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Know your foes: Xavier, North Carolina and Wisconsin

Xavier

Seed: 6

Nickname: Musketeers

Location: Cincinnati

Colors: Navy and gray

Enrollment: 6,620

Founded: 1831

Coach: Chris Mack

Arena: Cintas Center

Record: 23-13

NCAA Tournament history: 25 appearances

Xavier is making its ninth NCAA Tournament appearance in 10 years, a feat only 11 schools can boast. XU has made it to the NCAA Tournament through the MCC, the Atlantic 10 and now the Big East. Xavier is 21-24 all-time in the Big Dance, but 20-18 since 1990. The Musketeers have made it to the Elite Eight twice and the Sweet Sixteen six times.

Team leaders: Matt Stainbrook 12.1 points and 6.9 rebounds, Dee Davis 6.0 assists

Famous alumni: Jack Miles (1996 Pulitzer Prize winner), John Boehner (Ohio congressman and House Speaker), David West (Indiana Pacers forward) and Daniel P. Burnham (former president/CEO of Raytheon)

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North Carolina

Seed: 4

Nickname: Tar Heels

Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.

Colors: Carolina blue and white

Enrollment: 29,137

Founded: 1789

Coach: Roy Williams

Arena: Dean Smith Center

Record: 26-11

NCAA Tournament history: 46 appearances

North Carolina is one of the most storied college basketball programs in the nation. The Tar Heels have appeared in the NCAA tournament 46 times and have reached the Final Four a whopping 18 times. Not to mention UNC has won it all five times, with the most recent National Championship coming in 2009.

Team leaders: G Marcus Paige 14.1 points per game and 4.5 assists per game, Brice Johnson 7.9 rebounds per game

Famous alumni: Michael Jordan (NBA Champion and Hall of Famer), Ken Jeong (actor), Peter Gammons (sports writer), James K. Polk (11th U.S. President) and James Worthy (NBA Hall of Famer)

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Wisconsin

Seed: 1

Nickname: Badgers

Location: Madison, Wis.

Colors: Cardinal and White

Enrollment: 43,275

Founded: 1848

Coach: Bo Ryan

Arena: Kohl Center

Record: 33-3

NCAA Tournament history: 21 Appearances

The Badgers have made it to the tournament 17 consecutive seasons and are 29-19 all-time in the Big Dance. Wisconsin won the National Championship in 1941 against Washington State. Just last season, the Badgers sent the Wildcats packing in the Elite Eight in overtime, but lost to Kentucky in the Final Four.

Team leaders: ≠Frank Kaminsky 18.4 points per game and 8.1 rebounds per game, Bronson Koenig 2.4 assists per game

Famous alumni: Dick Cheney (former U.S. Vice President), Carrie Coon (actress), James Lovell (NASA astronaut) and Michael Finley (NBA player)

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