1. GonzagaRecord: 31-2 (16-0, West Coast Conference)Coach: Mark Few (373-92 in 13 seasons at Gonzaga)Tournament record: 17-15Last tournament appearance: 2012Bid: Automatic RPI: 7Key players: PF Elias Harris (14.9 ppg); C Kelly Olynyk (17.5 ppg)Best win: 69-68 at Oklahoma StateWorst loss: 85-74 at IllinoisScouting the Bulldogs: The top-ranked team in the country is led by center Kelly Olynyk who has taken his game to another level. A year after redshirting because there weren't going to be enough minutes for him, he's become one of the dominant players in the country. Kevin Pangos gives Gonzaga craftiness and shooting at the point.2. Ohio StateRecord: 26-7 (13-5 Big Ten)Coach: Thad Matta (349-103 in 13 seasons, 247-72 in nine at Ohio State)Tournament record: 51-27Last tournament appearance: 2012Bid: Automatic RPI: 11Key players: F Deshaun Thomas (19.7 ppg); G Aaron Craft (4.5 apg)Best win: 67-58 at IndianaWorst loss: NoneScouting the Buckeyes: Ohio State won the Big Ten tournament championship Sunday. Craft was chosen MVP. The Buckeyes won 25 games for the 11th time in school history and for the sixth time in nine seasons under Matta. Thomas has scored in double figures in all 33 games for the Buckeyes this season.3. New MexicoRecord: 29-5 (13-3 Mountain West)Coach: Steve Alford (463-234 in 22 seasons, 155-51 in six at New Mexico)Tournament record: 8-14Last tournament appearance: 2012Bid: Automatic RPI: 2Key players: Kendall Williams (13.5 ppg, 5.0 apg), Tony Snell (12.6 ppg), Alex Kirk (11.9 ppg, 7.9 rpg)Best win: 91-82 at Colorado StateWorst loss: 70-65 vs. South Dakota StateScouting the Lobos: The half-court game is the forte of New Mexico, whose RPI is among the best in the nation. Yet, the Lobos have played only one Top 25 team this season, a 60-46 loss to Saint Louis. Nonetheless, New Mexico is 9-3 in games against the top 50 in the RPI and is 6-0 on neutral courts.4. Kansas StateRecord: 27-7 (14-4 Big 12)Coach: Bruce Weber (340-162 in 15 seasons, 27-7 in one at Kansas State)Tournament record: 33-30Last tournament appearance: 2012Bid: At-large RPI: 19Key players: G Rodney McGruder (15.1 ppg); G Angel Rodriguez (5.5 apg)Best win: 67-61 vs. Florida in Kansas CityWorst loss: NoneScouting the Wildcats: Kansas State finished tied for first in the Big 12 regular season with Kansas — clinching the Wildcats first conference championship since 1977 — but lost all three games against the Jayhawks. Weber employs a motion offense, but McGruder is the key. He scored 67 points in three games at the Big 12 tournament, eighth-best all-time.5. WisconsinRecord: 23-11 (12-6 Big Ten)Coach: Bo Ryan (674-215 in 29 seasons, 291-112 in 12 at Wisconsin)Tournament record: 25-17Last tournament appearance: 2012Bid: At-large RPI: 28Key players: G Ben Brust (11.2 ppg); F Ryan Evans (7.7 rpg)Best win: 64-59 at IndianaWorst loss: 69-56 vs. PurdueScouting the Badgers: Could have Big Ten final rematch with Buckeyes.6. ArizonaRecord: 25-7 (12-6, Pac-12)Coach: Sean Miller (214-89 in nine seasons, 94-42 in four at Arizona)Tournament record: 46-28Last tournament appearance: 2012Bid: At-large RPI: 15Key players: PG Mark Lyons (14.9 ppg); SF Solomon Hill (13.6 ppg)Best win: 69-50 at MiamiWorst loss: 89-78 at USCScouting the Wildcats: Arizona is a load when it gets contributions from its young big guys Brandon Ashley, Kaleb Tarczewski and Grant Jarrett. Nick Johnson is one of the best wing defenders in the Pac-12. If the game is tight late, Mark Lyons will most likely take Arizona's final shots, whether his coach wants him to or not.7. Notre DameRecord: 25-9 (11-7 in Big East)Coach: Mike Brey (384-192 in 18 seasons, 285-140 in 13 at Notre Dame)Tournament record: 6-10Last tournament appearance: 2012Bid: At-large. RPI: 36.Key players: F Jack Cooley (10.4 rpg.), G Jerian Grant (13.4 ppg., 5.7 apg.)Best win: 104-101 vs. LouisvilleWorst loss: 67-63 at St. John'sScouting the Fighting Irish: Typical of Brey's ND teams, this one is balanced and precise offensively. As a team, they shoot 47 percent from the field and 38 percent from 3-point range. No matter what defense you play, you must account for Eric Atkins, shooting 43 percent from 3-point range. Six Irish players average seven or more points this season.8. PittsburghRecord: 24-8 (12-6 in Big East)Coach: Jamie Dixon (262-85 in 10 seasons at Pitt)Tournament record: 11-8 in eight seasonsLast tournament appearance: 2011Bid: At-large. RPI: 44Key players: G Tray Woodard (11.8 ppg); C Steven Adams (2.0 bpg)Best win: 73-45 at GeorgetownWorst loss: 67-62 at RutgersScouting the Panthers: As measured by points allowed per opponent possession (0.91), the Panthers are among the country's best defenses.They're also sixth in the country in points allowed (55.4 per game).They shoot well overall (48 percent) but there isn't much depth; Dixon is pretty reliant on his starters, so injuries can be pretty costly in the NCAA's win-or-go-home format.9. Wichita StateRecord: 26-8 (12-6 Missouri Valley)Coach: Gregg Marshall (327-152 in 15 seasons, 135-69 in six at Wichita State)Tournament record: 8-10Last tournament appearance: 2012Bid: At-large. RPI: 37Key players: F Cleanthony Early (13.6ppg, 5.1 rpg); F Carl Hall (12.8 ppg, 7.2 rpg); G Malcolm Armstead (10.4 ppg);G Demetric Williams (8.3 ppg).Best win: 53-51 at VCUWorst loss: 64-62 at Southern IllinoisScouting the Shockers: One year after being upset in the first round as a five-seed by 12th-seeded VCU, the Shockers are back. It's their first consecutive appearances since 1987 and 1988. This is Wichita State's 10th tourney overall, including two under Marshall, who previously led Winthrop to seven appearances. The Shockers, who last won an NCAA game in 2006 when they defeated Seton Hall and Tennessee, open with Pitt in Salt Lake.10. Iowa StateRecord: 22-11 (11-7 Big 12)Coach: Fred Hoiberg (61-38 in three seasons at Iowa State)Tournament record: 13-14Last tournament appearance: 2012Bid: At-large RPI: 45Key players: G Will Clyburn (15.2 ppg); F Melvin Ejim (9.3 rpg)Best win: 87-76 vs. Oklahoma StateWorst loss: 56-51 at Texas TechScouting the Cyclones: Iowa State made 325 three-pointers this season, an average of 9.8 per game that leads the nation. The Cyclones have three players who've made 60 or more threes for the second straight season: Tyrus McGee, Chris Babb and Korie Lucious, a transfer from Michigan State.11. BelmontRecord: 26-6 (14-2 in Ohio Valley)Coach: Rick Byrd (663-345 in 32 seasons, 571-290 in 27 at Belmont)Tournament record: 0-5Last tournament appearance: 2012Bid: Automatic. RPI: 17Key player: G Ian Clark (46.3 3FG%, 18.1 ppg)Best win: 70-62 at StanfordWorst loss: 80-69 at Tenn. StateScouting the Bruins: Proven good at getting here, but unable to stick around … Coach Rick Byrd has taken the Bruins from NAIA to D-1. . . .Clark is 3rd in the nation in 3-pointer shooting accuracy.12. Ole MissRecord: 26-8 (12-6 in the SEC)Coach: Andy Kennedy (172-99 in eight seasons, 151-86 in seven at Ole Miss)Tournament record: 3-6.Last tournament appearance:2002Bid: Automatic RPI: 50Key players: G Marshall Henderson (19.7 ppg); F Murphy Holloway (9.6 rpg)Best win: 64-49 vs. MissouriWorst loss: 73-67 at Mississippi StateScouting the Tigers: The Rebels don't turn the ball over and are ninth nationally in turnover margin, 30th in steals per game and 17th in blocked shots per game, mostly because of Reginald Buckner (2.74 blocks per game). Marshall Henderson is one of the nation's most prolific three-point shooters, so a hot night by him.13. Boise StateRecord: 21-10 (9-7 Mountain West)Coach: Leon Rice (56-25 in three seasons at Boise State)Tournament record: 0-0Last tournament appearance: FirstBid: At-large RPI: 41Key players: G/F Anthony Drmic (17.3 ppg, 46 percent FG), Derrick Marks (16.3 ppg)Best win: 83-70 at CreightonWorst loss: 87-65 at Seattle UniversityScouting the Broncos: The Broncos were 12th in the nation in 3-point shooting percentage and held opponents to under 40 percent shooting during a seven-game stretch prior to a conference-tournament loss to San Diego State. The once-surging Broncos won five of seven to close the season, but lost two of their last three.13. La SalleRecord: 21-9 (11-5 in Atlantic 10)Coach: John Giannini (437-28 5in 24 seasons, 140-136 in nine at La Salle)Tournament record: 11-9.Last tournament appearance:1992Bid: at large RPI: 46Key players: G Ramon Galloway (17.4 ppg, 2.07 steals per game); G Tyreek Duren (15.0 ppg)Best win: 69-61 vs. VCUWorst loss: 81-74 vs. Central Connecticut StateScouting the Explorers: Galloway's among the nation's best three-point shooters, so if he gets hot, he can burn a team out on his own. La Salle applies pressure, but doesn't foul much, hits their own free throws and has a high assist-to-turnover ratio. In other words, the Explorers don't beat themselves.14. HarvardRecord: 19-9, (11-3 Ivy)Coach: Tommy Amaker (268-195 in 14 seasons, 92-56 in six at Harvard)Tournament record: 0-3Last tournament appearance: 2012Bid: Automatic. RPI: 93Key players: G-F Wesley Saunders (16.5 ppg, 53.6 fg%), Steve Moundou-Missi (5.1 rpg, 7.9 ppg)Best win: 67-62 at CaliforniaWorst loss: 78-63 at ColumbiaScouting the Crimson: Harvard shoots well, hitting 48.2 of its FG attempts. One of the youngest teams in the field with just one senior and two juniors on the roster. Freshman Siyani Chambers (12.9 ppg) has started all 28 games and has Ivy Rookie of the Week six times. Before Amaker arrived, Harvard's only tournament appearance was in 1946.15. IonaRecord: 20-13 (11-7 in MAAC)Coach: Tim Cluess (190-66 in eight seasons, 90-46 in three seasons at Iona)Tournament record: 1-9Last tournament appearance: 2012Bid: Automatic. RPI: 97Key players: PG Lamont Jones (23 ppg), G Sean Armand (262 3FGA, 41.2%), F David Laury (10.4 rpg)Best win: 94-68 vs. Wake ForestWorst loss: 105-104 at MaristScouting the Gaels:… History suggests they're unlikely to hang around. . . . .Jones, however, reached the Elite 8 as a starting PG at Arizona in 2011. … Gaels have had four consecutive 20-win seasons.16. SouthernRecord: 23-9 (15-3 Southwestern Athletic Conference)Coach: Roman Banks (40-26, 2 seasons at Southern)Tournament record: 1-7Last tournament appearance: 2006Bid: Automatic RPI: 180Key players: G Derick Beltran (15.9 ppg), G Malcolm Miller (15.8 ppg, 46 percent/3-pointers), C Brandon Moore (7.1 rpg)Best win: 53-51 at Texas A&MWorst loss: 68-57 at TCUScouting the Jaguars: Southern, only one year removed from scandal and NCAA sanctions, will have to win a play-in game to be one of the actual 64. The Jaguars were 151nd nationally in scoring, 148th in rebounding and 261th out of the 345 Division I ranked teams in assists. Miller, a junior, is among the top five in the nation in 3-point shooting.