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.
Conference tournament week didn't disappoint with numerous buzzer-beaters and upsets as teams fought to clinch their bid into the Big Dance.
Just who are all of these teams in the tournament? Let's a take a quick look at each of them.
Holy Cross - First-year head coach, Bill Carmody, couldn't get to the NCAA Tournament in 13 years with Northwestern, but he somehow managed to take a 14-19 Crusaders team dancing.
Fairleigh Dickinson - The Knights are... sub-optimal on defense. They are 245th in Defensive Efficiency. The Knights have made their fifth NCAA tournament and first since 2005.
Hampton - The Pirates are the 7th-best rebounding team in the country and are 20th in Total Rebound Rate among the 68 teams in the field. They will have to dominate the boards to have a chance. Star seniors Reginald Johnson Jr. and Quinton Chievous combine for 35.5 points, 14.7 rebounds, and 6.2 assists per game.
Austin Peay - The Governors somehow won their conference tournament, which allowed them to get to a 18-17 record. Chris Horton is a bright spot for the 16 seed though. He enters the tournament averaging 18.9 points and 12 rebounds. Hopefully we can see a big performance out of the senior.
Southern - The Jaguars won the SWAC while posting a 22-12 record. Their most recent trip to the tournament was in 2013 where they lost to 1 seed Gonzaga by just six points.
Florida Gulf Coast - The Eagles have the made the tournament only one other time in the schools' brief history. "Dunk City" made a big name for themselves back in 2013 as the then 15 seed upset 2 seed Georgetown and then 7 seed San Diego State University.
Weber St. - The Wildcats have an interesting offense because they have the 10th-best Effective Field Goal Percentage (eFG%) out of the tournament teams, but they also turn the ball over the second most often.
Middle Tennessee - The top two scorers for the Blue Raiders will be coming back next year, so they could return to the tournament again. Giddy Potts shoots an insane 50.3% from three-point land and actually shoots better from downtown than he does inside the arc.
UNC Asheville - They have a very good defense and can wreak havoc on that end of the floor. They cause the 10th-most turnovers in college.
Cal St. Bakersfield - The Roadrunners come into the tournament with not only probably the best name but also a very good defense to go with it. They hold opponents to the 10th-lowest Effective Field Goal percentage and turn them over the 14th-most often.
Buffalo - The Bulls are back in the dance for a second straight season. They're a pretty good rebounding team that will try to play an above-average Pace.
Wisconsin Green Bay - Green Bay is the fourth-fastest team in the country. They run and then they run some more on their way to averaging 84.2 points per game. However, they also surrender 80.5 points per game.
Fresno St. - The Bulldogs rely on one guy to carry the weight, and his name is Marvelle Harris. Harris plays almost the entire game and averages over 20 points per game. If he gets hot, he could put on a show as he has four 30-plus point games this year.
Stephen F. Austin - Stephen F. Austin turns their opponent over on 25.4% of possessions. That mark leads college basketball. The Lumberjacks are also fifth in Offensive Efficiency and third in Defensive Efficiency.
Iona - The Gaels are a fast team that likes to pressure. During offensive free throws, their guards lineup just so they can get into a full-court press faster. Also, star guard A.J. English can light up the scoreboard in the blink of an eye.
Stony Brook - Jameel Warney is the man. He averages almost 20 points, 11 boards, and 3 blocks. In the conference championship, he scored 43 points to go with 10 rebounds.
UNC Wilmington - The Seahawks are a very consistent team that plays well on both ends of the floor. One key issue they need to avoid is their habit of fouling. They average the most fouls per game out of any team in the field.
Hawaii - The Rainbow Warriors are challenging the Cal St. Bakersfield Roadrunners for best name in the tournament. Aside from that, they are a very good defensive team that can truly shut down opponents. They are eighth in the nation when it comes to Defensive Efficiency.
Chattanooga - The Mocs lost one of their best players early in the season, but that didn't deter them from a Southern conference championship with a 29-5 record. Their Offensive and Defensive Efficiency scores place them in the 79th percentile or better in each category.
South Dakota St. - The Jackrabbits are back in the tournament for the third time in five years. The experienced team is ironically lead by freshman big man, Mike Daum, who averages 15 points and 6 rebounds. He also shoots 82% from the charity stripe.
Arkansas Little Rock - The Trojans have improved their win total by 16 from last year to this year under rookie coach, Chris Beard.
Yale - The Bulldogs are all about defense and rebounding. They are 12th in the country Defensive Efficiency and are 2nd in Total Rebound Percentage.
Northern Iowa - The Panthers play at the sixth-slowest Pace in the country. They also don't rebound well, as they haul in the fifth-fewest rebounds per game out of any team in the nation.
Tulsa - The Golden Hurricane are the shock of the tournament as almost no one expected them to make the field. There are nine players that see the court regularly and seven of them are seniors. They do rank in the 70th percentile or better in offense and defense, according to our metrics, and are one of the most consistent schools in the country.
Michigan - The Wolverines are the most inconsistent team in all of college basketball, per our metrics. On the defensive end, they are fourth from last in opponent eFG%. The only teams worse in that category are three 16 seeded teams.
Gonzaga - The Bulldogs were somewhat of a disappointment because, before the season, many expected them to make a deep run in this tournament. Senior Kyle Wiltjer is averaging over 20 points per game and is paired with fellow big man, Damontas, Sabonis, who is 6'11" and averages almost 17 points and 12 rebounds.
Wichita St. - The Shockers allow 59.4 points per game, which is the lowest in the country. While they do play slow -- there are 33 teams faster than they are -- that's just how good they are defensively. They're tops in the tourney with a Defensive Rating of 89 points allowed per 100 possessions. Their opponents also turn the ball over the fifth-most out of every team. Oh, and on top of that, they are 37th in Offensive Efficiency.
Vanderbilt - The Commodores are an extremely inconsistent team that excels on defense. They hold teams to a 43.1 eFG%, which is the second best in the field. It all depends on which Vandy team will come to play.
Temple - The Owls have the lowest Turnover Rate in the nation -- turning it over on just 13.2% of possessions.
Syracuse - The Orange are strange this year. They started off well, and then coach Jim Boeheim was suspended for nine games in the middle of the season. Now, they have lost five of their last six games heading into the tournament.
VCU - The Rams are a trendy team every year because of their style. Their first year under a new coach hasn't changed that at all. It shouldn't come as a surprise that they are one of the best teams in the country at creating turnovers. They rank in the 91st percentile on defense, per our metrics.
Pittsburgh - The Panthers are one of the most inconsistent teams in the country, according to our metrics. They were 14-1 to start the year but are just 7-10 since that hot start.
Providence - The Friars rarely get attention, but they have gotten plenty this year. Star guard, Kris Dunn, is a projected top-10 pick in the NBA Draft, and Ben Bentil went from averaging just 6 points 5 rebounds his freshman year to averaging 21 and 8 in his second season.
Butler - The Bulldogs are the second-most inconsistent team in the nation, but they do have a very good offense. They rank 15th in Offensive Efficiency.
Cincinnati - The Bearcats are a good defensive team that ranks near the top of the field in Defensive Efficiency, opponent points per game, opponent field goal percentage, and many other defensive stats. They like slow, low-scoring games. They have the third-best defense overall, per our metrics, but play at a Pace that ranks them in the 11th percentile in the country.
Connecticut - I feel like we have seen this before. The Huskies are riding high entering the NCAA tournament once again. Similar to Cincinnati, their defense is what can propel them through the tournament. They rank in the 96th percentile among college teams in Defensive Efficiency.
Colorado - The Buffaloes seem to be a top rebounding team every year, and this year is no different. They average the fourth-most rebounds per game in all of college hoops.
Texas Tech - The Red Raiders have actually been very good this year in a very tough conference. Almost all of their losses have come to tournament teams. They beat Iowa St., Baylor, and Oklahoma in three games in a row but most recently lost to a terrible TCU team. They played the ninth-toughest schedule of any tournament team this year.
Saint Joseph's - The Hawks don't let anything come easy to their opponents as they are one of the nation's best at protecting the ball and not fouling opponents. There are no freebies when it comes to this 8 seed. They rank in the 83rd percentile on defense.
USC - The Trojans are coming into the tournament having lost seven of their last 10 games. However, their head coach, Andy Enfield, was in charge of the Florida Gulf Coast team from a few years ago that went on a great run.
Oregon St. - The Beavers played the eighth-toughest schedule among tournament teams and still made it through with a pretty impressive 19-12 record.
Dayton - The Flyers are the 19th in Defensive Efficiency. They can really limit teams as they play with a below average Pace as well.
Wisconsin - The Badgers are slow and consistent. Playing at one of the lowest Paces in the country, they can wear teams down by extending possessions.
Iowa - The Hawkeyes were once a top-tier team in the country. But since dropping six of their last eight contests, they have quickly fallen to a 7 seed. Will they return to form or continue their struggles?
Notre Dame - The Fighting Irish come into the tournament 15th in Offensive Efficiency. They also commit the second-fewest fouls of any team in the field.
Texas - Shaka Smart is back. This time, he leads a Longhorns team that went through a tough Big 12 Conference and the third-toughest schedule among the 68 tournament teams. Their best player, Cameron Ridley, is back from injury. He played only two minutes last game in an attempt to ease him back into action. But Smart said he will definitely be able to play more as the tournament goes on.
Seton Hall - The Pirates are riding high after upsetting Xavier and Villanova to win the Big East. They will likely be a popular dark-horse pick this year. They are in the 92nd percentile in defense and are the 7th-most consistent team in the tournament.
Arizona - The Wildcats are talented on both sides of the ball. They rank 19th in Offensive Efficiency and 31st in Defensive Efficiency.
Baylor - The Bears are back after getting upset in the first round last year. They are very good at offense, and a main factor in that is the fact that they rebound nearly 40% of their own misses. Second-chance points are their forte.
Maryland - The Terrapins were a preseason favorite and have since slid in the rankings. They're still a dominant and balanced team that should remain on everyone's radar. They're in the 85th percentile on defense and the 86th percentile on offense.
Indiana - The Hoosiers come in with the second-best eFG% in the country. They average the 10th-most points per game while only averaging the 207th-most possessions. Efficiency is their game.
Purdue - In terms of Offensive and Defensive Efficiency, the Boilermakers rank 10th and 19th in those categories. They also average the sixth-most rebounds per game out of all tournament teams.
California - The Golden Bears are back in the tournament after a brief two-year absence. They have two studs in Jaylen Brown and Ivan Rabb, who are both expected to be top-10 picks in the upcoming NBA Draft. They rank in the 88th percentile on defense and the 82nd percentile on offense.
Kentucky - The Wildcats are entering the tournament after a 26-8 season -- not quite the 34-0 from last year but they are still a very good team. Guards Tyler Ulis and Jamal Murray lead an explosive offense that just won the SEC tournament. They're the eighth-best team in the nation, per our metrics.
Duke - The Blue Devils saw one of their best players go down early in the season but have been able to continue an impressive 23-10 season. Grayson Allen has played like an All-American this season and will try to defend their National Championship from last year. They own an Offensive Rating of 118.4, third-best among tournament teams.
Iowa St. - The Cyclones were upset last year in the first round but have bounced back with another successful season. They like to run and shoot and they do it very well. They have a 56.8 eFG% on their way to scoring over 81 points per game.
Utah - The Utes have a star in Jakob Poeltl. He is averaging almost 18 points and 9 rebounds in most likely his last college season. He has helped lead a strong offensive effort en route to a 26-8 record.
Texas A&M - The Aggies just lost in the SEC Championship game on Sunday, but they have ended a four-year drought from the NCAA tournament, and they have done so in a dominating fashion. Their defense forces a turnover on over 20% of possessions.
Miami FL - The Hurricanes have a very potent offense that has carried them to a 25-7 record in a tough ACC Conference. Their defense (72nd percentile) isn't their specialty by any means, but it is just good enough to not lose them any games while their offense (93rd percentile) does the damage.
West Virginia - Guys, the Mountaineers are very good. On the offensive end, they draw a foul on 32% of possessions, which is the second-highest rate in the country. And on the defensive end, "Press Virginia" creates the second-most turnovers by turning their opponent over on 25% of possessions.
Oklahoma - The Sooners shoot a lot of threes, but it works for them because they make almost 43% of them. Their star, Buddy Hield, is a favorite to win the National Player of the Year award.
Michigan State - You could make a case that the Spartans are the best team in the country. They shoot extremely well and hold opponents to a tournament-best 42.6% eFG%. Oh and they have Denzel Valentine, who is the only person that may win the National Player of the Year award over Hield.
Villanova - Tournament woes have haunted the Wildcats in the past, but they have put together yet another great season. They are fantastic on offense (92nd percentile) and defense (96th percentile), and there is little reason to believe in another first-weekend upset.
Xavier - The Muskateers score and rebound with the best in the country. Out of the 351 teams, they ranks 15th in points per games and 11th in rebounds per game.
North Carolina - The Tar Heels were the preseason favorite to win it all. They struggled more than most people expected, but here they are as a 1 seed. Their biggest keys are their experience and their rebounding. They're the 11th-most consistent team in the tournament and boast the 8th-best offense in the field.
Oregon - The Ducks will likely be a team that people will select to get upset in the first few rounds because they aren't nationally televised a lot. The team is still very good, however, and they have a stud name Chris Boucher, who has developed into a true talent in his first college season (he is a senior, though). Boucher averages 12 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 blocks per game for the Pac 12 Champions.
Virginia - The Cavaliers are the slowest team in the country and are known to destroy teams with their defense. However, their offense is somehow underrated as they are ranked 14th in Offensive Efficiency.
Kansas - The Jayhawks are the current favorite to win the title. They have dominated all year and just won their 12th-straight conference championship. Similar to almost all top seeds, Kansas is extremely effective on both sides of the ball -- they're in the 97th percentile on offense and 90th on defense. The Jayhawks will likely be in this tournament for a while.