A year ago, The Jimmer knocked Florida out of the Big Dance in the first round. Now the Gators get another shot — but now everyone knows about Jimmer Fredette.
Who would have ever thought that Michigan State and UCLA would be matching up in a 7-10 game? But Izzo’s Spartans go in as the No. 10 seed and Howland’s Bruins are the No. 7 seed.
Which Kansas State team will show up? The Wildcats were one of the major disappointments early in the season, but came on strong down the stretch. Can Jake Pullen continue his stellar play of the past month?
Mid-Major Darlings. Two of the top mid-major programs in the country, Butler and Gonzaga, are both in the region — and both finished strong with conference tournament titles to earn the automatic berth. Can either one make some noise this March?
Lavin’s Return. Steve Lavin took over a St. John’s team that is loaded with seniors and he’s made college hoops in New York relevant again. However, the Red Storm lost D.J. Kennedy to a season-ending knee injury earlier this week — and we’ll see whether the Johnnies can get past Gonzaga in the first round without him. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)