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NCAA tournament: Getting to know the schools playing in Salt Lake City

Published March 20, 2013 1:11 pm

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2013, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

The NCAA tournament is in town, so we took a couple minutes to throw together some information on the eight schools that were assigned to play at EnergySolutions Arena.

Our staff will write plenty about the players and teams, but here's a quick look at each of the eight schools and a few facts you can use to impress those in your office. When someone starts to break down Arizona's offense, you can counter with the name of the program's all-time leading scorer.

We combed the schools' websites as well as Wikipedia, Google and statsheet.com for the information.

University of Pittsburgh

Location: Pittsburgh, Pa.

Enrollment: 35,330

Tuition: $25,420 (out of state, undergrad)

Mascot: Panthers

Coach: Jamie Dixon

Five notable former students: Former Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka; Former Miami Dolphins QB Dan Marino; Actor Gene Kelly; Voice of the Pittsburgh Steelers Myron Cope

Five best basketball players: Brandin Knight; Charles Smith; Charley Hyatt; Don Hennon; Billy Knight

All-time NBA draft picks: 27

All-time leading scorer: Charles Smith (2,045 points)

All-time NCAA tournament record: 23-24

Best tournament finish: Final Four in 1941 (eight-team tournament)

Record vs. Utah schools: 1-4 — BYU (0-1); Utah State (1-1); Utah (0-2)

Utah connection: Orrin Hatch, the U.S. Senator for Utah, is a graduate

Wichita State University

Location: Wichita, Kan.

Enrollment: 14,898

Tuition: $13,239 (out of state, undergrad, 15 credit hours)

Mascot: Shockers

Coach: Gregg Marshall

Five notable former students: Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge; Former N.Y. Giants coach Bill Parcells; World Series MVP Joe Carter; Professional wrestler Paul Wight, The Big Show; Dennis Rader, the BTK killer

Five best basketball players: Xavier McDaniel; Antoine Carr; Cliff Levingston; Dave Stallworth; Cleo Littleton

All-time NBA draft picks: 18

All-time leading scorer: Cleo Littleton (2,164 points)

All-time NCAA tournament record: 8-10

Best tournament finish: Final Four in 1965

Record vs. Utah schools: 10-9 — Utah State (4-4); BYU (6-0); Utah (0-5)

Utah connection: Antoine Carr played four seasons with the Utah Jazz

Gonzaga University

Location: Spokane, Wash.

Enrollment: 7.874

Tuition: $33,160

Mascot: Bulldogs

Coach: Mark Few

Five notable former students: Actor Bing Crosby; Former U.S. House speaker Tom Foley; Former Green Bay Packer Tony Canadeo; Seattle Mariner Jason Bay; Mike Stepovich, the last territorial governor of Alaska

Five best basketball players: John Stockton; Ronny Turiaf; Dan Dickau; Adam Morrison; Austin Daye

All-time NBA draft picks: 17

All-time leading scorer: Frank Burgess (2,196 points)

All-time NCAA tournament record: 17-15

Best tournament finish: Elite Eight in 1999

Record vs. Utah schools: 5-8 — BYU (2-4); SUU (1-1); Utah (2-2); Utah State (0-1)

Utah connection: John Stockton, one of the most beloved players in Utah Jazz history, played at Gonzaga

Southern University

Location: Baton Rouge, La.

Enrollment: 5,765

Tuition: $11,600

Mascot: Jaguars

Coach: Roman Banks

Five notable former students: American Idol judge Randy Jackson; Rapper David Banner; Major League Baseball legend Lou Brock; Football Hall of Famer Mel Blount; NFL Pro Bowler Aeneas Williams

Best basketball players: Avery Johnson; Bobby Phills; Bob Love

All-time NBA draft picks: 2

All-time leading scorer: N/A

All-time NCAA tournament record: 1-7

Best tournament finish: Second round

Record vs. Utah schools: N/A

Utah connection: Avery Johnson coached former Utah Jazz point guard Deron Williams during his time as coach Brooklyn Nets

Belmont University

Location: Nashville, Tenn.

Enrollment: 6,400

Tuition: $24,525

Mascot: Bruins

Coach: Rick Byrd

Five notable former students: American Idol finalist Kimberley Locke; Country music star Brad Paisley; Actor DJ Qualls; Country music star Lee Ann Womack; country music star Trisha Yearwood

Five best basketball players: Joe Gaines; Adam Sonn; Boomer Herndon; Alex Renfroe; Mick Hedgepeth

All-time NBA draft picks: 1

All-time leading scorer: Joe Gaines (1,895 points)

All-time NCAA tournament record: 0-7

Best tournament finish: Second round

Record vs. Utah schools: 0-0

Utah connection: Former BYU and Utah assistant coach Norm Chow attended several Belmont games in recent years

University of Arizona

Location: Tucson, Ariz.

Enrollment: 40,200

Tuition: $25,288 (non-resident, undergrad)

Mascot: Wildcats

Coach: Sean Miller

Five notable former students: TV producer Jerry Bruckheimer; Realty TV star Kourtney Kardashian; Musician Linda Ronstadt; LPGA golfer Natalie Gulbis; Astronaut Dick Scobee

Five best basketball players: Sean Elliott; Mike Bibby; Damon Stoudamire; Jason Terry; Gilbert Arenas

All-time NBA draft picks: 63

All-time leading scorer: Sean Elliott (2,555 points)

All-time NCAA tournament record: 46-27

Best tournament finish: National champions in 1997

Record vs. Utah schools: 46-50 — BYU (20-19); Utah (25-28); Utah State (1-3)

Utah connection: University president Ann Weaver Hart served as the dean of the Graduate School at the University of Utah

Harvard University

Location: Cambridge, Mass.

Enrollment: 6,655

Tuition: $40, 860

Mascot: Crimson

Coach: Tommy Amaker

Five notable former students: Actress Rashida Jones; President Barack Obama; Author Ralph Waldo Emerson; Businessman Bill Gates; Cellist Yo Yo Ma

Five best basketball players: Jeremy Lin; Michael Crichton; Al Gore; Brian Cusworth; Ralph James

All-time leading scorer: Joe Carrabino (1,880 points)

All-time NCAA tournament record: 0-3

Best tournament finish: Second round

Record vs. Utah schools: N/A

Utah connection: President John F. Kennedy, a Harvard graduate, spoke at the Mormon Tabernacle nine weeks before being assassinated in 1963

University of New Mexico

Location: Albuquerque, N.M.

Enrollment: 27,278

Tuition: $20,688 (non-resident, undergrad)

Mascot: Lobos

Coach: Steve Alford

Five notable former students: Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher; Actress Penny Marshall; Shirley Hufstedler, the first Secretary of Education; Professional wrestler Eddie Guerrero; Gary Johnson, former candidate for President

Five best basketball players: Luc Longley; Michael Cooper; Kenny Thomas; Danny Granger; Mel Daniels

All-time NBA draft picks: 31

All-time leading scorer: Charles Smith (1,993 points)

All-time NCAA tournament record: 8-14

Best tournament finish: Won its first-round game six times, most recently in 2012

Record vs. Utah schools: 110-175 — BYU (55-75); SUU (3-1); Utah (48-80); Utah State (4-19)

Utah connection: Oscar McConkie, the father of "Mormon Doctrine" author Bruce R. McConkie, is a graduate —