Checking out all 68 teams in the field

Saint Joseph's (43): Saint Joseph's played its best basketball down the stretch, including in the A-10 tourney, which it won by outlasting Dayton, St. Bonaventure (which upset Saint Louis) and VCU in three straight days. Forward Halil Kanacevic emerged as a force -- 46 points and 43 rebounds in the A-10 run -- and the Hawks look much more fearsome for it

Stanford (42): Johnny Dawkins' first NCAA tournament berth in his six-year career at Stanford couldn't have come at a better time; Cardinal boosters may not have waited much longer. As hard-earned as its at-large bid was, though, Stanford was a merely good, never great team on both ends of the floor all season. Its deep-bracket upside looks pretty limited.

Colorado (41): It's hard not to wonder what might have been for this Colorado team, which looked good enough to challenge the upper reaches of the Pac-12 (and beat Kansas on its own floor) before star guard Spencer Dinwiddie's season-ending injury Jan. 12. The Buffaloes triaged their at-large hopes in the final two months of the season but never looked as good again.

Kansas State (40): Was November really so long ago? Kansas State began its season with a home loss to Northern Colorado, a loss to lowly Charlotte and a 90-63 drubbing to Georgetown. But Bruce Weber's team got healthy, its offense came around, and brilliant freshman guard Marcus Foster -- who took 31.2 percent of his team's shots and shot 40.4 percent from 3 -- helped morphed the Wildcats into a quality group with a vicious perimeter man-to-man.

Arizona State (39): In a vacuum, the Sun Devils' pieces -- elite defense led by shot-block machine Jordan Bachynski and dynamic point guard play from Jahii Carson -- should make them a tantalizing sleeper. In reality, Carson regressed down the stretch and Arizona State limped to a 2-5 record in its last seven games.

Nebraska (38): The Cornhuskers are in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1998, and this is not the same program anymore. In the past two seasons, Nebraska built state-of-the-art practice facilities and a new showpiece arena and hired Tim Miles -- a tirelessly energetic and self-effacing coach who's almost as good at Twitter as basketball.

George Washington (37): His legs looked like toothpicks, but he could play. That's what George Washington's players first thought of Maurice Creek, the Indiana transfer who showed up to open gyms in Foggy Bottom last summer. A few months later, Creek's stunning redemption from a thrice-injured Indiana tale to the centerpiece of George Washington's offense has the Colonials in the tournament for the first time since 2007.

Texas (36): Not a single team from the state of Indiana is participating in the 2013-14 NCAA tournament. Texas, on the other hand, has four. This is surprising for any number of reasons, not least of which because the Longhorns were so dreadful last season that Texas fans momentarily noticed there was thing called "basketball." Young, offensively challenged, tenacious and Rick Barnes-job-saving are all adjectives that apply here.

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