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March Madness Capsules

March 17, 2010


I promised random and relevant information about the field of 65, and so as promised here's the info. Do with it what you will. I'm eliminating the teams from the power conferences in the name of space, and also because people generally know about them. So, Mid-Majors, here's your time in the spotlight, since for some of you, it won't last long.


Midwest Region
16. Lehigh Mountain Hawks
Record: 22-10
Conference: Patriot League
Best Win: None
Leading Scorer: CJ McCollum 18.9
Leading Rebounder: Zahir Carrington 6.7
Assist Leader: Marquis Hall 5.7
Coolest Name: Holden Greiner
Location: Bethlehem, PA
Recent Tourney History: 0-3 All-Time
Colors: Brown and White
Coach: Brett Reed
Ceiling: 1st Round
Party School Rank: B-
Academic Rank: A-

8. UNLV Runnin' Rebels
Record: 25-8
Conference: Mountain West
Best Win: BYU 88-74
Leading Scorer: Tre'von Willis 17.3
Leading Rebounder: Chase Stanback 5.8
Assist Leader: Oscar Bellfield 4.8
Coolest Name: Brice Massamba
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Recent Tourney History: 2008 2nd round, 2007 sweet 16
Colors: Black and Red
Coach: Lon Krueger
Ceiling: 2nd Round
Party School Rank: A+
Academic Rank: B-

9. Northern Iowa Panthers
Record: 28-4
Conference: Missouri Valley
Best Win: Siena 82-65
Leading Scorer: Jordan Eglseder 12.0
Leading Rebounder: Eglseder 7.3
Assist Leader: Kwadzo Ahelegbe 2.7
Coolest Name: Lucas O'Rear
Location: Cedar Falls, Iowa
Recent Tourney History: 2005, 2006, 2009 all 1st round
Colors: Gold and Purple
Coach: Ben Jacobsen
Ceiling: 2nd Round
Party School Rank: unranked
Academic Rank: unranked

12. New Mexico State Aggies
Record: 22-11
Conference: WAC
Best Win: UTEP, 87-80
Leading Scorer: Jahmar Young 20.5
Leading Rebounder: Wendell McKing 9.9
Assist Leader: Hernst LaRoche 3.7
Coolest Name: Gordo Castillo
Location: Las Cruces, New Mexico
Recent Tourney History: 2007, 1st round
Colors: Crimson/Black
Coach: Marvin Menzies
Ceiling: 2nd Round
Party School Rank: NR
Academic Rank: NR

13. Houston Cougars
Record: 19-15
Conference: Conference USA
Best Win: UTEP, 75-65
Leading Scorer: Aubrey Coleman 25.6
Leading Rebounder: Coleman, Maurice McNeil, 7.4
Assist Leader: Desmond Wade 4.9
Coolest Name: Kirk Van Slyke
Location: Houston, Texas
Tourney History: 1992, 1990, 1st round
Colors: Red/White
Coach: Tom Penders
Ceiling: 2nd Round
Party School Rank: NR
Academic Rank: NR


11. San Diego St. Aztecs
Record: 25-8
Conference: Mountain West
Best Win: New Mexico, 74-64
Leading Scorer: Kawhi Leonard, 12.8
Leading Rebounder: Leonard, 9.9
Assist Leader: DJ Gay, 3.2
Coolest Name: Chase Tarpley
Location: San Diego, CA
Tourney History: 2002, 2006 1st round
Colors: Black/Red
Coach: Steve Fisher
Ceiling: 2nd Round
Party School Rank: A-
Academic Rank: B-

14. Ohio Bobcats
Record: 21-14
Conference: MAC
Best Win: Kent St. 87-64
Leading Scorer: Armon Bassett, 16.9
Leading Rebounder: Kenneth Van Kamplan, 6.9
Assist Leader: DJ Cooper 5.9
Coolest Name: Adetunji Adehipe
Location: Athens, OH
Tourney History: 2005, 1994 1st Round
Colors: Green/White
Coach: John Groce
Ceiling: 1st Round
Party School Rank: B+
Academic Rank: B-

15. UC Santa Barbara Gauchos
Record: 20-9
Conference: Big West
Best Win: Pacific, 61-48
Leading Scorer: Orlando Johnson, 17.9
Leading Rebounder: James Nunnally, 5.7
Assist Leader: Will Brew Jr. 2.6
Coolest Name: Brew
Location: Santa Barbara, CA
Tourney History: 2002, 1st round
Colors: Blue/Gold
Coach: Bob Williams
Ceiling: 1st Round
Party School Rank: B+
Academic Rank: B

West Region
16. Vermont Catamounts
Record: 25-9
Conference: America East
Best Win: Rutgers 77-71
Leading Scorer: Marqus Blakely, 17.4
Leading Rebounder: Blakely, 9.4
Assist Leader: Blakely 3.7
Coolest Name: Brendan Bald
Location: Burlington, VT
Tourney History: 2005, 2nd round
Colors: Green/White
Coach: Mike Lonergan
Ceiling: 1st Round
Party School Rank: B-
Academic Rank: B-

8. Gonzaga Bulldogs
Record: 26-6
Conference: West Coast
Best Win: Wisconsin, 74-61
Leading Scorer: Matt Bouldin, 15.8
Leading Rebounder: Elias Harris, 7.2
Assist Leader: Bouldin, 4.1
Coolest Name: Bol Kong
Location: Spokane, Washington
Tourney History: 2009,2006 sweet 16, 2007, 2008 1st round
Colors: Red/Blue
Ceiling: Sweet 16
Party School Rank: B
Academic Rank: B


5. Butler Bulldogs
Record: 28-4
Conference: Horizon
Best Win: Ohio St. 74-66
Leading Scorer: Gordon Hayward, 15.4                                                               
Leading Rebounder: Hayward, 8.5
Assist Leader: Robert Nored, 3.6
Coolest Name: Shelvin Mack
Location: Indianapolis, IN
Tourney History: 2009, 1st round, 2008, 2nd round, 2007, sweet 16
Colors: Black/White
Ceiling: Sweet 16
Party School Rank: NR
Academic Rank: NR

12. UTEP Miners
Record: 26-6
Conference: Conference USA
Best Win: New Mexico St. 79-58
Leading Scorer: Randy Culpepper, 18.0
Leading Rebounder: Derrick Caracter, 8.0
Assist Leader: Julyan Stone, 5.4
Coolest Name: Arnett Moultrie
Location: El Paso, TX
Tourney History: 2005, 2004 1st round
Colors: Orange/Blue
Coach: Tony Barbee
Ceiling: Sweet 16
Party School Rank: NR
Academic Rank: NR

13. Murray St. Racers
Record: 30-4
Conference: Ohio Valley
Best Win: none
Leading Scorer: Ivan Aska 10.6
Leading Rebounder: Tony Easley, 5.8
Assist Leader: Isacc Miles, 3.8
Coolest Name: Picassso Simmons
Location: Murray, Kentucky
Tourney History: 2006, 2004, 2002, 1st round
Colors: Blue/Yellow
Coach: Billy Kennedy
Ceiling: Sweet 16
Party School Rank: NR
Academic Rank: NR

6. Xavier Musketeers
Record: 24-8
Conference: Atlantic 10
Best Win: Florida 76-64
Leading Scorer: Jordan Crawford, 19.7
Leading Rebounder: Jason Love, 8.6
Assist Leader: Terrell Holloway, 3.9
Coolest Name: Johnny Mazza
Location: Cincinnati, OH
History: 2009, sweet 16, 2008, elite 8, 2007, 2nd round
Colors: Black/White
Coach: Chris Mack
Ceiling: Sweet 16
Party School Rank: C+
Academic Rank: B-

14. Oakland Golden Grizzlies
Record: 26-8
Conference: Summit
Best Win: none
Leading Scorer: Keith Benson, 17.0
Leading Rebounder: Benson, 10.5
Assist Leader: Johnathon Jones, 6.4
Coolest Name: Blake Cushingberry
Location: Rochester, Michigan
Tourney History: 2005, 1st round
Colors: Black/Gold
Coach: Greg Kampe
Ceiling: 2nd round
Party School Rank: NR
Academic Rank: NR

7. BYU Cougars
Record: 29-5
Conference: Mountain West
Best Win: Arizona, 99-69
Leading Scorer: Jimmer Fredette, 21.7
Leading Rebounder: Noah Hartsock, 5.1
Assist Leader: Fredette, 4.7
Coolest Name: Fredette
Location: Provo, UT
History: 2009,2008,2007, 2004 1st round
Colors: White/Blue
Coach: Dave Rose
Ceiling: Sweet 16
Party School Rank: Mormons don't drink
Academic Rank: B

15. North Texas Mean Green
Record: 24-8
Conference: Sun Belt
Best Win: none
Leading Scorer: Josh White, 14.9
Leading Rebounder: George Odufuwa, 10.7
Assist Leader: White, 3.5
Coolest Name: Tristan Thompson
Location: Denton, TX
Tourney History: 2007, 1st round
Colors: Green
Coach: Johnny Jones
Ceiling: 1st Round
Party School Rank: NR
Academic Rank: NR

East Region
16. East Tennesee St. Buccaneers
Record: 20-14
Conference: Atlantic Sun
Best Win: Arkansas, 94-85
Leading Scorer: Tommy Hubbard 14.1
Leading Rebounder: Hubbard, 8.3
Assist Leader: Jocolby Davis, 2.4
Coolest Name: Sheldon Cooley
Location: Johnson City, TN
Tourney History: 2009, 2004, 2003 1st round
Colors: Blue/Gold
Coach: Murry Bartow
Ceiling: 1st Round
Party School Rank: NR
Academic Rank: NR

5. Temple Owls
Record: 29-5
Conference: Atlantic 10
Best Win: Villanova, 75-65
Leading Scorer: Ryan Brooks, 14.3
Leading Rebounder: Lavoy Allen, 10.9
Assist Leader: Juan Fernandez, 3.6
Coolest Name: Scootie Randall
Location: Philadelphia
Tourney History: 2009,2008 1st round, 2001 elite 8
Colors: Maroon/White
Coach: Fran Dumphy
Ceiling: Sweet 16
Party School Rank: A-
Academic Rank: B-

12. Cornell Big Red
Record: 27-4
Conference: Ivy League
Best Win: St. John's 71-66
Leading Scorer: Ryan Wittman, 17.5
Leading Rebounder: Jeff Foote, 8.2                                        
Assist Leader: Louis Dale, 4.8
Coolest Name: Errick Peck
Location: Ithaca, NY
History: 2009, 2008 1st round
Colors: Red/White
Coach: Steve Donahue
Ceiling: Sweet 16
Party School Rank: C
Academic Rank: A-

13. Wofford Terriers
Record: 26-8
Conference: Southern
Best Win: South Carolina, 68-61
Leading Scorer: Noah Dahlman, 16.8
Leading Rebounder: Tim Johnson, 7.9
Assist Leader: Brad Loesing, 3.0
Coolest Name: Cameron Rundles
Location: Spartanburg, SC
History: 1st time
Colors: Black/Gold
Coach: Mike Young
Ceiling: 2nd Round
Party School Rank: NR
Academic Rank: NR

3. New Mexico Lobos
Record: 29-4
Conference: Mountain West
Best Win: Texas A&M, 84-81
Leading Scorer: Darington Hobson, 16.2                                    
Leading Rebounder: Hobson, 9.2
Assist Leader: Hobson, 4.6
Coolest Name: none
Location: Albequerque, NM
History: 2005, 1st round, 1999, 2nd round
Colors: Red/Silver
Coach: Steve Alford
Party School Rank: NR
Academic Rank: NR

14. Montana Grizzlies
Record: 22-9
Conference: Big Sky
Best Win: Oregon, 68-55
Leading Scorer: Anthony Johnson, 19.6
Leading Rebounder: Brian Quale, 6.9
Assist Leader: Johnson, 3.0
Coolest Name: Vassy Banny
Location: Missoula, Montana
History: 2006, 2nd round, 2005, 1st round
Colors: Maroon/Gray
Coach: Wayne Tinkle
Ceiling: 1st round
Party School Rank: NR
Academic Rank: NR

15. Morgan St. Bears
Record: 27-9
Conference: MEAC
Best Win: Arkansas, 97-94
Leading Scorer: Reggie Holmes, 21.8
Leading Rebounder: Kevin Thompson, 11.9
Assist Leader: Sean Thomas, 3.1
Coolest Name: Arneer Ali
Location: Towson, MD
History: 2009, 1st round
Colors: Blue/Orange
Coach: Todd Bozeman
Ceiling: 1st Round
Party School Rank: NR
Academic Rank: NR

South Region
16. Arkansas Pine-Bluff Golden Lions
Record: 17-15
Conference: SWAC
Best Win: none
Leading Scorer: Terrance Calvin, 10.4
Leading Rebounder: LeBaron Weathers, 6.8
Assist Leader: Calvin, 4.0
Coolest Name: Savalance Townsend
Location: Pine Bluff, Arkansas
History: 1st Time
Colors: Gold/Black
Coach: George Ivory
Ceiling: Win play-in game, hopefully scare the shit out of Duke
Party School Rank: NR
Academic Rank: NR

12. Utah St. Aggies
Record: 27-7
Conference: WAC
Best Win: BYU, 71-61
Leading Scorer: Tai Wesley, 13.6
Leading Rebounder: Wesley, 6.6
Assist Leader: Jared Quayle, 4.2
Coolest Name: Pooh Williams
Location: Logan, Utah
Tourney History: 2009, 2006, 2005 1st Round
Colors: Blue/White
Coach: Stew Morrill
Ceiling: Sweet 16
Party School Rank: NR
Academic Rank: NR

13. Siena Saints
Record: 27-6
Conference: MAAC
Best Win: St. Joe's, 92-75
Leading Scorer: Alex Franklin, 16.3
Leading Rebounder: Ryan Rossiter, 11.1
Assist Leader: Ronald Moore, 7.8
Coolest Name: Owen Wignot
Location: Albany, New York
Tournament History: 2009, 2008 2nd round
Colors: Green/Gold
Coach: Fran McCaffery
Ceiling: Sweet 16
Party School Rank: NR
Academic Rank: NR

11. ODU Monarchs
Record: 26-8
Conference: Colonial
Best Win: Georgetown, 61-57
Leading Scorer: Gerald Lee, 14.6
Leading Rebounder: Frank Hassell, 6.6
Assist Leader: Darius James, 3.4
Coolest Name: Marshance Neely
Location: Norfolk, VA
Tournament History: 2007, 2005 1st round
Colors: Gray/Blue
Coach: Blaine Taylor
Ceiling: 2nd Round
Party School Rank: B
Academic Rank: B-

14. Sam  Houston St. Bearkats
Record: 25-7
Conference: Southland
Best Win: Auburn, 107-89
Leading Scorer: Gilberto Clavell, 16.9
Leading Rebounder: Clavell, 6.3
Assist Leader: Ashton Mitchell, 5.1
Coolest Name: Josten Crow
Location: Huntsville, TX
Tournament History: 2003, 1st Round
Colors: Orange
Coach: Bob Marlin
Ceiling: 1st Round
Party School Rank: NR
Academic Rank: NR

7. Richmond Spiders
Record: 26-8
Conference: Atlantic 10
Best Win: Temple, 71-54
Leading Scorer: Kevin Anderson, 17.8
Leading Rebounder: Justin Harper, 5.5
Assist Leader: Anderson, 2.6
Coolest Name: none
Location: Richmond,VA
Tournament History: 2004 1st round, 1998, 2nd round
Coach: Chris Mooney
Colors: Red/White/Blue
Ceiling: Sweet 16
Party School Rank: A-
Academic Rank: B+

10. St Mary's Gaels
Record: 26-5
Conference: West Coast
Best Win: Gonzaga, 81-62
Leading Scorer: Omar Sanham 20.9
Leading Rebounder: Sanham, 11.0
Assist Leader: Mickey McConnell, 5.3
Coolest Name: Beau Levesque
Location: Moraga, CA
Tournament History: 2008, 2005 1st round
Colors: Red/Blue
Coach: Randy Bennett
Ceiling: Sweet 16
Party School Rank: NR
Academic Rank: NR

15. Robert Morris Colonials
Record: 23-11
Conference: Northeast
Best Win: Ohio, 81-79
Leading Scorer: Karon Abraham, 13.4
Leading Rebounder: Rob Robinson, 5.5
Assist Leader: Velton Jones, 2.9
Coolest Name: Treadwell Lewis
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Tournament History: 2009, 1st round
Colors: Blue/Red
Coach: Mike Rice
Ceiling: 1st round
Party School Rank: NR
Academic Rank: NR


Sources: http://www.espn.com/
http://www.collegeprowler.com/

Photo Sources: 1, 23, 45, 6

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