Location: Bloomington, Ind.
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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
Location: Las Cruces, N.M.
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.
Location: Richmond, Va.
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.