Record: 26-7 Region, seed: East, 3
First opponent: North Carolina Central, 8:50 p.m. Friday, San Antonio
Leading scorer: Melvin Ejim, 18.1 avg.
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Leading rebounder: Dustin Hogue, 8.6 avg.
Notable: The Cyclones earned their third straight NCAA berth after beating Baylor for their first Big 12 tournament title since 2000.
Record: 24-11 Region, seed: West, 6
First opponent: Nebraska, 11:40 a.m. Friday, San Antonio
Leading scorer: Cory Jefferson, 13.4 avg.
Leading rebounder: Cory Jefferson, 8.4 avg.
Notable: Won 11 of its past 13 games to secure the Bears’ eighth tournament berth and the first since 2012.
Record: 24-9 Region, seed: South, 2
First opponent: Eastern Kentucky, 3:10 p.m. Friday, St. Louis
Leading scorer: Andrew Wiggins, 17.4 avg.
Leading rebounder: Joel Embiid, 8.1 avg.
Notable: The Jayhawks return to the NCAA Tournament for the 25th consecutive season, the nation’s longest active streak
Record: 23-9 Region, seed: West, 5
First opponent: North Dakota State, 6:27 p.m. Thursday, Spokane, Wash.
Leading scorer: Buddy Hield, 16.8 avg.
Leading rebounder: Ryan Spangler, 9.4 avg.
Notable: It’s the second consecutive NCAA berth for the Sooners under coach Lon Kruger after missing the previous three years.
Record: 23-10 Region, seed: Midwest, 7
First opponent: Arizona State, 8:40 p.m. Thursday, Milwaukee
Leading scorer: Jonathan Holmes, 13.0 avg.
Leading rebounder: Cameron Ridley, 8.1 avg.
Notable: Tough region awaits the Longhorns if they escape AD Steve Patterson’s previous employer, including potential buzz kills Duke and Michigan.
Record: 20-12 Region, seed: Midwest, 9
First opponent: Kentucky, 8:40 p.m. Friday, St. Louis
Leading scorer: Marcus Foster, 15.6 avg.
Leading rebounder: Thomas Gipson, 6.5 avg.
Notable: The Wildcats have a tall task with Kentucky as an opener, but if K-State can pull it off it’ll get a chance to knock off its No. 1-seeded neighbor Wichita State in Round 2.
Record: 21-12 Region, seed: West, 9
First opponent: Gonzaga, 3:40 p.m. Friday, San Diego
Leading scorer: Marcus Smart, 17.8 avg.
Leading rebounder: Kamari Murphy, 6.2 avg.
Notable: The Cowboys quickly became a trendy pick to be a “dangerous” team Sunday evening. Most of that has to do with the team’s underwhelming ninth seed after a seven-game losing streak in Big 12 play.