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.

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