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Mar 19, 2013 4:36 PM by AP

2013 Mens NCAA Basketball Tournament - West Regional Capsules

Gonzaga
Spokane, Wash., 31-2.

Nickname: Bulldogs. Coach: Mark Few.

Conference: West Coast. Bid: WCC champion.

Region: West. Seed: No. 1.

Tournament Record: 17-15, 15 years. Last appearance: 2012.

Scoring: Team (77.6); Kelly Olynyk 17.5; Elias Harris 14.9; Kevin Pangos 11.5; Gary Bell Jr. 9.2.

Rebounds: Team (37.3); Elias Harris 7.4; Kelly Olynyk 7.2.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (15.2/11.2); David Stockton 3.3/1.2; Kevin Pangos 3.2/1.4; Gary Bell Jr. 2.3/1.2.

3-pointers: Team (.371); Kevin Pangos 70; Gary Bell Jr. 53.

Last Ten: 10-0.

The Skinny: Zags, with few weaknesses, ended the regular season No. 1. A mid-major is the No. 1 seed in the West Region.


Southern U.
Baton Rouge, La., 23-9.

Nickname: Jaguars. Coach: Roman Banks.

Conference: Southwestern Athletic. Bid: SWAC champion.

Region: West. Seed: No. 16.

Tournament Record: 1-7, 7 years. Last NCAA Appearance: 2006.

Scoring: Team (67.7); Derick Beltran 15.9; Malcolm Miller 15.8; Javan Mitchell 9.5; Jameel Grace 9.2.

Rebounds: Team (35.2); Brandon Moore 7.1; Malcolm Miller 6.0; Javan Mitchell 4.9; Derick Beltran 4.5.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (11.4/10.9); Jameel Grace 3.6/2.0; Christopher Hyder 2.5/1.1.

3-pointers: Team (.362); Malcolm Miller 87; Derick Beltran 76.

Last Ten: 8-2.

The Skinny: Roman Banks has taken Jaguars from last to first in two seasons with a SWAC championship.

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Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, 24-8.

Nickname: Panthers. Coach: Jamie Dixon.

Conference: Big East. Bid: At large.

Region: West. Seed: No. 8.

Tournament Record: 23-24, 23 years. Last appearance: 2011.

Scoring: Team (69.6); Travon Woodall 11.8; Lamar Patterson 10.0; Talib Zanna 9.8.

Rebounds: Team (35.3); Steve Adams 6.2; Talib Zanna 6.0; Lamar Patterson 4.4; Dante Taylor 4.0.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (16.4/10.9); Travon Woodall 5.2/2.1; James Robinson 3.5/1.2; Lamar Patterson 2.8/1.8.

3-pointers: Team (.360); Travon Woodall 55; Lamar Patterson 37.

Last Ten: 7-3.

The Skinny: The Panthers have wins over Georgetown, Syracuse and two over Villanova on their resume.


Wichita State
Wichita, Kan., 26-8.

Nickname: Shockers. Coach: Gregg Marshall.

Conference: Missouri Valley. Bid: At large.

Region: West. Seed: No. 9.

Tournament Record: 8-10, 9 years. Last appearance: 2012.

Scoring: Team (69.4); Cleanthony Early 13.6; Carl Hall 12.8; Malcolm Armstead 10.4.

Rebounds: Team (38.4); Carl Hall 7.2; Cleanthony Early 5.1.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (13.8/12.8); Malcolm Armstead 4.0/2.3; Demetric Williams 2.4/1.8.

3-pointers: Team (.337); Malcolm Armstead 55; Cleanthony Early 39; Demetric Williams 31; Nick Wiggins 31.

Last Ten: 7-3.

The Skinny: Strong nonconference schedule helped Shockers get into the bracket for the second straight season.

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Wisconsin
Madison, 23-11.

Nickname: Badgers. Coach: Bo Ryan.

Conference: Big Ten. Bid: At large.

Region: West. Seed: No. 5.

Tournament Record: 25-17, 18 years. Last appearance: 2012.

Scoring: Team (66.2); Ben Brust 11.4; Jared Berggren 11.3; Ryan Evans 10.4; Sam Dekker 9.5.

Rebounds: Team (36.9); Ryan Evans 7.5; Jared Berggren 6.9; Mike Bruesewitz 5.3; Ben Brust 5.2.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (13.5/9.8); Ben Brust 2.4/1.2; Traevon Jackson 2.8/2.1; Ryan Evans 2.0/1.6.

3-pointers: Team (.338); Ben Brust 77; Sam Dekker 48; George Marshall 35.

Last Ten: 6-4.

The Skinny: Winning the Big Ten tournament title says a lot. Having a coach like Bo Ryan certainly doesn't hurt.


Mississippi
University, Miss., 26-8.

Nickname: Rebels. Coach: Andy Kennedy.

Conference: Southeatern. Bid: SEC champion.

Region: West. Seed: No. 12.

Tournament Record: 3-6, 6 year. Last NCAA Appearance: 2002.

Scoring: Team (79.1); Marshall Henderson 20.1; Murphy Holloway 14.6; Reginald Buckner 9.5; Jarvis Summers 9.0.

Rebounds: Team (39.5); Murphy Holloway 9.6; Reginald Buckner 7.4; Aaron Jones 4.1.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (12.7/11.5); Jarvis Summers 3.7/1.6.

3-pointers: Team (.336); Marshall Henderson 131; Nick Williams 27; LaDarius White 27.

Last Ten: 8-2.

The Skinny: Marshall Henderson could be this year's Jimmer Fredette.

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Kansas State
Manhattan, 27-7.

Nickname: Wildcats. Coach: Bruce Weber.

Conference: Big 12. Bid: At large.

Region: West. Seed: No. 4.

Tournament Record: 33-30, 26 years. Last appearance: 2012.

Scoring: Team (69.2); Rodney McGruder 15.7; Angel Rodriguez 11.7; Shane Southwell 8.1.

Rebounds: Team (35.3); Rodney McGruder 5.4; Thomas Gipson 5.0; Jordan Henriquez 4.8.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (16.0/11.6); Angel Rodriguez 5.3/2.3; Shane Southwell 2.6/1.2; Will Spradling 2.4/1.0; Martavious Irving 2.1/1.1; Rodney McGuder 2.0/1.7.

3-pointers: Team (.363); Angel Rodriguez 55; Rodney McGruder 50; Will Spradling 46; Shame Southwell 45; Martavious Irving 35.

Last Ten: 8-2.

The Skinny: Won share of Big 12 regular-season title and got to tournament title game in first season under coach Bruce Weber. Not bad, not bad at all.


Boise State
Boise, Idaho, 21-10.

Nickname: Broncos. Coach: Leon Rice.

Conference: Mountain West. Bid: At large.

Region: West. Seed: No. 13.

Tournament Record: 0-5, 5 years. Last NCAA Appearance: 2008.

Scoring: Team (73.3); Anthony Drmic 17.3; Derrick Marks 16.3; Jeff Elorriaga 10.3.

Rebounds: Team (33.9); Ryan Watkins 6.8; Kenny Buckner 5.1; Anthony Drmic 4.6.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (13.2/12.1); Derrick Marks 3.7/3.4; Anthony Drmic 2.4/2.1; Jeff Elorriaga 2.1/0.7; Igor Hadziomerovic 2.0/1.5.

3-pointers: Team (.391); Jeff Elorriaga 82; Anthony Drmic 75.

Last Ten: 6-4.

The Skinny: The Broncos sneaked into the bracket for the first time since 2008 after finishing fifth in Mountain West. Get past La Salle and they might have trouble sneaking past Kansas State.


La Salle
Philadelphia, 21-9.

Nickname: Explorers. Coach: John Giannini.

Conference: Atlantic 10. Bid: At large.

Region: West. Seed: No. 13.

Tournament Record: 11-10, 11 years. Last appearance: 1992.

Scoring: Team (72.4); Ramon Galloway 17.0; Tyreek Duren 15.0; Tyrone Garland 12.9; Jerrell Wright 10.3.

Rebounds: Team (31.7); Jerrell Wright 6.9; Steve Zack 6.4; Ramon Galloway 4.6.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (14.4/11.7); Ramon Galloway 3.8/3.1; Tyreek Duren 3.3/2.0; Sam Mills 2.3/1.2; Tyrone Garland 2.0/1.5.

3-pointers: Team (.371); Ramon Galloway 80; Tyreek Duren 45; Sam Mills 40; D.J. Peterson 30.

Last Ten: 7-3.

The Skinny: Wins over Butler and VCU helped erase a couple of early-season losses to get the Explorers into the bracket.

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Arizona
Tucson, 25-7.

Nickname: Wildcats. Coach: Sean Miller.

Conference: Pac-12. Bid: At large.

Region: West. Seed: No. 6.

Tournament Record: 46-28, 29 years. Last NCAA Appearance: 2011.

Scoring: Team (73.3); Mark Lyons 14.8; Solomon Hill 13.4; Nick Johnson 11.7.

Rebounds: Team (36.2); Kaleb Tarczewski 6.1; Brandon Ashley 5.3; Solomon Hill 5.3; Kevin Parrom 4.9.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (13.8/13.1); Nick Johnson 3.2/1.8; Mark Lyons 3.0/2.8; Solomon Hill 2.8/2.3.

3-pointers: Team (.363); Mark Lyons 59; Solomon Hill 51; Kevin Parrom 39; Nick Johnson 38; Grant Jerrett 31.

Last Ten: 5-5.

The Skinny: Loads of talent, will need to find defensive consistency to make a run. Watch for Sean Miller's death stare. One of the best in college hoops.


Belmont
Nashville, Tenn., 26-6.

Nickname: Bruins. Coach: Rick Byrd.

Conference: Ohio Vally. Bid: OVC champion.

Region: West. Seed: No. 11.

Tournament Record: 0-5, 5 years. Last NCAA Appearance: 2012.

Scoring: Team (77.2); Ian Clark 18.17; Kerron Johnson 13.7; Trevor Noack 12.5; J.J. Mann 10.5; Blake Jenkins 9.7.

Rebounds: Team (32.2); Trevor Noack 5.5; Blake Jenkins 4.7; J.J. Mann 4.7.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (15.9/13.5); Kerron Johnson 4.8/3.2; J.J. Mann 2.6/1.6; Ian Clark 2.5/2.7; Reece Chamberlain 2.2/1.3.

3-pointers: Team (.386); Ian Clark 99; J.J. Mann 61; Trevor Noack 38.

Last Ten: 8-2.

The Skinny: Bruins have become bracket regulars. They're still waiting to get past the first round, but may have a shot if Arizona doesn't guard them on the perimeter.

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New Mexico
Albuquerque, 29-5.

Nickname: Lobos. Coach: Steve Alford.

Conference: Mountain West. Bid: MWC champion.

Region: West. Seed: No. 3.

Tournament Record: 8-14, 13 years. Last appearance: 2012.

Scoring: Team (67.4); Kendall Williams 13.5; Tony Snell 12.6; Alex Kirk 11.9; Cameron Bairstow 9.6.

Rebounds: Team (35.2); Alex Kirk 7.9; Cameron Bairstow 5.9; Hugh Greenwood 5.1.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (14.6/11.5); Kendall Williams 5.0/2.1; Tony Snell 2.9/2.1; Hugh Greenwood 2.4/1.3.

3-pointers: Team (.354); Tony Snell 63; Kendall Williams 48; Hugh Greenwood 40.

Last Ten: 9-1.

The Skinny: The tournament champion from the conference with the highest RPI, might have a chance to go deep in the bracket.


Harvard
Boston, 19-9.

Nickname: Crimson. Coach: Tommy Amaker.

Conference: Ivy League. Bid: Ivy champion.

Region: West. Seed: No. 14.

Tournament Record: 0-3, 2 years. Last appearance: 2012.

Scoring: Team (68.9); Wesley Saunders 16.5; Siyani Chambers 12.9; Laurent Rivard 10.4.

Rebounds: Team (29.4); Steve Moundou-Missi 5.1; Wesley Saunders 4.1.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (13.2/13.5); Siyani Chambers 5.7/3.4; Wesley Saunders 3.4/3.1.

3-pointers: Team (.401); Laurent Rivard 74; Christian Webster 53; Siyani Chambers 40.

Last Ten: 7-3.

The Skinny: Won third straight Ivy League title, but making second straight NCAA appearance. Keep an eye on Siyani Chambers, the freshman with the cool name and sweet game.

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Notre Dame
South Bend, Ind., 25-9.

Nickname: Fighting Irish. Coach: Mike Brey.

Conference: Big East. Bid: At large.

Region: West. Seed: No. 7.

Tournament Record: 31-36, 32 years. Last appearance: 2012.

Scoring: Team (70.4); Jerian Grant 13.4; Jack Cooley 13.1; Eric Atkins 11.4; Pat Connaughton 9.0.

Rebounds: Team (36.2); Jack Cooley 10.3; Scott Martin 5.9; Pat Connaughton 4.7.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (17.0/11.1); Eric Atkins 5.6/2.1; Jerian Grant 5.6/2.8.

3-pointers: Team (.373); Pat Connaughton 57; Jerian Grant 50; Eric Atkins 48; Cameron Biedscheid 36; Scott Martin 31.

Last Ten: 6-4.

The Skinny: After great start, Irish labored through Big East schedule. With bullish Jack Cooley roaming around, they'll be a tough matchup in the tournament.


Iowa State
Ames, 22-11.

Nickname: Cyclones. Coach: Fred Hoiberg.

Conference: Big 12. Bid: At large.

Region: West. Seed: No. 10.

Tournament Record: 13-14, 14 years. Last appearance: 2012.

Scoring: Team (79.6); Will Clyburn 15.0; Tyrus McGee 13.2; Georges Niang 12.0; Melvin Ejim 11.2.

Rebounds: Team (38.7); Melvin Eljim 9.3; Will Clyburn 7.1; Georges Niang 4.5.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (16.0/13.3); Korie Lucious 5.7/3.3; Chris Babb 2.3/1.0; Will Clyburn 2.1/2.7.

3-pointers: Team (.370); Tyler McGee 90; Chris Babb 62; Korie Lucious 61; Will Clyburn 40; Georges Niang 37.

Last Ten: 6-4.

The Skinny: Good RPI, strong finish to the season and a comeback win over Oklahoma in Big 12 tournament gets the Cyclones back in the tournament for the second straight season.

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Ohio State
Columbus, 26-7.

Nickname: Buckeyes. Coach: Thad Matta.

Conference: Big Ten. Bid: Big Ten champion.

Region: West. Seed: No. 2.

Tournament Record: 51-27, 28 years. Last appearance: 2012.

Scoring: Team (69.8); Deshaun Thomas 19.6; Aaron Craft 9.9; Lenzelle Smith Jr. 9.6.

Rebounds: Team (35.4); Deshaun Thomas 6.2; Lenzelle Smith Jr. 4.8.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (13.5/10.7); Aaron Craft 4.7/1.8; Shannon Scott 3.9/1.3.

3-pointers: Team (.359); Deshaun Thomas 64; Lenzelle Smith Jr. 44.

Last Ten: 9-1.

The Skinny: Buckeyes went to Final Four last season. Do-everything guard Aaron Craft could get them there again.


Iona
New Rochelle, N.Y., 20-13.

Nickname: Gaels. Coach: Tim Cluess.

Conference: Metro Atlantic Athletic. Bid: MAAC champion.

Region: West. Seed: No. 15.

Tournament Record: 1-9, 9 years. Last appearance: 2012.

Scoring: Team (80.7); Lamont Jones 23.0; Sean Armand 16.6; David Laury 13.1.

Rebounds: Team (36.0); David Laury 10.4; Taaj Ridley 5.5; Sean Armand 5.1.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (15.5/12.2); Lamont Jones 3.5/3.3; Tavon Sledge 3.2/1/8.

3-pointers: Team (.373); Sean Armand 108; Lamont Jones 55; Tre Bowman 32.

Last Ten: 6-4.

The Skinny: MAAC champs play fast, shoot 3s and score in bunches. The key for the Gaels will be keeping the other team from scoring - they were 331st in scoring defense.

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