1. Michigan St. Spartans

Big Ten Champion

Record: 29-4 (15-1, 1st). Past 10: 10-0.

Coach: Tom Izzo (2-1 in tournament).

Starters:

G Mateen Cleaves, 6-2, Jr. (11.8 ppg, 6.9 apg, 2 spg).

G Charlie Bell, 6-3, Soph. (8.2 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 77% FTs).

F Morris Peterson, 6-6, Jr. (13.9 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 57.4% FGs).

F Jason Klein, 6-7, Sr. (10.3 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 36% 3-pt.).

F Antonio Smith, 6-8, Sr. (6.4 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 42.4% FTs).

Top reserves:

F Andre Hutson, 6-8, Soph. (8.4 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 61.6% FGs).

G Thomas Kelley, 6-2, Sr. (5.4 ppg, 1.5 apg, 85.3% FTs).

F A.J. Granger, 6-9, Jr. (6.2 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 44.1% 3-pt.).

Data: Elite status would have been hard to imagine in December. Back then, got hammered at U-Conn. (82-68) and by Duke in Chicago (73-67, but it wasn't that close) to fall to 4-3. But led Big Ten in rebounding margin (plus-9 per game), scoring margin (plus-13 per game) and FG percentage (48.0). They come into tournament on 18-game winning streak. For them to get another shot at Duke or U-Conn., Cleaves will have to avoid penchant for awful shooting stretches. But regulars make FTs, which is why they can survive Cleaves's lapses and mediocre three-point shooting.

2. Utah Utes

WAC Champion

Record: 27-4 (14-0, 1st). Past 10: 10-0.

Coach: Rick Majerus (15-7 in tournament).

Starters:

G Andre Miller, 6-2, Sr. (16.1 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 5.8 apg).

G Jeremy Killion, 6-1, Jr. (9.3 ppg, 1.3 apg, 35% 3-pt.).

C Nate Althoff, 6-11, Soph. (5 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.2 bpg).

F Hanno Mottola, 6-10, Jr. (15.1 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 83.5% FTs).

F Alex Jensen, 6-9, Jr. (11.6 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 3.6 apg).

Top reserves:

G Adam Sharp, 6-2, Fr. (2.4 ppg, 1.2 rpg, 1.2 apg).

F Tony Harvey, 6-6, Jr. (9.2 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.4 apg).

C Phil Cullen, 6-10, Fr. (4.5 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 0.6 apg).

Data: Last season's NCAA runner-up enters as one of nation's hottest teams. Has 22-game winning streak since 5-4 start dropped them from national rankings. Defense has had lots to do with resurgence. Third in country in scoring defense (54.8 ppg), seventh in rebounding margin (plus-8.6 per game). Utah is 114-19 over past four seasons with Miller running team. In six NCAA tourney games last season, he averaged 16.7 points, 7.5 rebounds and 6.8 assists. Mottola and Jensen have become front-court forces, and Killion is a fine shooter. Majerus is 7-0 in NCAA first-round games.

3. Kentucky Wildcats

SEC Champion

Record: 25-8 (11-5, 2nd). Past 10: 6-4.

Coach: Tubby Smith (12-4 in tournament).

Starters:

G Wayne Turner, 6-2, Sr. (9.8 ppg, 3.6 apg, 49.1% FGs).

G Desmond Allison, 6-5, Fr. (4.6 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 50% FGs).

C Michael Bradley, 6-10, Soph. (11.1 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 68.1% FGs).

F Heshimu Evans, 6-6, Sr. (11.6 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 78.4% FTs).

F Scott Padgett, 6-9, Sr. (11.9 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 2.6 apg).

Top reserves:

C Jamaal Magloire, 6-10, Jr. (6.6 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 52.2% FGs).

G Tayshaun Prince, 6-8, Fr. (5.8 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 58.% FTs).

F Souleymane Camara, 6-11, Fr. (4.8 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 53.8% FGs).

Data: In past few weeks, defending national champion has looked hot, then cold (lost to Alabama on Feb. 6), then hot again in SEC tournament. Turner and Evans got benched late in 68-61 loss to Tennessee in season finale, but Turner scored 24 points in SEC quarterfinal. Struggling to find best shooting guard. On plus side, team is nine deep and 11th in country in FG percentage defense (38.2). Has shot 31.2 percent from three-point range, worst in school history. Lacks go-to guy such as Jeff Sheppard last season, but Padgett led them in SEC semis and final. 7-5 vs. top 25 teams.

4. Arizona Wildcats

Pac-10 At-large

Record: 22-6 (13-5, 2nd). Past 10: 7-3.

Coach: Lute Olson (31-19 in tournament).

Starters:

G Jason Terry, 6-2, Sr. (22.2 ppg, 5.7 apg, 2.6 spg).

G Ruben Douglas, 6-4, Fr. (7.2 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 1.8 apg).

C A.J. Bramlett, 6-10, Sr. (14.5 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 57.7% FTs).

F Michael Wright, 6-7, Fr. (14.0 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 56.3% FGs).

F Richard Jefferson, 6-6, Fr. (11.8 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 3.0 apg).

Top reserves:

F Eugene Edgerson, 6-6, Jr. (5.2 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 51.2% FGs).

F Justin Wessel, 6-8, Soph. (3.2 ppg, 2.7 rpg).

G Traves Wilson, 6-2, Fr. (3.2 ppg, 1.4 rpg).

Data: Have quickness, a great point guard and experienced post players. Although three freshmen start, they also have seven players from team that won NCAA title two years ago. Jason Terry, a Wooden Award finalist, is unquestioned star. He carries the load offensively, sometimes too much of the load (16.2 FGA per game). Olson has tinkered with his off-guards all season, hoping for more productivity. Wright is among Pac-10's best freshmen. Bramlett has been steady inside. Losses to Stanford and Cal two weekends ago disrupted momentum a bit, but the Wildcats could go far.

5. UNC Charlotte 49ers

Conference USA Champion

Record: 22-10 (10-6, 3rd). Past 10: 7-3.

Coach: Bobby Lutz (1st NCAA tournament).

Starters:

G Diego Guevara, 6-1, Soph. (12.4 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 3.8 apg).

G Marlon Thomas, 6-6, Sr. (8 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 38.7% 3-pt.).

F Galen Young, 6-7, Sr. (14.6 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 2.9 apg).

F Kelvin Price, 6-8, Sr. (12.6 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1 bpg).

F Tremaine Gardiner, 6-5, Jr. (8.1 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 41.2% 3-pt.).

Top reserves:

G Jobey Thomas, 6-4, Fr. (8 ppg, 1.5 apg, 40% 3-pt.).

G Kedric Smith, 5-11, Jr. (3.1 ppg, 1.4 rpg, 83.7% FTs).

F Charles Hayward, 6-8, Fr. (2.9 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.6 bpg).

Data: Started impressively, hit midseason lull, then played some of their best basketball over past two weeks. Hardly overwhelming, finishing near bottom of Conference USA in rebounding and assists. Their keys are to not commit turnovers (conference-low 14.4 per game) and play long ball. Well ahead of all other conference teams in three-pointers attempted (19.6 per game) and made (7.4 per game). Thomas came on strong late. Beat Cincinnati twice, including 55-52 in conference semifinals. Impressive nonleague wins over George Washington and Miami; lost in OT to North Carolina.

6. Kansas Jayhawks

Big 12 Champion

Record: 22-9 (11-5, T-2nd). Past 10: 7-3.

Coach: Roy Williams (21-9 in tournament).

Starters:

G Jeff Boschee, 6-1, Fr. (10.1 ppg, 3.8 apg, 3.3 TOs pg).

G Ryan Robertson, 6-5, Sr. (12.5 ppg, 4 rpg, 3.4 apg).

C Eric Chenowith, 7-0, Soph. (13.5 ppg, 9 rpg, 2.6 bpg).

F Nick Bradford, 6-6, Jr. (9.6 ppg, 6.2 apg, 2.1 spg).

F T.J. Pugh, 6-8, Sr. (4.8 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.1 apg).

Top reserves:

F Kenny Gregory, 6-5, Soph. (11.5 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.8 apg).

F Lester Earl, 6-8, Jr. (4.8 ppg, 3.6 rpg).

G Marlon London, 6-3, Fr. (3.8 ppg, 2 rpg, 1.5 apg).

Data: Already have worst loss total since 1988-89--Williams's first season--but are coming into tournament on a roll. A No. 1 seed the past two seasons, lost to Arizona in round of 16 in 1997 and to Rhode Island in second round in '98. May benefit from lower expectations this year. Average of 71.4 ppg is lowest since 1982-83, but have held opponents to 64.8 ppg, their best since 1980-81. FG percentage of 44.5 is its lowest since 1975-76. A lack of quickness and inconsistent ball handling (16 TO's per game) have caused problems. Boschee is 62 of 175 from three-point range.

7. Washington Huskies

Pac-10 At-large

Record: 17-11 (10-8, 4th). Past 10: 6-4.

Coach: Bob Bender (2-2 in tournament).

Starters:

G Donald Watts, 6-4, Sr. (12.4 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 3.7 apg).

G Senque Carey, 6-3, Fr. (9.1 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 3.2 apg).

C Todd MacCulloch, 7-0, Sr. (18.5 ppg, 11.9 rpg, 59.4% FTs).

F Deon Luton, 6-5, Jr. (14.3 ppg, 2.1 apg, 78.9% FTs).

F Chris Walcott, 6-8, Jr. (5.7 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 51.4% FGs).

Top reserves:

G Michael Johnson, 6-4, Soph. (4.8 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 1 apg).

G Dan Dickau, 6-0, Soph. (4.6 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 2.6 apg)

F Thalo Green, 6-6, Soph. (3.7 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 1.2 apg).

Data: Lost four of five games, including defeats at Oregon and USC, before winning finale vs. Washington State. But No. 3 in nation in schedule strength, having beaten Arizona and New Mexico and played close games vs. Stanford and Connecticut. They also came into last season's NCAA tournament having gone 6-6 in their final 12 games, and they advanced to round of 16, then came within seconds of upsetting U-Conn. This season, started Pac-10 play 0-3, but have rebounded. MacCulloch is only Pac-10 player averaging a double-double. Watts leads Pac-10 in 3-pt shooting (45.6 percent).

8. Villanova Wildcats

Big East At-large

Record: 21-10 (10-8, 5th). Past 10: 6-4.

Coach: Steve Lappas (2-3 in tournament).

Starters:

G Howard Brown, 6-5, Sr. (13.3 ppg, 5 rpg, 45% FGs).

G John Celestand, 6-3, Sr. (15 ppg, 4 apg, 39% 3-pt.).

G Bryan Lynch, 6-6, Jr. (10.6 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 43% 3-pt.).

C Malik Allen, 6-10, Jr. (11 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 2.1 bpg).

F Brooks Sales, 6-10, Fr. (5.2 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 76.8% FTs).

Top reserves:

C Rafal Bigus, 7-1, Sr. (6.6 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 54.4% FTs).

F T.J. Caouette, 6-7, Jr. (5.3 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 32.8% 3-pt.).

G Jermaine Medley, 6-0, Soph. (5.7 ppg, 1.2 apg, 33.7 3-pt.).

Data: Very few quality victories, but beat St. John's and Ivy champ Penn at home late in season. And only exceptional losses were to Penn State, Seton Hall. Allen's move from forward about midseason gave Sales a chance to start and team played much better with this combination. Biggest improvement this season was rebounding (margin of plus-2 per game). Celestand heady point guard. Celestand, Brown, Lynch and Medley each attempted more than 100 three-pointers. As a team, making nearly 73 percent of FTs; Bigus is only regular below 72 percent.

9. Mississippi Rebels

SEC At-large

Record: 19-12 (8-8, 3rd). Past 10: 5-5.

Coach: Rod Barnes (1st NCAA tournament).

Starters:

G Jason Flanigan, 6-1, Soph. (5.2 ppg, 18.4% 3-pt., 2.5 apg).

G Michael White, 6-1, Sr. (5.6 ppg, 3 apg, 34.9% 3-pt.).

G Keith Carter, 6-4, Sr. (16.4 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 75% FTs).

C Marcus Hicks, 6-6, Jr. (11.5 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 64.3% FGs).

F Jason Smith, 6-6, Sr. (12.6 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 50% FTs).

Top reserves:

G Jason Harrison, 5-4, Fr. (6 ppg, 81% FTs, 35.8% 3-pt.).

F Rahim Lockhart, 6-8, Soph. (8.1 ppg, 5 rpg, 59.7% FGs).

F Darrian Brown, 6-6, Fr. (4.4 ppg, 80.6% FTs, 2.1 rpg).

Data: Last season, as No. 4 seed, upset in first round on last-second shot by Valparaiso. This season, lost four of last five in regular season; barely escaped first round of SEC tournament, 64-60, over South Carolina. Best win was against Louisville, 88-69, in December. Lacking size, uses three-guard offense led by Carter, a first-team all-SEC choice. Wants to avoid opponent with strong front line. Tenth in SEC in rebounding margin, but makes 10 steals per game. As team, making 31.4 percent of three-point tries and 62.2 percent of free throws. 2-7 in games decided by six points or less.

10. Miami (Ohio)

Mid-American At-large

Record: 22-7 (15-3, 1st). Past 10: 7-3.

Coach: Charlie Coles (0-2 in tournament).

Starters:

G Damon Frierson, 6-4, Sr. (13.4 ppg, 3.2 apg, 84.5% FTs).

G Rob Mestas, 5-10, Jr. (7.4 ppg, 3.4 apg, 34.6% 3-pt.).

F Wally Szczerbiak, 6-8, Sr. (23.6 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 82.6% FTs).

F Jason Stewart, 6-5, Jr. (6.3 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 34.2% 3-pt.).

F John Estick, 6-6, Sr. (8.3 ppg, 53.8% FGs, 6.4 rpg).

Top reserves:

G Anthony Taylor, 6-1, Jr. (4.1 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 75% FTs).

G Jason Grunkemeyer, 6-5, Soph. (4.2 ppg, 1.2 apg, 53.2% 3-pt.).

F Refiloe Lethunya, 6-8, Jr. (3.0 ppg, 47.1% FGs, 2.6 rpg).

Data: A year ago, only basketball insiders had heard of Szczerbiak. Now, he is a national player of the year finalist. Strong inside and on perimeter (52 of 150 three-pointers), he also is second on team in assists. Team is one of nation's best in FT percentage (76.2) and has committed only 12.3 turnovers per game (21-0 when committing fewer turnovers than opponents). Not powerful inside as a team (tallest regulars are 6-8). Only win over top nonconference team was in November over Tennessee. Lost to Xavier and Fresno State, and has lost three of its past six games.

11. Evansville

Missouri Valley At-large

Record: 23-9 (13-5, 1st). Past 10: 7-3.

Coach: Jim Crews (1-3 in tournament).

Starters:

G Jeremy Stanton, 6-1, Soph. (3.8 ppg, 4.6 apg, 1 spg).

G Marcus Wilson, 6-3, Sr. (20.3 ppg, 46.2% 3-pt., 89.5% FTs).

C Kwame James, 6-8, Jr. (9.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 62.4% FGs).

F Craig Snow, 6-7, Soph. (13.3 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 44% 3-pt.).

F Curt Begle, 6-9, Sr. (7.8 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.5 apg).

Top reserves:

G Adam Seitz, 6-3, Fr. (7.1 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.4 apg).

G Clint Keown, 6-2, Fr. (5.4 ppg, 2.7 apg, 1.1 spg).

F Kyle Runyan, 6-5, Soph. (5 ppg, 39.7% 3-pt., 1.3 apg).

Data: First appearance since 1993. Purple Aces may be nation's best overall shooting team. Third in nation in FG percentage (50.7), three-point percentage (40.7) and FT percentage (77.2). All starters shoot at least 50 percent from field. 23-2 when holding opponents under 50 percent. Wilson, the MVC player of year, has scored more than 2,000 points. Played no ranked teams. Lost to Saint Louis, 85-55, in November; lost to East Carolina in December; lost to Bradley in January. 10-4 on road and won MVC regular season title by two games before losing to Creighton in tournament final.

12. Rhode Island Rams

Atlantic 10 Champion

Record: 20-12 (10-6, 2nd East) Past 10: 7-3.

Coach: Jim Harrick (17-12 in tournament).

Starters:

G Preston Murphy, 6-1, Sr. (11 ppg, 4.3 apg, 37.4% 3-pt.).

G Tavorris Bell, 6-6, Fr. (9.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 53.4% FTs).

C Luther Clay, 6-9, Jr. (9.4 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 46.9% FGs).

F Antonio Reynolds-Dean, 6-7, Sr. (13.4 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 72.8% FTs).

F Lamar Odom, 6-10, Soph. (17.6 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 3.9 apg).

Top reserves:

C Ed Brown, 6-8, Jr. (5.6 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.1 apg).

G Tip Vinson, 6-4, Fr. (3.0 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 1 apg).

F Tory Jefferson, 6-6, So. (3 ppg, 1.9 rpg).

Data: After losing to St. Bonaventure and Fordham in last two regular season games, won Atlantic 10 tournament. Were 10-9 in late January, including loss to Cleveland State, but won 7 of next 8 before last two losses. Fortunes have turned on newcomer Odom. In wins, he averaged 19.2 points and 4.2 assists and shot 55.9 percent. In losses, those numbers were 14.5, 3.4 and 38.3 percent. Last year, upset top-seeded Kansas and barely missed first trip to Final Four when Stanford came back for 79-77 win in regional final. Early games included losses to Cincinnati and Cal, win over Utah.

13. Oklahoma Sooners

Big 12 At-large

Record: 20-10 (11-5, T-2nd). Past 10: 7-3.

Coach: Kelvin Sampson (0-5 in tournament).

Starters:

G Michael Johnson, 6-0, Sr. (11.9 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 3.8 apg).

G Alex Spaulding, 6-3, Soph. (3.6 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 1.9 apg).

F Eric Martin, 6-5, Sr. (12.1 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 42.8% 3-pt.).

F Eduardo Najera, 6-8, Sr. (15.7 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 2.4 apg).

F Ryan Humphrey, 6-8, Soph. (11.2 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 2.1 bpg).

Top reserves:

G Tim Heskett, 6-1, Soph. (10.1 ppg, 2.1 apg, 47.7% 3-pt.).

C Victor Avila, 6-10, Jr. (3.5 ppg, 3.2 rpg).

C Renzi Stone, 6-10, Jr. (3.7 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.2 apg).

Data: Have lost in first round in past five NCAA appearances. Had better road record in Big 12 (6-2) than home (5-3). Martin, Johnson and Heskett are making more than 80 percent of their free throws, but team is at 65 percent (Humphrey, with team-high 128 FTA, is at 45.3 percent, vs. 48.8 percent from field). Team loves three-pointer, averaging 9.3 made and 23.8 attempted in Big 12 play. Heskett, Martin, Johnson and Najera each has tried more than 120 three-pointers and made more than 40. Najera, a native of Mexico, averaged 18.6 ppg, 9.1 rpg in last seven regular season games.

14. New Mexico State

Big West Champion

Record: 23-9 (12-4, T-1st). Past 10: 8-2.

Coach: Lou Henson (19-19 in tournament).

Starters:

G William Keys, 6-2, Jr. (13.1 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 4.6 apg).

G Brad Bestor, 6-2, Jr. (9.0 ppg, 39.2% 3-pt., 84.6% FTs).

C Aaron Brodt, 6-9, Soph. (5.7 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 50% FGs).

F Charles Gosa, 6-8, Jr. (14.9 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 62% FGs).

F Eric Channing, 6-4, Fr. (10.0 ppg, 45.7% 3-pt., 82.6% FTs).

Top reserves:

G Zachary Norvell, 6-3, Soph. (5.8 ppg, 2.1 rpg).

F Gerard Moore, 6-6, Jr. (5.1 ppg, 2.9 rpg).

F Daveeno Hines, 6-6, Soph. (2.8 ppg, 2.3 rpg).

Data: Absorbed five players from Northeastern Illinois, which had disbanded its team. Coming off two years of NCAA probation. Henson returned to his alma mater in wake of the turmoil. He coached Aggies from 1964 to 1975 (took them to 1970 Final Four) before going to Illinois and got his 700th win this season. Keys--one of Northeastern Illinois refugees--led team in scoring in Big West tournament. Overcame stretch of four losses in five games to win last seven. In November, beat Wisconsin, 66-52, and lost to Arkansas, 66-60; lost by 20 to Washington, by 11 to New Mexico.

15. Arkansas St. Indians

Sun Belt Champion

Record: 18-11 (9-5, 2nd). Past 10: 8-2.

Coach: Dickey Nutt (1st NCAA tournament).

Starters:

G Chico Fletcher, 5-6, Jr. (16.9 ppg, 8.5 apg, 70% FTs).

G Jeff Holloway, 6-3, Sr. (5.7 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 37% 3-pt.).

C Freddy Hicks, 6-7, Sr. (7.1 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 2 bpg).

F Antonio Harvey, 6-4, Sr. (14.5 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 76% FTs).

F Eric Beatty, 6-8, Sr. (11.3 ppg, 58% FGs).

Top reserves:

G C.J. Pepper, 6-4, Jr. (12 ppg, 50% FGs, 6.1 rpg).

G DeShawn Denson, 6-2, Jr. (5.3 ppg, 2.2 rpg).

F Geoff Williams, 6-7, Jr. (2.3 ppg, 3.5 rpg).

Data: First NCAA tournament. Were 20-6 late last season, then lost last three. Fletcher, a point guard, has been Sun Belt player of the year the past two seasons and led nation in assists this season; he averaged 20.3 points and nine assists in three games in Sun Belt tournament. Often using a three-guard offense, Indians have been competitive vs. some major teams: beat Baylor, 66-64; lost to TCU, 94-85. But also lost to USC, 64-48, and Memphis, 83-66. Hicks had nine blocks vs. Baylor. One of Coach Dickey Nutt's brothers, Dennis, is an ASU assistant; another, Houston, is Arkansas' football coach.

16. Mount St. Mary's

Northeast Champion

Record: 15-14 (10-10, T-5th). Past 10: 6-4.

Coach: Jim Phelan (0-1 in tournament).

Starters:

G Gregory Harris, 6-3, Jr. (17.2 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 4.5 apg).

G Eric Bethel, 6-0, Sr. (6.7 ppg, 1.8 apg, 69.8% FTs).

C Melvin Whitaker, 6-10, Fr. (10.9 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 3.0 bpg).

F Tony Hayden, 6-5, Sr. (11.1 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 41.8% 3-pt.).

F Terrence Wilson, 6-8, Fr. (7.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 49.4% FGs).

Top reserves:

F Robert Balgac, 6-8, Jr. (5.3 ppg, 2.8 rpg).

C Konata Springer, 6-10, Sr. (4.8 ppg, 61.3% FGs).

G Aaron Herbert, 5-10, Soph. (4.1 ppg, 1.9 apg, 75.5% FTs).

Data: After losing four of last five in regular season, Mountaineers rode wave of upsets to NEC title. Win in title game made Phelan, in his 45th season, the fourth college coach to get 800. Tournament MVP Harris (DeMatha High) has been only consistent offensive player, but school of 1,400 students could be tough if Whitaker is at his best. A former high school all-American who was set to attend Virginia before being jailed for assault, he joined Mountaineers midseason. In NEC final, he had 10 points and eight blocks.

KEY TO PROFILES

apg: assists per game

bpg: blocks per game

FT: free throws

FG: field goals

ppg: points per game

rpg: rebounds per game

spg: steals per game

T: tie

3-pt: three-point shots

TEAM PROFILE CONTRIBUTORS

Matt Bonesteel, Kurt Caywood, Shawn Cox, Ken Denlinger, Ray Glier, Neil H. Greenberger, C. Jemal Horton, Elissa Leibowitz, Kathy Orton, Michael Rosenberg, Rich Scherr, Jeff Seidel, Michelle Smith.