FIRST- AND SECOND-ROUND GAMES
at Gaylord Entertainment Center, Nashville
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Atlantic 10 at-large
Record: 25-5 (15-1). Past 10: 9-1.
Coach: Thad Motta (2-2 in NCAAs).
G Dedrick Finn, 6-1, Fr. (7.8 ppg, 4.4 apg, 45.3 3-pt.%)
G Lionel Chalmers, 6-0, Sr. (11.5 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 4 apg)
F Romain Sato, 6-5, Jr. (18.1 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 75 3-pt.)
F David West, 6-9, Sr. (20.4 ppg, 11.9 rpg, 1.7 bpg)
C Anthony Myles, 6-9, Jr. (10.6 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 48.5 FG%)
G Keith Jackson, 6-5, Soph. (5.4 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.7 apg)
F Will Caudle, 6-9, Fr. (4 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 54.5 FG%)
Data: West and Sato are two of the best players at their positions. West is the second Division I player in the last five years to collect 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds. The other was Kansas forward Raef LaFrentz. Sato has scored in double figures in 46 of his last 50 games. The Musketeers are 20-3 in the last two seasons when Sato leads the team in scoring. Xavier, which is making its third consecutive NCAA appearance and sixth in nine years, is 21-0 when scoring at least 63 points. Because the Musketeers rarely commit fouls -- they rank in the top 10 in Division I in fewest fouls per game (15.6) -- their opponents rarely go to the free throw line. Xavier's opponents attempt only 13.7 foul shots per game.
Atlantic Sun champion
Record: 26-5 (14-2). Past 10: 9-1.
Coach: Don Maestri (0-0 in NCAAs).
G Ben Fletcher, 6-3, Sr. (14.2 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 91 3-pt.)
G Greg Davis, 6-1, Jr. (10.7 ppg, 4.8 apg, 1.9 rpg)
F LaCedrick Pettway, 6-6, Sr. (6.6 ppg, 3.9 rpg)
F Marcus Milhouse, 6-4, Sr. (8.3 ppg, 6.1 rpg)
C Rob Lewin, 6-7, Jr. (12.3 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 53.6 FG%)
G Herbert Evans, 6-2, Jr. (7.1 ppg, 2.5 rpg)
F Kendrick Johnson, 6-5, Jr. (6.3 ppg, 3.5 rpg)
F Eddie Baker, 6-7, Jr. (6.9 ppg, 3.7 rpg)
Data: The Trojans have been a Division I program since 1994 and are making their first appearance in the NCAA tournament after winning the conference tournament in their second title game appearance in three years. Maestri, who has coached the Trojans for 21 seasons, is one of college basketball's winningest anonymous coaches: His 331 career victories are the most in Troy State history. The Trojans are at their best when the game moves fast, amassing a 3-0 record this season when they score at least 100 points. They are able to maintain a frenetic pace thanks to liberal substitutions, with 10 players averaging at least 11 minutes.
Record: 19-9 (11-6). Past 10: 5-5.
Coach: Gary Williams (23-11 in NCAAs).
G Drew Nicholas, 6-3, Sr. (17.2 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 40.4 3-pt. FG%)
G Steve Blake, 6-3, Sr. (11.3 ppg, 6.9 apg, 3.5 rpg)
F Nik Caner-Medley, 6-8, Fr. (5.9 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 53.5 FG%)
F Tahj Holden, 6-10, Sr. (8.8 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 42.3 FG%)
C Ryan Randle, 6-9, Sr. (12.5 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 50.0 FG%)
F Jamar Smith, 6-9, Jr. (5.4 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 43.1 FG%)
G John Gilchrist, 6-1, Fr. (4.6 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 57.6 FG%)
F Calvin McCall, 6-3, Sr. (4.8 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 46.0 FG%)
Data: Blake, the only returning starter from the national championship team, had the Terrapins poised to make another deep run in the tournament before demoralizing losses to Virginia in the regular season finale and to North Carolina in the ACC tournament opener. Blake ranks among the top 10 career assist leaders in Division I and is a big reason why Maryland leads Division I in assists per game (17.8 apg). The Terrapins also are a tough defensive team, ranking second in Division I in shooting defense (37.6 percent) and fourth in blocks per game (6.4). Randle and Holden have combined for 82 blocks. Maryland was 4-7 in games decided by 10 points or less.
Record: 24-6 (15-3). Past 10: 9-1.
Coach: Brad Brownell (0-0 in NCAAs).
G Brett Blizzard, 6-4, Sr. (21.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 3.6 apg)
G Tim Burnette, 6-2, Jr. (11 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.5 spg)
F Anthony Terrell, 6-7, Jr. (7.3 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 53 FG%)
F John Goldsberry, 6-3, Fr. (4.2 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 3.5 apg)
C Craig Callahan, 6-8, Sr. (16.6 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 32 3FG%)
G Joel Justus, 6-6, Jr. (3 ppg, 1.7 bpg, 1.8 apg)
F Mitch Laue, 6-7, Fr. (2.8 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 70 FG%)
F Beckham Wyrick, 6-6, Fr. (2.1 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 42 FG%)
Data: Brownell picked up right where Richmond-bound Jerry Wainwright left off, leading the Seahawks to the NCAA tournament for the third time in four years. He benefited enormously from the return of Blizzard, one of the best players in conference history and the only four-time all-CAA player. Complementing Blizzard is Callahan, who dominated most of the CAA's inside players and had 22 points and 10 rebounds in a CAA semifinal win over Delaware. Other than a mysterious pair of losses to Old Dominion, the Seahawks were remarkably consistent all season, mostly because of the unshakable Blizzard, winning 17 of their last 19 games.