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Men's Basketball
Breaking Down Every Team in the East Region
By Tony Gerdeman

With Syracuse's suspension of center Fab Melo, pundits couldn't put Ohio State through to the Final Four fast enough. Obviously, if something sounds too good to be true, then it's best to slow down and take stock of your surroundings.

With that in mind, we decided to help you out and actually take that stock for you. What follows is a guide filled with records, trends, notes and stats for every team in Ohio State's region.

We're not saying that you shouldn't take the Buckeyes all the way, we're just saying that you might want a little more information before you do.

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#1 Syracuse (31-2, 17-1)
All-Time Tournament Record 53-34
Final Fours: 4
Championships: 1

Marquee Wins: Florida, Marquette, Georgetown, at Louisville
Record last 10 Games: 9-1
AP/Coaches Rank: 2/2
Scoring Avg Offense/Defense: 74.6 ppg / 60.4 ppg
Rebounding Margin: -1.3 (235th)

Team Leaders
Scoring: Kris Joseph (F) – 13.8 ppg (42.9% FG, 36.2% 3FG); Dion Waiters (G) - 12.6 ppg (48.1% FG, 36.5% 3FG); Brandon Triche (G) – 9.3 ppg (41.3% FG, 35.1% 3FG)

Rebounding: Fab Melo (C) - 5.8 rpg (Suspended for postseason); C.J. Fair (F) – 5.5 rpg; Kris Joseph (F) – 4.9 rpg

Assists: Scoop Jardine (G) – 4.7 apg; Brandon Triche (G) – 2.7 apg; Dion Waiters – 2.6 apg

Notable: 8-1 in games decided by six points or less; 125th in nation in rebounding (35.3); 15th in nation in assists (15.8); 46th in field goal percentage (46.5%); Fab Melo missed three games this season due to an academic issue—the Orange were 2-1 in those three games. Freshman Rakeem Christmas will likely step in for Melo. Christmas played in all 33 games, averaging 2.6 ppg and 2.7 rpg in roughly ten minutes of play per night.

#2 Ohio State (27-7, 13-5)
All-Time Tournament Record 47-26
Final Fours: 10
Championships: 1

Marquee Wins: Florida, Duke, Indiana, Michigan, at Michigan State, Wisconsin
Record last 10 games: 6-4
AP/Coaches Rank: 7/7
Scoring Avg Offense/Defense: 75.1 ppg / 59.1 ppg
Rebounding Margin: +7.4 (7th)

Team Leaders
Scoring: Jared Sullinger (C) - 17.6 ppg (53.9% FG, 39.4% 3FG); Deshaun Thomas (F) – 15.4 ppg (53.1% FG, 34.7% 3FG); William Buford (G) – 14.7 ppg (42.8% FG, 35.4% 3FG)

Rebounding: Jared Sullinger (C) - 9.3 rpg; Deshaun Thomas (F) – 5.0 rpg; William Buford (G) – 4.9 rpg

Assists: Aaron Craft (G) – 4.6 apg; William Buford (G) 2.9 apg; Lenzelle Smith Jr. (G) – 2.1 apg

Notable: Loss at Kansas in December came without starting center Jared Sullinger in lineup; had a 4-3 finish in regular season play; 23-2 when scoring at least 70 points; four players have scored at least 28 points in a game this season; finished 12th in the Big Ten in three-pointers made per game (4.9), 42nd in field goal defense (40.6%).

#3 Florida State (24-9, 12-4)
All-Time Tournament Record 14-13
Final Fours: 1
Championships: 0

Marquee Wins: UNC (twice), at Duke, at Virginia, Duke
Record last 10 games: 8-2
AP/Coaches Rank: 10/12
Scoring Avg Offense/Defense: 70.3 ppg / 62.9 ppg
Rebounding Margin: +3.4 (66th)

Team Leaders
Scoring: Michael Snaer (G) – 14.5 ppg (44.7% FG, 42.1% 3FG); Ian Miller (G) – 10.9 ppg (41.0% FG, 35.2% 3FG); Bernard James (F) – 10.5 ppg (60.9% FG, 0-0 3FG)

Rebounding: Bernard James (F) – 8.2 rpg; Xavier Gibson (F/C) – 4.4 rpg; Terrance Shannon (F) – 4.4 rpg

Assists: Luke Loucks (G) – 4.3 apg; Michael Snaer (G) – 2.0 apg; Jeff Peterson – 1.8 apg

Notable: Only one of three top seeds to play the Florida Gators and lose to them; averaging 11.9 assists per game, which ranks 247th in the nation; losses to both Princeton and Harvard; lost at Boston College, who finished the season 9-22; guard Michael Snaer is shooting 14-19 (74%) from three-point range over his last four games, fifth in nation in field goal defense (38.1%).

#4 Wisconsin (24-9, 12-6)
All-Time Tournament Record 23-16
Final Fours: 2
Championships: 1

Marquee Wins: Indiana (twice), at Ohio State
Record last 10 Games: 6-4
AP/Coaches Rank: 14/13
Scoring Avg Offense/Defense: 63.9 ppg / 52.9 ppg
Rebounding Margin: +2.2 (102nd)

Team Leaders
Scoring: Jordan Taylor (G) – 14.7 ppg (39.9% FG, 35.5% 3FG); Ryan Evans (F) – 10.9 ppg (43.5% FG, 21.9% 3FG); Jared Berggren (F/C) – 10.5 ppg (45.1% FG, 36.9% 3FG)

Rebounding: Ryan Evans (F) – 6.8 rpg; Mike Bruesewitz (F) – 5.3 rpg; Jared Berggren (F/C) 5.0 rpg

Assists: Jordan Taylor (G) – 4.0 apg; Josh Gasser (G) – 1.9 apg; Mike Bruesewitz (F) – 1.7 apg

Notable: The Badgers are 228th in points scored (63.9 ppg), but first in the nation in points allowed (52.9 ppg); five players have scored at least 21 points in a game this season; rank 210th in rebounds per game (33.8), 268th in assists per game (11.7) and 230th in field goal percentage (42.4%); seventh in nation in field goal percentage defense (38.3%).

#5 Vanderbilt (24-10, 10-6)
All-Time Tournament Record 9-13
Final Fours: 0
Championships: 0

Marquee Wins: at Marquette, Florida, Kentucky
Record last 10 Games: 7-3
AP/Coaches Rank: 20/24
Scoring Avg Offense/Defense: 72.9 ppg / 65.0 ppg
Rebounding Margin: +1.2 (145th)

Team Leaders
Scoring: John Jenkins (G) – 19.9 ppg (47.8% FG, 44.8% 3FG); Jeffery Taylor (F) – 16.4 ppg (49.9% FG, 43.2% 3FG); Festus Ezeli © - 10.0 ppg (52.9% FG, 0-0 3FG)

Rebounding: Lance Goulbourne (F) – 6.9 rpg; Taylor Jeffery (F) – 5.8 rpg; Festus Ezeli (C) - 5.5 rpg

Assists: Brad Tinsley (G) – 4.2 apg; Kedren Johnson (G) – 1.9 apg; Jeffery Taylor (F) – 1.8 apg

Notable: Beat Kentucky in the SEC Championship Game 71-64; ten different players have scored in double figures this season; 96th in field goal percentage (41.1%); 68th in field goal percentage (46.0%); 21st in three-point field goal percentage (38.9%); John Jenkins has scored at least 11 points in every game he has played this year; Jenkins has made at least three three-pointers in 29 of his 33 games this season.

#6 Cincinnati (24-10, 12-6)
All-Time Tournament Record 41-24
Final Fours: 6
Championships: 2

Marquee Wins: Notre Dame, at Georgetown, Louisville, Marquette, Georgetown, Syracuse
Record last 10 Games: 7-3
AP/Coaches Rank: NR/NR
Scoring Avg Offense/Defense: 68.5 ppg / 61.2 ppg
Rebounding Margin: +0.2 (182nd)

Team Leaders
Scoring: Sean Kilpatrick (G) – 14.3 ppg (42.3% FG, 36.8% 3FG); Dion Dixon (G) – 13.1 ppg (37.1% FG, 26.8% 3FG); Yancy Gates (F/C) – 12.4 ppg (47.2% FG, 2-5 3FG)

Rebounding: Yancy Gates (F/C) – 9.2 rpg; Jaquon Parker (G) – 5.4 rpg; Sean Kilpatrick (G) – 4.6 rpg

Assists: Cashmere Wright (G) – 4.6 apg; Dion Dixon (G) – 2.1 apg; Sean Kilpatrick (G) – 2.1 apg

Notable: Bearcats have five players who have scored at least 22 points in a game this season; scoring offense ranks 147th in nation (68.5 ppg); field goal percentage ranks 249th in nation (42.0%); free throw percentage ranks 306th in nation (64.1%); bad losses to Marshall, St. John's, and Rutgers; Sean Kilpatrick is only regular who shoots free throws above 70%.

#7 Gonzaga (25-6, 13-3)
All-Time Tournament Record 16-14
Final Fours: 0
Championships: 0

Marquee Wins: Notre Dame, Xavier, Saint Mary's, BYU (twice)
Record last 10 Games: 8-2
AP/Coaches Rank: NR/NR
Scoring Avg Offense/Defense: 74.0 ppg / 63.2 ppg
Rebounding Margin: +6.5 (19th)

Team Leaders
Scoring: Kevin Pangos (G) – 13.8 ppg (43.3% FG, 40.5% 3FG); Elias Harris (F) – 13.1 ppg (50.5% FG, 40.3% 3FG); Robert Sacre (C) - 11.7 ppg (50.5% FG, 0-2 3FG)

Rebounding: Elias Harris (F) – 8.7 rpg; Robert Sacre © - 6.3 rpg; Sam Dower (F/C) – 3.7 rpg

Assists: Kevin Pangos (G) – 3.4 apg; David Stockton (G) – 2.4 apg; Gary Bell Jr. (G) – 1.9 apg

Notable: Gonzaga was 0-2 against the Big Ten this season (Illinois 82-75, Michigan State 74-67); averaging 37.1 rebounds per game, which ranks 44th in the nation; also 44th in nation in scoring offense (74.0 ppg); Kevin Pangos has scored at least 30 points twice this season; Elias Harris has grabbed at least 13 rebounds in six games this season; no bad losses for the Bulldogs this season.

#8 Kansas State (21-10, 10-8)
All-Time Tournament Record: 32-29
Final Fours: 4
Championships: 0

Marquee Wins: Missouri, Baylor, at Missouri
Record last 10 Games: 6-4
AP/Coaches Rank: NR/NR
Scoring Avg Offense/Defense: 71.4 ppg / 63.7 ppg
Rebounding Margin: +4.9 (37th)

Team Leaders
Scoring: Rodney McGruder (G) – 15.4 ppg (45.6% FG, 39.0% 3FG); Jamar Samuels (F) – 10.3 ppg (44.7% FG, 32.7% 3FG); Will Spradling (G) – 9.5 ppg (36.4% FG, 33.8% 3FG)

Rebounding: Jamar Samuels (F) – 6.6 rpg; Jordan Henriquez (F) – 5.3 rpg; Rodney McGruder (G) – 5.3 rpg

Assists: Angel Rodriguez (G) – 3.2 apg; Will Spradling (G) – 2.9 apg; Shane Southwell (G) – 2.1 apg

Notable: Ranked 170th in three-point shooting percentage (34.2%); ranked 252nd in nation in free throw shooting percentage (66.6%); averaging 12.5 offensive rebounds per game, which ranks 12th in the nation; commits 20.1 fouls per game, ranking 305th in the nation; gave Oklahoma two of their five conference wins on the season.

#9 Southern Mississippi
All-Time Tournament Record 0-2
Final Fours: 0
Championships: 0

Marquee Wins: USF, Memphis, UCF
Record last 10 Games: 5-5
AP/Coaches Rank: NR/NR
Scoring Avg Offense/Defense: 71.6 ppg / 64.9 ppg
Rebounding Margin: +4.6 (42nd)

Team Leaders
Scoring: Neil Watson (G) – 12.2 ppg (35.8% FG, 37.4% 3FG); LaShay Page (G) – 11.5 ppg (38.4% FG, 35.5% 3FG); Darnell Dodson (G) – 11.1 ppg (45.3% FG, 37.9% 3FG)

Rebounding: Jonathan Mills (F) – 6.2 rpg; Maurice Bolden (F) – 5.3 rpg; Torye Pelham (F) – 4.9 rpg

Assists: Neil Watson (G) – 4.5 apg; Angelo Johnson (G) – 3.0 apg; Maurice Bolden (F) – 1.0 apg

Notable: Five players have scored at least 24 points in a game this season; shooting 35.6% from three-point territory, ranking 111th in the nation; ranks 271st in nation in field goal percentage (41.0%); ranks 26th in nation in offensive rebounds per game (7.6); averaging 11.1 assists per game, which ranks 297th in nation; lost to Marshall (21-13) twice in same week to end season.

#10 West Virginia (19-13, 9-9)
All-Time Tournament Record 25-24
Final Fours: 2
Championships: 0

Marquee Wins: Kansas State, Georgetown, Cincinnati
Record last 10 Games: 4-6
AP/Coaches Rank: NR/NR
Scoring Avg Offense/Defense: 71.6 ppg / 66.2 ppg
Rebounding Margin: +6.8 (14th)

Team Leaders
Scoring: Kevin Jones (F) – 20.1 ppg (51.3% FG, 27.2% 3FG); Darryl Bryant (G) – 17.2 ppg (36.2% FG, 30.8% 3FG); Deniz Kilicki (F) – 10.7 ppg (50.2% FG, 0-0 3FG)

Rebounding: Kevin Jones (F) – 11.1 rpg; Deniz Kilicki (F) – 5.4 rpg; Gary Browne (G) – 3.9 rpg

Assists: Jabarie Hinds (G) – 3.3 apg; Gary Browne (G) – 3.0 apg; Darryl Bryant (G) 2.8 apg

Notable: Bad losses to Kent State and St. John's; ranks 315th in nation in three-point shooting (30.2%); Darryl Bryant has shot over 50% from the field in just four games this season; holding opponents to 44.6% shooting from the field, which ranks 234th in the nation.

#11 Texas (20-13, 9-9)
All-Time Tournament Record 34-32
Final Fours: 3
Championships: 0

Marquee Wins: Temple, Kansas State
Record last 10 Games: 6-4
AP/Coaches Rank: NR/NR
Scoring Avg Offense/Defense: 73.1 ppg / 66.8 ppg
Rebounding Margin: +3.0 (77th)

Team Leaders
Scoring: J'Covan Brown (G) – 20.1 ppg (41.7% FG, 36.7% 3FG); Sheldon McClellan (G) – 11.3 ppg (45.1% FG, 30.3% 3FG); Myck Kabongo (G) – 9.8 ppg (40.2% FG, 33.3% 3FG)

Rebounding: Clint Chapman (F) – 5.5 rpg; Jonathan Holmes (F) – 4.8 rpg; Alexis Wangmene (F/C) – 4.7 rpg

Assists: Myck Kabongo (G) – 5.3 apg; J'Covan Brown (G) – 3.8 apg; Julien Lewis (G) – 0.9 apg

Notable: J'Covan Brown scored at least 20 points 19 times this season; Brown hasn't missed more than one free throw in a game since January 30; bad loss to Oregon State early in the season; freshman point guard Myck Kabongo has averaged 6.6 assists per game over the last five games; team is shooting 43.6% from the field, which ranks 148th in the nation; field goal percentage defense of 41.4% ranks 75th in the nation.

#12 Harvard (26-4, 12-2)
All-Time Tournament Record 0-2
Final Fours: 0
Championships: 0

Marquee Wins: Florida State, Penn, Princeton
Record last 10 Games: 8-2
AP/Coaches Rank: NR/NR
Scoring Avg Offense/Defense: 65.4 ppg / 54.8 ppg
Rebounding Margin: +4.5 (45th)

Team Leaders
Scoring: Kyle Casey (F) – 11.3 ppg (51.9% FG, 35.4% 3FG); Keith Wright (F) – 10.7 ppg (59.4% FG, 0-0 3FG); Laurent Rivard (G) – 9.7 ppg (43.7% FG, 39.0% 3FG)

Rebounding: Keith Wright (F) – 8.1 rpg; Kyle Casey (F) – 5.5 rpg; Steve Moundou-Missi (F) – 3.5 rpg

Assists: Brandyn Curry (G) – 5.0 apg; Oliver McNally (G) – 3.1 apg; Wesley Saunders (G/F) – 1.2 apg

Notable: The 54.8 points allowed per game ranks fourth in the nation; their 40.4% field goal percentage defense ranks 35th in nation; bad loss to Fordham (10-19) in January; shooting 35.5% from three-point range, which ranks 116th in nation; ranks 309th in offensive rebounds per game (7.3).

#13 Montana Grizzlies (25-6, 15-1)
All-Time Tournament Record 2-9
Final Fours: 0
Championships: 0

Marquee Wins: Weber State (twice)
Record last 10 Games: 10-0
AP/Coaches Rank: NR/NR
Scoring Avg Offense/Defense: 70.7 ppg / 61.7 ppg
Rebounding Margin: -.4 (201st)

Team Leaders
Scoring: Will Cherry (G) – 16.0 ppg (45.4% FG, 37.3% 3FG); Kareem Jamar (G/F) – 13.8 ppg (47.8% FG, 44.5% 3FG); Mathias Ward (F) – 11.1 ppg (54.5% FG, 9-18 3FG)

Rebounding: Derek Selvig (F) – 6.1 rpg; Kareem Jamar (G/F) – 5.6 rpg; Art Steward (F) – 4.7 rpg

Assists: Kareem Jamar (G/F) – 3.7 apg; Will Cherry (G) – 3.4 apg; Derek Selvig (F) – 3.0 apg

Notable: Montana's top five players can all shoot the three and Will Cherry's 37.3% from three-point range is the lowest percentage in the group; overall field goal percentage of 46.5% ranks 47th in the nation; shooting 38.3% from three-point rage as a team, which ranks 29th in the nation.

#14 St. Bonaventure (20-11, 10-6)
All-Time Tournament Record 6-7
Final Fours: 1
Championships: 0

Marquee Wins: Xavier
Record last 10 Games: 8-2
AP/Coaches Rank: NR/NR
Scoring Avg Offense/Defense: 70.7 ppg / 65.0 ppg
Rebounding Margin: +5.5 (28th)

Team Leaders
Scoring: Andrew Nicholson (F) – 18.4 ppg (57.5% FG, 39.6% 3FG); Demitrius Conger (G/F) – 12.1 ppg (50.6% FG, 35.6% 3FG); Da'Quan Cook (F) – 7.6 ppg (41.4% FG, 0-0 3FG)

Rebounding: Andrew Nicholson (F) – 8.5 rpg; Demitrius Conger (G/F) – 6.1 rpg; Da'Quan Cook (F) – 4.6 rpg

Assists: Matthew Wright (G) – 2.8 apg; Charlon Kloof (G) – 2.6 apg; Demitrius Conger (G/F) – 2.3 apg

Notable: Made the Tournament by defeating Xavier 67-56 in the Atlantic 10 Tournament Championship Game; rank 101st in scoring (70.7 ppg) and 100th in scoring defense (65.0 ppg); shooting 34.1% from three-point range as a team, which ranks 177th in the nation.

#15 Loyola (Maryland) (24-8, 13-5)
All-Time Tournament Record 0-1
Final Fours: 0
Championships: 0

Marquee Wins: Iona
Record last 10 Games: 7-3
AP/Coaches Rank: NR/NR
Scoring Avg Offense/Defense: 67.6 ppg / 63.8 ppg
Rebounding Margin: +3.7 (58th)

Team Leaders
Scoring: Erik Etherly (F) – 13.5 ppg (53.1% FG, 3-11 3FG); Dylon Cormier (G) – 13.4 ppg (46.3% FG, 32.7% 3FG); Robert Olson (G) – 11.2 ppg (46.7% FG, 44.2% 3FG)

Rebounding: Erik Etherly (F) – 7.5 rpg; Shane Walker (F) – 6.4 rpg; Justin Drummond (G) – 4.1 rpg

Assists: R.J. Williams (G) – 2.5 apg; Dylon Cormier (G) – 1.9 apg; Erik Etherly (F) – 1.9 apg

Notable: This is the second ever NCAA Tournament appearance for Loyola (MD), the first came in 1994 against Arizona; averaging 12.0 assists per game, which ranks 231st in the nation; shooting 42.8% from the field, ranking 192nd in the nation; holding opponents to 42.8% shooting as well, ranking 145th in the nation.

#16 UNC-Asheville (24-9, 16-2)
All-Time Tournament Record 2-2
Final Fours: 0
Championships: 0

Marquee Wins: None
Record last 10 Games: 8-2
AP/Coaches Rank: NR/NR
Scoring Avg Offense/Defense: 81.2 ppg / 71.3 ppg
Rebounding Margin: +1.4 (137th)

Team Leaders
Scoring: Matt Dickey (G) – 16.5 ppg (46.3% FG, 38.1% 3FG); J.P. Primm (G) – 15.3 ppg (42.7% FG, 36.0% 3FG); Chris Stephenson (G/F) – 13.1 ppg (48.9% FG, 32.8% 3FG)

Rebounding: Jeremy Atkinson (F) – 6.6 rpg; Chris Stephenson (G/F) – 6.3 rpg; Jaron Lane (G/F) – 4.0 rpg

Assists: J.P. Primm (G) – 4.2 apg; Matt Dickey (G) – 3.6 apg; Chris Stephenson (G/F) – 2.7 apg

Notable: Both NCAA Tournament wins in school history came in the play-in rounds; five players are averaging double figures in scoring; three different players have had 30-point scoring games this season, and six have scored at least 20 points in a game; rank 5th in the nation in scoring (81.2 ppg) and 240th in points allowed (71.3 ppg); shooting 46.8% from the field, which ranks 33rd in the nation.

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