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Other teams in Wichita State’s pod

  • Published Wednesday, March 14, 2012, at 5:43 p.m.
  • Updated Friday, April 13, 2012, at 6:29 p.m.

INDIANA

Seed: 4

Location: Bloomington, Ind.

Record: 25-8

RPI: 17

Best player: 6-foot-11 freshman Cody Zeller shoots 62.6 percent, 75.5 from the foul line.

How they got here: Indiana has one of America’s two wins over Kentucky, which is an attention-grabber. An 11-7 Big Ten Mark, including 8-2 in its last 10, is noticeable, too.

How far can they go: The Hoosiers should handle New Mexico State, then a Zeller-Garrett Stutz matchup in Round 2 would be a study in wily senior vs. talented rookie.

NEW MEXICO STATE

Seed: 13

Location: Las Cruces, N.M.

Record: 26-9

RPI: 59

Best player: Wendell McKines (18.8 points, 10.8 boards) scored 27 points with 14 rebounds in leading the Aggies to the WAC Tournament title.

How they got here: The Aggies won 9 of 10 down the stretch, which is making them a popular upset pick against IU in the opener.

How far can they go: McKines is the kind of player that can carry a team to a win or two they’re not supposed to get.

VCU

Seed: 12

Location: Richmond, Va.

Record: 28-6

RPI: 38

Best player: Bradford Burgess leads a balanced-scoring team at 13.3 points and is a guy you don’t want to foul late (79.7 FG pct.).

How they got here: Fresh from taking the 2011 tournament by storm, the Rams won 28 more games with a young lineup.

How far can they go: VCU knows this routine — low seed, upset minded. But Wichita State has knowledge, revenge and experience over the Rams.

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