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Sioux Falls Region: Top to bottom inside look

In a region laced with both lock-down defense and offensive tenacity, all eyes remain on No. 1 seed South Carolina who has just one loss on the season.

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1. South Carolina

Record: 31-1; 16-0 in the SEC

Last time dancing:  Lost to Notre Dame in the 2015 Final Four

Matchup:  No. 16 Jacksonville (22-10)

Quick facts:

-          Three players averaging double-figure points in A'ja Wilson (16.4), Tiffany Mitchell (15.0) and Alaina Coates (11.6)

-          Coates leads the SEC in rebounds per game (10.1), and Wilson leads the SEC in blocks per game (3.1)

-          As a team, the Gamecocks lead the SEC in blocks per game (5.4)

-          On a nine-game winning streak; have not lost since playing UCONN on Feb. 8

2. Arizona State

Record: 25-6; 16-2 in the Pac-12

Last time dancing: Lost to Florida State in the 2015 Sweet Sixteen

Matchup: No. 15 New Mexico State

Quick facts:

-          Seven players averaging five or more points; Sophie Brunner with a team-best 10.8 ppg

-          Elisha Davis is averaging just under five assists per game

-          The Sun Devils are holding opponents to 54.4 points per game

-          Leads the Pac-12 in rebounding defense (31.5) and is second in offensive rebounding (13.7)

-          Coming off back-to-back losses versus UCLA and Cal

3. Ohio State

Record: 24-7; 15-3 in the B1G

Last time dancing:  Lost to North Carolina in the 2015 Round of 32

Matchup:  No. 14 University of Buffalo (20-13)

Quick facts:

-          One of the most explosive offenses in the Big 10 and arguably in the country

-          Led by Kelsey Mitchell (25.7 ppg), Ameryst Alston (18.6 ppg), Shayla Cooper (13.3 ppg) and Alexa Hart (11.4 ppg)

-          Average a league-high 86.7 ppg as a team on .477 shooting from the field

4. Syracuse

Record: 25-7; 13-3 in the ACC

Last time dancing: Lost to South Carolina in the 2015 Round of 32

Matchup: No. 13 Army (29-2)

Quick facts:

-          Three players averaging double figures in Alexis Peterson (14.9), Brianna Butler (13.8) and Bria Day (10.4)

-          Patterson is also second in the ACC in assists per game at 5.18

-          Holding opponents to 59.1 points per game

5. Florida

Record: 22-8; 10-6 in the SEC

Last time dancing:  Lost to Penn State in the 2014 Round of 32

Matchup: No. 12 University of Albany (27-4)

Quick facts:

-          Leads the SEC in points per game (78.0), rebounds per game (37.5) and steals per game (12.5)

-          Simone Westbrook is tied for second in the SEC in steals per game at 2.3

-          Have 10 players averaging five or more points; Ronnie Williams leading the way with 11.1

6. West Virginia

Record: 24-9; 12-6 in the Big 12

Last time dancing:  Lost to Louisiana State in the 2014 Round of 32

Matchup:  No. 11 Princeton (23-5)

Quick facts:

-          Led by Bria Holmes averaging 16.4 points per game

-          Lanay Montgomery is shooting a team-high .605 percent from the field

-          Second in the Big 12 in field goal percentage (.441) and field goal percentage defense (.351)

-          Won four straight before losing at Texas 67-51 to end the regular season

7. Tennessee

Record: 19-13; 8-8 in the SEC

Last time dancing:  Lost to Maryland in the 2015 Elite Eight

Matchup: No. 10 Wisconsin-Green Bay (28-4)

Quick facts:

-          Led by Diamond DeShields (13.9 ppg) and Bashaara Graves (10.4 ppg/8.4 rpg)

-          Average 16.2 turnovers per game

-          DeShields and Graves earned All-SEC Second Team Honors this season

-          The last time Tennessee faced Green Bay was in 1996

8. George Washington

Record: 26-6; 13-3 in the A-10

Last time dancing:  Lost to Gonzaga in 2014 Round of 64

Matchup: No. 9 Kansas State (18-12)

Quick facts:

-          Have won its last five games dating back to Feb. 24

-          Fueled by Jonquel Jones (16.0), Caira Washington (13.4) and Hannah Schaible (10.4) on the offensive end

-          Lauren Chase is averaging just under six assists per game

-          Lead the A-10 in points per game at 71.8

9. Kansas State

Record: 18-12; 8-10 in the Big 12

Last time dancing: Lost to UCONN in the 2012 Round of 32

Matchup:  No. 8 George Washington (26-6)

Quick facts:

-          Rally behind Breanna Lewis averaging 16.7 points per game and 7.5 rpg; third in the Big 12

-          As a team, Kansas State leads the Big 12 in steals per game at 9.2

-          Second in the Big 12 in made 3-pointers this season at 212 (7.1 per game)

-          Kindred Wesemann leads the Big 12 in 3-pointers per game (2.7)

10. Green Bay

Record: 28-4; 16-2 in the Horizon League

Last time dancing:  Lost to Princeton in the 2015 Round of 64

Matchup: No. 7 Tennessee (19-13)

Quick facts:

-          Led by Allie LeClaire (12.5 ppg), Mehryn Kraker (11.7 ppg) and Jessica Lindstrom (10. 0 ppg/8.8 rpg)

-          Holding opponents to 52.0 points per game

-          Holds a turnover margin of +4.5

-          Second in the Horizon League in field goal percentage (42.4), tied for first in made 3-pointers per game (7.8) and second in steals per game (9.1)

11. Princeton

Record: 23-5; 12-2 in the Ivy League

Last time dancing:  Lost to Maryland in the 2015 Round of 32

Matchup: No. 6 West Virginia (24-9)

Quick facts:

-          Have won 12 of its last 13 games

-          Alex Wheatley (12.7 ppg) leads the Ivy League in field goal percentage at .565

-          Michelle Miller (14.4 ppg) leads the league in 3-point percentage at .437

-          As a team, Princeton is at the top of the Ivy League in ppg at 76.0

-          Princeton also holds opponents to a league-best 57.8 ppg

12. Albany

Record: 27-4; 15-1 in the American East

Last time dancing:  Lost to Duke in the 2015 Round of 64

Matchup:  No. 5 Florida (22-8)

Quick facts:

-          Leads the American East in scoring offense at 71.0 ppg, which is a 10-point margin between first and second

-          Has outscored opponents this season by a margin of 18.7 points

-          Last in the American East in free throw percentage at .690

-          Leads the American East in 3-point percentage defense (.260), rebounding defense (26.7), rebounding margin (+11.4), assists (16.2), steals (10.2), turnover margin (+4.58) and offensive rebounds (13.5)

13. Army West Point

Record: 29-2; 17-1 in the Patriot League

Last time dancing:  Lost to Maryland in the 2014 Round of 64

Matchup: No. 4 Syracuse (25-7)

Quick facts:

-          Kelsey Minato is first in the Patriot League in scoring at 23.6 ppg, 3-point field goal percentage (.484) and 3-pointers per game (3.4)

-          As a team, Army leads the league in 11 statistical categories (offense and defense combined)

-          Aimee Oertner and Janae McNeal hold the first and second place spots for field goal percentage at .520 and .512 respectively

14. Buffalo

Record: 20-13; 8-10 in the Mid-American

Last time dancing:  2016 marks its first NCAA appearance

Matchup:  No. 3 Ohio State (24-7)

Quick facts:

-          Joanna Smith is averaging a team-high 18.1 ppg in 34.7 minutes played per game

-          Second in the MAC in scoring defense (59.9) but third to last in scoring offense (61.0)

-          Last in the MAC in free throw percentage (.644) and field goal percentage (.366)

-          Leads the conference in offensive rebounds per game at 15.2

15. New Mexico State

Record: 26-4; 13-1 in the WAC

Last time dancing:  Lost to Maryland in the 2015 Round of 64

Matchup:  No. 2 Arizona State (25-6)

Quick facts:

-          Leads the conference in scoring offense (69.2 ppg), made 3-pointers per game (7.6), scoring defense (59.3 ppg), scoring margin (+9.8), blocked shots (4.2) and steals (9.9)

-          Two players averaging double figures in Sasha Weber and Moriah Mack at 12.3 and 11.7 ppg respectively

-          Weber leads the WAC in 3-point field goal percentage at .409

16. Jacksonville

Record: 22-10; 11-3 in the A-Sun

Last time dancing:  2016 marks its first NCAA appearance

Matchup:  No. 1 South Carolina (31-1)

Quick facts:

-          Currently riding an eight-game winning streak

-          Rally behind Briona Brown (11.7 ppg) and Sherranda Reddick (12.4 ppg)

-          Christin Mercer is also averaging 10.7 ppg on an A-Sun high .538 percent shooting

-          Jacksonville only allows 53.9 ppg while averaging 18.2 turnovers per game