Sunday, March 24, 2019

Second Round Tournament Tidbits - Sunday

Tennessee is in the Sweet Sixteen for the first time since 2014 and the 8th time overall.  The are 1-6 in the Sweet Sixteen.  Tennessee lost to Michigan in the 2014 Sweet Sixteen.

Tennessee is 3-5 vs. the Big Ten.  Two of the three wins are against Iowa.

Tennessee defeats Iowa in overtime for the second time in tournament history.  They also defeated Iowa in overtime in the 2014 First Four.  They are the first team to defeat the same opponent in overtime twice in the history of the tournament.

Iowa is 1-6 vs. #2 seeds.

North Carolina is in the Sweet Sixteen for the first time since 2017 and the 34th time overall.  They are 26-7 in the Sweet Sixteen.  North Carolina defeated Butler in the 2017 Sweet Sixteen en route to the National Championship.

North Carolina is 12-2 vs. #9 seeds.

North Carolina is 8-3 vs. the Pacific Twelve.

Duke and North Carolina both win their record 20th tournament game on a Sunday.

Washington is 0-2 vs. #1 seeds.

Duke is in the Sweet Sixteen for the 2nd consecutive year and the 31st time overall.  They are 21-9 in the Sweet Sixteen.  Duke defeated Syracuse in the 2018 Sweet Sixteen before losing to Kansas in the Elite Eight.

Duke's win over Central Florida was their first ever against the American Athletic Conference.

Duke is 5-1 vs. #9 seeds.

Duke is 5-1 playing in the state of South Carolina.  Their only loss was against South Carolina.

Virginia Tech is in the Sweet Sixteen for the first time since 1967 and the 2nd time overall.  They are 1-0 in the Sweet Sixteen.  Virginia Tech defeated Indiana in the 1967 Sweet Sixteen before losing to Dayton in the Elite Eight.

Virginia Tech is 2-0 vs. #12 seeds.

Virginia Tech's win is their first ever tournament win on a Sunday.  They are now 1-3.

Virginia is in the Sweet Sixteen for the first time since 2016 and the 10th time overall.  They are 6-3 in the Sweet Sixteen.  Virginia defeated Iowa State in the 2016 Sweet Sixteen before losing to Syracuse in the Elite Eight.

Virginia is 2-0 vs. the Big Twelve.

Virginia is 4-0 vs. #9 seeds.

Oklahoma is 0-4 vs. the ACC.

Oklahoma is 2-4 vs. #1 seeds.

Texas Tech is in the Sweet Sixteen for the 2nd consecutive year and the 7th time overall.  They are 1-5 in the Sweet Sixteen.  Texas Tech defeated Purdue in the 2018 Sweet Sixteen before losing to Villanova in the Elite Eight.

Texas Tech is 3-0 vs. #3 seeds.

Buffalo is 0-2 vs. the Big Twelve.

Buffalo is 0-2 vs. #3 seeds.

Houston is in the Sweet Sixteen for the first time since 1984 and the 12th time overall.  They are 5-6 in the Sweet Sixteen, but have won their last 3.  Houston defeated Memphis in the 1984 Sweet Sixteen before losing to Georgetown in the National Championship Game.

Houston's win is their first ever tournament win vs. the Big Ten.  They are now 1-2.

Houston is 4-1 playing in the state of Oklahoma.  They have won their last 4.

Houston is 3-0 vs. #11 seeds.

Of the 16 #1 through #4 seeds, 14 have advanced to the Sweet Sixteen.  That ties a record set in 2009.  All #1 through #3 seeds advanced to the Sweet Sixteen.  The only other time that happened was in 2009.

This is the first year that the Big Twelve has not had multiple teams in the Sweet Sixteen since 2013.  It is the first time since 2006 that the Big Twelve has had exactly one team in the Sweet Sixteen without it being Kansas.

Oregon is in the Sweet Sixteen for the first time since 2017 and the 7th time overall.  They are 5-1 in the Sweet Sixteen.  They defeated Michigan in the 2017 Sweet Sixteen before losing to North Carolina in the Final Four.

Oregon is 11-1 when playing in the state of California.

Oregon becomes the first team to advance to the Sweet Sixteen as a #12 seed two times.  They also were in the Sweet Sixteen as a #12 seed in 2013.  They tie Richmond for the most wins all-time as a #12 seed with 4.









Saturday, March 23, 2019

Second Round Tournament Tidbits - Saturday

LSU is in the Sweet Sixteen for the first time since 2006 and the 10th time overall.  They are 6-3 in the Sweet Sixteen.  LSU defeated Duke in 2006 Sweet Sixteen before losing to UCLA in the Final Four.

LSU's win over Maryland ends a 4-game tournament losing streak vs. the Big Ten.  They are now 2-8 vs. the Big Ten.

LSU is 4-0 playing in the state of Florida.  The are tied with North Carolina and Western Kentucky for the most wins without a loss in Florida.

Maryland is now 1-5 vs. #3 seeds.

Kentucky is in the Sweet Sixteen for the 3rd consecutive year and the 45th time overall.  They are 33-11 in the Sweet Sixteen.  Kentucky lost to Kansas State in the 2018 Sweet Sixteen.

Kentucky is 3-0 vs. the Southern Conference.

Kentucky is 8-1 playing in the state of Florida.

Michigan is in the Sweet Sixteen for the 3rd consecutive year and the 16th time overall.  They are 13-2 in the Sweet Sixteen.  Michigan defeated Texas A&M in the 2018 Sweet Sixteen before losing to Villanova in the National Championship Game.

Michigan is 8-3 vs. the SEC

Florida State is in the Sweet Sixteen for the 2nd consecutive year and the 6th time overall.  They are 3-2 in the Sweet Sixteen.  Florida State defeated Gonzaga in the 2018 Sweet Sixteen before losing to Michigan in the Elite Eight.

Murray State is 1-4 vs. the ACC.

Gonzaga is in the Sweet Sixteen for the 5th consecutive year and the 10th time overall.  They are 3-6 in the Sweet Sixteen.  Gonzaga lost to Florida State in the 2018 Sweet Sixteen.

Florida State and Gonzaga will be playing each other in the Sweet Sixteen for the second consecutive year.  It is the 8th time that two teams have played each other in back to back  years in the Sweet Sixteen.  Here are the other times:

1968 and 1969: Kentucky vs. Marquette
1968 and 1969: New Mexico State vs. UCLA
1972 and 1973: Long Beach State vs. San Francisco
1983 and 1984: Houston vs. Memphis
1988 and 1989: Michigan vs. North Carolina
1996 and 1997: Arizona vs. Kansas
2001 and 2002: Illinois vs. Kansas

Baylor is 0-3 vs. #1 seeds.

Baylor loses in the Round of 32 for the first time in tournament history.  They are now 4-1.  They came into the game with the most wins without a loss in the round.  Canisius and New York now hold the record at 3-0.

Michigan State is in the Sweet Sixteen for the first time since 2015 and the 20th time overall.  They are 13-6 in the Sweet Sixteen.  Michigan State defeated Oklahoma in the 2015 Sweet Sixteen before losing to Duke in the Final Four.

Michigan State is 2-0 vs. the Big Ten in the tournament.  They also defeated Wisconsin 53-41 in the 2000 Final Four.

Purdue is in the Sweet Sixteen for the 3rd consecutive year and the 12th overall.  They are 4-7 in the Sweet Sixteen.  Purdue lost to Texas Tech in the 2018 Sweet Sixteen.  Purdue has lost four consecutive Sweet Sixteens.

Villanova becomes the 3rd consecutive defending champion that fails to make the Sweet Sixteen.  With the loss, it is the 12th consecutive year that the defending champion has failed to make the Elite Eight.  The last defending champion that advanced to the Elite Eight was Florida in 2007 when they won their second consecutive championship.

The Big East has no teams in the Sweet Sixteen for the first time since 2014 and only the second time since 1993.

Auburn is in the Sweet Sixteen for the first time since 2003 and the 5th time overall.  They are 1-3 in the Sweet Sixteen.  Auburn lost to Syracuse in the 2003 Sweet Sixteen.

Kansas's 14-point loss is their largest in a Round of 32 game.  Their previous high was 13 to Wichita State in 2015.

Kansas loses by 10 or more points in the tournament for the third straight year.  That has only happened 5 other times in history to a top four seed:

  • Texas - 2006 to 2008
  • UCLA - 2006 to 2008
  • Maryland - 1999 to 2001
  • Utah - 1995 to 1997
  • LSU - 1979 to 1981

Round of 32 Quick Facts

Round of 32 Rematches

  • Virginia defeated Oklahoma 86-80 in the 1989 Sweet Sixteen
  • Tennessee defeated Iowa 78-65 in the 2014 First Four
  • North Carolina defeated Washington 86-83 in the 2011 Round of 32
  • Auburn defeated Kansas 66-64 in the 1985 Round of 32
  • Ohio State defeated Houston 89-85 in the 1968 National Third Place Game
  • Michigan is 2-0 vs. Florida
    • Michigan won 108-85 in the 1988 Round of 32
    • Michigan won 79-59 in the 2013 Elite Eight

Teams by Conference
  • Big Ten 7
  • ACC 5
  • SEC 5
  • Big Twelve 4
  • American 2
  • Pac Twelve 2
  • Atlantic Sun 1
  • Big East 1
  • Big West 1
  • Mid American 1
  • Ohio Valley 1
  • Southern 1
  • West Coast 1
Consecutive Round of 32 Appearances:
  • Kansas 13
  • Gonzaga 11
  • North Carolina 9
  • Kentucky 6
  • Villanova 6
  • Duke 5
  • Florida 3
  • Florida State 3
  • Michigan 3
  • Michigan State 3
  • Purdue 3
  • Auburn 2
  • Buffalo 2
  • Houston 2
  • Ohio State 2
  • Tennessee 2
  • Texas Tech 2
Most recent Round of 32 Appearance for non-repeat teams:
  • Never
    • California-Irvine
    • Central Florida
    • Liberty
    • Wofford
  • 2007
      • Virginia Tech
    • 2009
      • Louisiana State
    • 2011
      • Washington
    • 2012
      • Murray State
    • 2013
      • Minnesota
    • 2016
      • Maryland
      • Oklahoma
      • Iowa
    • 2017
      • Baylor
      • Oregon
      • Virginia
    Round of 32 Streaks Snapped
    • Butler 4
    • Xavier 4
    • Cincinnati 2
    • Rhode Island 2
    • West Virginia 2

    Friday, March 22, 2019

    First Round Tournament Tidbits - Friday Evening

    Duke wins in the Round of 64 for the 5th consecutive year.  They are now 30-4 in the Round of 64. 

    Central Florida wins their 1st ever tournament game in their 5th tournament.

    Liberty wins their 1st ever tournament game in their 4th tournament.

    Virginia Tech wins their 1st tournament game since 2007.

    North Carolina wins their 17th consecutive Round of 64 game.  They are now 31-1 in the Round of 64.

    Roy Williams is 29-0 in the Round of 64.

    Iona loses their 11th consecutive Round of 64 game.  They are 1-12 in the Round of 64.

    Washington wins in the Round of 64 for the 6th consecutive time.  They are 8-4 in the Round of 64.

    With Utah State's loss, Mountain West automatic qualifiers are 4-15 in the Round of 64.  It is the 7th consecutive year that the Mountain West tournament champion has lost in the first round.

    The Big Ten ties the Big East from 2008 and 2011 for the most teams in the Round of 32 with 7.

    Houston wins tournament games in back-to-back years for the first time since 2004 when they went to three consecutive final fours.

    There were 12 upsets in the first round.  Only 2001 and 2016 had more upsets with 13.




    First Round Tournament Tidbits - Friday Afternoon

    Iowa's win over Cincinnati is the 4th consecutive for a Big Ten team vs. the American.  The Big Ten is now 4-2 vs. the American.

    Three #10 seeds won Round of 64 games vs. #7 seeds.  It is the first time since 2010 and the 5th time overall that at least 3 #10 seeds have won first round games.

    Oklahoma becomes the first Big Twelve school to win two tournament games over SEC opponents in tournament history.  They also defeated Texas A&M 77-63 in 2016 Sweet Sixteen.

    With Iowa's win, the Big Ten sends 6 teams to the Round of 32 for the third time in tournament history.  They have never had 7 teams in the Round of 32.

    UC-Irvine wins their first ever tournament game in the 2nd tournament.  They previously lost to Louisville 57-55 in the 2015 Round of 64.

    UC-Irvine's win is the first in the Round of 64 for the Big West since Hawaii defeated California 77-66 in 2016.

    The Big Twelve loses to a Big West team for the first time in tournament history.  It was the first time that a team other than Kansas faced a Big West opponent.

    With the win, Tennessee is now tied with Alabama and Arkansas for the 4th most tournament wins by an SEC team with 21.  Only Kentucky (129), Florida (47) and LSU (25) have won more.

    Buffalo wins a first round game for the second consecutive year.  Both wins are against Arizona schools from the Pacific Twelve.  They defeated Arizona 89-68 last year and Arizona State xx-xx this year.

    Buffalo is the only team without a #1 seed to win Round of 64 games each of the last two years by 15 or more points.

    Wisconsin snaps a 4-game winning streak in the Round of 64.  Their last loss in the first round was to Mississippi 57-46 in 2013.  They are now 16-6 in the Round of 64.

    Wisconsin is now 1-3 as a #5 seed in the Round of 64.

    Oregon has won 6 consecutive Round of 64 games.  They are 8-4 in the Round of 64.

    Oregon is now 2-0 as a #12 seed in the Round of 64.

    With #12 Oregon and #13 UC-Irvine both winning and playing each other in the Round of 32, we are guaranteed to have a double-digit seed in the Sweet Sixteen for the 12th consecutive year.


    First Round Tournament Tidbits - Thursday

    Wofford wins their first tournament game in 5 tries.  In the previous four tournaments they were a double-digit seed.  This was their first game as the higher seeded team.

    The Big Ten Conference won 5 games on Thursday.  It ties a record for the most wins by a conference on a single day.  The Big East Conference also had 5 wins on 3/17/2006.

    Syracuse's loss to Baylor snaps an 8-game winning streak in the Round of 64.  Their last loss in the First Round was 66-58 to Texas A&M in 2006.  They are now 24-5 in the Round of 64.

    Old Dominion loses their 6th consecutive Round of 64 game.  They are now 3-9 in the Round of 64.

    Montana loses their 5th consecutive Round of 64 game.  They are now 1-10 in the Round of 64.

    Gonzaga advances to the Second Round for the 11th consecutive year.  They are now 18-4 in the Round of 64.

    Kansas advances to the Second Round for the 13th consecutive year.  They are now 34-2 in the Round of 64.

    Kentucky wins their 9th consecutive Round of 64 game.  They are now 28-3 in the Round of 64.

    Florida State wins their 5th consecutive Round of 64 game.  Their last loss in the First Round was 67-60 to Gonzaga in 2010.  They are now 10-4 in the Round of 64.

    Auburn wins their 9th consecutive Round of 64 game.  Their last loss in the First Round was 72-71 to Richmond in 1984.  They are now 9-1 in the Round of 64. 

    New Mexico State loses their 11th consecutive Round of 64 game.  Their last win in the First Round was 93-79 to Nebraska in 1993.  They are now 2-14 in the Round of 64.  Their 14 losses is the record for the most losses in the Round of 64.

    Belmont is now tied for a tournament-worst 0-8 in the Round of 64.  North Carolina A&T and Robert Morris are also 0-8 in the Round of 64.

    Florida wins their 7th consecutive Round of 64 game.  They are now 17-5 in the Round of 64.

    Villanova wins their 6th consecutive Round 64 game.  They are now 20-6 in the Round of 64.

    Louisville's loss snaps a 5-game winning streak in the first round.  They are now 21-6 in the Round of 64.





    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.