regional


Lawrence, 28-4.

Nickname: Jayhawks. Coach: Bill Self.

Conference: Big 12. Bid: At large.

Region: Midwest. Seed: No. 1.

Tournament Record: 100-44, 45 years. Last appearance: 2016.

Scoring: Team (82.7); Frank Mason III 20.8; Josh Jackson 16.4; Devonte Graham 13.1; Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk 9.6.

Rebounds: Team (38.8); Laden Lucas 8.4; Josh Jackson 7.2; Carlton Bragg Jr. 4.1; Udoka Azubuike 4.4; Carlton Bragg Jr. 4.1; Frank Mason III 4.1.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (16.3/13.1); Frank Mason III 5.1/2.5; Devonte Graham 4.3/1.8; Josh Jackson 3.1/2.8.

3-pointers: Team (.405); Devonte Graham 81; Frank Mason III 73; Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk 63; Lagerald Vick 31; Josh Jackson 29.

Last Ten: 8-2.

The Skinny: The Jayhawks won their 13th straight regular-season Big 12 championship, though it wasn’t always easy. Led by Frank Mason III and star freshman Josh Jackson, they often overcame big deficits in the second half. Does that mean they are battle tested or susceptible to an upset?

NC Central

Durham, N.C., 25-8.

Nickname: Eagles. Coach: LeVelle Moton.

Conference: Mid-Eastern Athletic. Bid: MEAC champion.

Region: Midwest. Seed: No. 16.

Tournament Record: 0-1, 1 year. Last appearance: 2014.

Scoring: Team (75.1); Patrick Cole 19.5; Dajuan Graf 14.3; Rashaun Madison 9.8; Kyle Benton 9.1

Rebounds: Team (38.8); Kyle Benton 8.2; Patrick Cole 7.0; Del’Vin Dickerson 4.8; Will Ransom 4.5; Pablo Rivas 4.4.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (14.1/12.0); Patrick Cole 5.7/3.8; Dajuan Graf 5.2/2.8.

3-pointers: Team (.340); Rashaun Madison 89; Patrick Cole 66; Ron Trapps 36.

Last Ten: 8-2.

The Skinny: The Eagles are in the tournament for the second time since moving to Division I in the late 2000s. They made things tough on Power 5 schools this year, beating Missouri and losing to Ohio State and LSU by a combined 10 points.

UC Davis

Davis, Calif., 22-12.

Nickname: Aggies. Coach: Jim Les.

Conference: Big West. Bid: Big West champion.

Region: Midwest. Seed: No. 16.

Tournament Record: First year. Last appearance: First year.

Scoring: Team (71.1); Brynton Lemar 16.1; Chima Moneke 14.4; Siler Schneider 10.5.

Rebounds: Team (35.7); Chima Moneke 9.4; J.T. Adenrele 5.1; Garrison Goode 3.9.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (13.1/14.1); Darius Graham 3.2/1.9; Brynton Lemar 2.6/1.7; Siler Schneider 2.1/2.3.

3-pointers: Team (.355); Brynton Lemar 74; Siler Schneider 46; Darius Graham 42.

Last Ten: 7-3.

The Skinny: The Aggies won the Big West Tournament to make it to the NCAAs for the first time since becoming a Division I team in 2004-05. Chima Moneke led the conference with 13 double-doubles and scored the buzzer beater in overtime to beat Cal-State Fullerton in the Big West Tournament semifinals.



Coral Gables, Fla., 21-11.

Nickname: Hurricanes. Coach: Jim Larranga.

Conference: Atlantic Coast. Bid: At large.

Region: Midwest. Seed: No. 8.

Tournament Record: 8-8, 8 years. Last appearance: 2016.

Scoring: Team (69.4); Davon Reed 15.0; Ja’Quan Newton 13.4; Bruce Brown 11.9.

Rebounds: Team (36.0); Kamari Murphy 7.5; Bruce Brown 5.8; Davon Reed 4.8.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (11.9/12.7); Ja’Quan Newton 3.6/3.3; Bruce Brown 3.2/2.1; Davon Reed 2.5/2.1.

3-pointers: Team (.359); Davon Reed 77; Dejan Vasiljevic 51; Anthony Lawrence Jr. 34; Bruce Brown 32.

Last Ten: 6-4.

The Skinny: The Hurricanes began the season with only nine scholarship players, and have relied heavily on three freshmen, but regular-season wins over Duke, North Carolina and Virginia helped them make the tournament. The Hurricanes have made the Sweet 16 twice under coach Jim Larranaga, including last year, but they’re 0-8 in March against ranked teams since he became coach.

Michigan State

East Lansing, 19-14.

Nickname: Spartans. Coach: Tom Izzo.

Conference: Big Ten. Bid: At large.

Region: East, South Midwest West. Seed: No. 9.

Tournament Record: 63-29, 30 years. Last appearance: 2016.

Scoring: Team (71.7); Miles Bridges 16.7; Nick Ward 13.7; Eron Harris 10.4.

Rebounds: Team (36.7); Miles Bridges 8.3; Nick Ward 6.5; Kenny Goins 4.6.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (17.0/14.2); Cassius Winston 5.1/2.2; Lourawls Nairn Jr. 3.7/1.1; Miles Bridges 2.0/2.5.

3-pointers: Team (.376); Miles Bridges 52; Eron Harris 43; Alvin Ellis III 41; Matt McQuaid 38; Joshua Langford 33.

Last Ten: 5-5.

The Skinny: The Spartans made the NCAA Tournament for a 20th consecutive season, although there were some anxious moments as this young team struggled a bit against a tough schedule. Freshman Miles Bridges will likely be a part of any success Michigan State has the rest of the way.


Iowa State

Ames, 23-10.

Nickname: Cyclones. Coach: Steve Prohm.

Conference: Big 12. Bid: Big 12 champion.

Region: Midwest. Seed: No. 5.

Tournament Record: 18-18, 18 years. Last appearance: 2016.

Scoring: Team (80.9); Monte Morris 16.3; Naz Mitrou-Long 15.5; Deonte Burton 14.8; Matt Thomas 12.0.

Rebounds: Team (34.9); Deonte Burton 6.2; Monte Morris 4.8; Naz Mitrou-Long 4.7; Darrell Bowie 4.1.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (15.8/10.2); Monte Morris 6.1/1.1; Naz Mitrou-Long 2.8/1.7.

3-pointers: Team (.402); Naz Mitrou-Long 94; Matt Thomas 84; Monte Morris 51; Donald Jackson 43; Deonte Burton 40.

Last Ten: 9-1.

The Skinny: The Cyclones are a dark-horse Final Four contender - if they’re hitting 3s. Bigger teams can push Iowa State around in the post, but the Cyclones have shown the ability to win despite a sizeable disadvantage on the boards.


Reno, 28-6.

Nickname: Wolf Pack. Coach: Eric Mussleman.

Conference: Mountain West. Bid: MWC champion.

Region: Midwest. Seed: No. 12.

Tournament Record: 4-6, 6 years. Last appearance: 2007.

Scoring: Team (80.0); Marcus Marshall 19.8; Cameron Oliver 15.8; Jordan Caroline 14.8; D.J. Fenner 14.1.

Rebounds: Team (38.9); Jordan Caroline 9.2; Cameron Oliver 8.7; Lindsey Drew 5.0.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (16.1/11.1); Lindsey Drew 4.8/1.9; Marcus Marshall 3.6/1.6.

3-pointers: Team (.385); Marcus Marshall 113; D.J. Fenner 64; Cameron Oliver 62.

Last Ten: 9-1.

The Skinny: The Wolf Pack beat Colorado State to win the Mountain West Tournament. Getting to the line is key for Nevada. The Wolf Pack have attempted 254 more free throws than opponents.



West Lafayette, Ind., 25-7.

Nickname: Boilermakers. Coach: Matt Painter.

Conference: Big Ten. Bid: At large.

Region: Midwest. Seed: No. 4.

Tournament Record: 35-28, 28 years. Last appearance: 2016.

Scoring: Team (80.1); Caleb Swanigan 18.5; Isaac Haas 12.8; Vince Edwards 12.2; Carsen Edwards 10.4; Dakota Mathias 9.9.

Rebounds: Team (37.9); Caleb Swanigan 12.6; Isaac Haas 5.1; Vince Edwards 4.8.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (18.1/13.1); Dakota Mathias 3.6/1.5; Vince Edwards 3.2/1.7; P.J. Thompson 3.0/0.7; Caleb Swanigan 2.8/3.3.

3-pointers: Team (.406); Dakota Mathias 66; P.J. Thompson 48; Carsen Edwards 47; Vince Edwards 43; Ryan Cline 42; Caleb Swanigan 31.

Last Ten: 7-3.

The Skinny: The Boilermakers’ late surge led them to their first outright Big Ten title since 1996. But they still have a lot to prove. Purdue hasn’t advanced to the second round of the tourney since 2012, hasn’t advanced beyond the Sweet 16 since 2000 and hasn’t been to a Final Four since 1980. They’re counting on national player of the year candidate Caleb Swanigan to help change those numbers.


Burlington, 30-5.

Nickname: Catamounts. Coach: John Becker.

Conference: America East. Bid: America East champion.

Region: Midwest. Seed: No. 13.

Tournament Record: 2-5, 5 years. Last appearance: 2012.

Scoring: Team (73.6); Antony Lamb 12.6; Payton Henson 11.4; Trae Bell-Haynes 11.1.

Rebounds: Team (34.2); Anthony Lamb 5.4; Payton Henson 5.3; Kurt Steidl 4.4.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (13.4/11.3); Trae Bell-Haynes 3.8/1.9; Ernie Duncan 2.1/0.8.

3-pointers: Team (.369); Ernie Duncan 72; Kurt Steidl 57.

Last Ten: 10-0.

The Skinny: The Catamounts were one of only two teams to go unbeaten against conference opponents this season, accomplishing the feat along with Ivy champion Princeton. Vermont is shooting an impressive 56 percent from 2-point range.



Omaha, Neb., 25-9.

Nickname: Bluejays. Coach: Greg McDermott.

Conference: Big East. Bid: At large.

Region: Midwest. Seed: No. 6.

Tournament Record: 12-20, 19 years. Last appearance: 2014.

Scoring: Team (82.1); Marcus Foster 18.3; Justin Patton 13.1; Khyri Thomas 12.4.

Rebounds: Team (34.9); Justin Patton 6.2; Khyri Thomas 5.7; Cole Huff 3.9.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (17.3/12.5); Khyri Thomas 3.4/2.0; Marcus Foster 2.4/2.2.

3-pointers: Team (.399); Marcus Foster 72; Cole Huff 61; Khyri Thomas 44; Isaiah Zierden 41; Toby Hegner 31.

Last Ten: 5-5.

The Skinny: The Bluejays lost seven of 12 to finish the regular season after losing star point guard Maurice Watson Jr. to an ACL tear, but they made it to the Big East Tournament championship game. They have a potential lottery pick in 7-footer Justin Patton.

Rhode Island

Kingston, 24-9.

Nickname: Rams. Coach: Dan Hurley.

Conference: Atlantic 10. Bid: A10 champion.

Region: Midwest. Seed: No. 11.

Tournament Record: 6-8, 8 years. Last appearance: 1999.

Scoring: Team (73.5); E.C. Mathews 14.4; Hassan Martin 13.8; Jared Terrell 13.3; Kuran Iverson 9.6.

Rebounds: Team (37.5); Kuran Iverson 7.5; Hassan Martin 6.6; Cyril Langevine 4.2; E.C. Matthews 4.2.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (13.5/11.4); Jarvis Garrett 3.3/1.7; Jeff Dowtin 2.2/0.8.

3-pointers: Team (.338); E.C. Mathews 56; Jared Terrell 42.

Last Ten: 8-2.

The Skinny: The Rams were a bubble team until they beat VCU to win the Atlantic 10 Tournament. Rhode Island trailed for just 43 seconds in 120 minutes of play in that tourney.



Eugene, 29-5.

Nickname: Ducks. Coach: Dana Altman.

Conference: Pac-12. Bid: At large.

Region: Midwest. Seed: No. 3.

Tournament Record: 19-13, 14 years. Last appearance: 2016.

Scoring: Team (79.1); Dillon Brooks 16.3; Tyler Dorsey 13.3; Chris Boucher 11.8; Dylan Ennis 11.0; Jordan Bell 10.7.

Rebounds: Team (36.4); Jordan Bell 8.1; Chris Boucher 6.1; Dylan Ennis 4.3.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (16.4/11.6); Payton Pritchard 3.9/1.4; Dylan Ennis 3.1/1.9; Dillon Brooks 2.7/2.0; Casey Benson 2.1/0.9.

3-pointers: Team (.378); Tyler Dorsey 68; Dylan Ennis 48; Dillon Brooks 48; Payton Pritchard 45; Chris Boucher 36.

Last Ten: 8-2.

The Skinny: After advancing to the Elite Eight last season, Oregon shared the Pac-12’s regular-season title with Arizona with a school-record 16 conference wins. Senior forward Chris Boucher is out for the season with a torn ACL.


New Rochelle, N.Y., 22-12.

Nickname: Gaels. Coach: Tim Cluess.

Conference: Metro Atlantic Athletic. Bid: MAAC champion.

Region: Midwest. Seed: No. 14.

Tournament Record: 1-11, 11 years. Last appearance: 2016.

Scoring: Team (80.5); Jordan Washington 17.9; Jon Severe 11.3; Rickey McGill 10.8; Sam Cassell Jr. 10.8. E.J. Crawford 9.4; Deyshonee Much 9.3.

Rebounds: Team (36.0); Jordan Washington 7.4; Taylor Bessick 4.5; Rickey McGill 3.9.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (15.6/12.1); Rickey McGill 5.2/2.0; Sam Cassell Jr. 3.1/1.4; Jon Severe 2.2/1.9.

3-pointers: Team (.397); Sam Cassell Jr. 76; Jon Severe 61; E.J. Crawford 54; Deyshonee Much 52; Shadrac Casimir 41.

Last Ten: 6-4.

The Skinny: The Gaels have shot 40 percent from 3-point range, and that’ll be a big part of their bid for an upset. Nine different players have started at least one game this season for Iona.



Ann Arbor, 24-11.

Nickname: Wolverines. Coach: John Beilein.

Conference: Big Ten. Bid: Big Ten champion.

Region: Midwest. Seed: No. 7.

Tournament Record: 52-25, 26 years. Last appearance: 2016.

Scoring: Team (74.3); Derrick Walton Jr. 15.0; Zak Irvin 12.8; Moritz Wagner 12.1; D.J. Wilson 10.4; Duncan Robinson 9.2.

Rebounds: Team (29.0); D.J. Wilson 5.4; Derrick Walton Jr. 4.7; Zak Irvin 4.5; Moritz Wagner 4.3.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (13.5/9.8); Derrick Walton Jr. 4.6/1.8; Zak Irvin 2.9/1.9.

3-pointers: Team (.384); Derrick Walton Jr. 87; Duncan Robinson 60; Zak Irvin 47; Moritz Wagner 44; Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman 38; D.J. Wilson 34.

Last Ten: 8-2.

The Skinny: After a slow start in conference play, the Wolverines have been on quite a run since early February. John Beilein has another terrific offensive team led by point guard Derrick Walton and skilled big man Moe Wagner.

Oklahoma State

Stillwater, Okla., 20-12.

Nickname: Cowboys. Coach: Brad Underwood.

Conference: Big 12. Bid: At large.

Region: Midwest. Seed: No. 10.

Tournament Record: 38-26, 27 years. Last appearance: 2015.

Scoring: Team (85.5); Jawun Evans 19.0; Jeffrey Carroll 17.4; Phil Forte III 13.3.

Rebounds: Team (36.7); Jeffrey Carroll 6.6; Mitchell Solomon 5.2; Leyton Hammonds 4.8.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (14.7/13.2); Jawun Jones 6.2/2.8.

3-pointers: Team (.401); Phil Forte III 84; Jeffrey Carroll 56; Leyton Hammonds 36; Jawun Jones 35.

Last Ten: 6-4.

The Skinny: The Cowboys lost their first six Big 12 games under first-year coach Brad Underwood before rallying to finish with a 9-9 league record. Point guard Jawun Evans averages 19 points and 6.2 assists per game.



Louisville, Ky., 24-8.

Nickname: Cardinals. Coach: Rick Pitino.

Conference: Atlantic Coast. Bid: At large.

Region: Midwest. Seed: No. 2.

Tournament Record: 75-42, 41 years. Last appearance: 2015.

Scoring: Team (77.5); Donovan Mitchell 15.7; Quentin Snyder 12.7; Deng Adel 11.9.

Rebounds: Team (39.7); Mangok Mathiang 6.1; Jaylen Johnson 5.8; Ray Spalding 5.7; Donovan Mitchell 4.6; Deng Adel 4.5.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (13.6/11.2); Quentin Snyder 4.1/1.5; Donovan Mitchell 2.6/1.7; Deng Adel 2.2/1.4.

3-pointers: Team (.358), Donovan Mitchell 77; Quentin Snyder 53; Deng Adel 40.

Last Ten: 6-4.

The Skinny: The Cardinals return to the tournament after sitting out last spring with a self-imposed postseason ban following an escort scandal. They lost the regional final to Michigan State in their previous appearance two years ago.

Jacksonville State

Jacksonville, Ala., 20-14.

Nickname: Gamecocks. Coach: Ray Harper.

Conference: Ohio Valley Bid: OVC champion.

Region: Midwest. Seed: No. 15.

Tournament Record: First year. Last appearance: First year.

Scoring: Team (69.7); Malcolm Drumwright 12.6; Greg Tucker 11.3; Erik Durham 11.1; Norbertas Giga 10.4.

Rebounds: Team (35.9); Christian Cunningham 8.2; Norbertas Giga 8.1; Erik Durham 5.0.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (14.1/13.6); Malcolm Drumwright 2.8/2.5; Greg Tucker 2.4/1.8.

3-pointers: Team (.372); Erik Durham 75; Greg Tucker 66; Malcolm Drumwright 61.

Last Ten: 7-3.

The Skinny: Picked to finish last in the Ohio Valley Conference, the Gamecocks made a surprising run to their first league tournament title and NCAA berth under first-year coach Ray Harper. It’s only their third winning season since moving to Division I in 1995.