Arizona's pod

2013-03-18T00:00:00Z Arizona's pod Arizona Daily Star
March 18, 2013 12:00 am

By Patrick Finley, Arizona Daily Star

No. 6 Arizona Wildcats (25-7)

• How they got in: At-large pick

• RPI: 15

• Leading scorer: Senior guard Mark Lyons (14.8 ppg)

• Best win: Vs. then-No. 5 Florida, 65-64 on Dec. 15

• What they do well: They're big. UA ranks No. 13 nationally in KenPom.com's "effective height" category, averaging the height of the most-used forwards and centers.

• Fun Fact: The Wildcats are 5-2 in NCAA tournament games held in Salt Lake City - 2-0 in 1991, 0-1 in 1993, 1-1 in 2000 and 2-0 in 2003.

The big number

63

KenPom.com gives the the UA a 63 percent chance of beating Belmont.

No. 11 Belmont Bruins (26-6)

• How they got in: Automatic bid after winning the Ohio Valley Conference tournament

• RPI: 20

• Leading scorer: Senior guard Ian Clark (18.1 ppg)

• Best win: At Stanford, 70-62 on Nov. 18

• What they do well: Get good shots and score. The Bruins are tops in the nation in two-point shooting percentage.

• Fun Fact: Belmont's Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business, named after the country music executive, has been home to Brad Paisley, Lee Ann Womack, Trisha Yearwood and others.

The big number

10

Academic All-Americans on the Belmont basketball team since 2000, the most in the country.

No. 3 New Mexico Lobos (29-5)

• How they got in: Automatic bid after winning the Mountain West Conference tournament

• RPI: 2

• Leading scorer: Junior guard Kendall Williams (13.5 ppg)

• Best win: At then-No. 8 Cincinnati, 55-54 on Dec. 27, though UNM went 4-0 against ranked teams.

• What they do well: Defend. KenPom.com ranks the Lobos 11th in defensive efficiency.

• Fun Fact: As players, UNM coach Steve Alford led Indiana past Harvard coach Tommy Amaker's Duke team in the 1987 NCAA tournament regional semifinal. IU won the national title.

The big number

11

UNM was ranked as high as No. 11 in the USA Today Coaches Poll this year.

No. 14 Harvard Crimson (19-9)

• How they got in: Automatic bid after winning Ivy League regular season

• RPI: 95

• Leading scorer: Sophomore wing Wesley Saunders (16.5 ppg)

• Best win: At Cal, 67-62 on Dec. 29

• What they do well: Shoot threes. Harvard is eighth in the nation in three-point percentage.

• Fun Fact: Author Michael Crichton played for the Harvard basketball team, and former Vice President Al Gore suited up for the 1965-66 freshman squad.

The big number

0

Harvard has never won a postseason game, having made the Big Dance only three times.

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