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Best player: Guard Ray McCallum averages 15.6 points and almost four assists.
How they got here: The Titans danced after their fifth straight win, a 70-50 pummeling of host Valparaiso in the Horizon League final.
How far can they go: Can you say Hampton 2001? Or can you say I-80 east out of Omaha to I-94?
Location: West Lafayette, Ind.
Best player: Robbie Hummel (6-8 senior) averages 16.3 points and 7.1 rebounds and is one of Purdue’s three top outside shooters.
How they got here: Purdue was 10-8 in the Big Ten, but only one win came against a team in the NCAAs (75-61 at Michigan on Feb. 25).
How far can they go: Hard to see the Boilermakers getting past Saint Mary’s.
SAINT MARY’S (CALIF.)
Location: Moraga, Calif.
Best player: “Delly,” or Aussie junior guard Matthew Dellavedova, leads the Gaels in scoring and is among national assist leaders. He’s the West Coast Conference player of the year.
How they got here: A 15-point home loss to Loyola Marymount and a 14-point Bracketbusters loss at Murray State fueled doubters, but Saint Mary’s won its last four, including an OT win in the WCC final against Gonzaga.
How far can they go: The Gaels should get past Purdue on Friday, then offer a non-BCS serving of nervousness to Kansas on Sunday.