Sunday, April 3, 2016

North Carolina - Syracuse Final Four Tournament Tidbits



  • North Carolina is in their 10th National Championship game and their first since 2009 when they defeated Michigan State 89-72.
  • North Carolina is now 10-9 in National Semifinal games.
  • Since 2010, North Carolina is 15-0 vs. teams seeded #5 - #16, but they are 0-5 vs. teams seeded #1-#4.
  • North Carolina is now 2-2 vs. Syracuse:
    • Won 67-58 in 1957 Elite Eight
    • Lost 78-76 in 1975 Sweet Sixteen
    • Lost 79-75 in 1987 Elite Eight
    • Won 83-66 in 2016 National Semifinals
  • North Carolina is now a tournament best 3-0 vs. teams from the ACC.
  • North Carolina’s win is a tournament best 55th as a #1 seed.  They have four more than Duke who has 51 wins as a #1 seed.
  • North Carolina is now tied with Indiana, Iowa and Syracuse for a tournament best 5-0 vs. #10 seeds.
  • North Carolina’s win is their 7th all-time in the month of April.  Only Duke has more wins in April with 9.
  • The total margin of victory in the two National Semifinal games was 61.  That is the largest margin of victory for the two semifinal games in history.  It breaks the previous record was 54 in 1949 when Kentucky defeated Illinois 76-47 and Oklahoma State defeated Oregon State 55-30.
  • The loss by Syracuse ends a 4-game winning streak vs. #1 seeds.  Only Arizona has had a longer winning streak vs. #1 seeds.  Here is the list of all teams that have had a 4-game winning streak vs. #1 seeds:
    • Arizona – 5 straight (1997 – 3 games, 2001 – 2 games)
    • Indiana – 4 straight (1981, 1984, 1987, 1992)
    • Kansas – 4 straight (1988, 1991 – 2 games, 1993)
    • Kansas – 4 straight (2003, 2008 – 2 games, 2012)
    • North Carolina – 4 straight (1993, 1995, 2000, 2005)
    • Syracuse – 4 straight (2003 – 2 games, 2013, 2016)
  • Syracuse is now 5-7 vs. #1 seeds.
  • Syracuse is now 3-3 in National Semifinal games.
  • North Carolina and Villanova will play each other for the 7th time in tournament history.  It will be the 5th time that the winner will win the National Championship.  Every time they have met in the Sweet Sixteen or later, the winner has won the National Championship.
  • North Carolina is 5-1 vs. Villanova in the tournament:
    • North Carolina won 80-70 in 1982 Elite Eight
    • Villanova won 56-44 in 1985 Elite Eight
    • North Carolina won 84-69 in 1991 Second Round
    • North Carolina won 67-66 in 2005 Sweet Sixteen
    • North Carolina won 83-69 in 2009 National Semifinals
    • North Carolina won 78-71 in 2013 First Round
  • ACC is 40-33 all-time vs. the Big East, but 1-2 in National Championship games.  Here are the times when a Big East team and an ACC team have played each other in the National Championship game:
    • North Carolina defeated Georgetown 63-62 in 1982
    • Connecticut defeated Duke 77-74 in 1999
    • Connecticut defeated Georgia Tech 82-73 in 2004

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Villanova - Oklahoma Final Four Tournament Tidbits

  • Villanova is in their 3rd National Championship game and their first since 1985 when they defeated Georgetown 66-64.  They are 1-1 in the National Championship game.  They lost to UCLA 68-62 in 1971 in their first National Championship game appearance.
  • Villanova is now 3-2 in National Semifinal games:
    • Lost to Ohio State 53-36 in 1939
    • Defeated Western Kentucky 92-89 in 1971
    • Defeated Memphis 52-45 in 1985
    • Lost to North Carolina 83-69 in 2009
    • Defeated Oklahoma 95-51 in 2016
  • Villanova’s 44-point win (95-51) is the largest ever in a National Semifinal game.  The previous high was 34 by Michigan State over Penn 101-67 in 1979 and Cincinnati over Oregon State 80-46 in 1963.
  • It was Villanova’s largest margin of victory in the tournament.  Their previous high was 43 when they defeated Penn 90-47 in the 1971 Elite Eight.
  • The win was the 4th largest margin of victory for a Big East Team.  Connecticut defeated Chattanooga 103-47 (56 points) in the 2009 First Round,  Syracuse defeated Brown 101-52 (49 points) in the 1986 First Round and Syracuse defeated Montana 81-34 (47 points) in the 2013 First Round.
  • It was the 3rd largest margin of victory in the Sweet Sixteen or later.  UCLA defeated Wyoming 109-60 (49 points) in the 1967 Sweet Sixteen and Duke defeated Connecticut 101-54 (47 points) in the 1964 Elite Eight.  It was the 13th largest margin of victory all-time.
  • The loss was Oklahoma’s biggest defeat in the tournament.  Their previous worst was 30 points when the lost to Louisville 78-48 in the 2008 Second Round.
  • Oklahoma’s worst Final Four loss was 18 points to Oregon 55-37 in 1939.
  • The loss by Oklahoma was the biggest defeat ever for a Big Twelve team.  The previous high was 39 points when West Virginia lost to Kentucky 78-39 in the 2015 Sweet Sixteen.
  • Villanova is now 1-1 in the tournament vs. Oklahoma.  They lost to Oklahoma 78-59 in the 1988 Elite Eight.
  • After never defeating a Big Twelve team in tournament history before this year, Villanova has now defeated Big Twelve teams in back-to-back games.   They are the 6th team to defeat 2 or more Big Twelve teams in a single tournament.  The others were Syracuse in 2003 (with 4 wins), Georgia Tech in 2004, Louisiana State in 2006, Connecticut in 2009 and Kentucky in 2012 (with 3 wins).
  • Villanova’s win is their 6th all-time vs. a #2 seed.  Only Kentucky has more wins over #2 seeds with 8.  They are 6-2 all-time vs. #2 seeds.
  • Villanova is now 3-1 when playing in Texas (all games in Houston).  Their only loss was the 1971 National Championship game.
  • Villanova is 12-0 when scoring 90 or more points in the tournament.  Only North Carolina (24-0), Duke (21-0) and Kansas (20-0) have better records.  Arkansas is also 12-0.
  • Oklahoma is now 2-3 in National Semifinal games:
    • Lost to Oregon 55-37 in 1939
    • Defeated Texas 55-54 in 1947
    • Defeated Arizona 86-78 in 1988
    • Lost to Indiana 73-64 in 2002
    • Lost to Villanova 95-51 in 2016
  • Oklahoma is now tied with Penn, Louisiana-Monroe and Belmont for a tournament worst 0-4 vs. #2 seeds.


Sunday, March 27, 2016

North Carolina - Notre Dame Elite Eight Tournament Tidbits

  • North Carolina is in the Final Four for the 19th time and the first time since 2009 when they defeated to Villanova 83-69.  They are 9-9 in the National Semifinals.
  • North Carolina is now 4-0 vs. Notre Dame in the tournament.  It is North Carolina’s second best record vs. any team.  They are 5-0 vs. Michigan State.
  • North Carolina is 2-0 vs. teams from the ACC.  They defeated Virginia 78-65 in the 1981 National Semifinals.
  • Notre Dame is now 0-9 vs. the ACC.  It is the worst record by any team against any conference.
  • Notre Dame is now 0-6 vs. #1 seeds.  Only Temple (9), Arkansas (8) and Gonzaga (7) have more losses without a win vs. #1 seeds.
  • North Carolina’s win is their 54th as a #1 seed.  It is the most wins by any team for any seed.
  • This is the 6th time in 7 years that the Final Four has featured 1 or fewer #1 seeds.


Syracuse - Virginia Elite Eight Tournament Tidbits

  • Syracuse is in the Final Four for the 6th time and the first time since 2013 when they lost to Michigan 61-56.  They are 2-3 in the National Semifinals.
  • Syracuse is now 2-1 vs. Virginia in the tournament.  They lost to Virginia 63-55 in the 1984 Sweet Sixteen and defeated Virginia 63-61 in the 1990 Second Round.
  • Syracuse’s win is their 5th vs. a #1 seed.  They are now 5-6 vs. #1 seeds.
  • Syracuse is the 1st #10 seed in the Final Four ever to advance to the Final Four.  They are the 4th double-digit seed to advance to the Final Four.  The other three were #11 seeds (1986 – LSU, 2006 – George Mason, 2011 – VCU)
  • Syracuse’s win is their 15th tournament win since 2010 matching Michigan State and Louisville for the 5th most this decade.  Only Kentucky (23), Duke (19), Wisconsin (16) and Kansas (16) have won more.
  • Virginia’s loss is the third by a #1 seed in the Elite Eight.  It is the third time that 3 #1 seeds have lost in the Elite Eight matching 2003 and 2006.  Never have all four #1 seeds lost in the Elite Eight during the same tournament.
  • This was the 4th time that Syracuse faced a team from the same conference in the tournament.  When they were in the Big East, they defeated Providence 77-63 in the 1987 National Semifinals, lost to Marquette 66-62 in the 2011 Second Round and defeated Marquette in the 2013 Elite Eight.
  • Virginia is now 0-3 when facing teams from the ACC.  They lost to North Carolina 78-65 in the 1981 National Semifinals and to North Carolina State 63-62 in the 1983 Elite Eight.
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Saturday, March 26, 2016

Villanova - Kansas Elite Eight Tournament Tidbits

  • Villanova is in the Final Four for the 5th time and the first time since 2009 when they lost to North Carolina 83-69.  They are 2-2 in the National Semifinals all-time.
  • Villanova is now 1-1 vs. Kansas in the tournament.  They lost to Kansas 72-57 in the 2008 Sweet Sixteen.
  • Villanova’s win is their 55th all-time.  They are now tied for the 11th most with Ohio State.
  • Villanova’s win is their first ever vs. a Big Twelve team in the tournament.
  • Villanova’s win is the second all-time in the tournament over an AP #1 ranked team.  Their other win was 66-64 over Georgetown in the 1985 National Championship game.  It is the first time that they have played the #1 ranked team in the tournament since that game.  They lost their first four games vs. #1 ranked teams.
  • Villanova is now tied with Louisville for a tournament best 2-0 vs. #1 teams in the RPI.  Their other win over a #1 RPI team was 77-54 over Duke in the 2009 Sweet Sixteen.
  • Villanova is a tournament best 4-0 when playing in the state of Kentucky.
  • Kansas has been ranked #1 in the AP Poll 3 times in their history.  They have never made the Final Four when they have entered the tournament ranked #1.
  • Kansas is the first #1 ranked team to miss the Final Four since Gonzaga in 2013.
  • With the loss, Kansas becomes the 28th #1 Ranked team since 1985 (32 tournaments) that did not win the tournament.  In other words, since 1985, only 4 out of 32 AP #1 teams have won the tournament.
  • Kansas misses the Final Four as a #1 team for a record 9th time.  They have been a #1 seed 12 times, but have only gone to the Final Four 3 out of those 12 times.


Oklahoma - Oregon Elite Eight Tournament Tidbits

  • Oklahoma is in the Final Four for the 5th time and the first time since 2002 when they lost to Indiana 73-64.  They are 2-2 in the National Semifinals all-time.
  • Oklahoma is now 1-1 vs. Oregon.  This is the first time they have played Oregon since the 1939 National Semifinals when they lost 55-37.  It is the longest span between successive games between two teams in tournament history
  • Oklahoma’s coach, Lon Kruger, is in the Final Four with his second school.  He also coached in the Final Four at Florida in 1994.  He is the 15th coach to advance to the Final Four with two different schools.  The 22 years between successive Final Fours with different schools is the longest span in tournament history.
    •          Forddy Anderson (Bradley – 1950, 1954; Michigan State – 1957)
    •          Gene Bartow (Memphis – 1973; UCLA – 1976)
    •          Larry Brown (UCLA – 1980; Kansas – 1986, 1988)
    •          John Calipari (Massachusetts – 1996; Memphis – 2008; Kentucky – 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015)
    •          Hugh Durham (Florida State – 1972; Georgia – 1983)
    •          Jack Gardner (Kansas State – 1948, 1951; Utah – 1961, 1966)
    •          Lou Henson (New Mexico State – 1970; Illinois – 1988)
    •          Bob Huggins (Cincinnati – 1992; West Virginia – 2010)
    •          Frank McGuire (St. John’s – 1952; North Carolina – 1957)
    •          Lute Olson (Iowa – 1980; Arizona – 1988, 1994, 1997, 2001)
    •          Rick Pitino (Providence – 1987; Kentucky – 1993, 1996, 1997; Louisville – 2005, 2012, 2013)
    •          Lee Rose (Charlotte – 1977; Purdue – 1980)
    •          Eddie Sutton (Arkansas – 1978; Oklahoma State – 1995, 2004)
    •          Roy Williams (Kansas – 1991, 1993, 2002, 2003; North Carolina – 2005, 2008, 2009)           
  • Oklahoma’s win is their 7th all-time vs. the Pacific Twelve in the tournament.  Only Kansas has more with 9.
  • Oklahoma’s win is their second all-time vs. a #1 seed.  Their other win was 86-78 over Arizona in the 1988 National Semifinals.  They are now 2-3 vs. #1 seeds.
  • Out of Oklahoma’s 5 Elite Eight wins, 3 of them have been played in the state of California.  They defeated Utah State 50-39 in 1939 in San Francisco and Missouri 81-75 in 2002 in San Jose.
  • Pacific Twelve teams are now 0-6 all-time in the Elite Eight when playing in Anaheim.  5 of the 6 were #1 seeds.
  • Oregon is now 1-5 in Elite Eight games.  They have lost 5 consecutive since they won their first Elite Eight game in 1939.  Only Kansas State has lost most consecutive Elite Eight games which currently stands at 6.  Arizona, Missouri and Temple also currently have 5 game Elite Eight losing streaks.
  • Oregon’s loss was their first in 8 games when playing in the state of California.  They did have a tournament best 7-0 record coming into the game.  Seattle and Wisconsin now have the most wins without a loss at 4.  The best record with a minimum of 5 games is UCLA at 27-1.


Friday, March 25, 2016

Friday Night Tournament Tidbits (Sweet Sixteen Edition)

Here are tournament tidbits from tonight's games:
  • Virginia is in their 6th Elite Eight and their first since 1995 when they lost to Arkansas 68-61.  They are 2-3 all-time in the Elite Eight.
  • Virginia is 8-1 when scoring 80 or more points in the tournament.  Their only loss was 86-85 to Gonzaga in the 2001 First Round.
  • The 84 points is the most ever by a Tony Bennett coached team.  The most points ever scored by his dad (Dick Bennett’s) teams was 66.
  • Iowa State is now 0-4 all-time vs. #1 seeds.
  • Iowa State is 0-5 vs. teams ranked in the Top 4 in the AP Poll in the tournament.  It is tied for the 4th worst record all-time behind Iowa (0-8), Gonzaga (0-7) and Santa Clara (0-6).
  • Iowa State is now tied with Wake Forest for a tournament worst 0-3 on March 25.
  • Notre Dame is in their 7th Elite Eight and their second consecutive.  They lost to Kentucky 68-66 last year.  They are 1-5 all-time in the Elite Eight.
  • It is the third time in school history that Notre Dame has been in the Elite Eight in consecutive years.  They also went in 1953 and 1954 and in 1978 and 1979.
  • Notre Dame is now 4-0 when playing in the state of Pennsylvania.  Only Duke at 6-0 is better.  Ohio State is also 4-0.
  • Wisconsin is now tied with Lafayette, Louisiana State and Massachusetts for a tournament worst 0-3 when playing in the state of Pennsylvania. 
  • Syracuse is in their 10th Elite Eight and their first since 2013 when they defeated Marquette 55-39.  They are 5-4 all-time in the Elite Eight.
  • Syracuse is the first #10 seed to advance to the Elite Eight since Davidson in 2008 and the 10th overall.
  • Notre Dame is the only team to repeat as an Elite Eight team from last year.  It is the first time since 2010 where there have been no multiple repeat teams in the Elite Eight.
  • Gonzaga is tied with Xavier for the most wins without a Final Four with 24.
  • North Carolina is in their 27th Elite Eight and their first since 2012 when they lost to Kansas 80-67.  They are 18-8 all-time in the Elite Eight.  Their 27 Elite Eights is the 2nd most all-time behind Kentucky who has 36.
  • Roy Williams won his 34th tournament game with North Carolina.  It matches the number of tournament wins he had with the coach of Kansas. He is the only coach to win 34 or more tournament games with two different schools.  His 68 wins rank second behind Mike Krzyzewski who has won 90 tournament games.  North Carolina is also the only school with two coaches that have 34 or more tournament wins.  Dean Smith had 65.
  • North Carolina’s win is their 15th all-time vs. the Big Ten.  Only Kentucky has more wins vs. the Big Ten with 16.  Duke also has 15 wins.
  • North Carolina’s win is their 8th all-time vs. a #5 seed tying Kentucky for the most all-time.
  • North Carolina scored 100 or more points in a tournament game for the first time since 2011 when they defeated Long Island-Brooklyn 102-87 in the second round.  It is the first time they have scored 100 or more in a Sweet Sixteen game or later (excluding Third Place games).
  • This is the first year since 2009 in which all 4 #1 seeds are in the Elite Eight.
  • With all higher seeds winning, this is only the second time where there were no upsets in the Sweet Sixteen.  The other time was 2007.
  • The ACC becomes the second conference to have 4 teams in the Elite Eight matching the 2009 Big East.  It is the first time that two games in the Elite Eight will feature a matchup where all four teams are from the same conference.
  • The ACC becomes only the second conference to have 3 or more teams in the Elite Eight in consecutive years.  They had 3 last year with Duke, Louisville and Notre Dame.  The Big 12 had 3 teams in the Elite Eight in 2002 and 2003.