14. Valparaiso (26-7)
Second-year coach Bryce Drew got Valpo to the tournament just like his father Homer did. He mostly relies on two imports, 6-7 Aussie Ryan Broekhoff (15.9 ppg) and 6-8 Dutchman Kevin Van Wijk (12.7).
15. Albany (24-10)
The Great Danes won the America East tournament by upsetting top-seeded Stony Brook and then winning at Vermont, taking the school’s third NCAA bid. Two small guards, Mike Black (14.9 ppg) and Jacob Iati (12.1), lead the attack.
16. North Carolina A&T (19-16)/Liberty (15-20)
The top four seeds in the MEAC tournament lost in the quarterfinals. That left it wide open and the Aggies took it . . . Only the second team with 20 losses to reach the NCAAs, the Flames qualified by winning the Big South tournament.
Upset specials: Oregon over Oklahoma State, Cincinnati over Creighton
Sweet 16 picks: Louisville, Saint Louis, Michigan State, Duke
Regional champion: Louisville