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.


Thursday, March 23, 2017

Sweet Sixteen Tidbits - Thursday Edition

Oregon is in the Elite Eight for the 2nd straight year and the 7th time overall.

Oregon is 6-1 as a #3 seed.  Only Connecticut has a better winning percentage at 6-0.

Oregon is 3-0 vs. #7 seeds.  Connecticut and North Carolina State at 4-0 have the best records.

Oregon's 69-68 victory is the first time they have ever won a tournament game by 1 point.  They are 1-1 in games decided by 1 point.  They lost to Seton Hall 72-71 in the 2000 Round of 64.

Michigan is 12-2 in the Sweet Sixteen.  They have the 2nd best winning percentage in the Sweet Sixteen all-time (minimum 5 games).  Oregon is 5-1 in the Sweet Sixteen.  They are tied with Oregon State for the 3rd best winning percentage in the Sweet Sixteen all-time.  Only Temple at 7-0 is better than both.

The loss for Michigan ends a 6-game winning streak in the Sweet Sixteen.

Michigan is 1-4 against the Pac 12.  This is the first time they have played a Pac 12 team other than UCLA in the tournament.

Michigan loses to a #3 seed for the first time.  They are 2-1.

The loss is the first time that Michigan has ever lost a tournament by 1 point.  They are 3-1 in games decided by 1 point.  The last time they had a 1-point game in the tournament was when they defeated Seton Hall 80-79 in overtime in the 1989 National Championship Game.

Gonzaga is in the Elite Eight for the first time since 2015 and the 3rd time overall.

Gonzaga is 3-5 in the Sweet Sixteen.

Gonzaga is 2-0 vs. West Virginia.  They also defeated West Virginia 77-54 in the 2012 Round of 64.

Gonzaga's game against West Virginia was their first against a #4 seed.  They have now played all 16 seeds.  The only seed they have never defeated is #1.

Gonzaga's win is their first ever on March 23.  They previously had the worst record on March 23.  They are 1-5.

West Virginia is 3-7 in the Sweet Sixteen.

West Virginia is 1-3 vs. #1 seeds.

Kansas is in the Elite Eight for the 2nd straight year and the 23rd time overall.

Kansas is 21-9 in the Sweet Sixteen.

Kansas is 3-1 vs. Purdue.  The also defeated Purdue 63-60 in the 2012 Round of 32 and 75-61 in the 1997 Round of 32.

Kansas becomes only the second team to defeat teams from the same conference in the Round of 32 and Sweet Sixteen in the same tournament defeating two Big Ten teams (Michigan State and Purdue).  The other was UCLA in 1979 when they defeated Pepperdine and San Francisco from the West Coast Conference.

Kansas is 24-7 playing in Missouri.  The 24 wins is a tournament best.

Kansas is 21-3 on Thursdays.  Only Connecticut (21-2) has a better winning percentage (min. 5 games)

Kansas is only the 7th team to score 90 or more points in their first 3 tournament games.  Here are the other 6 and their final tournament result:


YearTeamResult
1987ProvidenceLost in National Semifinals (Syracuse)
1988OklahomaLost in National Championship (Kansas)
1989MichiganNational Champion
1991ArkansasLost in Elite Eight (Kansas)
1993KansasLost in National Semifinals (North Carolina)
1995ConnecticutLost in Elite Eight (UCLA)

Michigan and Connecticut scored at least 90 in the Elite Eight also.

Purdue is 4-6 in the Sweet Sixteen.

Purdue's 32-point loss is their largest in tournament history (66 games).  Their previous high was 22 points vs. Temple in the 1999 Sweet Sixteen.

The 98 points allowed by Purdue is also the most they have allowed in tournament history.  The previous high was 95 vs. Northeastern in the 1987 Round of 64.  The most they had ever allowed in a Sweet Sixteen game was 78 vs. in 1994 vs. Kansas.

Purdue is 0-6 vs. #1 seeds.  Their average margin of defeat in those 6 games is 14.7 points.

Xavier is in the Elite Eight for the first time since 2008 and the 3rd time overall.

All three of Xavier's Elite Eights have been vs. a #1 seed.

Xavier is 3-5 in the Sweet Sixteen.

Xavier is 1-1 vs. Arizona.  They lost to Arizona 68-60 in the 2015 Sweet Sixteen.

Xavier and Gonzaga are tied with the most tournament wins without a final four with 27.

Arizona is 11-8 in the Sweet Sixteen.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Sweet Sixteen Quick Facts

Appearances by Conference
  • Big Ten 3
  • Big Twelve 3
  • Pac Twelve 3
  • SEC 3
  • Big East 2
  • ACC 1
  • West Coast 1
Consecutive Years with Sweet Sixteen Team - Team
  • Wisconsin 4
  • Gonzaga 3
  • North Carolina 3 
  • Kansas 2
  • Oregon 2
Most Recent Sweet Sixteen for non-repeating teams
  • 1973
    • South Carolina
  • 2010
    • Purdue
  • 2011
    • Butler
  • 2014
    • Baylor
    • Florida
    • Michigan
  • 2015
    • Arizona
    • Kentucky
    • UCLA
    • West Virginia
    • Xavier
Consecutive Years with Sweet Sixteen Team - Conference
  • ACC 38
  • Big Twelve 18
  • Big Ten 11
  • Pac Twelve 5
  • SEC 8
  • Big East 3
  • West Coast 3
Consecutive Years with Sweet Sixteen Team – State
  • Wisconsin 7
  • Indiana 3
  • Kansas 3
  • North Carolina 3
  • Washington 3
  • Florida 2
  • Oregon 2
  • Texas 2
Sweet Sixteen All-Time Records

Team
Wins
Losses
Pct
Michigan 12 1 0.923
Florida 8 2 0.800
Oregon 4 1 0.800
North Carolina 25 7 0.781
Kentucky 32 10 0.762
Kansas 20 9 0.690
Baylor 2 1 0.667
UCLA 21 12 0.636
Arizona 11 7 0.611
Purdue 4 5 0.444
Wisconsin 4 5 0.444
Butler 2 3 0.400
West Virginia 3 6 0.333
Gonzaga 2 5 0.286
Xavier 2 5 0.286
South Carolina 0 3 0.000

Round of 32 Tournament Tidbits - Sunday Edition

Michigan is in the Sweet Sixteen for the first time since 2014.  Michigan is 10-8 in the Round of 32.

Michigan is 1-1 vs. Louisville.  They lost to Louisville 82-76 in the 2013 National Championship Game.

Louisville ends a 6 game winning streak in the Round of 32.  They are 23-8 in the Round of 32.

Louisville's loss is their first ever as a #2 seed.  They are 12-1.

Kentucky is in the Sweet Sixteen for the 3rd time in 4 years.  They are 26-7 in the Round of 32.

Kentucky is 2-0 vs. Wichita State.  They defeated Wichita State 78-76 in the 2014 Round of 32.

Wichita State loses in the Round of 32 for the 2nd consecutive year.  They are now 4-4 in the Round of 32.

Wichita State's loss is their first ever vs. a #2 seed.  They are 3-1.

Kansas is in their 2nd consecutive Sweet Sixteen.  They are 22-12 in the Round of 32.

Kansas is 2-1 vs. Michigan State in the tournament.

Kansas is 10-4 playing in Oklahoma.  The 10 wins is a tournament best.

Michigan State is 17-5 in the Round of 32.

Michigan State misses the Sweet Sixteen for the 2nd straight year for the first time since 2007.

Michigan State is 6-10 vs. #1 seeds.  The 10 losses is tied for the 2nd most with Kentucky behind Louisville who has 11 losses vs. #1 seeds.

North Carolina is in their 3rd consecutive Sweet Sixteen.  They are 29-12 in the Round of 32.
TNorth Carolina is 4-2 vs. Arkansas in the tournament.

North Carolina is 11-5 vs. the SEC.  The 11 wins is tied with Indiana for the most all-time.

North Carolina is 15-1 on March 19.  The 15 wins is the most by any team on any one date.

Arkansas has lost 5 straight Round of 32 games.  Their last three tournament losses have been to North Carolina in the Round of 32.  They are now 10-11 in the Round of 32.

Arkansas is tied with Temple for a tournament-worst 0-9 vs. #1 seeds.

Arkansas loses on March 19 for the first time.  They are 5-1.

Oregon is in their 2nd straight Sweet Sixteen.  They are 6-3 in the Round of 32.

Oregon is 3-0 vs. the Atlantic Ten.

Oregon is 9-1 playing in California.

Oregon defeated Rhode Island 75-72.  That score is the second most common score in tournament history.  It has occurred 13 times.  The most common score is 69-67 which has not occurred since 2010.

Rhode Island is 2-5 in the Round of 32.

Baylor is in the Sweet Sixteen for the first time since 2014.  They are a tournament-best 4-0 in the Round of 32.

Baylor is 3-0 vs. the Pac 12.  Only Florida has more wins without a loss vs. the Pac 12 with 5.

Baylor is 4-0 vs. #11 seeds.  Only Louisville has more wins without a loss vs. #11 seeds with 5.

Southern Cal is 3-5 in the Round of 32.

South Carolina is in the Sweet Sixteen for the first time since 1973.  They are 3-1 in the Round of 32.

South Carolina's win is their first against an ACC team in the tournament.  They are 1-2.

Duke misses the Sweet Sixteen for the first time since 2014.  They are 26-8 in the Round of 32.

Duke is 4-7 vs. the SEC.  Only Marquette has more losses to SEC teams with 9.

This is only the second loss in 12 games for Duke against #7 seeds.  The other was loss was to West Virginia in 2008.

Duke loses on March 19 for the first time.  They are 9-1.

UCLA is in the Sweet Sixteen for the 3rd time in 4 years.  They have won 3 straight Round of 32 games.  They are 20-7 in the Round of 32.

UCLA is 2-1 vs. Cincinnati in the tournament.

UCLA is 29-1 playing in California.  They are 4-0 in Sacramento.

UCLA is 2-0 vs. the AAC.  The 2 wins is tied for the most with Kentucky.

Cincinnati fails to make the Sweet Sixteen in their 5th straight tournament appearance.

Cincinnati is 6-13 in the Round of 32.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Round of 32 Tournament Tidbits - Saturday Edition

West Virginia is in the Sweet Sixteen for the 2nd time in three years.  They are now 10-11 in the Round of 32.

West Virginia's win over Notre Dame is their first ever against a #5 seed.

West Virginia is now 8-6 when playing in New York.  The 8 wins ties Villanova for 5th most.

West Virginia scores 80 or more points in both Round of 64 and Round of 32 in the same tournament for the first time in school history.  This is the 11th time they have played in both rounds.

Notre Dame fails to reach the Sweet Sixteen for the first time since 2014.  They had been to the Elite Eight in the previous two years.

Notre Dame is now 17-12 in the Round of 32.

Notre Dame has never defeated a Big Twelve team in the tournament.  They are 0-2.  Their other loss was 76-58 to Iowa State in the 2013 Round of 64.

Notre Dame is 0-2 as a #4 seed vs. #5 seeds.  Their other loss was 87-84 (OT) to Missouri in 1980.

The loss for Notre Dame is their first in New York.  They are now 3-1.

Notre Dame is now 2-6 on March 18.  The 6 losses is tied with Texas for the most all-time.

Wisconsin is in their 4th straight Sweet Sixteen which is the longest active streak.  They are now 10-6 in the Round of 32.

Wisconsin defeats a #1 seed in the Round of 32 for the second time in tournament history.  They also defeated #1 seed Arizona in 2000.  They join Boston College, North Carolina and UCLA as the only teams to have multiple wins over #1 seeds in the Round of 32.

Wisconsin is now 7-2 as a #8 seed.  The 7 wins is tied for the most Kentucky, North Carolina, UCLA and Villanova.

Villanova becomes the 5th defending champion in the last 8 years that failed to reach the Sweet Sixteen.  Others were Connecticut in 2015, Kentucky in 2013, Connecticut in 2012 and North Carolina in 2010.

Villanova loses in the Round of 32 for the 3rd time in 4 years as a top 2 seed.  They have now lost 4 times as a #1 or #2 seed in the Round of 64.  Only Kansas has more such losses with 6.

All of Villanova’s losses as a #1 or #2 seed are since 2010.  Villanova is now 16-12 in the Round of 32.

Gonzaga is in the Sweet Sixteen for the 3rd consecutive year.  They are now 8-8 in the Round of 32. 

Gonzaga is 6-3 playing in the state of Utah.  The 6 wins is tied with North Carolina for the 4th most.  UCLA (10), UNLV (9) and Arizona (9) are the only ones with more.

Gonzaga is now tied (with Ohio State) for a tournament best 6-0 on March 18.

Northwestern fails to get to the Sweet Sixteen in their first ever tournament.  The only teams to advance to the Sweet Sixteen in their first ever tournament (since 1985) are:

  • Florida Gulf Coast (2013)
  • Florida (1987)
  • Cleveland State (1986)
Xavier is in the Sweet Sixteen for the 2nd time in 3 years.  They are now 8-9 in the Round of 32.

Xavier's win is their first against an ACC Team in the tournament.  They are now 1-4 vs. the ACC.

Xavier wins as the lower seed for the 11th time which is tied for the 4th most all time behind Michigan State (17), Villanova (17) and UCLA (12).

Xavier is now 6-1 in Florida which is tied for the 2nd most all-time behind Florida with 11.

Xavier's 25-point win is their largest in tournament history (52 games).  Their previous high was 19 points against Mississippi in the 2015 Round of 64.

Florida State is now 4-7 in the Round of 32.

Florida State's loss is their first in Florida.  They are now 3-1 playing in their home state.

Florida State's 25-point defeat is their largest margin of defeat in tournament history tied with a 25-point loss to Kentucky in the 1993 Elite Eight.

Butler is in the Sweet Sixteen for the first time since 2011.  They are now 6-5 in the Round of 32.

Butler is now 9-3 on Saturdays.  The .750 winning percentage is the 3rd best (min. 10 games) for tournament games on Saturdays.  Wisconsin (including their win earlier today) is best at 14-3 (.824) and Duke 34-8 (.810) is 2nd.

Middle Tennessee is now a tournament worst 0-6 in the Round of 32.

Arizona is in the Sweet Sixteen for the 4th time in 5 years.  They are now 18-4 in the Round of 32.

Arizona is now 9-2 playing in Utah.  That 9 wins is tied with UNLV for 2nd, one behind UCLA who has 10.

St. Mary's loses in the Round of 32 for the first time.  They are now 1-1.

Florida is in the Sweet Sixteen for the first time since 2014.

Florida has now won 7 straight Round of 32 games.  They are now 11-4 in the Round of 32.

Florida is 2-0 vs. Virginia in the tournament.  They also defeated Virginia 71-45 in the 2012 Round of 64.

Florida's win is their first over an ACC team in the tournament.  They are 1-1 vs. the ACC.

Florida is now 11-2 playing in their home state.  The 11 wins is a tournament best.

Virginia is now 9-6 in the Round of 32.

Virginia's 39 points is their fewest points in tournament history (50 games).  Their previous low was 45 also against Florida in the 2012 Round of 64.

Purdue is in the Sweet Sixteen for the first time since 2010.  They are now 9-13 in the Round of 32.

Purdue is 5-3 vs. the Big Twelve.  Only Kentucky has more wins vs. Big Twelve with 6.

Purdue is now tied with Louisville for the best record playing in Wisconsin at 4-0.

Iowa State is now 5-7 in the Round of 32.





Round of 32 Tournament Tidbits - Summary

Round of 32 Rematches:

  • Florida defeated Virginia 71-45 in the 2012 Round of 64
  • Kansas is 1-1 vs. Michigan State
    • Kansas defeated Michigan State 96-86 (OT) in the 1986 Sweet Sixteen
    • Michigan State defeated Kansas 67-62 in the 2009 Sweet Sixteen
  • Louisville defeated Michigan 82-76 in the 2013 National Championship Game
  • North Carolina is 3-2 vs. Arkansas
    • Arkansas defeated North Carolina 96-73 in the 1990 Sweet Sixteen
    • North Carolina defeated Arkansas 80-74 in the 1993 Sweet Sixteen
    • Arkansas defeated North Carolina 75-68 in the 1995 National Semifinals
    • North Carolina defeated Arkansas 108-77 in the 2008 Round of 32
    • North Carolina defeated Arkansas 87-78 in the 2015 Round of 32
  • Cincinnati is 1-1 vs. UCLA
    • Cincinnati defeated UCLA 72-70 in the 1962 National Semifinals
    • UCLA defeated Cincinnati 105-101 (2OT) in the 2002 Round of 32
  • Kentucky defeated Wichita State 78-76 in the 2014 Round of 32

Teams by Conference:
  • ACC 6 (40% of conference)
  • Big Ten 5 (36%)
  • Big Twelve 4 (40%)
  • Pac Twelve 4 (33%) 
  • SEC 4 (29%) 
  • Big East 3 (30%) 
  • West Coast 2 (20%)
  • Missouri Valley 1 (10%)
  • American 1 (9%)
  • Atlantic Ten 1 (7%)
  • Conference USA 1 (7%)
Consecutive Round of 32 Appearances:
  • Kansas 11
  • Gonzaga 9
  • North Carolina 7
  • Oregon 5
  • Wichita State 5
  • Kentucky 4
  • Villanova 4
  • Virginia 4
  • Wisconsin 4
  • Butler 3
  • Duke 3
  • Notre Dame 3
  • Xavier 3
  • Iowa State 2
  • Middle Tennessee 2
Most recent Round of 32 Appearance for non-repeat teams:
  • Never
    • Northwestern
  • 1974
    • South Carolina
  • 1998
    • Rhode Island
  • 2009
    • Southern California
  • 2010
    • St. Mary's
  • 2012
    • Florida State
    • Purdue
  • 2014
    • Baylor
    • Florida
    • Michigan
  • 2015
    • Arizona
    • Arkansas
    • Cincinnati
    • Louisville
    • Michigan State
    • UCLA
    • West Virginia
All teams seeded #1 through #4 advance to the Round of 32.  This is 5th time that has happened in tournament history (since 1985) and the first time since 2017.  Here are the other years with the number of teams that advanced to the Sweet Sixteen:

Year Sweet 16
1994 11
2000 7
2004 9
2007 11

Round of 32 All-Time Records:

Team Wins Losses Pct
Baylor 3 0 1.000
St. Mary's 1 0 1.000
Arizona 17 4 0.810
Michigan State 17 4 0.810
Duke 26 7 0.788
Kentucky 25 7 0.781
Louisville 23 7 0.767
UCLA 19 7 0.731
Florida 10 4 0.714
North Carolina 28 12 0.700
South Carolina 2 1 0.667
Virginia 9 5 0.643
Kansas 21 12 0.636
Oregon 5 3 0.625
Notre Dame 17 11 0.607
Wisconsin 9 6 0.600
Villanova 16 11 0.593
Wichita State 4 3 0.571
Michigan 9 8 0.529
Arkansas 10 10 0.500
Butler 5 5 0.500
Gonzaga 7 8 0.467
Iowa State 5 6 0.455
West Virginia 9 11 0.450
Xavier 7 9 0.438
Southern California 3 4 0.429
Florida State 4 6 0.400
Purdue 8 13 0.381
Cincinnati 6 12 0.333
Rhode Island 2 4 0.333
Middle Tennessee 0 5 0.000
Northwestern 0 0

Friday, March 17, 2017

First Round Tournament Tidbits - Friday Evening Edition

Kansas is in the Round of 32 for the 11th straight year.  They are now 32-2 in the Round of 64.

Kansas is now 9-4 in the state of Oklahoma.  The 9 wins is the most by any team.

Kansas is 34-10 on Fridays.  The 34 wins is tied for the most wins on Friday with North Carolina.

Kansas scored 100 points in consecutive years in the Round of 64 for the first time in school history.

Duke is in the Round of 32 for the 3rd straight year.  They are now 28-4 in the Round of 64.

Duke is 3-0 in the state of South Carolina.  The 3 wins is the most by any team.

Troy is now 0-2.  Their only other tournament appearance was in 2003 when they lost to Xavier 71-59 in the Round of 64.

Wichita State is in the Round of 32 for the 5th straight year.  They are now 7-4 in the Round of 64.  They have won as a double-digit seed in the Round of 64 for the second consecutive year.

There are multiple teams from the state of Kansas in the Round of 32 for the 8th straight year which is the longest active streak.  North Carolina and Indiana are next with 3 straight years.

Gregg Marshall becomes he first Wichita State coach to win 10 tournament games.

Dayton loses to a double-digit seed in the Round of 64 for the second consecutive year and the 3rd time overall.  They are 0-3 when facing a double-digit seed in the Round of 64.

Other teams that have lost to double-digit seeds in Round of 64 in consecutive years:
  • Arizona - 1992 (14), 1993 (15)
  • Baylor - 2015 (14), 2016 (12)
  • Clemson - 2008 (12), 2009 (10), 2010 (10)
  • Georgetown - 2010 (14), 2011 (11)
  • Indiana - 2000 (11), 2001 (13)
  • Kansas - 2005 (14), 2006 (13)
  • Louisiana State - 1984 (10), 1985 (13)
  • Louisville - 1999 (10), 2000 (10)
  • Maryland - 1996 (10), 1997 (12)
  • Missouri - 1987 (13), 1988 (11)
  • UNLV - 2012 (11),  2013 (12)
  • New Mexico - 2013 (14), 2014 (10)
  • New Mexico State - 1990 (11), 1991 (11)
  • Notre Dame - 2012 (10), 2013 (10)
  • Oregon State - 1989 (11), 1990 (12)
  • Purdue - 1985 (11), 1986 (11)
  • South Carolina - 1997 (15), 1998 (14)
  • Syracuse - 2006 (13), 2007 (12)
  • Vanderbilt - 2010 (13), 2011 (12)
  • Virginia - 1986 (12), 1987 (12)
  • VCU - 2014 (12), 2015 (10)
Cincinnati is in the Round of 32 for the 2nd time in 3 years.  They are now 16-5 in the Round of 64.

Cincinnati is now 3-1 vs. Kansas State in the tournament.

Kansas State loses in the Round of 64 for the third straight time.  They are now 9-7 in the Round of 64.

Michigan State wins as a lower seed for the 17th time.  That ties Villanova for the most wins as lower seed all-time.

Michigan State is in the Round of 32 for the 5th time in 6 years.  They are now 20-7 in the Round of 64.

Miami ends a streak of 3 wins in the Round of 64.  Their last loss in the Round of 64 was in 2002.  They are now 5-3 in the Round of 64.

South Carolina wins their first tournament game since 1973 when they defeated Louisiana-Lafayette in the Regional Third Place Game.

South Carolina's win snaps a 5-game losing streak and is their first ever in the Round of 64.  They are now 1-4 in the Round of 64.

Frank Martin becomes only the second South Carolina coach to win a tournament game.  Frank McGuire coached South Carolina's previous 4 wins.

South Carolina wins on a Friday for the first time in tournament history.  Their previous 4 wins were all on Saturday.

South Carolina's 93 points is the most they have scored in tournament history (14 games).  Their previous high was 90 which was achieved 3 times.

South Carolina's 20 point margin of victory is their largest in tournament history.  Their previous high was 12 when they defeated Villanova 90-78 in the Regional Third Place Game.

Marquette's loss ends a 3 game win streak in the Round of 64.  They are now 9-9 in the Round of 64.

Marquette is 7-9 vs. the SEC.  The 9 losses is the most by any team against the SEC.

UCLA wins their third straight Round of 64 game and are in the Round of 32 for the 3rd time in 4 years.  They are 20-6 in the Round of 64.

UCLA is now 28-1 when playing in California.  The 28 wins is the most all-time.

Kent State loses in the Round of 64 for the third straight time.  They are 2-4 in the Round of 64.

The 97 points allowed by Kent State is the most they have allowed in tournament history (10 games).  Their previous high was 81 vs. Indiana in the 2002 Elite Eight.

Kentucky is in the Round of 32 for the 4th consecutive year.  They have won their last 7 Round of 64 games.  They are now 26-3 in the Round of 64.

Northern Kentucky loses their first tournament game every played.  New teams go 2-3 in their first games.

The average points scored in the Round of 64 was 75.4.  That was the 3rd highest Round of 64 since the field expanded.  Only 1989 (77.9) and 1988 (77.7) had higher Round of 64 averages.

Nine teams scored 90 or more points in the Round of 64.  That is the most since 1993.

There were no overtimes in the Round of 64 for the first time since 2013.

First Round Tournament Tidbits - Friday Afternoon Edition

Michigan wins their 4th straight Round of 64 game and is in the Round of 32 for the 4th time in 5 years.  They are now 15-4 in the Round of 64.

Michigan State is now 2-0 vs. Oklahoma State in the tournament.  They also defeated Oklahoma State 75-72 in the 1992 Sweet Sixteen.

Michigan's win is their first ever as a #7 seed.  They have now won at least one tournament game as every seed from #1 to #11 except #5.  Only Villanova has won games as more seeds (11).

Oklahoma State has now lost in the Round of 64 for the fifth consecutive time.  Their last tournament win was in 2009.  They are now 12-8 in the Round of 64.

Oklahoma State has lost 6 straight overall.  Their longest losing streak before the current one was 3.  The only teams from the 6 power conferences (ACC, Big East, Big 10, Big 12, Pac 12, SEC) that have longer tournament losing streaks are Nebraska and Oregon State with 7.  Oklahoma also lost 6 straight from 1990 to 1998.

Oklahoma State is 0-5 since 2010.  Only New Mexico State (see below) has a worse record this decade.

Oklahoma State's 91 points is the most by the losing team in a non-overtime game in the Round of 64 since UAB defeated Washington 102-100 in 2004.  It is also the most points Oklahoma State has scored in a loss.  Their previous high was 80 in an 82-80 loss to Tulsa in the 1994 Round of 32.

Baylor is in the Round of 32 for the first time since 2014.  They had lost the in the previous two tournaments.  They are now 4-4 in the Round of 64.

Baylor's 91 points is the most they have scored in tournament history (24 games).  Their previous high was 85 vs. Creighton in the 2014 Round of 32.

Baylor has 9 tournament wins since they started being seeded.  Of those 9, 7 have been as a #3 seed.

New Mexico State has now lost 10 straight tournament games which is one less than the record of 11 set by Murray State from 1988 to 2006 and tied by Iona today (see below).  Their last tournament win was in 1993 vs. Nebraska.

New Mexico State is 0-6 since 2010 which is the worst record this decade.

New Mexico State is now a tournament-worst 0-7 when playing as a member of the WAC.

Arkansas wins their 3rd straight Round of 64 game.  They are now 15-6 in the Round of 64

Arkansas's victory is their 21st as a member of the SEC.  It matches the number of tournament wins they had as a member of the SWC.  Kansas is the only other school that has won at least 21 games as a member of two different conferences.

Seton Hall loses their 3rd straight Round of 64 game.  Their last tournament win was in 2004.  They are now 7-4 in the Round of 64.

Oregon is in the Round of 32 for the fifth consecutive year.  They are now 7-4 in the Round of 64.

Oregon's win is their 8th all-time in California.  Only UCLA (27 as of this afternoon) and Arizona (17) have more wins in California.  Oregon is 8-1 when playing in California.

Oregon's 93 points is the most they have scored in tournament history (33 games).  Their previous high was 92 vs. Wake Forest in the 2002 Elite Eight.

Iona's has now lost 11 straight tournament games which ties the record set by Murray State.  Their last tournament win was in 1980 vs. Holy Cross.

Louisville is in the Round of 32 for the 5th straight year.  The are now 20-6 in the Round of 64.

Louisville is now 4-7 on St. Patrick's Day.  The 7 losses is the most all-time.

Louisville is now a tournament best 12-0 as a #2 seed.

Louisville is now 11-2 when playing in Indiana.  The 11 wins is the most all-time.

Jacksonville State loses their first tournament game ever played.  First year teams are now 2-2.

Southern California is in the Round of 32 for the first time since 2009.

Southern Methodist losses in the Round of 64 for the third straight time.  Their last tournament victory was in 1988.

North Carolina is in the Round of 32 for the 7th consecutive year.  They have won their last 15 Round of 64 games.  They are now 29-1 in the Round of 64.

North Carolina is now 13-1 on St. Patrick's Day.  The 13 wins is the most all-time.

North Carolina is now 34-3 on Fridays.  The 34 wins is the most all-time.  Kansas has a chance to tie that mark with a win tonight.

Texas Southern is now 0-7 all-time in the tournament.  Only Eastern Kentucky has more losses without a win with 8.  Belmont, Boise State, Louisiana-Monroe and Nebraska are also 0-7.

Texas Southern's 39-point loss is their largest margin of defeat in tournament history.  Their previous high was 21 vs. Arizona in the 2015 Round of 64.

The 103 points scored by North Carolina are the most Texas Southern has allowed.  The previous high was 93 also vs. Arizona in the 2015 Round of 64.

Rhode Island wins their first tournament game since 1998 when they defeated Valparaiso in the Sweet Sixteen.

Creighton's loss ends a streak of 3 Round of 64 wins.  They are now 6-8 in the Round of 64.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

First Round Tournament Tidbits - Thursday Evening Edition

Xavier is in the Round of 32 for the third consecutive tournament and the 8th time in 11 years.

Xavier is 8-1 in their last 9 Round of 64 games and is now 16-8 all-time.

Xavier's win is their first ever as a #11 seed.  They are now 1-3.

Maryland loses in the Round of 64 for the first time since 1997.  They had won their last 12 Round of 64 games.  They are now 19-3 in the Round of 64.

Maryland is now 2-6 vs. the Big East.  The 6 losses are the most vs. any single conference.

Maryland loses to an #1 seed for the first time.  They are now 5-1.

Villanova is in the Round of 32 for the fourth consecutive tournament.  It is their longest streak since the were in seven straight from 1980-1986.

Jay Wright's victory is his 21st as the coach of Villanova.  It passes Rollie Massimino for the most tournament wins in school history.

Villanova is now a tournament best 4-0 vs. the Northeast Conference.

Mt. St. Mary's is now 0-4 in the Round of 64.  They have been a #16 seed all 4 times.

Purdue is in the Round of 32 for the first time since 2012.  They had lost in the Round of 64 the previous two tournaments.

Purdue is now tied for a tournament best 3-0 vs. the America East Conference.  Connecticut and Duke are also 3-0 vs. the America East.

Purdue is 10-0 vs. teams seeded #13 or worse.

St. Mary's wins a Round of 64 game for only the second time in school history.  Their other victory was over Richmond 80-71 in 2010.  They are now 2-6 in the Round of 64.

St. Mary's is now 2-0 vs. the Atlantic Ten.

St. Mary's win is their first ever as a higher seed.  They were previously 0-2 when seeded higher than their opponent.

VCU has lost in the Round of 64 3 out of the last 4 years.  They are now 9-7 in the Round of 64.

Florida State wins their third straight Round of 64 game.  They won in their last appearance in 2012 and in 2011.  They are now 8-4 in the Round of 64.

This is the 4th time that Florida State has been a #3 seed.  They have won in the Round of 64 each time.  They are 4-0 vs. #14 seeds.

This is the first time that Florida Gulf Coast failed to win a game in the tournament.

Wisconsin is in the Round of 32 for the fourth consecutive year and the 15th time in 18 years.  They are 16-5 overall in the Round of 64.

Virginia Tech loses in the Round of 64 for the first time since 1986.  They won in their last two tournament appearances in 1996 and 2007.

Iowa State is in the Round of 32 for the 5th time in 6 years.  They are 12-6 in Round of 64.  They have won 10 of their last 12 Round of 64 games.

Iowa State is now 3-0 vs. #12 seeds.

Nevada is now 3-4 in the Round of 64.  They had won 3 of their last 4 Round of 64 games before the loss today.

Arizona is in the Round of 32 for the 4th time in 5 years.  They are now 20-11 in the Round of 64.

Arizona is now 8-2 playing in the state of Utah.  Only UCLA (10) and UNLV (9) have more wins in Utah.  All 8 wins have been in Salt Lake City which is the most my any team playing in Salt Lake City.

Arizona's 100 points are the most that they have scored in a tournament game since they defeated Eastern Illinois 101-76 in the 2001 Round of 64.  It is the third time they have scored 100 points in a tournament game.

North Dakota loses their first game ever played in the NCAA Tournament.  New teams are now 2-1 with Northern Kentucky and Jacksonville State playing their first games tomorrow.

There were only 2 upsets today.  The last time that there were 2 or fewer upsets on the first full day of the tournament was 2012.

First Round Tournament Tidbits - Thursday Afternoon Edition

Notre Dame's 60 points were their fewest points in a tournament win since 1987 when they defeated Texas Christian 58-57 in the Round of 32.  They had 13 wins in between the two games.

Notre Dame is in the Round of 32 for the third consecutive tournament for the first time since 2003.

Notre Dame's win is their 7th as a member of the ACC.  It is their most as a member of any conference.  They had 6 as a member of the Big East.  They won 25 tournament games before joining a conference.

Princeton has now lost 5 consecutive tournament games which ties the longest tournament losing streak by Princeton in their history.

Princeton is 2-7 all-time in the tournament in games decided by 1 or 2 points.

Virginia's win is their first ever tournament win over a team from the state of North Carolina.  They previously had lost to North Carolina 78-65 in the 1981 National Semifinals and to North Carolina State 63-62 in the 1983 Elite Eight.

Virginia is in the Round of 32 for the fourth consecutive tournament for the first time since 1984.

Virginia is 6-2 on March 16.  Their six wins is the most on any date.

North Carolina-Wilmington is now 0-3 vs. the ACC.

Butler's win is their 6th consecutive Round of 64 win (non-consecutive tournaments).  They are now 10-4 in the Round of 64.

Butler's 76 points is the most they have scored since the 2010 Round of 64 when they defeated UTEP 77-59.  They had 17 games between the two.

Butler is now a tournament-best 9-0 vs. teams seeded #9 or worse.

Butler is now a tournament-best 5-0 when scoring 75 or more points.

Winthrop is now 1-4 on March 16.  On no other date have they played more than one tournament game.

The 46 points scored by South Dakota State is the fewest that Gonzaga has allowed in tournament history (44 games).  Their previous low points allowed was 49 vs. Valparaiso in the 2004 Round of 64.

Gonzaga is in the Round of 32 for the ninth consecutive tournament.  That is the longest streak in school history.  Their last first round loss was to Davidson 82-76 in 2008.

Gonzaga is now a tournament best 3-0 vs. the Summit League.

West Virginia's 86 points is the most they have scored since the 2005 Round of 32 when they defeated Wake Forest 111-105 in double overtime.  They had 21 games between the two.

Bob Huggins becomes the first coach to win 10 tournament games as a coach of West Virginia.

Florida wins their 5th consecutive Round of 64 game.  However, it is their first appearance in the Round of 32 since 2014 since they missed the tournament in 2015 and 2016.

Florida is now 13-0 vs. teams seeded #13 or worse.  Only Kentucky has a better record at 20-0.

Florida is now 10-2 when playing in their home state.  Their 10 wins is the most wins by any school in the state of Florida.

East Tennessee State loses their 6th consecutive tournament game which is now their longest streak in school history.

Middle Tennessee becomes the second team in tournament history to win as a double-digit seed over teams from the same conference in consecutive years.  The other team to do it was Texas who defeated Michigan in 1996 and Wisconsin in 1997, both years as a #10 seed.

Middle Tennessee is now 4-2 in the Round of 64.  All 4 wins have been as a double-digit seed.  They have won as an 11, 12, 13 and 15 seed.

Minnesota's loses in the Round of 64 for the 5th time in their last 6 tournament appearances.  They are now 5-6 in the Round of 64.

This is the first time that Minnesota has ever lost to a team seeded lower than #10.

Northwestern wins their first tournament game ever played.  With UC-Davis also winning their first tournament game ever played in the First Four, this is the first time since 2001 that two teams won their first tournament game ever played.

With Northwestern's win, the only team that currently resides in one of the major conferences (ACC, Big 10, Big 12, Big East, Pac 12, SEC) that has not won a tournament game is Nebraska.

Vanderbilt is now 5-7 in the Round of 64.

Vanderbilt is 0-5 as a #8 seed or worse.









First Round Tournament Rematches

The following first round opponents have met previously in the NCAA Tournament:
  • Michigan defeated Oklahoma State 75-72 in the 1992 Sweet Sixteen
  • Cincinnati is 2-1 all-time vs. Kansas State in the NCAA Tournament
    • 1958: Kansas State 83 Cincinnati 80 (OT) - Sweet Sixteen
    • 1959: Cincinnati 85 Kansas State 75 - Elite Eight
    • 1961: Cincinnati 69 Kansas State 64 - Elite Eight
  • Maryland defeated Xavier 77-64 in the 2003 Round of 32

Monday, March 13, 2017

Number One Seeds

Kansas and North Carolina repeat as #1 seeds this year.  It is the first time since 2011 that there has been a repeat #1 seed.  Kansas and Duke repeated as #1 seeds that year.

Villanova is a #1 seed for the 3rd time in school history.  The last time they were a #1 seed was in 2015 when they lost to North Carolina State 71-68 in the second round.  They are 4-2 as a #1 seed.  It is the 7th time in 9 years that the Big East has had a #1 seed.

Kansas is a #1 seed for the 13th time in school history.  The last time they were a #1 seed was in 2016 when they lost to Villanova 64-59 in the Elite Eight.  They won the National Championship as a #1 seed in 2008.  They are 32-11 as a #1 seed.  The only Big Twelve teams other than Kansas to get a #1 seed were Texas and Oklahoma in 2003.

North Carolina is a #1 seed for a record 16th time in school history.  The last time they were a #1 seed was in 2016 when they lost to Villanova 77-74 in the National Championship Game.  The won the National Championship as a #1 seed in 1982, 1993, 2005 and 2009.  They are 55-11 as a #1 seed.  The 55 wins is the most all-time.  This is the 4th consecutive year and the 13th out of the last 14 that the ACC has had a #1 seed.

Gonzaga is a #1 seed for the 2nd time in school history.  The last time they were a #1 seed was in 2013 when they lost to Gonzaga 76-70 in the second round.  They are 1-1 as a #1 seed.  They are the only West Coast team to ever be a #1 seed.

Tournament Droughts

Longest Tournament Droughts snapped - years since last tournament appearance

Team

  • New Orleans 21 (1996)
  • Rhode Island 18 (1999)
  • Troy 14 (2003)
  • South Carolina 13 (2004)
  • Nevada 10 (2007)
  • Virginia Tech 10 (2007)
  • Kent State 9 (2008)
  • East Tennessee State 7 (2010)
  • Wake Forest 7 (2010)
  • Winthrop 7 (2010)

Coach
  • Jim Les 9 (2006 - Bradley, 2017 - Cal-Davis)
  • John Becker 5 (2012 & 2017 - Vermont)
  • Leonard Hamilton 5 (2012 & 2017 - Florida State) 
  • Frank Martin 5 (2012 - Kansas State, 2017 - South Carolina)
  • Randy Bennett 4 (2013 & 2017 - St. Mary's)
  • Ray Harper 4 (2013 - Western Kentucky, 2017 - Jacksonville State)
  • Buzz Williams 4 (2013 - Marquette, 2017 - Virginia Tech)

Consecutive Tournament Appearances

Most Consecutive Tournament Appearances

Team
  • Kansas 28 (All-time tournament record)
  • Duke 22
  • Michigan State 20
  • Gonzaga 19
  • Wisconsin 19
  • Cincinnati 7
  • North Carolina 7
  • Virginia Commonwealth 7
  • Iowa State 6
  • Wichita State 6

Coach

  • Mike Krzyzewski 22 (1996-2017 - Duke)
  • Tom Izzo 20 (1998-2017 - Michigan State)
  • Bill Self 19 (1999-2000 - Tulsa; 2001-03 - Illinois; 2004-17 - Kansas)
  • Mark Few 18 (2000-17 - Gonzaga)
  • Mick Cronin 7 (2011-17 - Cincinnati)
  • Roy Williams 7 (2011-17 - North Carolina)
  • Gregg Marshall 6 (2012-17 - Wichita State)
  • Dana Altman 5 (2013-17 - Oregon)
  • Sean Miller 5 (2013-17 - Arizona)
  • Jay Wright 5 (2013-17 - Villanova)

First Tournament

Five Teams will be making their first tournament appearance:

  • Cal-Davis
  • Jacksonville State
  • North Dakota
  • Northern Kentucky
  • Northwestern
The last time 5 or more teams made their first appearance was 2003 when 7 teams were in the tournament for the first time.

Eighteen coaches will be making his first tournament appearance:
  • John Brannen, Northern Kentucky
  • Chris Collins, Northwestern
  • Phil Cunningham, Troy
  • Nathan Davis, Bucknell
  • Steve Forbes, East Tennessee State
  • Mitch Henderson, Princeton
  • Dan Hurley, Rhode Island
  • Tim Jankovich, Southern Methodist
  • Brian Jones, North Dakota
  • Pat Kelsey, Winthrop
  • Eric Musselman, Nevada
  • T.J. Otzelberger, South Dakota State
  • Richard Pitino, Minnesota
  • Rob Senderoff, Kent State
  • Mark Slessinger, New Orleans
  • Paul Weir, New Mexico State
  • Mike White, Florida
  • Steve Wojciechowski, Marquette
The last time 18 or more coaches made their first appearance was 2005.  That year also saw 18 coaches making their first tournament appearance.

Seven coaches that have been in the tournament before will be making their first tournament appearance with their new team:
  • Bryce Drew, Vanderbilt (2013, 2015 - Valparaiso)
  • Ray Harper, Jacksonville State (2012, 2013 - Western Kentucky)
  • Jim Les, Cal-Davis (2006 - Bradley)
  • Danny Manning, Wake Forest (2014 - Tulsa)
  • Frank Martin, South Carolina (2008, 2010-12 - Kansas State)
  • Brad Underwood, Oklahoma State (2014-16 - Stephen F. Austin)
  • Buzz Williams, Virginia Tech (2009-13 - Marquette)