A quick glance at the 8 teams headed to Salt Lake City for the NCAA Tournament
The eight teams headed to Salt Lake City for this year's NCAA men's basketball tournament were unveiled Sunday, and they include No. 1 seed Gonzaga.
The Bulldogs, 31-2 and winners of the West Coast Conference title, will play 16th seed Southern (23-9). The winner of that game will play the winner of No. 8 seed Pittsburgh (24-8) and No. 9 Wichita State (26-8).
No. 3 seed New Mexico (29-5) and No. 14 Harvard (19-9) will play in Salt Lake City, and No. 6 Arizona (25-7) and No. 11 Belmont (26-6) will face each other. The winners of those games will face off in the third round.
All games in Utah, to be played at EnergySolutions Arena, are in the West Region of the bracket. All second-round games in Utah will be played on Thursday, with third-round games on Saturday.
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Here's a quick glance at the eight teams headed to Salt Lake City:
No. 1: Gonzaga
Record: 31-2, 16-0 West Coast Conference
Quick notes: The Bulldogs finished the regular season ranked No. 1 in both the AP and USA Today Coaches polls. Gonzaga beat St. Mary's 65-51 in the WCC tournament championship game. The Bulldogs have not lost since Jan. 19, a 64-63 loss to Butler, who received a sixth seed in the NCAA tournament. Gonzaga is led by Kelly Olynyk (17.5 points, 7.2 rebounds per game) and Elias Harris (14.9 points, 7.4 rebounds).
No. 3: New Mexico
Record: 29-5, 13-3 Mountain West Conference
Quick notes: The Lobos, former conference foes of BYU and Utah, finished the regular season 15th in the AP poll and 14th in the USA Today Coaches poll. New Mexico beat UNLV 63-56 in the MWC tournament championship game. The Lobos have won nine of their past 10 games. New Mexico is led by Kendall Williams (13.5 points, 5.0 assists) and Tony Snell (12.6 points, 2.9 assists).
No. 6: Arizona
Record: 25-7, 12-6 Pac-12
Quick notes: The Wildcats lost to UCLA 66-64 in the Pac-12 tournament. Arizona has lost three of its past five games. The Wildcats are led by Mark Lyons (14.8 points, 3.0 assists) and Solomon Hill (13.4 points, 5.3 rebounds).
No. 8: Pittsburgh
Record: 24-8, 12-6 Big East Conference
Quick notes: The Panthers lost to Syracuse 62-59 in the Big East Conference tournament. Pittsburgh has won seven of its past 10 games. The Panthers are led by Tray Woodall (11.8 points, 5.2 assists) and Lamar Patterson (10.0 points, 4.4 rebounds).
No. 9: Wichita State
Record: 26-8, 12-6 Missouri Valley Conference
Quick notes: The Shockers lost to Creighton 68-65 in the MVC tournament championship game. Wichita State has lost three of its past five games, including two against No. 23 Creighton. The Shockers are led by Cleanthony Early (13.6 points, 5.1 rebounds) and Carl Hall (12.8 points, 7.2 rebounds).
No. 11: Belmont
Record: 26-6, 14-2 Ohio Valley Conference
Quick notes: The Bruins beat Murray State 70-68 in the Ohio Valley tournament championship game. Belmont has won 17 of its past 19 games. The Bruins are led by Ian Clark (18.1 points, 3.3 rebounds) and Kerron Johnson (13.7 points, 4.8 assists).
No. 14: Harvard
Record: 19-9, 11-3 Ivy League
Quick notes: The Crimson won the regular-season Ivy League title. Harvard has won 10 of its past 13 games. The Crimson are led by Wesley Saunders (16.5 points, 4.1 rebounds) and Siyani Chambers (12.9 points, 5.8 assists).
No. 16: Southern
Record: 23-9, 15-3 Southwestern Athletic Conference
Quick notes: The Jaguars beat Prairie View A&M 45-44 in the SWAC tournament championship game. Southern has won nine of its past 12 games. The Jaguars are led by Derick Beltran (15.9 points, 4.5 assists) and Malcolm Miller (15.8 points, 6.0 rebounds).
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