68 stats for 68 NCAA tournament-bound teams
It's tourney time, so here's a few betting stats and notes for all 68 teams vying for the national title:
(1) Louisville - Ranks 224th in the nation in 3-point shooting percentage (33.1%)
(2) Duke - Went 18-0 in the regular season with forward Ryan Kelly in the lineup (11-7 ATS) but 9-3 SU and 6-7 ATS without him.
(3) Michigan State - The Spartans play strong, balanced team defense,
finishing 35th or better in four key defensive statistical categories - points allowed per game, opponent field goal percentage, opponent 3-point percentage and opponent free throw percentage.
(4) Saint Louis - In seven NCAA tournament appearances, the Billikens have never advanced past their second game.
(5) Oklahoma State - The Cowboys lost in the opening round of their last tournament appearance in 2010.
(6) Memphis - The Tigers are very efficient from the floor, shooting 37.9%
from 3-point range and 47.9 from the field. But their 66.7 percent mark from the free-throw line ranks 260th in the country.
(7) Creighton - The Bluejays lead the nation in field goal percentage (.508) and rank fourth in assists per game (17.2).
(8) Colorado State - Have only covered once in their last seven games.
(9) Missouri - The Tigers are the second-best rebounding team in the country at 41.4 per game.
(10) Cincinnati - The Bearcats rank 26th or better in opponent points per game, field goal percentage, 3-point percentage, and free throw percentage.
(11) TBD from play-in game.
(12) Oregon - The Ducks will make their first tournament appearance since
2008, when they were eliminated in the first round as a No. 9 seed.
(13) New Mexico State - Enters the tourney on a five-game winning streak and has now won six straight WAC tournament games by at least nine points, and by an overall average margin of 14.3 points per win.
(14) Valparaiso - The Crusaders are making their first NCAA appearance since 2004. They head into the tourney on a six-game winning streak after breaking the school's single-season record for victories.
(15) Albany - This will be the third tournament appearance for the Great Danes. They also made it to the Big Dance in 2006 and 2007.
(16) TBD from play-in game
(1) Kansas - Kansas has the best field-goal percentage defense in the country -- and much of it comes from its shot-blocking prowess on the interior. The Jayhawks allow teams to shoot only 38.9 percent inside the arc, and only 35.9 percent overall -- both rank first in the country.
(2) Georgetown - The Hoyas rank 297th in experience, making them one of the youngest teams in the field.
(3) Florida - The Gators were once seen as a lock for a No. 1 seed. After going 5-4 on the road during the SEC regular season and losing in the tournament title game, the Gators fell to a No. 3 seed
(4) Michigan - Posted a 19-12 over/under mark during the regular season - the most overs in the Big Ten.
(5) VCU - The Rams lead the country in turnovers forced per game (19.9) and steals per game (11.9).
(6) UCLA - Second leading scorer Jordan Adams (15.3 ppg) is out for the rest of the
season. He suffered a broken foot Friday night against Arizona.
(7) San Diego State - The Aztecs have only covered once in their last six games.
(8) UNC - The Tar Heels have advanced to at least the regional final in six of
their last seven NCAA tournament appearances, including two national
championships in 2009 and 2005.
(9) Villanova - The Wildcats were a Big East-best 19-10-1 ATS this season.
(10) Oklahoma - The Sooners have played over the total in 10 of their last 11 games.
(11) Minnesota - The Gophers have some quality wins over Memphis, Illinois, Michigan State, Wisconsin, and Indiana this season.
(12) Akron - The Zips overcame the loss of G Alex Abreu to win the MAC tournament, but their 64.5 percent free throw shooting percentage is a major cause for concern.
(13) South Dakota State - The Jackrabbits' sole NCAA appearance came last year, when they earned a trip to the dance but fell in the opener 68-60 to Baylor.
(14) Northwestern State - The Demons score 81 points per game and average 72.9 possession - both are tops in college basketball
(15) Florida Gulf Coast - The Eagles won the Atlantic Sun's automatic bid with an 88-75 victory over top-seeded Mercer on its floor on March 9. It's the first time for FGCU in the tournament in just its second year of eligibility.
(16) Western Kentucky - Went 0-3-1 O/U in the Sun Belt tourney.
(1) Gonzaga - Has lost in the second round of the NCAA tournament three years in a row.
(2) Ohio State - The Buckeyes are 5-0 ATS in their last five games and 7-1 ATS in their last eight.
(3) New Mexico - The Lobos' January 9th win over UNLV is their only victory against a team in the RPI Top 20.
(4) Kansas State - The Wildcats are 9-2 in games when senior guard Rodney McGruder scores 20+ points.
(5) Wisconsin - The Badgers hold opponents to a 10th-best 55.9 points per game.
(6) Arizona - The last time Arizona posted seven losses in the regular season (2010-11) it advanced to the Elite Eight.
(7) Notre Dame - The Irish have gone over the total in four straight heading into the NCAA Tournament.
(8) Pittsburgh - This will be Pitt's first NCAA appearance since
2011, when they were eliminated by Butler in the round of 32 as a No. 1 seed.
(9) Wichita State - The Shockers were eliminated in the first round in last season's tournament by VCU. They were an at-large entry and a No. 5 seed.
(10) Iowa State - The Cyclones rank fourth in the nation in points per game (79.6).
(11) Belmont - This is the third year in a row that Belmont earned an automatic
tournament bid as Ohio Valley tournament winner. They were eliminated
in the first round the previous two seasons.
(12) Ole Miss - Last made an appearance in the 2002 NCAA tournament and lost in the first round.
(13) TBD from play-in game
(14) Harvard - The Crimson are a good rebounding team that shoots well from beyond the arc. Harvard ranks seventh in the nation in 3-point percentage (40.1) and 28th in rebounding (27.2).
(15) Iona - The Gaels won the MAAC tournament last winter and were eliminated in the first round of the 2012 NCAA tournament by Brigham Young.
(1) Indiana - All five of Indiana's losses this season have come against teams in the RPI Top 50.
(2) Miami - The Hurricanes broke the program’s record for wins in a season, set by the 2001-02 team. Miami easily covered in all three of its ACC tournament games.
(3) Marquette - The Golden Eagles have failed to cover in their last three games.
(4) Syracuse - The last time Syracuse lost in the Big East Conference final (2009) it advanced to the Sweet 16 before losing to No. 2 Oklahoma.
(5) UNLV - The Runnin' Rebels have been ousted in the opening round of the NCAA tournament three years in a row.
(6) Butler - Has been a perennial bracket buster in past tournaments and brings a balanced attack with four players averaging 10 points or more per game.
(7) Illinois - The Illini have the third most Top-25 RPI wins in the country with six.
(8) N.C. State - The Wolfpack shot 49.5 percent from the field – fourth best
in the nation – but only 45.3 percent in their nine losses.
(9) Temple - The Owls tangled with some big-name programs in non-conference play,
taking on Villanova, Duke, Syracuse and Kansas. Temple was 2-2 SU and
3-1 ATS in those games.
(10) Colorado - Junior forward Andre Roberson is second in the nation with 11.3 rebounds per game. The Buffaloes were a great under play this season, posting a 7-16 O/U mark.
(11) Bucknell - The Bison failed to cover as big favorites in all three Patriot League playoff games.
(12) Cal - Junior guard Allen Crabbe led the Pac-12 in scoring with 18.7 points per game, but the Golden Bears were a great under play (9-16 O/U) this season.
(13) Montana - The Grizzlies were covering machines on the road this season (10-4-1 ATS).
(14) Davidson - This team is the best in the nation from the charity stripe (80.1 percent).
(15) Pacific - This is Pacific's eighth appearance in the NCAA tournament, and its first since 2006. In the Tigers' last tourney appearance, they lost to Boston College in the first round.
(16) TBD from play-in game
North Carolina A&T - The Aggies have an aggressive offense that gets to the foul line on a quarter of their possessions.
Liberty - The Flames dropped their first eight games of the season and amassed 20 losses. A classic example of a team getting hot at the right time to win its respective conference tourney to earn a berth.
Middle Tennessee - The Blue Raiders are headed to the big dance for the first time in 24 years and are 2-6 all-time in the tournament, with the last win coming in the 1989 Southeast Regional appearance.
St. Mary's - The last time the Gaels entered the NCAA tournament
with an at-large bid was 2008. They were eliminated in the first round.
La Salle - The Explorers have been on everybody's NCAA radar since one of the greatest weeks in recent school history when they defeated visiting Butler, 54-53 on Jan. 23 and then earned a 69-61 win at VCU on Jan. 26.
Boise State - The Broncos rank 33rd in the nation with 7.8 three pointers made per game and boast an efficient 39.1 three-point percentage.
LIU-Brooklyn - The Blackbirds became the first team to win the Northeast Conference tournament three years in a row and are 5-1 ATS in their last six neutral site games.
James Madison - The Dukes are 5-0 ATS in their last five Wednesday and neutral site games.