Gonzaga

Location: Spokane, WA

Conference: West Coast Conference

Mascot: Bulldogs

Coach: Mark Few

Record: 32-2 (17-1)

Kenpom ranking: 6

Good wins: vs.SMU (19) , at St. John's (42) vs. BYU x2 (31)

Bad losses: None

Tournament appearances: 18 (current streak: 17)

Best result: Elite Eight (1999)

Notable NBA alumni: John Stockton, Ronny Turiaf, Kelly Olynyk

Best name: Rem Bakamus

Celebrity fans/alumni: Bing Crosby

Once upon a time, Gonzaga was a Cinderella story, shocking the world with an Elite Eight run in 1999 in only their second ever trip to the tourney. Now, they're an established powerhouse, having gone dancing in all 16 years since under coach Mark Few. For the most part, they eviscerated and pulverized opponents, going 17-1 in conference and powering through the tourney, but they did drop games to Arizona (in Tucson, in OT) and to BYU (by three).

Style of play: Dag, Zags

Much like when Adam Morrison and Kelly Olynyk played for the Zags, this team has a wildly efficient offense dominated by a multifaceted scoring threat. 6'10 Kentucky transfer Kyle Wiltjer is the centerpiece. A born scorer from inside and out, Wiltjer is the most efficient player for the amount of shots he takes in college hoops. The attention he demands allows gunner Kevin Pangos and big men imports Przemek Karnowski and Domantas Sabonis to get better opportunities.

Key player: Wilt Rebuilt

As Mike Rutherford wrote, Kyle Wiltjer's journey has been peculiar and fascinating. A five-star recruit out of high school, Wiltjer signed with Kentucky, as five-stars do. But alongside superstars, he didn't shine, filling a role more-or-less a three-point specialist for the 2012 Wildcats squad that won the national title. After transferring to Gonzaga, it's clear he's so much more than that, drilling threes while utilizing his oodles of interior finesse. He didn't fit at Kentucky -- the Wildcats are all about athleticism and defense, and Wiltjer... isn't, but its intriguing to imagine him as a reserve on John Calipari's hypertalented squad.

Son of Sabonis

Yes, Domantis Sabonis' name sounds familiar, and yes, he is the son of Basketball Hall of Famer Arvydas Sabonis. Born in Portland during the 1996 playoffs, Sabonis grew up in the US and Spain -- the elder Sabonis didn't want his children to deal with the expectations of being named "Sabonis" in Lithuania -- and is more fluent in English and Spanish than Lithuanian, which this SI piece says he reserves primarily for cursing at refs in a language they can't understand. He played with a top-level professional team in Spain, but never signed a contract, to preserve his NCAA eligibility.