Monday, April 3, 2017

Championship Tidbits

North Carolina wins their 6th National Championship.  They pass Duke and Indiana for the 3rd most all-time.  Only UCLA (11) and Kentucky (8) have won more.

North Carolina is 6-5 in National Championship games.

Roy Williams wins his 3rd National Championship.  He ties Jim Calhoun and Bob Knight for 4th all-time behind John Wooden (10), Mike Krzyzewski (5) and Adolph Rupp (4).

North Carolina joins 2014 Connecticut as the only teams to defeat a #1, #2, #3 and #4 seed in the same tournament.  Before this tournament, North Carolina's last win over a top 4 seed was the 2009 National Championship game.

North Carolina is the first National Champion to win all of its last 3 games by single digits since Connecticut in 1999.

Gonzaga loses in their first championship game appearance.  They are the 4th consecutive team to lose in their first appearance.  The others are Butler (2010), Illinois (2005) and Georgia Tech (2004).  The last team to win in their first appearance was Maryland in 2002.

Mark Few is now third all-time in most tournament wins without a championship with 26.  Only Eddie Sutton (39) and Bob Huggins (31) have more.

Gonzaga becomes the 25th team to enter the tournament with 1 or fewer losses that fails to win the championship since Indiana won in 1976.  There have been 77 teams enter the tournament with 1 or fewer losses.  Only 13 have won the championship.

Gonzaga is 0-8 vs. #1 seeds.  Only Temple and Arkansas have a worse record at 0-9.

Gonzaga is 0-8 vs. teams ranked in the top 6 of the AP poll.  They are tied with Creighton for the worst record all-time.




Saturday, April 1, 2017

Losing title game and returning next year

North Carolina is the first team since Butler in 2011 to return to the championship game after losing the previous year.  Here are the results for teams that lost one year and returned:

2011 - Butler - lost to Connecticut 53-41
1998 - Kentucky - defeated Utah 78-69
1993 - Michigan - lost to North Carolina 77-71
1991 - Duke - defeated Kansas 72-65
1984 - Houston - lost to Georgetown 84-75
1982 - North Carolina - defeated Georgetown 63-62
1962 - Ohio State - lost to Cincinnati 71-59


Final Four Tidbits

This year's final four is the first to feature teams making their first appearance since 1996 when both Massachusetts and Mississippi State made their first appearance.

It is the first time that two teams making their first final four appearance are playing each other in the National Semifinals since 1973 when Memphis State played Providence.

Frank Martin, Mark Few and Dana Altman are all making their first final four appearance.  The last time at least 3 coaches all made their first appearance in the same final four was 2006 - Jim Larranaga (George Mason), John Brady (Louisiana State), Ben Howland (UCLA).

The last time that two coaches were making their first final four appearance against each other in the National Semifinals was in 2007 when Thad Matta coached Ohio State against Georgetown coached by John Thompson III.

This is the first year since 2012 that all four teams are from a different conference.

Gonzaga is the 25th team to enter the tournament with zero or one loss since Indiana won in 1976 with no losses.  Gonzaga is only the 9th to advance to the final four and the 5th to advance to the championship game.  None have won the championship.

Gonzaga is in their first ever championship game and the first for the West Coast Conference since San Francisco won in 1956.

North Carolina is in the championship game for the 11th time and for the 2nd straight year.  They are the first team to go to consecutive championship games since Butler in 2010-11.

The last team to win the championship one year after losing the championship game was Kentucky in 1998.

North Carolina is 11-9 in National Semifinal games.  Oregon is 1-1.

North Carolina is the second straight AP #6 team to advance to the National Championship game.  Villanova was #6 last year.

Oregon's loss is their first vs. an ACC team.  They are 2-1.

Both winning teams scored 77 points.  It is only the third time that both winning teams scored the same number of points.  The other years were 1948 (Kentucky 60 Holy Cross 52; Baylor 60 Kansas State 52) and 1991 (Duke 79 UNLV 77; Kansas 79 North Carolina 73)


Sunday, March 26, 2017

Elite Eight Tidbits - Sunday Edition

South Carolina is in the Final Four for the first time in school history.  They are the first SEC team in the Final Four other than Kentucky or Florida since 2006 when LSU went to the Final Four.

South Carolina is the fourth #7 seed to advance to the Final Four in tournament history.  It is the third time in 4 years that a #7 seed has been in the Final Four (2014-Connecticut, 2015-Michigan State)

It is the first time ever that a team from the state of South Carolina has been in the Final Four.

South Carolina is the 6th unranked team this decade to advance to the Final Four (2011-VCU, 2011-Butler, 2013-Wichita State, 2014-Kentucky, 2016-Syracuse)

South Carolina's victory over Florida is the 3rd all-time meeting between SEC teams in tournament history.  The other two were in 1986 when Kentucky defeated Alabama 68-63 in the Sweet Sixteen and LSU defeated Kentucky 59-57 in the Elite Eight.

South Carolina had 4 tournament victories before the tournament.  That is the fewest victories coming into the tournament for any Final Four participant since George Mason had no wins coming into the 2006 tournament.

Florida is 5-4 in the Elite Eight.

Florida is 2-5 vs. #7 seeds.  The 5 losses is the most all-time.  3 of the 5 losses have been when Florida was the higher seed.

This was Florida's first tournament loss playing in New York.  They are 7-1.

North Carolina is in their 20th Final Four in school history.  The 20 Final Fours is the most all-time.

North Carolina is 20-8 in the Elite Eight.

North Carolina is 3-1 vs. Kentucky in the tournament.  All four games have been in the Elite Eight.  They also defeated Kentucky in the 1977 Elite Eight and the 1995 Elite Eight.  They lost to Kentucky in the 2011 Elite Eight.

Roy Williams is in his 5th Final Four with North Carolina and his 9th overall.  The 9 Final Fours is 4th all-time behind Mike Krzyzewski (12), John Wooden (12) and Dean Smith (11).

North Carolina is 12-5 vs. the SEC.  The 12 wins is the most all-time.

Kentucky is 17-20 in the Elite Eight.  The 20 losses is the most all-time.

Kentucky is 5-11 vs. #1 seeds.  The 11 losses is tied with Louisville for the most all-time.




Saturday, March 25, 2017

Elite Eight Tidbits - Saturday Edition

Gonzaga is in the Final Four for the first time in school history.

Gonzaga is the first West Coast Conference team in the Final Four since San Francisco made 3 straight appearances from 1955-57.  This is the 4th appearance by a West Coast Conference team.

Gonzaga's win ends an 11-game losing streak in the Elite Eight by West Coast Conference teams.

Gonzaga is 1-2 in the Elite Eight.  West Coast Conference teams are 4-13.

Gonzaga is 2-0 vs. Xavier.  They also defeated Xavier 79-75 in the 2006 Round of 64.

Gonzaga's 24-point win is their second largest in tournament history (47 games).  Their largest is 27 vs. Valparaiso in the 2004 Round of 64.

Mark Few had the most tournament wins (25) coming into the game without a Final Four.  With the win, John Chaney takes back the lead with 23.  Sean Miller is the active leader with 19.

Xavier and Gonzaga came into the game with the most tournament wins (27) without a Final Four.  With the loss, Xavier remains the loan leader in that category.

Xavier is 0-3 in the Elite Eight.

Xavier is 0-6 vs. #1 seeds.

Xavier's 24-point loss is their largest ever in tournament history (54 games).  Their previous high was 19 vs. UCLA in the 2008 Elite Eight.

Oregon is in the Elite Eight for the first time since 1939.  The 78 year gap between final fours is the largest in history.

With Oregon making the Final Four, the largest Final Four drought now belongs to Duquesne who last went in 1940.

Oregon is 1-1 vs. Kansas.  They had lost to Kansas 104-86 in the 2002 Elite Eight.

Oregon is 2-5 in the Elite Eight.

Oregon is the first Pac Twelve team in the Final Four since UCLA made 3 straight appearances from 2006-08.  This is the 34th appearance for a Pac Twelve team.

Oregon's win is their first ever vs. a #1 seed.  They are 1-4.  The highest seed they had ever defeated before tonight was #4.

Kansas misses the Final Four as a #1 seed for a record 10th time (out of 13 times).  They have failed to make the Final Four in their last 5 appearances as a #1 seed.

Bill Self is now 2-7 in Elite Eight games.  The 7 losses are the second most all-time.  Only Adolph Rupp had more at 9.  He was 6-9 in Elite Eight games.

All of Self's Elite Eight losses are since 2000.  He has 3 more Elite Eight losses than any other coach during that time frame.  Sean Miller is second with 4.  The losing coach of tomorrow's North Carolina and Kentucky game will tie Miller with 4.

Kansas was the 7th team to score 90 or more points in their first three tournament games.  Their 60 points in the Elite Eight was the fewest points scored out of the 7.

Kansas is 14-9 in the Elite Eight.

Kansas' 14-point loss is their largest ever in an Elite Eight game.  Their previous worst was 13 to UCLA in 2007.


Friday, March 24, 2017

Elite Eight Quick Facts

Teams by Conference

  • SEC 3
  • ACC 1
  • Big East 1
  • Big Twelve 1
  • Pac Twelve 1
  • West Coast 1
The SEC has 3 teams in the Elite Eight for the second time in their history.  The other time was in 1986 when Auburn, Kentucky and LSU went to the Elite Eight.

Kansas, North Carolina and Oregon are all making their 2nd straight appearance in the Elite Eight.

Most Recent Elite Eight for Non-Repeating Teams
  • Never
    • South Carolina
  • 2008
    • Xavier
  • 2014
    • Florida
  • 2015
    • Gonzaga
    • Kentucky
Consecutive Years with Elite Eight Team - Conference
  • Pac Twelve 4
  • ACC 3
  • Big East 2
  • Big Twelve 2
There is no Big Ten team in the Elite Eight for the second straight year.  The last time that the Big Ten missed the Elite Eight two straight years was 1995 and 1996.

The ACC only has 1 team in the Elite Eight this year after having 3 in 2015 and 4 in 2016.

Consecutive Years with Elite Eight Team - State
  • North Carolina 3
  • Kansas 2
  • Oregon 2
Elite Eight All-Time Records

TeamWins    Losses    Pct.
North Carolina     1980.704
Kansas1480.636
Florida530.625
Kentucky17190.472
Oregon150.167
Gonzaga020.000
Xavier020.000
South Carolina00

Sweet Sixteen Tidbits - Friday Edition

North Carolina is in the Sweet Sixteen for the 2nd straight year and the 28th time overall.

North Carolina is 13-5 vs. the Big East.  The 13 wins is the most all-time.

North Carolina is 35-3 on Fridays.  The 35 wins is the most all-time.

North Carolina has won 12 straight Sweet Sixteen games as a #1 seed.  The last time they lost in the Sweet Sixteen as a #1 seed was in 1984 to Indiana 72-68.

Butler is 2-4 in the Sweet Sixteen.

Butler is 2-5 vs. #1 seeds.  This is the second straight year they were defeated by a #1 seed from the ACC.  Last year they lost to Virginia 77-69 in the Round of 32.

North Carolina's 92 points is the most that Butler has allowed in tournament history (38 games).  The previous high was 86 vs. Western Kentucky in the 1962 Regional Third Place Game and again vs. Cincinnati in the 1997 Round of 64.

South Carolina is in the Elite Eight for the first time in school history.  They are the first team in six years to be making their inaugural Elite Eight appearance.  VCU was the last in 2011.

With South Carolina's appearance in the Elite Eight, only 6 teams from the Power 6 conferences (Big East, Big Ten, Big Twelve, ACC, SEC, Pac 12) have not been to the Elite Eight.
  • Miami - 3 Sweet Sixteens (2000, 2013, 2016)
  • Mississippi - 1 Sweet Sixteen (2001)
  • Nebraska - 7 Touranment Apperances - no wins
  • Northwestern - 1 Tournament Appearance - Round of 32
  • Texas A&M - 5 Sweet Sixteens (1951, 1969, 1980, 2007, 2016)
  • Texas Tech - 5 Sweet Sixteens (1961, 1962, 1976, 1996, 2005)
Baylor's 50 points is the fewest that South Carolina has allowed in tournament history (16 games).  The previous low was 51 vs. Temple in the 1972 Round of 32.

South Carolina's 20-point win over Baylor is tied for their largest in tournament history.  They also defeated Marquette by 20 in the Round of 64 this year.

Baylor is 2-2 in the Sweet Sixteen.

Baylor is 0-3 vs. the SEC.  The other two losses were to Kentucky (1948 National Championship, 2012 Elite Eight).

Baylor is 0-3 playing in New York.  They are tied with Yale and Columbia for the worst record.

Kentucky is in the Sweet Sixteen for the first time since 2015 and the 37th time overall.  They have been in 6 of the last 8 Elite Eights.

Kentucky is 33-10 in the Sweet Sixteen.

Kentucky is 2-1 vs. UCLA.  They lost to UCLA 92-85 in the 1975 National Championship game and defeated UCLA 94-68 in the 1998 Sweet Sixteen.

Kentucky is 7-2 vs. #3 seeds.  The 7 wins is the most all-time.

Kentucky is 10-3 playing in Tennessee.  The 10 wins is the most all-time.

UCLA loses their third straight Sweet Sixteen.  They are 21-13 in the Sweet Sixteen.

UCLA is now 3-9 vs. #2 seeds.  The 9 losses is the most all-time.

Florida is in the Elite Eight for the first time since 2014 and the 9th time overall.

Florida has been to the Elite Eight in their last 5 tournament appearances and 7 of their last 8.

Florida is 9-2 in the Sweet Sixteen.  They have won 8 straight Sweet Sixteen games.

Florida is 7-0 playing in New York.  The 7-0 record is the best all-time.

Wisconsin is 4-6 in the Sweet Sixteen.  They lose in the Sweet Sixteen for the 2nd straight year.