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NCAA Profile: UNC Asheville Bulldogs

The fifteen-seed shows just what a talented group of freshmen and sophomores can do.

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Team: UNC-Asheville Bulldogs

Conference: Big South Conference

Coach: Nicholas McDevitt

Record: 22-11, 12-6 in conference

KenPom Rank: 116

Good wins: At Georgetown.

Impact Players: Freshman Dylan Smith leads the Bulldogs in scoring, and sophomore Kevin Vannatta manages 34 minutes a game, handing out three assists per contest while being the team's most efficient scorer. Dwayne Sutton is the most likely to give a major conference team problems with his slashing ability - he attempted 180 free throws this season.

The team is the fifth youngest in the NCAA field - only Seton Hall, Providence, Duke, Kentucky and Fairleigh Dickinson are younger in terms of weighted minutes.

How did they get in?: Won the big South Tournament after falling behind at the half to Winthrop. They only play six players for most of the game, they have had great luck holding opponents to 29% shooting from beyond the arc (second best in the country!), and have the third-best steal rate in the nation. They also have a player by the name of Raekwon - kids born in the 90s are college aged, after all. (Miller hasn't played much down the stretch; he originally filled in for another player who broke his foot.)

How far can this team go in the NCAA Tournament?: Led by UNC-Asheville alum McDevitt - who then became an assistant under his former head coach Eddie Biedenbach, and succeeded him upon Biedenbach's retirement - the Bulldogs are small, fast, and aggressive on defense. But the team is young and not great at shooting, and small. First round knockout for the Bulldogs against the 2-seed Villanova Wildcats.

Last time in the NCAA Tournament: 2012 under former coach Eddie Biedenbach.