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Breaking down the field: A look at the 68 NCAA tournament teams (72 items)

By and and and and , Deseret News

March 16, 2014

The bracket is set as the 2014 NCAA tournament field was announced Sunday.

Where did local schools Weber State and BYU land? Who are the No. 1 seeds?

Here's a team-by-team look at this year's tournament field.

1 of 72. South Region

THE MATCHUPS

1. Florida
16. Albany/Mount St. Mary's

8. Colorado
9. Pittsburgh

5. Virginia Commonwealth
12. Stephen F. Austin

4. UCLA
13. Tulsa

6. Ohio State
11. Dayton

3. Syracuse
14. Western Michigan

7. New Mexico
10. Stanford

2. Kansas
15. Eastern Kentucky

2 of 72. No. 1: Florida Gators

Conference: SEC

Record: 32-2 overall, 18-0 conference

How they got here: Won SEC tournament after a perfect SEC record to win regular season title

Last 10: 10-0

Statistical leaders:

Points: Casey Prather, 14.3; Michael Frazier II, 13.0

Rebounds: Dorian Finney-Smith, 6.8

Assists: Scottie Wilbekin, 3.7

Key wins: vs. Kansas, Kentucky (x3), neutral site vs. Memphis

Of note: The Gators were the first team in SEC history to go a perfect 18-0 in conference play. … This will be Florida’s fourth consecutive trip to the NCAA tournament and 14th trip under head coach Billy Donovan. … The Gators have been to the Elite Eight the past three tournaments in a row. … Donovan has taken Florida to two NCAA national championship games (2006 and 2007).

3 of 72. No. 2: Kansas Jayhawks

Conference: Big 12

Record: 24-9 overall, 14-4 conference

How they got here: Earned an at-large bid (Won Big 12 regular-season title)

Last 10: 6-4

Statistical leaders:

Points: Andrew Wiggins, 17.4; Perry Ellis, 13.6

Rebounds: Joel Embiid, 8.1

Assists: Naadir Tharpe, 5.2

Key wins: Iowa State (x2), Oklahoma (x2), vs. Duke

Of note: The Jayhawks rank in the top 40 in the country in numerous statistical categories, including field goal percentage (sixth, .495), points per game (22nd, 79.6), rebounds per game (37th, 38.1) and assists per game (39th, 15.1). … Kansas last reached the NCAA national championship game in 2012, and last won it in 2008. … The Jayhawks have outrebounded 27 of 33 opponents this year, including 15 games with a plus-10 rebounding advantage.

4 of 72. No. 3: Syracuse Orange

Conference: ACC

Record: 27-5 overall, 14-4 conference

How they got here: Earned an at-large bid

Last 10: 5-5

Statistical leaders:

Points: C.J. Fair, 16.7; Tyler Ennis, 12.7

Rebounds: Jerami Grant, 6.9; C.J. Fair, 6.2

Assists: Tyler Ennis, 5.6

Key wins: vs. Minnesota, vs. California, vs. Baylor, vs. Villanova, vs. North Carolina, 2-game sweep of Pittsburgh, vs. Duke, vs. North Carolina State, at Florida State

Of note: This is their 37th appearance in tournament history. … Syracuse started the season 25-0 before losing five of its last seven games. … Thre Orange advanced to the Final Four last season. … Syracuse's only championship came in 2003.


5 of 72. No. 4: UCLA Bruins

Conference: Pac-12

Record: 26-8 overall, 12-6 conference

How they got here: Defeated Arizona to win the conference tournament

Last 10: 7-3

Statistical leaders:

Points: Jordan Adams, 17.2; Kyle Anderson, 14.9

Rebounds: Kyle Anderson, 8.8

Assists: Kyle Anderson, 6.6

Key wins: at Colorado, at Oregon, vs. Arizona

Of note: UCLA went 2-1 against the state of Utah, with wins vs. Weber State and Utah while falling at the Huntsman Center on Jan. 18. … This will be the Bruins’ 46th NCAA appearance. They have won 11 titles, but have just one since 1975. … UCLA is one win away from 100 tournament victories. It trails Kentucky (103) and North Carolina (102).