NCAA Capsules-West Regional

Updated: March 11, 2012, 8:46 PM ET
Associated Press

Michigan State

East Lansing, 27-7.

Nickname: Spartans. Coach: Tom Izzo.

Conference: Big Ten. Bid: At large.

Region: West. Seed: No. 1.

Tournament Record: 52-24, 25 years. Last appearance: 2011.

Scoring: Team (72.3); Draymond Green 16.2; Keith Appling 11.5; Branden Dawson 8.4; Brando Wood 8.3.

Rebounds: Team (38.2); Draymond Green 10.4; Branden Dawson 4.5; Adreian Payne 4.1.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (15.3/13.2); Keith Appling 3.8/2.4; Draymond Green 3.5/2.9; Brandon Wood 2.2/1.1.

3-pointers: Team (.362); Draymond Green 47; Brandon Wood 44.

Last Ten: 8-2.

The Skinny: Tom Izzo is one of the best coaches in March, though his team is a bit banged up. Branden Dawson is already gone to a torn ACL, and Travis Trice hurt his right ankle in practice for the Big Ten tournament, though he wound up playing with it heavily taped.

LIU

Brooklyn, N.Y., 25-8.

Nickname: Blackbirds. Coach: Jim Ferry.

Conference: Northeast. Bid: Northeast champion.

Region: West. Seed: No. 16.

Tournament Record: 0-4, 4 years. Last NCAA Appearance: 2011.

Scoring: Team (81.9); Julian Boyd 17.4; Jamal Olasewere 16.8; C.J. Garner 12.5; Jason Brickman 9.7; Michael Culpo 9.6.

Rebounds: Team (38.6); Julian Boyd 9.5; Jamal Olasewere 7.5.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (14.8/16.2); Jason Brickman 7.3/3.8; C.J. Garner 3.4/2.2.

3-pointers: Team (.368); Michael Culpo 70; Jason Brickman 51; Brandon Thompson 30.

Last Ten: 9-1.

The Skinny: The Blackbirds count New York's most famous basketball fan among their supporters. Film director Spike Lee was in their little gym on Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn when they knocked off Robert Morris to win their second straight Northeast Conference championship.

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Memphis

Memphis, Tenn., 26-8.

Nickname: Tigers. Coach: Josh Pastner.

Conference: Conference USA. Bid: CUSA champion.

Region: West. Seed: No. 8.

Tournament Record: 32-23, 23 years. Last NCAA Appearance: 2011.

Scoring: Team (75.3); Will Barton 18.1; Joe Jackson 11.1; Tarik Black 10.9; Chris Crawford 9.3; Adonis Thomas 9.0.

Rebounds: Team (34.4); Will Barton 8.1; Tarik Black 4.9; Wesley Weatherspoon 3.7.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (14.8/12.7); Chris Crawford 3.9/2.1; Joe Jackson 3.8/2.5; Will Barton 3.0/2.1.

3-pointers: Team (.369); Chris Crawford 51; Will Barton 35; Antonio Barton 30.

Last Ten: 9-1.

The Skinny: The Tigers led Conference USA in scoring, field goal percentage and managed to shoot better than 71 percent from the foul line. In other words, they can score. The big question: Can they defend? The short answer: Sometimes. UAB, East Carolina and SMU all failed to score 50 against them.

Saint Louis

Saint Louis, 25-7.

Nickname: Billikens. Coach: Rick Majerus.

Conference: Atlantic 10. Bid: At large.

Region: West. Seed: No. 9.

Tournament Record: 3-7, 6 years. Last NCAA Appearance: 2000.

Scoring: Team (69.2); Brian Conklin 14.6; Kwamain Mitchell 11.8; Cody Ellis 10.5.

Rebounds: Team (32.8); Dwayne Evans 7.2; Brian Conklin 5.2.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (13.8/11.2); Kwamain Mitchell 3.8/1.8; Jordair Jett 2.2/1/4; Mike McCall Jr.2.1/1.2; Kyle Cassity 2.0/0.6.

3-pointers: Team (.362); Cody Ellis 66; Kwamain Mitchell 59; Rob Loe 32.

Last Ten: 8-2.

The Skinny: The Billikens could be a tough team to handle in the NCAA tournament if Rick Majerus remembers to take his blood pressure medication. Their coach missed a 75-60 win over Duquesne this season because he was hospitalized shortly before the game. If that's how good they were without him, imagine how good they can be with him.

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New Mexico

Albuquerque, 27-6.

Nickname: Lobos. Coach: Steve Alford.

Conference: Mountain West. Bid: MWC champion.

Region: West. Seed: No. 5.

Tournament Record: 7-13, 12 years. Last appearance: 2010.

Scoring: Team (73.2); Drew Gordon 13.4; Kendall Williams 12.0; Tony Snell 11.0.

Rebounds: Team (38.0); Drew Gordon 10.9; A.J. Hardeman 3.7; Cameron Bairstow 3.7.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (16.4/13.3); Kendall Williams 4.1/2.2; Hugh Greenwood 2.5/1.0; Jamal Fenton 2.4/1.2; Tony Snell 2.4/1.5.

3-pointers: Team (.385); Tony Snell 71; Philip McDonald 45; Kendall Williams 36; Hugh Greenwood 34.

Last Ten: 8-2.

The Skinny: Drew Gordon may be one of the premier centers in the NCAA tournament. The transfer from UCLA is a load at 6-foot9 and 245 pounds, and he averages a double-double while connecting on better than 50 percent from the field. Steve Alford points to him as the reason the Lobos have "gone to the next level."

Long Beach State

Long Beach, Calif., 25-8.

Nickname: 49ers. Coach: Big West champion.

Conference: Big West. Bid: At large.

Region: West. Seed: No. 12.

Tournament Record: 7-9, 8 years. Last appearance: 2007.

Scoring: Team (74.0); Casper Ware 17.4; Larrey Anderson 14.0; T.J. Robinson 12.0; James Ennis 9.9; Eugene Phelps 9.5.

Rebounds: Team (35.6); T.J. Robinson 10.1; Eugene Phelps 5.6; Larry Anderson 5.0; James Ennis 4.1.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (14.0/12.9); Casper Ware 3.3/2.4; Larry Anderson 3.1/2.2; James Ennis 2.5/2.0; Mike Caffey 2.3/1.3.

3-pointers: Team (.360); Casper Ware 92; Larry Anderson 44; James Ennis 43.

Last Ten: 8-2.

The Skinny: Call him the "Greatest Show on Surf." Casper Ware was hardly recruited out of high school, but he's put in the work required to become one of the nation's best perimeter players. The senior for Long Beach State loves big stages, too: 28 points at Pitt, 26 versus San Diego State and 29 points against North Carolina.

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Louisville

Louisville, Ky., 26-9.

Nickname: Cardinals. Coach: Rick Pitino.

Conference: Big East. Bid: Big East champion.

Region: West. Seed: No. 4.

Tournament Record: 60-39, 37 years. Last appearance: 2011.

Scoring: Team (68.8); Kyle Kuric 13.1; Russ Smith 11.4; Chris Smith 10.0; Gorgui Dieng 9.4; Peyton Siva 9.1; Chane Behanan 9.0.

Rebounds: Team (38.2); Gorgui Dieng 9.1; Chane Behanan 7.4; Kyle Kuric 4.4.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (13.8/14.7); Peyton Siva 5.5/3.5; Chris Smith 2.1/1.1; Russ Smith 2.1/2.3.

3-pointers: Team (.311); Kyle Kuric 70; Chris Smith 60; Russ Smith 34.

Last Ten: 6-4.

The Skinny: Rick Pitino was coaching Kentucky when Christian Laettner made his infamous shot for Duke some 20 years ago. He's got the Cardinals back in the NCAA tournament for the sixth straight year, though they've been bounced in the opening round last two. An incredible run in the Big East tournament has built hope for a better outcome this time.

Davidson

Davidson, N.C., 25-7.

Nickname: Wildcats. Coach: Bob McKillop.

Conference: Southern. Bid: Southern champion.

Region: West. Seed: No. 13.

Tournament Record: 8-11, 10 years. Last appearance: 2008.

Scoring: Team (78.4); De'Mon Brooks 16.0; Jake Cohen 14.0; JP Kuhlman 11.1; Nik Cochran 11.0; Chris Czerapowicz 10.2.

Rebounds: Team (38.9); De'Mon Brooks 6.3; Jake Cohen 6.0; Chris Czerapowicz 4.8.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (13.8/11.8); Nik Cochran 3.7/2.1; JP Kuhlman 2.9/1.6; Tom Droney 2.2/1.4.

3-pointers: Team (.339); Chris Czerapowicz 64; Nik Cochran 46; JP Kuhlman 42; Tyler Kalinoski 36; Jake Cohen 30.

Last Ten: 8-2.

The Skinny: Forget about the fact that Davidson needed double overtime to beat Western Carolina, a team with a losing record, in the Southern Conference title game. And remember the Wildcats beat Kansas on a neutral court in December.

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Murray St.

Murray, Ky., 30-1.

Nickname: Racers. Coach: Steve Prohm.

Conference: Ohio Valley. Bid: OVC champion.

Region: West. Seed: No. 6.

Tournament Record: 2-14, 14 years. Last appearance: 2010.

Scoring: Team (74.2); Isaiah Canaan 19.2; Donte Poole 14.2; Ivan Aska 10.9; Jewuan Long 8.5.

Rebounds: Team (33.3); Ivan Aska 5.7; Ed Daniel 5.3; Latreze Mushatt 5.0.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (13.0/14.0); Isaiah Canaan 3.7/2.7; Jewuan Long 2.6/2.0; Zay Jackson 2.1/1.5.

3-pointers: Team (.406); Isaiah Cannan 95; Donte Poole 65.

Last Ten: 9-1.

The Skinny: Jewuan Long wears No. 33 as an homage to Scottie Pippin, and like the former Bulls star, he's a defensive whiz. Then there's Steve Prohm, who took over after Billy Kennedy left for Texas A&M and rattled off 23 consecutive wins to start his first season as a head coach. This is a team that nobody wants to face in March.

Colorado State

Fort Collins, 20-11.

Nickname: Rams. Coach: Tim Miles.

Conference: Mountain West. Bid: At large.

Region: West. Seed: No. 11.

Tournament Record: 3-9, 8 years. Last appearance: 2003.

Scoring: Team (71.0); Wes Eikmeier 15.6; Dorian Green 13.5; Greg Smith 9.7.

Rebounds: Team (31.3); Pierce Hornung 8.4; Greg Smith 5.3.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (12.3/12.5); Jesse Carr 2.6/1.6; Dorian Green 2.5/1.7; Wes Eikmeier 2.1/2.2.

3-pointers: Team (.405); Wes Eikmeier 31; Dorian Green 31; Greg Smith 29.

Last Ten: 6-4.

The Skinny: Tim Miles has paid his dues. The Rams' coach got his start at Mayville State in NAIA, and turned around Division II school Southwest Minnesota State before taking over at North Dakota State. The Bison made the NCAA tournament in their first year of eligibility under his successor, and now Miles is dancing himself with Colorado State.

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Marquette

Milwaukee, 25-7.

Nickname: Golden Eagles. Coach: Buzz Williams.

Conference: Big East. Bid: At large.

Region: West. Seed: No. 3.

Tournament Record: 36-30, 29 years. Last NCAA Appearance: 2011.

Scoring: Team (75.9); Darius Johnson-Odom 18.5; Jae Crowder 17.4; Davante Gardner 9.5; Vander Blue 8.7.

Rebounds: Team (35.8); Jae Crowder 8.1; Davante Gardner 5.5; Vander Blue 4.4; Jamil Wilson 4.0.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (16.8/13.3); Junior Cadougan 5.5/2.6; Vander Blue 2.8/2.2; Darius Johnson-Odom 2.8/2.5; Jae Crowder 2.1/1.3.

3-pointers: Team (.337); Darius Johnson-Odom 71; Jae Crowder 56.

Last Ten: 7-3.

The Skinny: Perhaps it's Buzz Williams' background as a junior college coach that made him fall in love with Jae Crowder. After all, the forward went through two different JUCOs before he found his way to Marquette. Then again, maybe it's the fact Crowder can flat out play.

BYU

Provo, Utah, 25-8.

Nickname: Cougars. Coach: Dave Rose.

Conference: West Coast. Bid: At large.

Region: West. Seed: No. 14.

Tournament Record: 14-29, 26 years. Last NCAA Appearance: 2011.

Scoring: Team (78.2); Noah Hartsock 16.7; Brandon Davies 15.0; Matt Carlino 12.7; Charles Abouo 11.5.

Rebounds: Team (38.5); Brandon Davies 7.3; Charles Abouo 6.5; Noah Hartsock 5.2; Brock Zylstra 4.3.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (17.0/13.2); Matt Carlino 4.7/2.8; Charles Abouo 2.6/1.7; Brandon Davies 2.1/2.8.

3-pointers: Team (.342); Brock Zylstra 49; Charles Abouo 41; Matt Carlino 40.

Last Ten: 7-3.

The Skinny: Dave Rose said all along that BYU would make the NCAA tournament. Turns out he was right. It helps that the Cougars have become synonymous with March. This is the sixth straight year they've gone dancing, winning three in the NCAA tournament the past two years. No Jimmer this time. They may be just as go without him.

Iona

New Rochelle, N.Y., 25-7.

Nickname: Gaels. Coach: Tim Cluess.

Conference: Metro Atlantic Athletic. Bid: MAAC champion.

Region: West. Seed: No. 14.

Tournament Record: 1-8, 8 years. Last appearance: 2006.

Scoring: Team (83.2); Mike Glover 18.5; Lamont Jones 16.0; Scott Machado 13.6; Sean Armand 9.5.

Rebounds: Team (34.8); Mike Glover 9.0; Scott Machado 5.0; Taaj Ridley 4.1.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (19.3/12.4); Scott Machado 9.9/3.2; Lamont Jones 3.0/2.2.

3-pointers: Team (.393); Sean Armand 77; Lamont Jones 53; Scott Machado 39; Kyle Smith 37; Jermel Jenkins 35.

Last Ten: 8-2.

The Skinny: The Gaels figured they were headed for a decent seed in the NCAA tournament after a nice regular season. They surely didn't expect to lose to Fairfield in the MAAC tournament semifinals. That strong regular season wound up being even more important to the selection committee.

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Florida

Gainesville, 23-10.

Nickname: Gators. Coach: Billy Donovan.

Conference: Southeastern. Bid: At large.

Region: West. Seed: No. 7.

Tournament Record: 32-14, 16 years. Last appearance: 2011.

Scoring: Team (76.3); Kenny Boynton 16.3; Bradley Beal 14.6; Erving Walker 12.1; Erik Murphy 10.7; Patrick Young 10.3.

Rebounds: Team (35.2); Bradley Beal 6.5; Patric Young 6.4; Will Yeguete 6.3; Erik Murphy 4.2.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (15.0/10.9); Erving Walker 4.7/2.0; Kenny Boynton 2.5/1.3; Bradley Beal 2.2/2.1.

3-pointers: Team (.390); Kenny Boynton 105; Erving Walker 65; Bradley Beal 55; Erik Murphy 53; Mike Rosario 31.

Last Ten: 4-6.

The Skinny: The Gators were ranked in the top 10 at one point this season. Losing three in a row and five of eight heading into the SEC tournament made folks forget. Still, Donovan has become one of the NCAA tournament's premier coaches, as evidenced by back-to-back national titles in 2006 and '07.

Virginia

Charlottesville, 22-9.

Nickname: Cavaliers. Coach: Tony Bennett.

Conference: Atlantic Coast. Bid: At large.

Region: West. Seed: No. 10.

Tournament Record: 22-16, 16 years. Last appearance: 2007.

Scoring: Team (63.1); Mike Scott 18.1; Joe Harris 11.5; Sammy Zeglinski 8.7.

Rebounds: Team (32.5); Mike Scott 8.4; Akil Mitchell 4.4; Joe Harris 3.9.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (12.3/11.4); Jontel Evans 3.8/2.4; Sammy Zeglinski 2.6/1.7.

3-pointers: Team (.337); Sammy Zeglinski 57; Joe Harris 49.

Last Ten: 4-6.

The Skinny: The Cavaliers' 22 regular-season wins were their most since 25 in 1982-83, the same year that Virginia and star player Ralph Sampson were upset by Chaminade early in the season. They also had seven road wins for the first time since 1986-87, and the 11 straight weeks they spent in the Top 25 were the most since 2000-01.

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Missouri

Columbia, 30-4.

Nickname: Tigers. Coach: Mike Anderson.

Conference: Big 12. Bid: Big 12 champion.

Region: West. Seed: No. 2.

Tournament Record: 22-24, 24 years. Last appearance: 2011.

Scoring: Team (80.3); Marcus Denmon 17.6; Kim English 14.9; Ricardo Ratliffe 13.9; Michael Dixon 13.3; Phil Pressey 10.0.

Rebounds: Team (32.2); Ricardo Ratliffe 7.5; Marcus Denmon 5.1; Kim English 4.2.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (16.2/10.3); Phil Pressey 6.3/2.4; Michael Dixon 3.3/1.6; Marcus Demon 2.1/1.2.

3-pointers: Team (.395); Marcus Denmon 95; Kim English 78; Michael Dixon 46; Phil Pressey 34.

Last Ten: 9-1.

The Skinny: Pick your poison. Kim English hit 20 of his first 23 field-goal attempts in the Big 12 tournament. Phil Pressey popped for 23 points in a semifinal win over Texas. And neither of them is the Tigers' leading scorer (that would be Marcus Denmon). This is a match-up nightmare for anyone.

Norfolk State

Norfolk, Va., 25-9.

Nickname: Spartans. Coach: Anthony Evans.

Conference: Mid-Eastern Athletic. Bid: MEAC champion.

Region: West. Seed: No. 15.

Tournament Record: First year. Last appearance: First year.

Scoring: Team (69.0); Kyle O'Quinn 15.9; Chris McEachin 12.8; Pendarvis Williams 11.8.

Rebounds: Team (36.4); Kyle O'Quinn 10.4; Pendarvis Williams 3.8.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (12.0/15.3); Jamal Fuentes 3.0/1.8; Pendarvis Williams 2.5/2.1.

3-pointers: Team (.311); Chris McEachin 71; Pendarvis Williams 49.

Last Ten: 9-1.

The Skinny: The Spartans earned a bid to the tournament after winning the MEAC title, their first postseason tournament victory at the Division I level in 15 years. Kyle O'Quinn had 18 points against Bethune-Cookman to secure the berth.


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