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Texas Longhorns

Good wins: Texas A&M, Pittsburgh (neutral), Michigan State (neutral), Oklahoma State (twice) Bad losses: at Connecticut, at Oklahoma  Strengths Scoring: One problem that the Longhorns do not have is putting the ball in the basket. Texas scored 81.2 points per game in the regular season and has have a number of weapons and athletic players. Senior… more »

Texas A&M Aggies

Good wins: Baylor, Texas, Oklahoma State, Clemson (neutral), at Missouri Bad losses: none  Strengths Coaching: Mark Turgeon and his Aggies are one of the most successful programs in the country that no one talks about. They will be making their third consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament under Turgeon’s team has advanced past the first round… more »

Oklahoma State Cowboys

Good wins: Kansas, at Kansas State, Baylor, Texas A&M. Bad losses: at Oklahoma  Strengths James Anderson. The Big 12 Player of the Year is the real deal. In the regular season he averaged 22.5 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists. He carried the Cowboys to their win over Kansas, scoring 28 points. He also shoots… more »

Florida Gators

Good wins: vs. Tennessee, vs. Michigan State (neutral), Florida State, at Ole Miss, vs. Mississippi State Bad losses: at Georgia, at South Carolina, vs. South Alabama Strengths Balanced Scoring: All five of the Gator starters average at least 10 points per game. None of the starters are seniors, so this group can get even better… more »

Tennessee Volunteers

Good wins: vs. Kansas, vs. Kentucky, vs. Florida Bad losses: at Georgia, at USC Strengths Quality wins: No other team in the country can say it has beaten both Kansas and Kentucky. These two wins show that the Volunteers are capable of beating anyone. Their speed and athleticism is as good as any team. Speed:… more »

Vanderbilt Commodores

Good wins: Tennessee (twice), vs. Missouri, vs. Florida, at St. Mary’s, vs. Mississippi State, at Ole Miss Bad losses: at Georgia, at Western Kentucky, vs. South Carolina Strengths A.J. Ogilvy: He is no doubt the leader and go-to man for the Commodores. At 6-11, Ogilvy is a load inside. He averages 13.9 points, leads the… more »

Kentucky Wildcats

Good wins: vs. Vanderbilt, vs. Mississippi, vs. Louisville, vs. Connecticut (Neutral), Florida (twice). Bad losses: at South Carolina Strengths Talent: Kentucky may be the most athletic and talented team in the country. The Wildcats are led by three freshmen in John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins and Eric Bledsoe. Wall and Cousins lead the team in scoring…. more »

Minnesota Golden Gophers

Good wins: Butler (neutral), vs. Ohio State Bad losses: Portland (neutral), at Miami (Fla.), at Indiana, vs. Michigan Strengths Guard play: The backcourt for the Gophers poses matchup problems for any team in the country. Lawrence Westbrook leads the Gophers in scoring, averaging 13 points and two assists per game. Blake Hoffarber, the Gopher’s starting… more »

Wisconsin Badgers

Good wins: vs. Maryland (Neutral), vs. Duke, vs. Purdue, vs. Ohio State, vs. Michigan State Bad losses: at UW-Green Bay Strengths Coaching: Bo Ryan, in his ninth season in Madison, has taken the Badgers to the NCAA Tournament each season, including one Elite 8 appearance and two Sweet Sixteens. He also has led the Badgers… more »

Purdue Boilermakers

Good wins: vs. West Virginia, vs. Wake Forest, vs. Wisconsin, vs. Tennessee (neutral), at Purdue, at Illinois, at Michigan State. Bad losses: None Strengths Experience: The core of Purdue’s team (Robbie Hummel, E’Twaun Moore and JaJuan Johnson) has been together for three years. When the three were freshmen, Purdue came out of nowhere and advanced… more »

Team Profile: Utah State 68, Wichita State 58

While much of the Eastern time zone slept Saturday night, the Utah State Aggies, one of the most unappreciated mid-major teams in America, added to one of the nation’s most impressive home records. Utah State defeated the Wichita State Shockers 68-58 at Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, increasing its home record to a staggering 105-7 since… more »

Team Profile: Wichita State at Utah State

Game Information: Wichita State (21-6, 10-5) at Utah State (20-6, 10-2), Midnight ET, Saturday, ESPN2/ About Wichita State: The Shockers come into this Bracketbuster game desperately needing a win to boost their at-large hopes for an NCAA Tournament bid. They have a tough task going into Logan against Utah State, which is 12-1 at home… more »

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