March Madness: Quick Facts About All 68 NCAA Tournament Teams
The entire college basketball season has been crazy, and we can only hope for more of the same in this year's NCAA tournament -- especially since the conference tournaments didn't disappoint.
Now that the fight to clinch a spot in the big dance is over, it's time to get to know each of them before filling out brackets.
California-Davis Aggies - Despite owning a 22-12 record, the Aggies enter the tournament as the worst team in the field of 68 with a -3.34 nERD rating. Their offense is one of the worst in the country -- they rank 225th or worse in points scored per game (70.5) and offensive rating (98.5).
Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers - Averaging just 68.2 points per game, the Mountaineers own the worst offense in the tournament. They rank 290th -- out of 351 -- in points per game and 256th in offensive rating.
New Orleans Privateers - Committing 16.8 turnovers per game, the Privateers are by far the most careless squad with the basketball of all 68 tournament teams. In fact, their 23.9% turnover rate was the third-worst out of all 351 teams in Division I this season.
North Carolina Central Eagles - MEAC Player of the Year Patrick Cole dominated the offense with a top-20 usage rate in the nation (32.7%). The team, however, is really at their best on the defensive end. They rank in the top 25 in points allowed (63.5 per game) and defensive efficiency (93.7 defensive rating).
South Dakota State Jackrabbits - Of all the players in the NCAA Tournament, South Dakota State sophomore forward Mike Daum averages the most points (25.3 per game). He also posted the highest-scoring game of the season in all of Division I with 51 points back February 18.
Texas Southern Tigers - Led by former Indiana Hoosiers head coach Mike Davis, the Tigers are tournament tested, making their third appearance in the last four seasons. They also aren't afraid to face anyone -- they played the third hardest non-conference schedule per kenpom.com.
Jacksonville State Gamecocks - First-year coach Ray Harper engineered an incredible turnaround with the Gamecocks. They finished 20-14 and are going to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history after bumbling through an 8-23 showing last year.
North Dakota Fighting Sioux - North Dakota rebooted their basketball program in 2009-10 after an 89-year hiatus. Just seven years later, they are making their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament after finishing 22-9 and winning the Big Sky tournament as the top seed.
Northern Kentucky Norse - In the five seasons they have been playing Divison I basketball in Northern Kentucky, the 2016-17 season was the first year they had a record over .500. The Norse finished 23-10 and were the third seed in the Horizon League.
Troy Trojans - The Trojans used the hot three-point shooting of Wesley Person Jr. -- son of former NBA player Wesley Person -- to win the Sun Belt Conference Tournament as the 6 seed. Person made a conference record 15 three-pointers with 57% accuracy as he averaged 21.8 points per game.
Florida Gulf Coast Eagles - FGCU returns to the tournament for the third time in five seasons. The Eagles won a First Four game last year before falling to North Carolina by 16. This season, they bring with them the fifth-best shooting team in the country, making 50.2% of their attempts.
Kent State Golden Flashes - The Golden Flashes finished 10-8 in the Mid-American Conference and were the 6 seed in the conference tournament. They pulled off three upsets -- knocking out the 1, 2, and 3 seeds to earn their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2008.
Iona Gaels - The Gaels are one of the most explosive offensives in the tournament thanks to their prolific three-point shooting; 40.0% of their shot attempts come from beyond the arc. They average 9.8 made threes on 24.6 attempts per game for a 39.7% rate, which are all top 20 marks.
New Mexico State Aggies - The Aggies held a 20-game winning streak at one pint this season and finished with a 28-5 record behind the best rebounding duo in the WAC. Eli Chuha and Jemerrio Jones combined for 17.4 rebounds per game while the Aggies ranked top 20 in the nation with 39.9 boards per game.
Bucknell Bison - The Bison are one of the best shooting teams in the tournament, ranking 25th in the nation with a 48.1% field goal percentage. Junior center Nana Foulland finished with a 62.8% field goal percentage, the 10th-best rate in the country.
East Tennessee State Buccaneers - The Buccaneers came out on top in the Southern Conference behind a harassing defense. They rank in the top 10 in total steals and turnovers forced per game and own a top 40 defense in terms of efficiency.
Vermont Catamounts - The Catamounts finished the regular season 16-0 in the American East Conference and own the longest current winning streak in the country (21 games). Their last loss came December 21 against the Butler Bulldogs.
Winthrop Eagles - The Eagles dominated the Big South Conference with a 15-3 record (26-6 overall) behind the dynamic offense of conference Player of the Year Keon Johnson. He averaged 22.5 points per game, the 10th-most in all of college basketball.
Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders - The Blue Raiders do have upset experience -- they shocked the world last season by knocking off Michigan State as a 15 seed. Their 2015-16 leading scorers in Giddy Potts and Reggie Upshaw returned and were joined by Arkansas senior transfer Jacorey Williams, who led Middle Tennessee with 17.3 points per game.
Nevada Wolf Pack - The Wolf Pack are making their first trip to the NCAA Tournament in 10 seasons behind their prowess at the three-point line. Nevada ranks in the top 30 in three-point accuracy (38.9%) and made three-pointers (312).
North Carolina-Wilmington Seahawks - The Seahawks possess an offense that can run with the best of them. Of all 68 teams in the big dance, the UNCW Seahawks scored the fifth-most points (85.2 per game) while their offensive efficiency ranks in the top four.
Princeton Tigers - The Tigers come into the tournament riding the second-longest winning streak in the nation, having gone three months and 19 games without tasting defeat. They have done so with one of the nation's toughest defenses, allowing just 61.6 points per game (10th best), while owning the 17th-best defensive rating.
Kansas State Wildcats - One of the last teams into the field of 68, the Wildcats are making their first appearance in three years. A defensive-minded team, KSU will need to improve on their 250th ranking -- out of 351 -- in total rebounding if they are going to earn the first tournament win in Bruce Weber's five-year-tenure.
Providence Friars - The Friars surprised many by making it back to the big dance for the fourth consecutive year despite losing Second-Team All-American guard Kris Dunn to the NBA last year. Junior Kyron Cartwright stepped up to average 6.7 assists per game, the fourth-most in the nation.
Rhode Island Rams - It has been a long time coming for the Rams -- they last qualified in 1999, despite having seven seasons with 20 or more wins in the last 18 years. They finished with a 24-9 record this season and the Atlantic-10 Conference Tournament Championship behind a defense that blocked the fourth-most shots per game (6.1).
Southern California Trojans - The Trojans were one of the last teams to make it into the field of 68 based on the strength of wins over UCLA and SMU and a 14-0 start to the season. However, their inability to slow anyone down -- the defense ranks 174th in efficiency -- led them to a 10-9 record since including five losses in their last eight games.
Wake Forest Demon Deacons - The Demon Deacons squeaked into the tournament as one of the last at-large bids, but will be a force to be reckoned with -- they have the nation's leader in player efficiency rating, John Collins. The sophomore is averaging 18.9 points and 9.8 rebounds per game.
Xavier Musketeers - After losing guard Edmond Summer for the season due to a knee injury, the Musketeers struggled down the stretch by losing seven of their last 10 games, including six in a row at one point.
Marquette Golden Eagles - The Golden Eagles offense leads the way as they rank in the top 20 in points per game and top 15 in both offensive rating and field goal percentage. The Big East stalwart is also the top three-point shooting team in the country. Leading scorer Markus Howard shot a Divison I best 54.9% from long range.
Oklahoma State Cowboys - If the Cowboys are going to win a game, it will be behind their offense. They rank in the top 10 for offensive efficiency, thanks to hot shooting from beyond the arc (40.1%) and a strong offensive rebounding rate (38.0%).
Virginia Commonwealth Rams - While some teams may live and die by the three, the Rams make only 5.8 long distance shots per game, ranking 302nd out of 351. VCU gets over 56% of their 75.0 points per game from two-pointers, the fourth-highest percentage in the field of 68.
Wichita State Shockers - The Shockers are becoming a mainstay in the NCAA Tournament. They are making their sixth consecutive trip to the big dance and have posted their fifth season with 30-plus wins in the last six years. They enter the tournament as one the hottest teams, having won their last 15 games.
Michigan State Spartans - With their at-large big, the Spartans continued their impressive run of 20 straight NCAA Tournament appearances despite posting their worst record in six seasons (19-14). Tom Izzo's squad has one big weakness, and it is turnovers -- they finished 334th out of 351 teams with a -3.2 turnovers margin.
Seton Hall Pirates - The Pirates are one of the worst free-throw shooting teams in the nation, making just 64.3% of their attempts, which ranks 334th out of 351 NCAA teams. They do own the country's best rebounder, though, in Angel Delgado. The junior forward averages 13.1 boards per game.
Vanderbilt Commodores - The Commodores own one of the more intriguing offenses in the field of 68 since they play one of the slower paces, but made the most three-pointers of any team in the tournament. Five different Vanderbilt players averaged at least 1.0 three-pointers per game.
Virginia Tech Hokies - The Hokies are dancing again after an 11-year absence behind a balanced offense. They have six players who average double-figure points, led by forward Zach LeDay and his 16.3 points per game.
Arkansas Razorbacks - Behind one of the most experienced groups in the tournament - upperclassmen played 95% of the minutes this season -- the Razorbacks are making just their second tournament appearance in the last nine seasons. They last made it in 2015, winning a game before getting bounced in the Round of 32 by North Carolina.
Miami (FL) Hurricanes - Without much offensive firepower -- the Hurricanes rank 266th in points per game and over 123rd in field goal percentage -- Miami will grind games out using the 4th-slowest pace in the tournament.
Northwestern Wildcats - Despite losing 7 of their last 11 games, the Wildcats are making history by earning their first NCAA Tournament appearance ever. Northwestern also cracked the AP top 25 ranks for just the fifth time in the poll's 68-year history this season.
Wisconsin Badgers - The Badgers enter the tournament for the 19th consecutive year, the 4th longest streak in college basketball. While the Big Ten preseason favorite faltered down the stretch -- going 4-6 in their last 10 games -- they still are a defensive machine. Wisconsin finished 7th in points allowed and in the top 20 in defensive efficiency.
Dayton Flyers - The Flyers enter the tournament as one of the most experienced teams, making their fourth consecutive appearance out of the Atlantic 10 Conference. Their trio of seniors, Charles Cooke, Kendall Pollard, and Scoochie Smith combined for 43.7 points per game.
Michigan Wolverines - After finishing 10-8 in the Big Ten, the Wolverines became the lowest seed (8) ever to win the Big Ten Tournament. While John Beilein's offense may run at the fifth-slowest pace of the 68 tournament teams, they take advantage of the limited possessions by ranking in the top 10 in efficiency, turnover rate, and effective field goal percentage.
Saint Mary's (CA) Gaels - The Gaels run one of the most efficient offenses in the tournament, ranking in the 99th percentile. They need to since they run the second-slowest pace out of all 351 teams in Division I. They take over 20 seconds, on average, in their 59 possessions per game.
South Carolina Gamecocks - Despite owning a defense that ranks in the 98th percentile for efficiency and forces the fifth-most turnovers in the NCAA, the Gamecocks come into the tournament in a funk, winning just three of their last nine games. They can look squarely at their offense, which ranks 306th out of 351 Division I teams in terms of shooting accuracy.
Cincinnati Bearcats - The Bearcats are known for their defense -- top 5 in points allowed and top 10 in defensive rating -- but an underrated aspect of their game is offensive efficiency. Mick Cronin's team takes care of the basketball, ranking 6th in turnovers per game and 10th in turnover percentage leading to a 91st percentile standing in offensive rating.
Creighton Bluejays - The Bluejays were off to a hot start, going 18-1 before losing senior point guard Maurice Watson to a season-ending knee injury. They limped down the stretch, going 7-8 in their final 15 games, never winning more than two in a row.
Maryland Terrapins - While the Terrapins are one of the least experienced teams in the tournament -- with three of their top four scorers being freshmen -- junior guard Melo Trimble leads the way with a career-high 17.0 points per game and 28.6% usage rate.
Southern Methodist Mustangs - The Mustangs bounced back from a tumultuous 2015-16 season to post their best season in school history with a 30-4 record. SMU closed the year out on a 16-game winning streak as one of only four schools to rank in the top 15 in both offensive and defensive rating.
Iowa State Cyclones - After a slow start, the Cyclones dominated the second half of the Big 12 season. They won 9 of their last 10, including a three-game run in the Big 12 Tournament where they finished with their third championship in four seasons.
Minnesota Golden Gophers - The Golden Gophers are one of the tournament's least consistent teams, ranking 63rd in consistency by our algorithms. They had three winning streaks of at least six games while also posting a five-game losing streak at one point.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish - The Fighting Irish's offense ranks in the top 15 in offensive efficiency thanks to ball security. They lead the nation with a 15.1% turnover rate and are third with only 9.8 turnovers per game.
Virginia Cavaliers - The Cavaliers like to grind out wins by playing at the slowest pace of all 351 teams in Division I. Their sluggish play, combined with a defensive efficiency in the 98th percentile, led Virginia to allow opponents to score the least amount of points per game (55.6).
Butler Bulldogs - The Bulldogs are very deliberate on offense, playing at one of the slowest paces in the tournament. It pays off, though, as they own a top 35 shooting percentage and commit a turnover on only 15.1% of possessions, the 9th-best rate in the nation.
Florida Gators - The Gators are back! After a dominating run of four consecutive Elite Eight appearances from 2011-14, coach Mike White has Florida back in the tournament for the first time in three years behind the strength of a defense which ranks in the top 15 in efficiency.
Purdue Boilermakers - While double-double machine Caleb Swanigan and his 18.5 points and 12.6 rebounds per game get most of the attention for the Boilermakers, the Big Ten regular season champions are deadly behind the arc. Purdue is the third-best three-point shooting team in the tournament, making 40.6% of attempts.
West Virginia Mountaineers - The Mountaineers defense does one thing better than anybody else, and that is cause turnovers. Led by Jevon Carter's 2.7 steals per game, West Virginia forces 20.7 miscues each night, helping them post a top-10 defensive rating.
Baylor Bears - Making their fourth consecutive tournament appearance, the Bears are hoping to survive the first round this year. They were upset victims the last two seasons -- the 12 seed Yale Bulldogs stunning them last year while the 14 seed Georgia State Panthers shocked them in 2015.
Florida State Seminoles - With a 25-8 record, the Seminoles have the second-most wins in school history and the best winning percentage in 41 years. They are making their first tournament appearance since 2012 when they lost to Cincinnati in the Round of 32.
Oregon Ducks - The leading shot blocking team in all of college basketball (226 swats), the Ducks reject 17.7% of all shots faced. In the big dance, though, they will be without senior Chris Boucher and his 2.5 rejections per game, the 15th highest in the country, after he tore his ACL.
UCLA Bruins - Behind National Player of the Year candidate and projected top-five pick in the NBA draft, Lonzo Ball, the Bruins own the most efficient and highest scoring offense in college basketball. They play at a hyper-fast pace and make nearly 52% of their shot attempts, the best in the nation.
Arizona Wildcats - The Wildcats own one of the most dangerous scoring duos in the game in Allonzo Trier and Lauri Markkanen. Over his last seven games, Trier is averaging 22.1 points while the 7'0" freshman Markkanen averaged 20.0 points in the Pac-12 tournament, which included sinking over 47% of his three-pointers.
Duke Blue Devils - Coming off an Elite Eight appearance last season, the Blue Devils started the season as the number-one team in the AP's preseason top 25 polls. They finished fifth in the ACC but became the first team in conference history to win four games in four days to take home the ACC Tournament Championship.
Kentucky Wildcats - The young Wildcats may sport the least inexperienced team in the tournament, but they are not short on talent. Behind freshmen Malik Monk, De'Aaron Fox, and Bam Adebayo, they score 85.9 points per game, the second-most of any team in the field of 68.
Louisville Cardinals - The Cardinals are built around defense. They allow just 65.8 points per game while posting a top 25 defensive efficiency. Rick Pitino's crew limits opponents to under 40% shooting from the field and 30.9% from three, both top 15 ranks.
Gonzaga Bulldogs - While many will hammer on Gonzaga's weak schedule -- 99th in the nation -- they took care of business in convincing fashion by leading the nation in scoring margin in beating their opponents by an average of 23.4 points per game. Of the Zags' 32 wins 21 came by at least 20 points while they won 13 by 30 or more.
Kansas Jayhawks - The only team with two National Player of the Year finalists, Frank Mason and Josh Jackson, Kansas is one of the favorites to win it all despite an early exit in the Big 12 Tournament. The Jayhawks are making their 7th appearance on the one line in the last 11 seasons.
North Carolina Tar Heels - The 2016 National Championship runner-ups enter this year's tournament as one of the favorites to win it all. With five players averaging at least 4.5 boards per game, the Tar Heels are full of rebounding machines. They lead the nation in with 43.5 rebounds per game.
Villanova Wildcats - The defending National Champions snagged the top overall seed in this year's tournament after winning their second Big East Tournament Championship in three years. National Player of the Year Finalist Josh Hart leads an offense that ranks in the top five in efficiency and shoots nearly 60% on their two-point shots.