When: 6:40 p.m. Tuesday
What’s next: The winner earns the No. 16 seed into the Midwest region and advances to play No. 1 Kansas at Thursday night in Fort Worth.
ABOUT TEXAS A&M CC
Notable: After splitting the regular-season series with Southeastern Louisiana, the Islanders took the game that mattered most. They knocked off the Lions to win the Southland Conference Tournament title and earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament for just their second appearance (first since 2006-07). Led by first-year coach Steve Lutz, a career assistant who was last on the Purdue staff under Matt Painter, the Islanders had the oldest roster in the Southland and that experience could help them become a Cinderella candidate.
Scoring offense: 76.9 points per game
Scoring defense: 69.9 points per game
Last 10 games: 7-3 record
Key players: Forward Isaac Mushili (13.5 ppg, 9.5 rpg); Trevlan Tennyson (11.8 ppg, 1.6 rpg); Terrlon Murdix (9.8 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 3.8 assists); Simeon Fryer (8.4 ppg, 3.3 rpg); De’Lazarus Keys (7.8 ppg, 6.1 rpg); Myles Smith (7.3 ppg, 2.1 rpg); Jalen Jackson (6.6 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 3.2 apg)
ABOUT TEXAS SOUTHERN
Notable: The Tigers are in the NCAA Tournament for a second straight season after winning back-to-back SWAC Tournament titles, despite failing to win the regular-season title both times. They enter the Big Dance having won 13 of their last 15 games and seem to be firing on all cylinders with a well-rounded roster that featured no All-SWAC honorees but rates as the third-most experienced group in college basketball, according to KenPom. Texas Southern, led by fourth-year coach Johnny Jones, earned a notable non-conference road win at Florida this season, beating the Gators 69-54.
Scoring offense: 69.2 points per game
Scoring defense: 65.5 points per game
Last 10 games: 8-2 record
Key players: John Walker (9.9 points, 4.3 rebounds); Joirdon Karl Nicholas (9.2 ppg, 6.0 rpg); Bryson Etienne (8.5 ppg, 2.8 rpg); PJ Henry (8.3 ppg, 2.8 rpg); Brison Gresham (7.2 ppg, 6.8 rpg); Justin Hopkins (6.4 ppg, 2.1 rpg); A.J. Lawson (6.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg)
WYOMING (25-8) VS. INDIANA (20-13)
When: 9:10 p.m. Tuesday
What’s next: The winner earns the No. 12 seed into the East region bracket and advances to face St. Mary’s (25-7) on Thursday in Portland, Oregon.
Notable: The Cowboys are enjoying their best season since 1952 and are back in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2015 and just the second time since 2002. Second-year coach Jeff Linder runs a style of offense unlike others in the sport, as he likens it to the Tennessee Titans’ “abusive, run-first, run-second philosophy” in the NFL, according to CBSSports.com. The Pokes use the post over and over, trying to wear down teams in the paint with forwards Graham Ike and Hunter Maldonado.
Scoring offense: 73 points per game
Scoring defense: 65.5 points per game
Last 10 games: 5-5 record
Key players: Graham Ike (19.6 points, 9.6 rebounds); Hunter Maldonado (18.4 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 6.3 assists); Drake Jeffries (10.5 ppg, 5.3 rpg); Jeremiah Oden (7.9 ppg, 4.6 rpg); Xavier Dusell (7.8 ppg, 2.4 rpg)
Notable: The Hoosiers made tremendous progress in Mike Woodson’s first season as coach after he replaced former Dayton coach Archie Miller. Woodson has guided Indiana to its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2016, earning one of the last two spots into the field of 68 after a semifinals run in the Big Ten Tournament. Star forward Trayce Jackson-Davis averaged 25.3 points over three games in the conference tournament, including a 31-point performance in a last-second loss to Iowa on Saturday.
Scoring offense: 71.5 points per game
Scoring defense: 65.9 points per game
Last 10 games: 4-6 record
Key players: Trayce Jackson-Davis (18.1 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.4 blocks); Xavier Johnson (12.3 ppg, 3.8 rpg; 5.0 assists); Race Thompson (11.5 ppg, 7.6 rpg); Parker Stewart (6.4 ppg, 2.1 rpg); Miller Kopp (6.3 ppg, 2.6 rpg)