Location: Asheville, N.C.
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Best player: Senior guard Matt Dickey averages 16.5 points and shoots 38 percent from three.
How they got here: Asheville won the Big South regular season and conference tournaments. Two road losses have been the only blemishes since mid-January.
How far can they go: Asheville should be proud not to be in the First Four mix.
Location: Hattiesburg, Miss.
Best player: Kansan Neil Watson averages 12.2 points and 4.5 assists on a team that spreads around the scoring.
How they got here: Southern Miss lost eight times but two are in March, both losses to Marshall. The Eagles don’t come into the tourney on a roll.
How far can they go: It’s a poor shooting team going up against K-State’s defense.
Location: Syracuse, N.Y.
Best player: Kris Joseph was All-Big East and averages 13.8 points on a team with six guys average seven or more.
How they got here: Jockeying all season with Kentucky for the nation’s most dominant team, Syracuse rolled through 18 Big East games with one blemish (at Notre Dame).
How far can they go: With 7-footer Fab Melo ineligible for the tournament, Syracuse is slightly vulnerable in the middle of its zone. Can it make a difference?