Nickname: Tigers

Location: Clemson

Conference: ACC

Head coach: Brad Brownell, 54-45 in fourth season at Clemson; 221-130 overall in 23 seasons.

Last year: 13-18, 5-13 in ACC.

Top players: F K.J. McDaniels, 6-6, Jr., (17.3 ppg., 7.3 rpg); G Rod Hall, 6-1, Jr., (10.3 ppg., 3.7 apg).


Nickname: Wildcats

Location: Davidson, N.C.

Conference: Southern Conference

Head coach: Bob McKillop, 452-282 in 25th season at Davidson and overall.

Last year: 26-8, 17-1 in SoCon; lost to Marquette in first round of NCAA Tournament.

Top players: F De’Mon Brooks, Sr., (17.0 ppg., 6.7 rpg); G Tom Dorney, 6-6, Sr., (16.7 ppg., 3.7 rpg).


Nickname: Bulldogs

Location: Athens, Ga.

Conference: Southeastern

Head coach: Mark Fox, 66-64 in fifth season at Georgia; 189-107 in 10 seasons overall

Last year: 15-17, 9-9 in SEC.

Top players: G Charles Mann, 6-5, So. (15.5 ppg., 3.0 apg); G Kenny Gaines, 6-3, (11.5 ppg., 6.0 rpg).

UMASS (3-0)

Nickname: Minutemen

Location: Amherst, Mass.

Conference: Atlantic-10

Head coach: Derek Kellogg, 88-77 in sixth season at UMass and overall.

Last year: 21-12, 9-7 in A-10; lost to Stony Brook in first round of NIT Tournament.

Top players: C Cady Lalanne, 6-10, Jr., (18.7 ppg., 11.0 rpg); F Sampson Carter, 6-8, Sr., (16.0 ppg., 6.0 rpg).


Nickname: Lobos

Location: Albuquerque, N.M.

Conference: Mountain West

Head coach: Craig Neal, 2-0 in first season at New Mexico and overall.

Last year: 29-6, 13-3 in Mountain West; lost to Harvard in first round of NCAA Tournament.

Top players: G Kendall Williams, 6-4, Sr., (18.5 ppg., 8.5 apg); C Alex Kirk, 7-0, Jr., (20.0 ppg., 12.5 rpg)


Nickname: Cornhuskers

Location: Lincoln, Neb.

Conference: Big Ten

Head coach: Tim Miles, 18-18 in second year at Nebraska, 301-238 in 19th season overall.

Last year: 15-18, 5-13 in Big Ten.

Top players: G/F Shavon Shields, 6-7, So., (17.0 ppg., 5.3 rpg); G/F Terran Petteway, 6-6, So., (11.3 ppg., 5.3 rpg).

TEMPLE (1-2)

Nickname: Owls

Location: Philadelphia.

Conference: American Athletic Conference

Head coach: Fran Dunphy, 159-77 in eighth season at Temple; 469-240 in 25th season.

Last year: 24-10, 11-5 in Atlantic-10; lost to Indiana in second round of NCAA Tournament.

Top players: G Will Cummings, 6-2, Jr., (17.7 ppg., 3.7 rpg); C Anthony Lee, 6-9, Jr., (16.0 ppg., 10.7 rpg).

UAB (3-0)

Nickname: Blazers

Location: Birmingham, Ala.

Conference: Conference USA

Head coach: Jerod Haase, 19-17 in second year at UAB and overall.

Last year: 16-17, 7-9 in Conference USA.

Top players: F C.J. Washington, 6-8, Jr., (20.0 ppg., 8.3 rpg); G Chad Frazier, 6-4, Jr., (12.0 ppg., 6.7 apg)