NCAA Milwaukee: West Region Team Capsules

An overview of the four teams in the West Region heading to the Bradley Center for the first and second rounds.

12:25 PM ET
6-Xavier
11-Minnesota

2:55 PM ET
3-Pittsburgh
14-Oakland

Xavier Logo No. 6 Seed Xavier Musketeers
Atlantic 10 Conference (24-8, 14-2)
Head Coach: Chris Mack, 1st season, 1st overall

Wins over NCAA Tournament teams: Richmond, @ Florida

Losses to non-NCAA Tournament teams: @ Dayton

How they got here: After losing five non-conference games (all to tournament teams), the Xavier Musketeers tied Temple for the Atlantic Conference regular season championship and earned an at-large bid.

Star Watch: Jordan Crawford (6-4, 195, So.): 19.7 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.3 spg, 39% 3pt

Minnesota Logo No. 11 Seed Minnesota Golden Gophers
Big 10 Conference (21-13, 9-9)
Head Coach: Tubby Smith, 3rd season, 19th overall

Wins over NCAA Tournament Teams: N-Butler, Ohio State, N-Purdue

Losses to non-NCAA Tournament teams: @ Indiana, Michigan (2x), N-Portland, @ Miami (FL)

How they got here: The Golden Gophers picked up three key wins in the Big 10 Conference tournament and earned an at-large bid.

Star Watch: Lawrence Westbrook (6-0, 193, Sr.): 12.6 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.2 apg, 41% 3pt

Pittsburgh Logo No. 3 Seed Pittsburgh Panthers
Big East Conference (24-8, 13-5)
Head Coach: Jamie Dixon, 7th season, 7th overall

Wins over NCAA Tournament teams: Villanova, @ Marquette, West Virginia, Louisville, @ Syracuse

Losses to non-NCAA Tournament teams: N-Indiana, @ Seton Hall, @ South Florida

How they got here: The Panthers tied for second place in the Big East Conference, racking up five wins over tournament teams in the process of earning an at-large bid.

Star Watch: Bradley Wanamaker (6-4, 210, Jr.): 12.1 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 4.7 apg, 1.2 spg

No. 14 Seed Oakland Golden Grizzlies
Summit League (26-8, 17-1)
Head Coach: Greg Kampe, 26th season, 26th overall

Wins over NCAA Tournament teams: None

Losses to non-NCAA Tournament teams: Eastern Michigan, @ Oregon, @ Memphis, @ IUPUI

How they got here: After going 7-7 in the non-conference portion of the schedule, the Golden Grizzlies won 20-of-21 games including the Summit League Championship game.

Star Watch: Keith Benson (6-11, 221, Jr.): 17.0 ppg, 10.4 rpg, 3.4 bpg, 54% FG


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