Monday, April 2, 2018

Championship Game tidbits

Villanova wins its 3rd National Championship.  They also won in 1985 and 2016.

Villanova is 3-1 in National Championship games.  They have won their last 3.

Villanova becomes the 9th school to win at least 3 National Championships.

  • UCLA 11
  • Kentucky 8
  • North Carolina 6
  • Duke 5
  • Indiana 5
  • Connecticut 4
  • Kansas 3
  • Louisville 3
  • Villanova 3

Villanova becomes the 4th National Champion to win all 6 games by double-digits.

  • 2000 Michigan State
  • 2001 Duke
  • 2009 North Carolina
Villanova is the first team since Florida (2006, 2007) to win two National Championships in a 3-year period.  They are the first team since Kentucky (1996, 1998) to win 2 in a 3-year span, but not consecutively.


Villanova is 2-0 vs. Michigan in the tournament.  They also defeated Michigan 59-55 in the 1985 Round of 32.

Villanova win their 46th tournament game as a member of the Big East which passes Georgetown for 3rd all-time behind Syracuse (50) and Connecticut (48).

Villanova is 6-3 vs. the Big Ten in the tournament. 

Villanova is 4-1 vs. #3 seeds. 

Villanova is 6-1 playing in Texas.  They won both the 2016 (Houston) and 2018 (San Antonio) National Championships in Texas.

Villanova is 5-1 on Mondays in the tournament.  Only UCLA with 6 has more wins on Monday.  Connecticut, Duke, Kentucky and North Carolina have also won 5 games on a Monday.

Michigan is 1-6 in National Championship games.  They have lost their last 4.

Michigan's 4 straight National Championship game losses ties Duke for the most consecutive all-time.  Duke lost their first 4 appearances in the National Championship game.

Michigan is 2-3 vs. the Big East including a 1-2 record in the National Championship game.  They defeated Seton Hall in 1989 and lost to Louisville in 2013 when they were a member of the Big East.

Michigan is 4-7 vs. #1 seeds.




Saturday, March 31, 2018

Final Four Tidbits

Villanova and Michigan will be playing in the tournament for the 2nd time.  Villanova defeated Michigan 59-55 in the 1985 Round of 32 en route to the National Championship.

Michigan is in the National Championship game for the first time since 2013 and the 7th time overall.  They lost to Louisville 82-76 in the 2013 National Championship game.

Michigan is now 7-1 in National Semifinal games.  They have won 7 straight National Semifinal games.  The 7 straight Semifinal wins is tied for the 2nd most all-time with Kentucky behind UCLA who won 9 straight.

Michigan is 2-0 vs. Loyola of Chicago.  They also defeated Loyola 84-80 in the 1964 Sweet Sixteen.

Michigan is 3-0 vs. the Missouri Valley.  They tie Duke, Kentucky and Michigan State with the most wins without a loss vs. the Missouri Valley.

Michigan is 18-4 as a #3 seed.  The 18 wins is the most all-time and 4 more than Florida who has the second most.

Michigan is 5-1 vs. #11 seeds. The 5 wins is tied for the 2nd most all-time behind Florida who has 9 wins vs. #11 seeds.

Michigan is 5-1 playing in the state of Texas.

The win by Michigan over Loyola ends a 2-game losing streak by the Big Ten vs. the Missouri Valley in the tournament.  The Big Ten is 12-7 vs. the Missouri Valley in the tournament.

John Beilein is 3-0 vs. the Missouri Valley in the tournament.  He was 2-0 as the coach of West Virginia.

Michigan has now won 6 straight tournament games played on a Saturday.  John Beilein is 6-1 as a Michigan coach on Saturday.

Loyola's loss drops them to 13-5 all-time in the tournament.  The .722 winning percentage is now 3rd highest in tournament history behind Duke (.750) and North Carolina (.729).

Loyola is 1-1 in National Semifinal games.

Loyola is 1-2 vs. the Big Ten.

Villanova is in the National Championship game for the first time since 2016 and the 4th time overall.  They defeated North Carolina 77-74 in the 2016 National Championship game.

Villanova is 4-2 in National Semifinal games.

Villanova is 2-1 vs. Kansas in the tournament.  They also defeated Kansas 64-59 in the 2016 Elite Eight.

Villanova defeats a Big Twelve team for the third straight game in the tournament.  It is the 6th time in tournament history that a team has defeated 3 (or more) teams from the same conference in a single tournament.  All of the other 5 won the National Championship.

  • 1992 Duke vs. Big Ten (Iowa, Indiana, Michigan)
  • 2001 Duke vs. Pacific Twelve (UCLA, USC, Arizona)
  • 2003 Syracuse vs. Big Twelve (Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas)
  • 2005 North Carolina vs. Big Ten (Wisconsin, Michigan State, Illinois)
  • 2012 Kentucky vs. Big Twelve (Iowa State, Baylor, Kansas)
  • 2018 Villanova vs. Big Twelve (West Virginia, Texas Tech, Kansas)
Villanova is now 5-1 vs. the Big Twelve.  They have won 5 straight vs. the Big Twelve with all 5 wins coming in the 2016 and 2018 tournaments.

Villanova is now 6-9 vs. #1 seeds.  The 6 wins is tied for 5th most all-time with Michigan State behind Duke (9), Kansas (8), North Carolina (8) and Arizona (7).

Villanova is 5-1 playing in the state of Texas.

Kansas is 9-6 in National Semifinal games.  

Kansas is 4-5 vs. the Big East.

Kansas is 8-9 vs. #1 seeds.

Kansas is 6-8 playing in the state of Texas and 3-3 in San Antonio.


Sunday, March 25, 2018

Elite Eight Tidbits - Sunday

Villanova is in the Final Four for the first time since 2016 and the 6th time overall.  They are 3-2 in the National Semifinals.  Villanova defeated Oklahoma 95-51 in the 2016 National Semifinals en route to the National Championship.

Villanova is 6-8 in the Elite Eight.

Villanova is 4-1 vs. the Big Twelve.  They have defeated 2 Big Twelve teams during this tournament.  They also defeated 2 Big Twelve teams during their 2016 championship run.

Villanova is a tournament-best 4-0 when playing in the state of Massachusetts.

Texas Tech is tournament-worst 0-7 vs. the Big East.

Texas Tech is 0-1 in the Elite Eight.

Texas Tech is 0-2 vs. #1 seeds.

This is Texas Tech's first ever tournament loss on a Sunday.  They were previously 1-0.

Kansas is in the Final Four for the first time since 2012 and the 15th time overall.  They are 9-5 in the National Semifinals.  Kansas defeated Ohio State 64-62 in the 2012 National Semifinals before falling to Kentucky in the National Championship.

Kansas is 15-9 in the Elite Eight.

Bill Self is 3-7 in the Elite Eight.

Kansas is 3-3 vs. Duke in the tournament.

Kansas is 11-9 vs. the ACC in the tournament.  The 11 wins is a tournament high.

Kansas's win over Duke is the first time they won as a #1 seed vs. a #2 seed since 2002 when they defeated Oregon 104-86.

Kansas wins their tournament-high 10th game in the state of Nebraska.  They are 10-2 in Nebraska.  Wisconsin is 2nd in wins in Nebraska with 4.

Kansas ties Duke for the most wins during the 2010's with 23.  Only Kentucky has more with 28.

Kansas is 6-5 in overtime games.  The 6 overtime wins ties Michigan and Louisville for the second most in tournament history behind North Carolina who has 7 overtime wins.

Kansas's game was their 11th overtime game in tournament history tying Syracuse for the most all-time.

Duke's loss as a #2 seed is their third straight against a #1 seed.  They won their first four games as a #2 seed against a #1 seed before these three losses.

Duke's loss is their first ever overtime loss in tournament history.  They were previously 2-0 in overtime games.

Duke is now 5-2 vs. the Big Twelve.    Their only other loss against a Big Twelve team was also to Kansas 69-65 in the 2003 Sweet Sixteen.

Duke is 16-5 in the Elite Eight. 




Saturday, March 24, 2018

Elite Eight Tidbits - Saturday

Loyola of Chicago is in the Final Four for the first time since 1963 and the 2nd time overall.  They are 1-0 in the National Semifinals.  They defeated Duke 94-75 in the 1963 National Semifinals in route to the National Championship.

Loyola of Chicago is 2-0 in the Elite Eight.

Loyola of Chicago is the 4th #11 seed to advance to the Final Four:
  • 1986 Louisiana State
  • 2006 George Mason
  • 2011 Virginia Commonwealth
  • 2018 Loyola of Chicago
Loyola of Chicago is now 13-4 all-time in the NCAA Tournament for a .765 winning percentage which passes Duke for the best winning percentage in tournament history.

Kansas State is 4-9 in the Elite Eight.  They have lost 7 straight Elite Eight games.

Kansas State is 4-6 vs. the Missouri Valley.  The 6 losses are the most all-time.

Michigan is in the Final Four for the first time since 2013 and the 8th time overall.  They are 6-1 in the National Semifinals.  They defeated Syracuse 61-56 in the 2013 National Semifinals before losing to Louisville in the National Championship game.

This is the first time that Michigan has won the Big Ten Tournament and advanced to the Final Four in the same year.  They are the 6th Big Ten team to win the conference tournament and advance to the Final Four:

  • 1999 Michigan State (lost National Semifinals)
  • 2000 Michigan State (National Champion)
  • 2005 Illinois (lost National Championship)
  • 2007 Ohio State (lost National Championship)
  • 2015 Wisconsin (lost National Championship)

Michigan is 8-6 in the Elite Eight.

Michigan is now 2-0 vs. ACC teams in the Elite Eight.  They also defeated Virginia 102-65 in the 1989 Elite Eight.

Michigan is 17-4 as a #3 seed.  The 17 wins is the most all-time.

Michigan is 3-0 vs. #9 seeds.

#3 seeds are now 3-0 vs. #9 seeds:

  • 1981: #3 Indiana 78 #9 St. Joseph's 46
  • 1994: #3 Florida 74 #9 Boston College 66
  • 2018: #3 Michigan 58 #9 Florida State 54

Florida State is 1-2 in the Elite Eight.

Florida State is 1-5 vs. the Big Ten in the Tournament.  They have lost their last 5 tournament games they have played vs. the Big Ten.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Elite Eight Quick Facts

This is the first time ever that there are two #9 seeds in the Elite Eight.  It is the first time that there are three teams seeded #9 or worse in the Elite Eight.

There are two #1 seeds in the Elite Eight.  That is the fewest #1 seeds in the Elite Eight since 2014.

Elite Eight Rematches
  • Duke is 3-2 vs. Kansas
    • Duke won 71-67 in 1986 National Semifinals
    • Kansas won 66-59 in 1988 National Semifinals
    • Duke won 72-65 in 1991 National Championship
    • Duke won 69-64 in 2000 Round of 32
    • Kansas won 69-65 in 2003 Sweet Sixteen
Teams by Conference
  • Big Twelve 3
  • ACC 2
  • Big East 1
  • Big Ten 1
  • Missouri Valley 1
Big Twelve has 3 teams in the Elite Eight for the first time since 2003 and the third time overall.  They also had 3 teams in the Elite Eight in 2002.

This is the 6th straight year a conference has had at least 3 teams in the Elite 8.
  • Big 12 - 2018
  • SEC - 2017
  • ACC - 2016 (4)
  • ACC - 2015
  • Big 10 - 2014
  • Big East - 2013
Consecutive Elite Eights

Kansas is in the Elite Eight for the 3rd straight year.  They lost the last 2 years in the Elite Eight.

It is the 12th straight year that there has been at least one repeat team in the Elite Eight.

Most Recent Elite Eight
  • Villanova - 2016
  • Duke - 2015
  • Michigan - 2014
  • Kansas State - 2010
  • Florida State - 1993
  • Loyola of Chicago - 1963
  • Texas Tech - Never
Consecutive Years with a team in the Elite Eight - Conference
  • ACC 4
  • Big East 3
  • Big Twelve 3
Consecutive Years with a team in the Elite Eight - State
  • North Carolina 4
  • Kansas 3
  • Florida 2
This is the first time since 2015 that a state has had multiple Elite Eight teams with Kansas and Kansas State.  In 2015, Kentucky and Louisville were in the Elite Eight.

Elite Eight All-Time Records - Teams


Team Wins Losses Pct
Loyola of Chicago 1 0 1.000
Duke 16 4 0.800
Kansas 14 9 0.609
Michigan 7 6 0.538
Florida State 1 1 0.500
Villanova 5 8 0.385
Kansas State 4 8 0.333

This is the first Elite Eight for Texas Tech.

Elite Eight All-Time Records - Coaches


Team Wins Losses Pct
Bruce Weber, Kansas State 1 0 1.000
Mike Krzyzewski, Duke 16 4 0.800
Jay Wright, Villanova 2 1 0.667
John Beilein, Michigan 1 2 0.333
Bill Self, Kansas 2 7 0.222

Mike Krzyzewski ties Adolph Rupp and Dean Smith for the most Elite Eight appearances with 15.

This is the first Elite Eight for Porter Moiser (Loyola), Leonard Hamilton (Florida State) and Chris Beard (Texas Tech).

It is the 6th consecutive year with that at least two coaches are making their first Elite Eight appearance.  It is the first time since 2010 that at least three coaches are making their first Elite Eight appearance.

Average Margin of Victory in First Three Rounds
  • Villanova 20.3
  • Duke 17.0
  • Michigan 14.0
  • Florida State 11.0
  • Texas Tech 8.7
  • Kansas 8.0
  • Kansas State 6.7
  • Loyola of Chicago 1.3
Average Points Scored in First Three Rounds
  • Villanova 86.0
  • Duke 81.7
  • Kansas 79.7
  • Michigan 74.7
  • Florida State 72.3
  • Texas Tech 72.3
  • Loyola of Chicago 65.3
  • Kansas State 60.0
Average Points Allowed in First Three Rounds
  • Kansas State 53.3
  • Michigan 60.7
  • Florida State 61.3
  • Texas Tech 63.7
  • Loyola of Chicago 64.0
  • Duke 64.7
  • Villanova 65.7
  • Kansas 71.7

Sweet Sixteen Tidbits - Friday

Kansas is in the Elite Eight for the 3rd consecutive year and the 24th time overall.  They are 14-9 in the Elite Eight.  Kansas lost to Oregon 74-60 in last year's Elite Eight.

Kansas is 22-9 in the Sweet Sixteen.

Kansas is tournament-best 5-0 vs. #5 seeds.

Kansas wins a tournament-best 9th game in the state of Nebraska.  They are now 9-2 in Nebraska.

Clemson is 1-3 in the Sweet Sixteen.

Clemson is 0-2 vs. the Big Twelve.  They also lost to Missouri 86-78 in the 2010 Round of 64.

Clemson is 0-4 vs. #1 seeds.

Villanova is in the Elite Eight for the first time since 2016 and the 14th time overall.  They are 5-8 in the Elite Eight.  Villanova defeated Kansas 64-59 in the 2016 Elite Eight in route to the National Championship.

Villanova is 12-6 in the Sweet Sixteen.

Villanova is 2-0 vs. West Virginia.  They also defeated West Virginia 90-75 in the 1962 Round of 32.

Villanova has won their last 3 tournament games vs. the Big Twelve.  They defeated Kansas and Oklahoma in the 2016 tournament.  They are 3-1 overall vs. the Big Twelve.

West Virginia is 3-8 in the Sweet Sixteen.

West Virginia is 1-4 vs. #1 seeds.

Duke is in the Elite Eight for the first time since 2015 and the 21st time overall.  They are 16-4 in the Elite Eight. Duke defeated Gonzaga 66-52 in the 2015 Elite Eight in route to the National Championship.

Duke is 21-9 in the Sweet Sixteen.

Duke is 3-0 vs. Syracuse.

Syracuse is 10-13 in the Sweet Sixteen.

Texas Tech is in the Elite Eight for the first time in tournament history.

Texas Tech is 1-5 in the Sweet Sixteen.

Chris Beard ties Bob Knight for the most tournament wins in Texas Tech history with 3.

Purdue is 4-7 in the Sweet Sixteen.  They have lost 4 straight Sweet Sixteen games.





Thursday, March 22, 2018

Sweet Sixteen Tidbits - Thursday

Loyola of Chicago is in the Elite Eight for the first time since 1963 and the 2nd time overall.  They are 1-0 in the Elite Eight.  Loyola defeated Illinois 79-64 in the 1963 Elite Eight in route to the National Championship.

Loyola of Chicago is now 2-2 in the Sweet Sixteen.

Loyola is now 12-3 all-time in the NCCA Tournament for a .750 winning percentage.  That winning percentage is the second highest all-time behind Duke at .753.

#11 seeds are 4-0 vs. #7 seeds all-time in the tournament.

  • #11 Loyola Marymount 62 #7 Alabama 60 - 1990 Sweet Sixteen
  • #11 Temple 84 #7 Penn State 72 - 2001 Sweet Sixteen
  • #11 George Mason 63 #7 Wichita State 55 - 2006 Sweet Sixteen
  • #11 Loyola of Chicago 69 #7 Nevada 68 - 2018 Sweet Sixteen
Loyola of Chicago ties 1981 St. Joseph's with the smallest combined margin of victory in the first three rounds for an Elite Eight team with 4.

Loyola of Chicago is a tournament-best 5-0 when scoring between 60 and 69 points.

Loyola of Chicago is a tournament-best 5-0 in games decided by 2 or less points.

Nevada is 0-2 in the Sweet Sixteen.

Michigan is in the Elite Eight for the first time since 2014 and the 14th time overall.  They are 7-6 in the Elite Eight.  Michigan lost to Kentucky 75-72 in the 2014 Elite Eight.

Michigan is 13-2 in the Sweet Sixteen.

Michigan's 27-point victory over Texas A&M ties their largest margin of victory in the Sweet Sixteen.  They also won by 27 over Dayton (98-71) in the 1965 Sweet Sixteen.

All of Michigan's 11 other Sweet Sixteen victories have been by double digits.

Texas A&M is now 0-6 in the Elite Eight

Kansas State is in the Elite Eight for the first time since 2010 and the 13th time overall.  They are 4-8 in the Elite Eight.  Kansas State lost to Butler 63-56 in the 2010 Elite Eight.

Kansas State is 12-5 in the Sweet Sixteen.

Kansas State is now 1-2 vs. Kentucky in the tournament.

Kentucky ends an 8-game winning streak in Sweet Sixteen games.  They are now 33-11 in the Sweet Sixteen.

John Calipari loses his first Sweet Sixteen game as a coach of Kentucky.  He is 7-1 with Kentucky and 11-3 overall.

For the first time ever a #9 team will face a #11 team in the tournament.  It is the highest combined seeds in the Elite Eight in tournament history.

Florida State is in the Elite Eight for the first time since 1993 and the 3rd time overall.  They are 1-1 in the Elite Eight.  Florida State lost to Kentucky 106-81 in the 1993 Elite Eight.

Florida State is 3-2 in the Sweet Sixteen.

Florida State is 1-1 vs. Gonzaga in the tournament.

Florida State's 15-point win is their largest in a Sweet Sixteen game.  Their previous high was 14 vs. Minnesota in the 1972 Sweet Sixteen.

For the first time in tournament history, two #9 seeds are in the Elite Eight in the same tournament.

Gonzaga is 3-6 is the Sweet Sixteen.

There will be no teams from last year's final four in the Elite Eight.  That also happened in 2016 tournament.  It is the 7th time since the field expanded to 64 teams that all final four teams failed to advance to Elite Eight the following year.