From basketball powerhouses to upset-minded newbies, here are the teams to watch in this year's NCAA Tournament according to college basketball analysts with NBC Sports, ESPN and other outlets.
Iowa State -- The No. 8 Cyclones are coached by former ISU player Fred "The Mayor" Hoiberg, and are making their first tournament appearance since 2005.
Kansas -- The Jayhawks may not have been thrilled with the No. 2 seed in the Midwest Region, but the bracket sets up favorably for a matchup with UNC in the Elite Eight.
Kentucky -- With the most talented roster in the country -- Anthony Davis, Doron Lamb, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Terrence Jones and Marquis Teague among others -- Kentucky is the heavy favorite to win the whole thing.
Marquette -- No. 3 Marquette (25-7) had their best record since joining the Big East, and their seventh-straight 20-win season --fifth-straight under coach Buzz Williams.
Michigan State -- No. 8 Memphis presents a huge challenge for the West's top seed, Michigan State, but the Spartans haven't gone 17-1 at home and 14-5 in the Big 10 in the past four months for no reason.
North Carolina -- The North Carolina Tar Heels (29-5) are among the biggest teams in the country. Their front line of Tyler Zeller (ACC Player of the Year), John Henson (ACC Defensive Player of the Year) and Harrison Barnes (ACC All-First Team) are all lottery picks.
Ohio State -- Ohio State earned a No. 2 seed after losing to Michigan State in the Big 10 tournament. The selection committee had them as the eighth-ranked team in the country, so even with a victory over the Spartans Sunday it would've been difficult for them to earn a No. 1 seed.
Syracuse -- The Orange only lost twice this season but they can be exposed: their perimeter shooting has been an issue and they struggle on the defensive boards.
UNLV -- No. 6 UNLV was undefeated at home for the first time in 20 years.
Vanderbilt -- Vanderbilt earned a fifth seed after winning the SEC Tournament, their first title since 1951.
West Virginia -- No. 10 West Virginia could give Ohio State fits in Round 3 because of their physicality.
Belmont -- Belmont (27-7) could be a bracket buster. CBS Sports likes them to beat Georgetown and South Dakota State University.
Florida State -- No. 3 Florida State is fresh off its first ACC Tournament championship and Leonard Hamilton is fresh off ACC Coach of the Year honors.