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NCAA Capsules-South Regional

March 18, 2019
Virginia

Charlottesville, 29-3.

Nickname: Cavaliers. Coach: Tony Bennett.

Conference: Atlantic Coast. Bid: At Large.

Region: South. Seed: No. 1.

Tournament History: 29-22, 2 Final Fours in 22 appearances.

Last appearance: 2018, lost to UMBC in the First Round.

Season Stats::

Scoring: 71.8 points per game, 47.8 fg pct, 8.5 3-pt pct, 74.6 ft pct.

Top Scorers: Kyle Guy 15.6; De’Andre Hunter 15.1; Ty Jerome 13.0.

Rebounds: Braxton Key 5.5; Hunter 5.0; Avg team margin (plus-4.9).

Assist/Turnover Ratio (1.61): Jerome (5.4/1.6), 166 assists.

Last 10 Games: 9-1.

Best Win: 69-61 at North Carolina on Feb. 11.

Worst Loss: 59-69 vs. Florida State on March 15.

The Skinny: The Cavaliers have won or shared four of the last six ACC regular-season titles, including each of the last two. Coach Tony Bennett’s squad is known for its defense — Virginia leads the nation in scoring defense at 55.1 points per game (the only team allowing fewer than 58) and is No. 4 in field-goal percentage defense (.380) — but is, perhaps, better known for becoming the only No. 1 seed in NCAA Tournament history to lose to a No. 16 seed after falling to 74-54 to UMBC in 2018. UVA’s only losses this season have come against Duke (twice), the ACC Tournament champion, and No. 12 Florida State (in the ACC semifinals).

Gardner-Webb

Boiling Springs, N.C., 23-11.

Nickname: Runnin’ Bulldogs. Coach: Tim Craft.

Conference: Big South. Bid: Automatic.

Region: South Seed: No. 16.

Tournament History: First Appearance.

Last appearance: First.

Season Stats:

Team Scoring: 78.3 points per game, 48.8 fg pct, 39.1 3-pt pct, 71.1 ft pct.

Top Scorers: David Efianayi 18.4; Jose Perez 15.0; DJ Laster 13.7.

Rebounds: Perez 5.8; Laster 5.5; Avg team margin (minus-0.7).

Assist/Turnover Ratio (1.26): Perez (3.0/2.0), 102 assists.

Last 10 Games: 8-2

Best Win: 76-65 at Radford on March 10.

Worst Loss: 78-79 vs. Eastern Illinois on Nov. 23.

The Skinny: The school that gave the basketball world Artis Gilmore and John Drew before the Runnin’ Bulldogs moved up to Division I in 2000 is making its first NCAA Tournament appearance after the fourth-seeded squad took down No. 2 seed Radford in the title game behind a career-high 32 points from senior forward DJ Laster, who filled up the basket amid the offensive struggles of David Efianayi, the Bulldogs’ top scorer in their Division I history. Efianayi shot nearly 50 percent this season in averaging 18.5 ppg and 43 percent from the arc. Freshman swingman Jose Perez (15.1 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists) has been a sterling addition.

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Mississippi

Oxford, 20-12.

Nickname: Rebels. Coach: Kermit Davis Jr.

Conference: Southeastern. Bid: At Large

Region: South. Seed: No. 8.

Tournament History: 5-8, in 8 appearances.

Last appearance: 2015, lost to Xavier in the First Round.

Season Stats:

Team Scoring: 76.0 points per game, 46.2 fg pct, 36.1 3-pt pct, 78.5 ft pct.

Top Scorers: Breein Tyree 18.2; Terence Davis 15.1; Devontae Shuler 10.2.

Rebounds: Davis 5.8; Bruce Stevens 4.4; Avg team margin (plus-2.3).

Assist/Turnover Ratio (1.13): Davis (3.4/2.8), 108 assists.

Last 10 Games: 5-5.

Best Win: 81-77 at Mississippi State on Jan. 12.

Worst Loss: 73-74 at Arkansas on March 2.

The Skinny: Ole Miss, under first-year coach Kermit Davis, returns to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2015. It is often said that good guard play wins games in March and the Rebels rely heavily on their backcourt of Terence Davis, Breein Tyree and Devontae Shuler. That trio combines to average 43.5 points, 13.0 rebounds, 9.3 assists and 4.4 steals per game. Unfortunately, defense is critical to an extended run and Mississippi rank last in the SEC in field-goal percentage defense (.441) and 3-point field-goal percentage defense (.372).

Oklahoma

Norman, 19-13.

Nickname: Sooners. Coach: Lon Kruger.

Conference: Big 12 Bid: At Large.

Region: South. Seed: No. 9.

Tournament History: 41-31, 5 Final Fours in 30 appearances.

Last appearance: 2018, lost to Rhode Island in the First Round.

Season Stats:

Team Scoring: 71.2 points per game, 44.5 fg pct, 34.2 3-pt pct, 69.1 ft pct.

Top Scorers: Christian James 14.4; Brady Manek 12.0; Kristian Doolittle 11.2.

Rebounds: Doolittle 7.0; James 6.3; Avg team margin (plus-0.5).

Assist/Turnover Ratio (1.04): Jamal Bieniemy (3.5/1.3), 112 assists.

Last 10 Games: 4-6.

Best Win: 81-68 at home to Kansas on March 5.

Worst Loss: 71-72 vs. West Virginia on March 13.

The Skinny: Oklahoma fell to West Virginia 72-71 in the first round of the Big 12 tournament when the Sooners’ Christian James, who appeared to knock down a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to force overtime, was determined to have had his foot on the line. The officials overturned their original call. The Sooners have four quadrant-1 wins and a strong resume against quality opponents, but went 7-11 in the league. A win over Kansas down the stretch also helped.

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Wisconsin

Madison, 23-10.

Nickname: Badgers. Coach: Greg Gard.

Conference: Colonial Athletic Association. Bid: Automatic.

Region: South. Seed: No. 5.

Tournament History: 38-22, 4 Final Fours and 1 National Championship in 23 appearances.

Last appearance: 2017, lost to Florida in the Sweet Sixteen.

Season Stats:

Team Scoring: 69.5 points per game, 45.7 fg pct, 37.4 3-pt pct, 65.0 ft pct.

Top Scorers: Ethan Happ 17.4; D’Mitrik Trice 11.8; Brad Davison 10.9.

Rebounds: Happ 10.3; Khalil Iverson 4.5; Avg team margin (plus-0.1).

Assist/Turnover Ratio (1.33): Happ (4.7/3.1), 150 assists.

Last 10 Games: 6-4.

Best Win: 64-54 at home to Michigan on Jan. 19.

Worst Loss: 73-75 at Indiana on Feb. 26.

The Skinny: The No. 19 Badgers made it to the Big Ten Tournament semifinals before losing 67-55 to No. 6 Michigan State. Nine of Wisconsin’s 10 losses this season were by single digits. The Badgers missed the NCAA Tournament last season for the first time since 1998.

Oregon

Eugene, 23-12.

Nickname: Ducks. Coach: Dana Altman.

Conference: Pac 12. Bid: Automatic.

Region: South. Seed: No. 12.

Tournament History: 23-14, 2 Final Fours in 15 appearances.

Last appearance: 2017, lost to North in the Final Four.

Season Stats:

Team Scoring: 70.5 points per game, 45.0 fg pct, 34.3 3-pt pct, 71.9 ft pct.

Top Scorers: Bol Bol 21.0; Louis King 13.1; Payton Pritchard 12.7.

Rebounds: Bol 9.6; King 5.7; Avg team margin (plus-1.7).

Assist/Turnover Ratio (1.13): Pritchard (4.5/1.9), 156 assists.

Last 10 Games: 8-2.

Best Win: 62-52 at home to VCU on Nov. 28.

Worst Loss: 73-80 at Florida Atlantic on Jan. 10.

The Skinny: The Ducks, who came into the season ranked No. 14, missed the NCAA Tournament last year for the first time since 2012. Three weeks ago, on the heels of a three-game skid capped by a 90-83 loss at UCLA that dropped Oregon to 15-12, it appeared as if coach Dana Altman’s team would miss the Big Dance again in 2019. The Ducks, however, won four games in as many days to win the Pac-12 Tournament to extend their win streak to eight games. Defense has keyed the resurgence as, since the 90-83 loss to the Bruins on Feb. 23, Oregon has limited its opponents to just 54.2 points per game on 34.6-percent (143 of 413) shooting.

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Kansas State

Manhattan, 25-8.

Nickname: Wildcats. Coach: Bruce Weber.

Conference: Big 12. Bid: At Large.

Region: South. Seed: No. 4.

Tournament History: 36-34, 4 Final Fours in 29 appearances.

Last appearance: 2018, lost to Loyola-Chicago in the Elite Eight.

Season Stats:

Team Scoring: 65.8 points per game, 43.1 fg pct, 33.6 3-pt pct, 66.4 ft pct.

Top Scorers: Barry Brown Jr. 14.9; Dean Wade 12.9; Kamau Stokes 10.8.

Rebounds: Wade 6.2; Sneed 5.5; Avg team margin (plus-1.2).

Assist/Turnover Ratio (1.22): Stokes (3.3/1.8), 106 assists.

Last 10 Games: 7-3

Best Win: 74-67 at home to Kansas on Feb. 5.

Worst Loss: 53-65 at Texas A&M on Jan. 26.

The Skinny: The co-Big 12 regular season champion is clearly of the mind it can duplicate last year’s run to the Elite Eight, which included a 50-43 win over No. 16-seed darling UMBC in the second round. More conversation in the state, and nationally, centers more around what their high profile, in-state rival hasn’t done this year than what the Wildcats have done. And that includes posting a 10-3 record since February.

UC Irvine

Irvine, Calif., 30-5.

Nickname: Anteaters. Coach: Russell Turner.

Conference: Big West. Bid: Automatic.

Region: South. Seed: No. 13.

Tournament History: 0-1, in 1 appearance.

Last appearance: 2015, lost to Louisville in the First Round.

Season Stats:

Team Scoring: 72.9 points per game, 45.9 fg pct, 36.1 3-pt pct, 69.6 ft pct.

Top Scorers: Max Hazzard 12.5; Evan Leonard 11.1; Collin Welp 8.9.

Rebounds: Jonathan Galloway 8.0; Elston Jones 6.8; Avg team margin (plus-7.3).

Assist/Turnover Ratio (1.13): Eyassu Worku (2.8/1.8), 84 assists.

Last 10 Games: 10-0.

Best Win: 80-75 at Saint Mary’s on Nov. 28.

Worst Loss: 70-80 at home to Long Beach State on Jan. 16.

The Skinny: Coach Russell Turner, who won 25 combined games in his first two seasons (2010-11 and ’11-12) at UC Irvine, led the Anteaters to a program-record 30 wins (so far) this season and their second-ever berth in the Big Dance. They have wins over Montana and at Saint Mary’s — both NCAA Tournament teams — and come into the tourney on a 16-game win streak. UCI ranks fifth nationally in field-goal percentage defense (.380), ninth in rebound margin (plus-7.3) and 19th in scoring defense (63.3 points per game).

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Villanova

Philadelphia, 25-9.

Nickname: Wildcats. Coach: Jay Wright.

Conference: Big East. Bid: Automatic.

Region: South. Seed: No. 6

Tournament History: 64-36, 6 Final Fours and 3 National Championships in 38 appearances.

Last appearance: 2018, beat Michigan in the National Championship.

Season Stats:

Scoring: 74.5 points per game, 43.9 fg pct, 35.3 3-pt pct, 72.7 ft pct.

Top Scorers: Phil Booth 18.6; Eric Paschall 16.5; Collin Gillespie 11.1.

Rebounds: Paschall 6.2; Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree 5.9; Avg team margin (plus-2.5).

Assist/Turnover Ratio (1.26): Booth (3.8/2.3), 129 assists.

Last 10 Games: 6-4.

Best Win: 66-60 vs. Florida State on Nov. 25.

Worst Loss: 75-78 at Penn on Dec. 11.

The Skinny: The Wildcats won national championship in 2016 and 2018 and average 34 wins over the last four seasons. Villanova lost seven players from last year’s squad, including four to the NBA draft. After struggling (by its own ridiculous standards), including losing four of five games in the middle of February, Nova has won five of its last six and claimed its third consecutive Big East Tournament title. The Wildcats are led by a pair of seniors: guard Phil Booth and forward Eric Paschall, who combine to average more than 35 points per game.

Saint Mary’s

Moraga, Calif., 22-11.

Nickname: Gaels. Coach: Randy Bennett.

Conference: West Coast. Bid: Automatic.

Region: South. Seed: No. 11.

Tournament History: 6-11 in 12 appearances.

Last appearance: 2017, lost to Arizona in the second round.

Season Stats:

Team Scoring: 72.9 points per game, 47.4 fg pct, 37.8 3-pt pct, 74.5 ft pct.

Top Scorers: Jordan Ford 21.3; Malik Fitts 15.3; Tanner Krebs 8.9.

Rebounds: Fitts 7.6; Jordan Hunter 6.8; Avg team margin (plus-5.5).

Assist/Turnover Ratio (0.95): Tommy Kuhse (2.9/1.6), 95 assists.

Last 10 Games: 8-2

Best Win: 60-47 vs. Gonzaga on March 12.

Worst Loss: 77-84 vs. Pepperdine on Jan. 26.

The Skinny: The Gaels, somewhat surprisingly, return to the NCAA Tournament after a one-year absence thanks to a decisive win over then-No. 1 Gonzaga, in the West Coast Conference tournament championship game — their first title since 2012. Saint Mary’s lost five of its top seven scorers and three starters from last year’s squad that won 30 games and lost in the quarterfinals of the NIT but has won seven of its last eight games with the only loss coming against Gonzaga. During that stretch, the Gaels have allowed their opponents to score just 51.3 points per game on 38.1-percent shooting. For the season, Saint Mary’s is giving up 64.4 points per game (No. 29 nationally) with a plus-5.5 rebound margin (No. 26).

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Purdue

West Lafayette, Ind., 23-9.

Nickname: Boilermakers. Coach: Matt Painter.

Conference: Big Ten. Bid: At Large.

Region: South. Seed: No. 3.

Tournament History: 39-30, 2 Final Fours in 29 appearances.

Last appearance: 2018, lost to Texas Tech in the Sweet Sixteen.

Season Stats:

Scoring: 76.2 points per game, 44.6 fg pct, 36.6 3-pt pct, 73.2 ft pct.

Top Scorers: Carsen Edwards 23.0; Ryan Cline 11.9; Matt Haarms 9.0.

Rebounds: Nojel Eastern 5.8; Haarms 5.4; Avg team margin (plus-5.2).

Assist/Turnover Ratio (1.35): Cline (3.3/1.3), 107 assists.

Last 10 Games: 7-3.

Best Win: 73-63 at home to Michigan State on Jan. 27.

Worst Loss: 80-88 vs. Notre Dame on Dec. 15.

The Skinny: Despite a two-point loss to Minnesota in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten tournament, the conference co-champion Boilermakers won 14 of their last 17 games. Two of those losses were to the Golden Gophers, who earned a 10 seed, with the other loss at No. 24 Maryland, now a six-seed. Carsen Edwards is the third Purdue player in nine years to lead the league in scoring, the only school with more than one scoring leader. Edwards averaged 23.5 points but only shot 11 of 48 in the two recent losses to Minnesota. These Boilermakers are also the conference in 3-point shooting.

Old Dominion

Norfolk, Va., 26-8.

Nickname: Monarchs. Coach: Jeff Jones.

Conference: C-USA. Bid: Automatic.

Region: South. Seed: No. 14.

Tournament History: 3-11, in 11 appearances.

Last appearance: 2011, lost to Butler in the First Round.

Season Stats:

Team Scoring: 66.2 points per game, 41.1 fg pct, 35.3 3-pt pct, 66.0 ft pct.

Top Scorers: B.J. Stith 16.9; Ahmad Caver 16.5; Xavier Green 9.7.

Rebounds: Stith 7.4; Aaron Carver 6.0; Avg team margin (plus-4.9).

Assist/Turnover Ratio (1.09): Caver (5.6/2.2), 191 assists.

Last 10 Games: 8-2.

Best Win: 62-52 at home to VCU on Nov. 28.

Worst Loss: 73-80 at Florida Atlantic on Jan. 10.

The Skinny: Old Dominion made its first NCAA Tournament since 2011. ODU needed two big comeback wins to reach the Conference USA’s title game against Western Kentucky. Ahmad Caver made a fall-away 3-pointer with 3.3 seconds left to top Louisiana Tech and Xavier Green made a one-handed shot while being fouled with four seconds left to lift ODU past UAB. Top-seeded Old Dominion, the eighth-stingiest scoring defense in the latest NCAA statistics (61.2 points per game), won three tournament games by a total of nine points.

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Cincinnati

Cincinnati, 28-6.

Nickname: Bearcats. Coach: Mick Cronin.

Conference: American Athletic. Bid: Automatic.

Region: South. Seed: No. 7.

Tournament History: 46-31, 6 Final Fours and 2 national championships in 32 appearances.

Last appearance: 2018, lost to Nevada in Second Round.

Season Stats:

Scoring: 71.7 points per game, 43.2 fg pct, 35.0 3-pt pct, 70.4 ft pct.

Top Scorers: Jarron Cumberland 18.4; Keith Williams 10.2; Tre Scott 9.2.

Rebounds: Scott 6.8; Nysier Brooks 6.3; Avg team margin (plus-5.2).

Assist/Turnover Ratio (1.28): Cumberland (3.7/2.8), 122 assists.

Last 10 Games: 8-2.

Best Win: 60-55 at home to UCF on Feb. 21.

Worst Loss: 71-73 at East Carolina on Jan. 5.

The Skinny: The Bearcats’ 89 wins since the start of the 2016-17 season are the most in any three-year stretch in school history and are third most in the nation behind only Gonzaga (99) and Villanova (93). The Bearcats have rallied to win seven times when trailing by eight or more points. Cincinnati’s AAC quarterfinals win over SMU gave the Bearcats at least 26 wins in a season for the sixth time in the last nine years.

Iowa

Iowa City, 22-11.

Nickname: Hawkeyes. Coach: Fran McCaffery.

Conference: Big Ten. Bid: At Large.

Region: South. Seed: No. 10.

Tournament History: 29-27, 3 Final Fours in 25 appearances.

Last appearance: 2016, lost to Villanova in the Second Round.

Season Stats:

Team Scoring: 78.3 points per game, 45.5 fg pct, 36.1 3-pt pct, 74.0 ft pct.

Top Scorers: Tyler Cook 14.9; Luke Garza 12.9; Jordan Bohannon 11.3.

Rebounds: Cook 7.9; Joe Wieskamp 4.8; Avg team margin (plus-1.1).

Assist/Turnover Ratio (1.29): Bohannon (3.4/1.7), 113 assists.

Last 10 Games: 4-6.

Best Win: 74-59 at home to Michigan on Feb. 1.

Worst Loss: 72-86 at home to Rutgers on March 2.

The Skinny: The Hawkeyes limp in the NCAA Tournament losers of five of their last six games, including a 74-53 drubbing by No. 10 Michigan in the Big Ten quarterfinals. Despite Iowa’s recent struggles, coach Fran McCaffery’s team has home wins against the aforementioned Wolverines (by 15 points) and Iowa State, the Big 12 Tournament champion, as well as a neutral-site win over Pac-12 champ Oregon. The Hawkeyes can beat you inside, with forwards Tyler Cook and Luka Garza, or outside, where Joe Wieskamp, Isaiah Moss and Jordan Bohannon have combined to shoot better than 40 percent from behind the arc and average 5.3 made 3s per game.

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Tennessee

Knoxville, 29-5.

Nickname: Volunteers. Coach: Rick Barnes.

Conference: Southeastern. Bid: At large.

Region: South. Seed: No. 2.

Tournament History: 19-21 in 20 appearances.

Last appearance: 2014, lost to Michigan in the Sweet Sixteen.

Season Stats:

Scoring: 82.3 points per game, 49.8 fg pct, 35.8 3-pt pct, 76.2 ft pct.

Top Scorers: Grant Williams 19.2; Admiral Schofield 16.6; Jordan Bone 13.5.

Rebounds: Williams 7.5; Alexander 6.6; Avg team margin (plus-3.7).

Assist/Turnover Ratio (1.68): Bone (6.2/2.0), 203 assists.

Last 10 Games: 6-4.

Best Win: 76-73 vs. Gonzaga on Dec. 9.

Worst Loss: 80-84 at Auburn on March 9.

The Skinny: The Volunteers are making back-to-back trips to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since appearing in six straight from 2006-2011. In January, they moved into the top spot of the of the AP poll — a spot they held for four weeks — for the first time since the 2007-08 campaign and for the second time in program history. All of Tennessee’s five losses this season have come against ranked teams and the Vols have three wins against Top-5 teams (No. 1 Gonzaga and two against No. 5 Kentucky).

Colgate

Hamilton, N.Y., 24-10.

Nickname: Raiders. Coach: Matt Langel.

Conference: Patriot League. Bid: Automatic.

Region: South. Seed: No. 15.

Tournament History: 0-2 in 2 appearances.

Last appearance: 1996, lost to UConn in the first round.

Season Stats:

Team Scoring: 75.8 points per game, 48.0 fg pct, 38.8 3-pt pct, 74.1 ft pct.

Top Scorers: Rapolas Ivanauskas 16.4; Jordan Burns 15.8; Will Rayman 13.1.

Rebounds: Ivanauskas 7.9; Rayman 6.5; Avg team margin (plus-4.0).

Assist/Turnover Ratio (1.20): Burns (5.8/3.0), 167 assists.

Last 10 Games: 10-0.

Best Win: 75-64 at home to Bucknell on Feb. 19.

Worst Loss: 72-79 at Loyola-Maryland on Jan. 26.

The Skinny: The Raiders are riding a school-record 11-game winning streak into their first tournament since 1996, thanks on 35 points from Jordan Burns in a 94-80 win over Bucknell in the Patriot League title game. In their two appearances, both in consecutive years, Colgate was a 16-seed. In 96 the team was led by future first-round NBA draft pick Adonal Foyle. The only postseason appearance since then was the CBI last year.