Where the locals are headed in the NCAA tournament

Where the locals are headed in the NCAA tournament
March 17, 2013, 7:45 pm
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How will Porter handle being the man ?

Georgetown (Big East) - No. 2 seed, South region, at-large

Record: 25-6, Big East

Opening game: vs. Florida Gulf Coast on Friday

Leading scorer: Otto Porter (16.3)

Notable: Hoyas won share of Big East regular season title by closing regular season with 12-1 record and led Big East in scoring defense.

Outlook: Recent teams under John Thompson III have struggled in NCAA Tournament action, but those teams did not have a potent combo of Big East Player of the Year Otto Porter and a smothering defense.

VCU (Atlantic 10) - No. 5 seed, South region, at-large

Record: 26-8

Opening game: vs. Akron, Thursday

Leading scorer: Treveon Graham (15.4)

Notable: Leads nation with nearly 12 steals per game.

Outlook: The Rams "Havoc" defense is a nightmare scenario for any opponent, especially those with limited prep time. VCU must generate turnovers to offset a rather ordinary offense and base defense.

James Madison (CAA) - No. 16 seed/play-in game, East region, tournament champion

Record: 20-14

Next game: vs. LIU-Brooklyn on Tuesday, March 19. Winner faces No. 1 seed Indiana on March 22. 

Leading scorer: Rayshawn Goins (12.7)

Notable: The Dukes reached the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 19 years by hammering CAA regular season champion Northeastern 70-57 in the conference championship game. Sport 11-4 record since January 23.

Outlook: Because the CAA suffered through a collectively down season, JMU's unimpressive seed is no shocker even though its general profile of stingy defense and senior leadership is intrigiuing.

Liberty (Big South) - No. 16 seed/play-in game, Midwest region, tournament champion

Record: 15-20

Next game: North Carolina A&T on Monday, March 18. Winner plays No. 1 seed Louisville on March 21. 

Leading scorer: John Caleb Sanders (14.2)

Notable:  The Flames became only the second 20-loss team to reach the NCAA Tournament, but reach the tourney they did for the third time in program history.

Outlook: It would be the stunner of stunners should Liberty beat No. 1 xx if given the opportunity, but the Flames could pick up their first NCAA Tournament victory in (Tuesday's) First Four matchup.

Tip off times this week:

Tuesday: North Carolina A&T vs. Liberty 6:40 p.m.

Wednesday: LIU Brooklyn vs. JMU 6:40 p.m.

Thursday: VCU vs. Akron 9:45 p.m.

Friday: Georgetown vs Florida Gulf Coast 6:50 p.m.