Location: Providence, RI
Conference: Big East
Coach: Ed Cooley
Record: 22-11 (11-7 Big East)
Kenpom ranking: 28
Good wins (Kenpom ranking): Notre Dame (10), Georgetown (21, twice), Butler (23), Xavier (26)
Bad losses (Kenpom ranking): Brown (256), Boston College (112), Marquette (111)
Tournament appearances: 17
Best result: Final Four (1973, 1987)
NBA alumni: Lenny Wilkens, Otis Thorpe, Marvin Barnes, Ryan Gomes
Best name: Paschal Chukwu
Famous alumni: Patrick Kennedy, Chris Dodd, John O'Hurley
The Friars lost their most important player from a team that that needed a surprise Big East tournament run to make last year's tournament -- and got better. Point guard Kris Dunn is finally healthy and displaying the potential that made him the top PG in his high school class, and running mate LaDontae Henton is averaging 20 points per game.
Style of play: Everybody needs Kris
If Dunn gets past his defender -- and Kris Dunn will get past his defender -- you're in big trouble. Dunn is a quick and talented enough scorer that you need to pay a ton of attention to him, but he's an even more gifted passer and has great creative abilities. Henton is a gifted scorer in his own right, but he gets so many buckets because Dunn gets him the ball in position to succeed.
Key Player: What's Dunn is Dunn
Dunn is finally healthy and finally living up to the hype. Rated the top PG in the class of 2012, shoulder injuries wiped out 1.5 of his first two college seasons. But now he's a point god: Dunn assists on a whopping 49.2 percent of his team's buckets while he's on the floor, best in the nation, and he also steals the ball on 5.1 percent of opposing possessions, 7th-best in college hoops.
Bring back the puppies
Historically, the Friars were represented by a series of live dalmatian mascots named Friar Boy. Dalmatians! Look! They were cute! But after the death of Friar Boy V in 2001, the school opted to get rid of the puppy program and use THIS HORRIFYING MASCOT AHHHHHHHHHHHHH LOOK AT ITS EYES IT IS THE OPPOSITE OF A PUPPY BRING BACK THE PUPPIES