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Randy Jackson, second from right, might want to keep an eye on Salt Lake City. The Southern grad's team will face top-seeded Gonzaga. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)
NCAA tournament: Getting to know the schools playing in Salt Lake City

First Published Mar 20 2013 12:30 pm • Last Updated Mar 20 2013 11:28 pm

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.

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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


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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)

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