Best team: Kentucky
Is it really necessary to explain this one? The Wildcats are 34-0, and though they've had their close calls, they are rolling into the NCAA Tournament.
Kentucky is top five in offensive and defensive efficiency, according to advanced stats site kenpom.com, and the 85.8 points allowed per 100 possessions is among the lowest since KenPom began tracking stats in 2002. This team is historically good, and the pro talent is literally seeping off the bench.
Best big man: Karl-Anthony Towns (Kentucky)
Towns, a versatile 7-footer, probably could have doubled his 9.8 points per game playing anywhere else. He has a soft touch around the rim, range to about 18 feet, and nbadraft.net projects him as the No. 1 pick in June's draft.
Best guard/playmaker: Jerian Grant (Notre Dame)
Grant was an early candidate for national Player of the Year because of his playmaking ability. The son of former NBA player Harvey Grant does everything for Notre Dame. If you want to look further than his averages of 16.8 points, 6.6 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.7 steals, Google "Jerian Grant dunk Georgia Tech" and try not rewatching the video. Then Google "Jerian Grant circus shot." This 6-5, athletic freak can make plays that few others can.
Best go-to-guy: Melo Trimble (Maryland)
Trimble is only a freshman, but he exuded veteran confidence while averaging 16.3 points. He's a 40-percent three-point shooter and draws 6.3 fouls per 40 minutes, according to kenpom.com. That adds up to a player who could make a few big plays in the next few weeks. If it's not him, then it's his teammate Dez Wells.
Best coaching matchup: Chris Holtmann (Butler) vs. Rick Barnes (Texas)
This is intriguing because Holtmann, a Butler assistant as recently as October, has taken the college basketball world by storm, while Barnes might be coaching for his job.
Best player you never heard of: Emmy Andujar (Manhattan)
This could have gone to Valparaiso's Alec Peters or Buffalo's Justin Moss, too, but Andujar is a senior point forward who averaged 16.5 points, 7.6 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.1 steals for the Jaspers. He averaged 20.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.3 steals in games against UMass, Rutgers and Pittsburgh.
Best bet to spring an upset: Texas
Barnes' teams have underachieved several years in a row, and this one is no exception. But the reasons the expectations were set high this preseason -- the future NBA talent, imposing size and Isaiah Taylor's point-guard play -- will be the factors behind this upset. Butler has the history of March magic, as well as gritty players Roosevelt Jones and Alex Barlow, but the Bulldogs will be overwhelmed by the Longhorns. As long as Barnes doesn't mess it up.
Best matchup: Wichita State vs. Indiana
This game features top 20 offenses from an efficiency standpoint, which is exciting given the low outputs that plagued this season of college hoops. If the game is played at Indiana's preferred pace (more up and down), we could be treated to a special one. This is also a chance to see three of the country's best guards -- Wichita State's Fred Van Vleet and Indiana's Yogi Ferrell and James Blackmon.