Monday, April 8, 2019

Championship Game Tidbits

Virginia wins their first National Championship.

Virginia's championship is the 15th for the ACC tying the Pacific Twelve for the most all-time.  It is the ACC's 3rd championship in the last 5 years.

The last Pacific Twelve team to win a National Championship was Arizona in 1997.  Since then the ACC has won 8 National Championships.

Virginia is the first team from the state of Virginia to win a National Championship.

Tony Bennett becomes the 3rd coach to win the championship in his first appearance in the title game since 2014.  Jay Wright (Villanova, 2016) and Kevin Ollie (Connecticut, 2014) won in their first appearance.

With Virginia winning, it is the 3rd straight year that a #1 seed has won a National Championship.

Texas Tech loses to the team that won the championship for the second consecutive tournament.  They lost to Villanova in the Elite Eight last year.  Before last year, the only other time they lost to the eventual champion was 1961 when they lost to Cincinnati in the Sweet Sixteen.

Virginia is the first team to win two overtime games in a single tournament since 2000 (Seton Hall).  They are the first National Champion to win two overtime games in a single tournament since 1997 (Arizona).

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Chris Beard

Chris Beard is 9-2 in the NCAA Tournament.  Here are the 15 coaches that have coached in 11 or more tournament games that won at least 9 of their first 11:

  • Ed Jucker 11 (Cincinnati 11-0)
  • Phil Woolpert 11 (San Francisco 11-0)
  • Steve Fisher 10 (Michigan 10-1)
  • Henry Iba 10 (Oklahoma State 10-1)
  • Fred Taylor 10 (Ohio State 10-1)
  • Phog Allen 9 (Kansas 9-2)
  • Chris Beard 9 (Arkansas-Little Rock 1-1, Texas Tech 8-1)
  • P.J. Carlesimo 9 (Seton Hall 9-2)
  • Tom Izzo 9 (Michigan State 9-2)
  • Doggie Julian 9 (Holy Cross 5-1, Dartmouth 4-1)
  • Bob Knight 9 (Indiana 9-2)
  • Branch McCracken 9 (Indiana 9-2)
  • Frank McGuire 9 (St. John's 5-2, North Carolina 4-0)
  • Pete Newell 9 (California 9-2)
  • Adolph Rupp 9 (Kentucky 9-2)

Final Four Tidbits

Virginia is in the National Championship Game for the first time in tournament history.

Tony Bennett is in his first National Championship Game.

A #1 seed is in the National Championship Game for the 5th consecutive year.

Virginia is the 4th ACC team in the last 5 years to play in the National Championship Game.  Virginia is the 6th school from the ACC to play in the Championship Game.  Duke has played in 11, North Carolina in 10, North Carolina State in 2 and Maryland and Georgia Tech in 1 each.

Virginia is 4-4 vs. the SEC.  The win ends a 4-game tournament losing streak vs. the SEC.

The ACC has won 5 straight National Semifinal Games against non-ACC teams.  The last National Semifinal Game that an ACC team lost to a team from another conference was 2008 when Kansas defeated North Carolina 84-66.

Virginia's Last 3 games were decided by 4 or fewer points or in overtime.  The only other team that to advance to the championship game by doing that was 1992 Michigan.

The SEC has lost 3 straight National Semifinal Games.  The last National Semifinal Game won by an SEC team was 2014 when Kentucky defeated Wisconsin 74-73.

Texas Tech is in the National Championship Game for the first time in tournament history.

Chris Beard is in his first National Championship Game.

The last time that both teams were making their first championship game appearance was 1979 when Michigan State played Indiana State.

The last time that both coaches were making their first championship game appearance was 2008 when Bill Self (Kansas) coached against John Calipari (Memphis)

Texas Tech is the first Big Twelve team in the National Championship Game since 2012 when Kansas played Kentucky.  Texas Tech is the first Big Twelve team other than Kansas to play in a National Championship Game.

Big Twelve teams are now 4-6 in National Semifinal Games.

Texas Tech is 3-0 vs. the Big Ten in the tournament.

Texas Tech is the first team to ever beat Michigan and Michigan State in the same tournament.

Texas Tech is the first team from the state of Texas to play in the National Championship Game since 1984 when Houston played Georgetown.

It is the second consecutive year that a #1 seed will play a #3 seed in the National Championship Game.  #1 Villanova defeated #3 Michigan last year.  Before last year, only one other time did #1 play #3 (1990 - #1 UNLV defeated #3 Duke)

#3 seeds are now 12-7 in National Semifinal Games.

Monday, April 1, 2019

A decade of Final Fours

The last Final Four of the 2010s has been filled.  In the decade, only two schools went to the Final Four more than twice.  Kentucky led with 4 Final Fours.  Michigan State is in their third Final Four of the decade.

Here is the school that made the most Final Fours each decade:

2010s - Kentucky (4)
2000s - Michigan State, North Carolina (4)
1990s - Duke, North Carolina (5)
1980s - Louisville (4)
1970s - UCLA (7)
1960s - UCLA (6)
1950s - Kansas, San Francisco (3)
1940s - Kentucky, Ohio State, Oklahoma State (3)

25 different schools made it to the Final Four during this decade.  Here is the number of different schools by decade:

2010s - 25
2000s - 25
1990s - 23
1980s - 26
1970s - 28
1960s - 22
1950s - 29
1940s - 30

The Big Ten had the most Final Four appearances with 8.  Here is the number of appearances by conference:

Big Ten - 8
Big East - 7
SEC - 7
ACC - 6
Big Twelve - 4
Horizon - 2
Missouri Valley - 2
American - 1
Colonial - 1
Pacific Twelve - 1
West Coast - 1

The conference with the most Final Four appearances by decade are:

2010s - Big Ten (8)
2000s - ACC (9)
1990s - ACC (11)
1980s - ACC, Big East (8)
1970s - Pacific Ten (7)
1960s - ACC, Big Ten, Pacific Ten (7)
1950s - Big Eight, Big Ten (6)
1940s - Big Ten (6)

The Pacific Twelve had only one Final Four appearance in the 2010s.  That is the fewest in their history.  Here is the number of Final Fours for the Pacific Twelve by Decade:

2010s - 1
2000s - 4
1990s - 4
1980s - 2
1970s - 7
1960s - 7
1950s - 3
1940s - 5

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Elite Eight Tidbits - Sunday

Auburn is in the Final Four for the first time in school history.  It is also Bruce Pearl's first Final Four.

This is the second time in three years where the Final Four has three new coaches.

Auburn becomes the second school to defeat North Carolina, Kansas and Kentucky in a single tournament.  Arizona also did in 1997.

Auburn's game was their first ever tournament game against a SEC team.  Kentucky's was their third.  They are now 1-2.  Both of Kentucky's losses are in the Elite Eight.

Bruce Pearl ties Cliff Ellis for 2nd all-time in Auburn history with his 5th tournament win.  Sonny Smith is first in Auburn history with 7 tournament wins.

Auburn now has 2 straight wins over #2 seeds after losing their first 3.

Kentucky is 8-3 vs. #5 seeds, but have lost their last 2.  Kentucky is 0-2 vs. #5 seeds when seeded #2.

Kentucky's loss is only their second ever in the state of Missouri.  They are now 8-2.  Their other loss was to Michigan State in the 1999 Elite Eight.

Kentucky's loss is their 21st all-time in the Elite Eight which is a tournament record.

Auburn is 2-0 in OT games in the tournament.

Kentucky 4-6 in OT games in the tournament.  The 6 losses are 3rd most all-time behind Ohio State and Syracuse who have 7 losses.

The 77-71 Auburn win over Kentucky is 11th time for that score in NCAA Tournament History.  Only 69-67 (15 times) and 75-72 (13 times) have occurred more often

Michigan State is in the Final Four for the first time since 2015 and the 10th time overall.  They are 3-6 in the National Semifinals.  Michigan State lost to Duke 81-61 in the 2015 Final Four.

Michigan State is 7-10 vs. #1 seeds.  The 7 wins vs. #1 seeds is 4th all-time.  Only Duke (9), Kansas (8) and North Carolina (8) have more.

Michigan State is in the Final Four for the 5th time not seeded #1.  They tie Duke, Kansas, Louisville and Syracuse for the most Final Fours when not seeded #1.

Michigan State's win is their 18th all-time vs. a higher seed which is a tournament high.

Duke's loss is their 24th all-time vs. a lower seed which is a tournament high.

Duke is 15-5 vs. the Big Ten.

Duke is 16-6 in the Elite Eight.  Michigan State is 10-4 in the Elite Eight.

The average margin of victory in the Elite Eight was 4.5.  It was the 2nd lowest in history in Elite Eight.  The lowest was 3.75 in 1942. 

The average margin in regulation was 1.75.  It was the 2nd lowest in history in the Elite Eight.  The lowest was 1.5 in 2005.

It is only the 4th time in history that all four Elite Eight games were decided by single digits and only the second time that all four were decided by 6 or less.  Here is the maximum margin of victory in each of those years:

  • 1942 - 6
  • 2019 - 6
  • 2010 - 7
  • 2005 - 8
It is the 4th time that there were multiple overtime games in the Elite Eight.  Here are the number of overtime games in each year:
  • 2005 - 3
  • 1992 - 2
  • 2006 - 2
  • 2019 - 2
It is the second time in 3 years that there are two new teams in the Final Four.  Gonzaga and South Carolina made their first appearance in 2017.

The Final Four has teams from four difference conferences for the 2nd consecutive year.  It is the first time since 2012 that has happened.

It is the 4th consecutive year that the AP #1 team missed the Final Four.  It is the longest streak of the #1 team missing the Final Four in tournament history.

It is the 7th consecutive year that the AP #1 team failed to win the National Championship.  Since the field expanded to 64, the #1 team has won the tournament only 4 times or 11.4% of the time.











Saturday, March 30, 2019

Elite Eight Tidbits - Saturday

Texas Tech is in the Final Four for the first time in school history.  It is also Chris Beard's first Final Four appearance.

Chris Beard is 7-1 in the tournament as the coach of Texas Tech.  He is 8-2 overall.

The only coaches that have won 8 or more games in their first 10 in NCAA Tournament history are:

  • Ed Jucker 10 (Cincinnati 10-0)
  • Phil Woolpert 10 (San Francisco 10-0)
  • Steve Fisher 9 (Michigan 9-1)
  • Henry Iba 9 (Oklahoma State 9-1)
  • Ken Loeffler 9 (La Salle 9-1)
  • Fred Taylor 9 (Ohio State 9-1)
  • Phog Allen 8 (Kansas 8-2)
  • Forddy Anderson 8 (Bradley 6-2, Michigan State 2-0)
  • Gene Bartow 8 (Memphis 3-1, UCLA 5-1)
  • Chris Beard 8 (Arkansas-Little Rock 1-1, Texas Tech 7-1)
  • Vic Bubas 8 (Duke 8-2)
  • P.J. Carlesimo 8 (Seton Hall 8-2)
  • Tom Davis 8 (Boston College 5-2, Iowa 3-0)
  • Billy Donovan 8 (Florida 8-2)
  • Bill Guthridge 8 (North Carolina 8-2)
  • Don Haskins 8 (UTEP 8-2)
  • Tom Izzo 8 (Michigan State 8-2)
  • Doggie Julian 8 (Holy Cross 5-1, Dartmouth 3-1)
  • Bob Knight 8 (Indiana 8-2)
  • Branch McCracken 8 (Indiana 8-2)
  • Frank McGuire 8 (St. John's 5-2, North Carolina 3-0)
  • Pete Newell 8 (California 8-2)
  • Adolph Rupp 8 (Kentucky 8-2)

With Texas Tech's appearance in the Final Four, the only current Big Twelve team that has never been to the Final Four is Texas Christian.

Texas Tech is 2-1 vs. the West Coast Conference.  Both wins are vs. Gonzaga.

Texas Tech's win is their first ever vs. a #1 seed.  They previously lost to St. Joseph's in the 2004 Round of 32 and Villanova in the 2018 Elite Eight.

Gonzaga is 3-2 vs. the Big Twelve.  Both of their losses are to Texas Tech.

Gonzaga is 1-3 vs. #3 seeds.

Gonzaga is 1-3 in the Elite Eight.

Virginia is in the Final Four for the first time since 1984 and the 3rd time overall.  They are 0-2 in the National Semifinals.  Virginia lost to Houston 49-47 in the 1984 National Semifinals.

Tony Bennett is in his first Final Four.

Virginia ends a 4-game tournament losing streak vs. the Big Ten.  They are now 2-4 vs. the Big Ten.

Virginia is 3-1 vs. #3 seeds.  This is the first time they were the higher seed.

Virginia is 3-1 when playing in the state of Kentucky.

Purdue is 0-7 vs. #1 seeds.  Only Temple (9), Arkansas (9) and Gonzaga (8) have more losses without a win vs. #1 seeds.

Purdue becomes the second team in the 2019 tournament to win a game and lose a game in overtime.  It is the first time since 2006 that two teams in the same tournament both won a game and lost a game in overtime.



Elite Eight Quick Facts

The sum of seeds for the 2019 Elite Eight is 18.  It is the third lowest in tournament history.  Only 2007 (13) and 2009 (14) had a lower sum of seeds.

Elite Eight Rematches

Duke is 4-1 vs. Michigan State

  • Duke won 85-74 in the 1994 Round of 32
  • Duke won 68-62 in the 1999 National Semifinals
  • Michigan State won 78-68 in the 2005 Sweet Sixteen
  • Duke won 71-61 in the 2013 Sweet Sixteen
  • Duke won 81-61 in the 2015 National Semifinals
Texas Tech defeated Gonzaga 71-69 in the 2005 Round of 32


Teams by Conference
ACC 2
Big Ten 2
SEC 2
Big Twelve 1
West Coast 1

This is the first time since 2012 that no conference has at least 3 teams in the Elite Eight.  The 6-year streak of at least one conference with 3 teams was a tournament record.

Consecutive Elite Eights

Texas Tech and Duke are in the Elite Eight for the second consecutive year.

It is the 13th straight year with at least one Elite Eight repeat.

Most Recent Elite Eight

Duke - 2018
Texas Tech - 2018
Gonzaga - 2017
Kentucky - 2017
Virginia - 2016
Michigan State - 2015
Purdue - 2000
Auburn - 1986

Consecutive Years with a Team in Elite Eight - Conference

ACC 5
Big Twelve 4
Big Ten 2

Consecutive Years with a Team in Elite Eight - Team

North Carolina 5
Michigan 2
Texas 2

Elite Eight All-Time Records - Teams


Team             W              L           Pct
Duke 16 5 0.762
Michigan St 9 4 0.692
Purdue 2 2 0.500
Kentucky 17 20 0.459
Virginia 2 4 0.333
Gonzaga 1 2 0.333
Auburn 0 1 0.000
Texas Tech 0 1 0.000

Elite Eight All-Time Records - Coaches

Team             W              L          Pct
Krzyzewski, Mike 12 3 0.800
Izzo, Tom 7 2 0.778
Calipari, John 6 5 0.545
Few, Mark 1 1 0.500
Beard, Chris 0 1 0.000
Bennett, Tony 0 1 0.000
Pearl, Bruce 0 1 0.000
This is the first Elite Eight appearance for Matt Painter (Purdue).

This is the 7th consecutive year with at least one coach  making his first Elite Eight appearance.

Average Margin of Victory in First Three Rounds

1. Gonzaga 21.3
2. Texas Tech 18.0
3. Michigan State 16.0
4. Kentucky 15.0
5. Purdue 14.7
6. Auburn 10.7
7. Virginia 10.3
8. Duke 8.7

Average Points Scored in First Three Rounds

1. Auburn 88.0
2. Purdue 82.3
3. Gonzaga 80.7
4. Duke 79.0
5. Michigan State 75.3
6. Texas Tech 71.0
7. Kentucky 67.7
8. Virginia 62.3

Average Points Allowed in First Three Rounds

1. Virginia 52.0
2. Kentucky 52.7
3. Texas Tech 53.0
4t. Gonzaga 59.3
4t. Michigan State 59.3
6. Purdue 67.7
7. Duke 70.3
8. Auburn 77.3

Since 2015, the team that won the National Championship was either #1 or #2 in scoring in the first three rounds.