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2014 Field

 

Villanova Villanova Wildcats – Head Coach: Jay Wright (Big East Conference)

The Wildcats won the Big East regular season championship, ended the 2013-14 season 29-5, and advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament...closed the year ranked sixth in the AP poll and 13th in the coaches poll....head coach Jay Wright guided Villanova to its ninth NCAA Tournament appearance in the last 10 years, as well as their ninth 20-win season in that same span...10 of 13 players, including four starters, are expected to return next season, including senior forward JayVaughn Pinkston (14.1 ppg, 6.1 rpg) and junior guard Ryan Arcidiacono (9.9 ppg, 118 assists)...Villanova has been to 34 NCAA Tournaments and four Final Fours.
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Michigan Michigan Wolverines – Head Coach: John Beilein (Big Ten Conference)

The Wolverines posted a 28-9 record in 2013-14, won the program's first outright Big Ten regular-season title in 28 years and second in three years while advancing to NCAA Tournament's Elite Eight for the second straight year...it was Michigan’s 25th NCAA appearance and fourth straight under head coach John Beilein...concluded the season ranked seventh by the Associated Press and sixth by the coaches...after losing three NBA Draft picks, the Wolverines welcome seven freshmen to a 14-member squad which includes junior guard Caris LeVert (12.9 ppg) and sophomore guard Derrick Walton (7.9 ppg, 106 assists)...Michigan will be making its second appearance in the Legends Classic.

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VCU VCU Rams – Head Coach: Shaka Smart (Atlantic 10 Conference)

The Rams posted a 26-9 record in 2013-14, ending the season ranked 24th in the AP poll...12 players and three starters are expected to return from a team that earned its 13th NCAA Tournament appearance, which includes the magical run to the 2011 Final Four...the Rams will be led by the backcourt of senior Treveon Graham (15.8 ppg, 7.0 rpg) and junior Melvin Johnson (10.4 ppg)...in his five seasons at VCU, head coach Shaka Smart has led the Rams to 137 wins and never less than 26 in any season.
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Oregon

Oregon DucksHead Coach: Dana Altman (Pacific-12 Conference)
The Ducks went 24-10 and were ranked as high as No. 10 in 2013-14...Oregon advanced to its second straight NCAA Tournament under head coach Dana Altman, who has led the Ducks to the postseason all four seasons in Eugene...10 players dot the 2014-15 roster, including senior guard Joseph Young (18.9 ppg) and junior forward Elgin Cook (6.7 ppg)...Oregon has been to 12 NCAA Tournaments and one Final Four.
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Toledo Toledo RocketsHead Coach: Tod Kowalczyk (Mid-American Conference)
Head coach Tod Kowlaczyk is overseeing a renaissance at Toledo...the Rockets won a share of the MAC regular-season championship for the first time since 2007 in recording a school record 27 wins, just three years after posting a 4-28 record...the success earned Toledo a berth in the NIT...to keep it going, eight letterwinners, including four starters, return in 2014-15, led by seniors Julius Brown (14.9 ppg) and Justin Drummond (14.2 ppg)...the Rockets have been to four NCAA Tournaments.
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Bucknell Bucknell BisonHead Coach: Dave Paulsen (Patriot League)
Head coach Dave Paulsen led the Bison to a 16-14 record a year ago and a fourth-place finish in the Patriot League...now in his seventh season, Paulsen has guided Bucknell to 115 wins and three postseason tournament bids...10 players, including three starters, return from a year ago...included are backcourt mates junior Chris Hass (11.1 ppg) and senior Steven Kaspar (6.5 ppg, 139 assists)...the Bison have earned six NCAA Tournament bids.
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Detroit Detroit TitansHead Coach: Ray McCallum (Horizon League)
In a rebuilding season, Detroit posted a 13-19 record after losing four starters who led the Titans to the 2013 NIT...four players who started at least 12 games last season return in 2014-15, paced by senior forward Juwan Howard Jr. (18.3 ppg) and sophomore guard Jarod Williams (7.7 ppg)...head coach Ray McCallum will enter his seventh season at the helm of the Titans...Detroit has played in six NCAA Tournaments.
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UMES UMES HawksHead Coach: Bobby Collins (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference)
After eight seasons at Winston-Salem State where he presided over the school's move from Division III to Division II, Bobby Collins assumes the reins at UMES...in those eight seasons, Collins led WSSU to 115 wins, including 79 over the last four seasons...he inherits a team that posted a 6-24 record a year ago...back are senior guard Kyree Jones (13.4 ppg) and sophomore guard Hakeen Baxter (14.0 ppg).
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