Monday, April 5, 2021

National Championship Game Tidbits

Baylor is 20-14 in the NCAA Tournament

Baylor wins their first ever National Championship.  They are 1-1 in National Championship games.

Baylor wins the first National Championship for the Big 12 since Kansas won in 2008

Scott Drew wins his first National Championship

The Big 12 is 2-3 in National Championship games

A #1 seed wins the National Championship for the 4th consecutive tournament

Baylor is 1-1 vs. Gonzaga in the tournament.  They lost to Gonzaga 83-71 in the 2019 Round of 32.

Baylor’s win is their first ever against a #1 seed.  They are 1-3.

Baylor is 1-2 vs. AP #1 ranked teams.

Gonzaga is 39-23 in the NCAA Tournament

Gonzaga is 0-2 in National Championship games

Gonzaga is the 5th team to fail to win the tournament as an unbeaten team since Indiana won in 1976 as the last unbeaten team.  They are the 2nd unbeaten team to lose in the championship game since 1976 and the 3rd overall.  Indiana State (1979) and Ohio State (1961) also lost as unbeaten teams in the championship game.

Gonzaga is 0-9 all-time vs. #1 seeds.  That is tied with Temple for the second worst behind Arkansas who is 0-10.

The WCC is 2-2 in National Championship games

This is the 9th time that two #1 seeds have faced each other in the National Championship game

  • Baylor 86 Gonzaga 70 – 2021
  • North Carolina 71 Gonzaga 65 – 2017
  • Duke 68 Wisconsin 63 – 2015
  • Kansas 75 Memphis 68 – 2008
  • Florida 84 Ohio State 75 – 2007
  • North Carolina 75 Illinois 70 – 2005
  • Connecticut 77 Duke 74 – 1999
  • North Carolina 77 Michigan 71 – 1993
  • North Carolina 63 Georgetown 62 - 1982


Saturday, April 3, 2021

National Semifinal - UCLA vs. Gonzaga Tidbits

Gonzaga is 39-22 in the NCAA Tournament

Gonzaga is in their 1st National Championship Game since 2017 and 2nd overall.  They lost to North Carolina 71-65 in the 2017 National Championship Game.

Baylor vs. Gonzaga will be the 2nd straight Championship Game between two teams that have never won a championship.  The last time before 2019 that both teams were seeking their first title was 1990 (Duke vs. UNLV)

Baylor and Gonzaga will be playing each other for the 2nd straight tournament.  Gonzaga defeated Baylor 83-71 in the 2019 Round of 32.

The championship game between Gonzaga and Baylor will be the 6th time two private schools have met for the title.

  • 2021: Gonzaga vs. Baylor
  • 2010: Duke vs. Butler
  • 1985: Villanova vs. Georgetown
  • 1955: La Salle vs. San Francisco
  • 1954: La Salle vs. Bradley
  • 1942: Stanford vs. Dartmouth

Gonzaga is 2-1 vs. UCLA in the tournament.  UCLA defeated Gonzaga 73-71 in the 2006 Sweet Sixteen and Gonzaga defeated UCLA 74-62 in the 2015 Sweet Sixteen.

Gonzaga is 5-3 vs. the Pac 12

UCLA is 111-43 in the NCAA Tournament 

UCLA is 13-6 in National Semifinals, but has lost 3 straight

UCLA is 12-4 vs. the West Coast Conference

UCLA is 3-7 vs. AP #1 ranked teams.  Their last win over a #1 team in the tournament was against DePaul in 1980 Round of 32.

UCLA is the second team to ever play in 3 overtime games matching Syracuse in 1975



National Semifinal - Houston vs. Baylor Tidbits

Baylor is 19-14 in the NCAA Tournament

Baylor is in the National Championship Game for the 1st time since 1948 and the 2nd time overall.  They lost to Kentucky 58-42 in the 1948 Championship Game.

Scott Drew will be coaching in his first ever championship game.

This is the 5th championship game appearance for the Big 12 and the first time in history that the Big 12 has had back-to-back appearances in the championship game.

  • 2003 - Kansas
  • 2008 - Kansas
  • 2012 - Kansas
  • 2019 - Texas Tech
  • 2021 - Baylor

Baylor's win over #6 Houston is the highest AP ranked team they have defeated in tournament history.  Their previous high was over #10 Arkansas in the Elite Eight.  Before this tournament, they had never defeated an AP Top 15 team.

Baylor is 2-0 vs. teams from Texas in the tournament.  They defeated Sam Houston State 68-59 in the 2010 Round of 64.

Houston is 33-27 in the NCAA Tournament

Houston is 2-4 in National Semifinals.  The loss snaps a 2-game winning streak in this round.

Houston is 2-5 vs. teams from Texas in the tournament

Today's game was the 14th time that two teams from the state of Texas played each other in the tournament.  The 14 intra-state games is 4th behind California (29), Pennsylvania (17) and Kentucky (16).

Year Winner Score Loser Score Round
1956 Southern Methodist 68 Texas Tech 67 Round of 32
1956 Southern Methodist 89 Houston 74 Sweet Sixteen
1961 Texas Tech 69 Houston 67 Regional Third Place
1963 Texas 65 Texas-El Paso 47 Round of 32
1964 Texas-El Paso 68 Texas A&M 62 Round of 32
1965 Southern Methodist 89 Houston 87 Regional Third Place
1967 Houston 83 Southern Methodist 75 Elite Eight
1968 Houston 103 Texas Christian 68 Elite Eight
1969 Texas A&M 81 Trinity, Texas 66 Round of 32
1972 Texas 85 Houston 74 Round of 32
2010 Baylor 68 Sam Houston State 59 Round of 64
2018 Texas Tech 70 Stephen F. Austin 60 Round of 64
2021 Abilene Christian 53 Texas 52 Round of 64
2021 Baylor 78 Houston 59 National Semifinals

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Elite Eight - Tuesday - Tournament Tidbits

Gonzaga is 38-22 in the NCAA Tournament

Gonzaga is in the Final Four for the 1st time since 2017 and the 2nd time overall.  They are 1-0 in the National Semifinals.

Gonzaga has won 3 straight tournament games against the Pac 12

The WCC is 10-23 vs. the Pac 12.  

#1 seeds are 12-5 vs. #6 seeds including 7 straight.  The last #6 seed to defeat a #1 seed was Michigan over Ohio State in the 1992 Elite Eight.

USC is 17-21 in the NCAA Tournament

USC is 0-3 vs. #1 seeds and 0-2 vs. AP #1 ranked teams

USC’s 19-point loss is their largest margin of loss in 21 tournament losses.  Their previous high was 15 vs. Arizona State in the 1961 Sweet Sixteen.

UCLA is 111-42 in the NCAA Tournament

UCLA is in the Final Four for the 1st time since 2008 and the 19th time overall.  They are 13-5 in the National Semifinals.

UCLA is the first Pac 12 team since 2017 to advance to the Final Four when Oregon went.

UCLA is 4-1 vs. Michigan in the tournament.

The Pac 12 is 24-24 vs. the Big Ten in the tournament including 5 straight wins.

UCLA is 5-6 vs. #1 seeds.  The win ends a 3-game losing streak against #1 seeds.

#11 seeds are 4-4 vs. #1 seeds.  The 0.500 winning percentage is the best winning percentage by any seed against #1 seeds.

The seeds in the Final Four are #1, #1, #2 and #11.  That is the second time with that seed combination.  It also happened in 1986.

Michigan is 64-29 in the NCAA Tournament

Michigan is 1-5 vs. the Pac 12 in the tournament



Monday, March 29, 2021

Elite Eight - Monday - Tournament Tidbits

Houston is 33-26 in the NCAA Tournament

Houston is in the Final Four for the 1st time since 1984 and the 6th time overall.  They are 2-3 in the National Semifinals.

Houston is a tournament-best 6-0 in the Elite Eight

Houston is the second AAC team to advance to the Final Four (Connecticut 2014)

Houston is 1-1 vs. Oregon State in the tournament.  They lost to Oregon State 63-60 in the 1966 Sweet Sixteen.

Houston's win is their first against a Pac 12 team.  They are 1-3 vs. the Pac 12 in the tournament.

The AAC is 2-3 vs. the Pac 12 in the tournament.

#2 seeds are 2-0 vs. #12 seeds.  Kelvin Sampson was the winning coach in both games.

Houston is the first team to play four double-digit seeds in the tournament.  With the win, they are the first team to defeat four double-digit seeds.

Kelvin Sampson becomes the 16th coach to take at least 2 different schools to the Final Four

  • Forddy Anderson (Bradley, Michigan State)
  • Gene Bartow (Memphis, UCLA)
  • Larry Brown (Kansas, UCLA)
  • John Calipari (Kentucky, Massachusetts, Memphis)
  • Hugh Durham (Florida State, Georgia)
  • Jack Gardner (Kansas State, Utah)
  • Lou Henson (Illinois, New Mexico State)
  • Bob Huggins (Cincinnati, West Virginia)
  • Lon Kruger (Florida, Oklahoma)
  • Frank McGuire (North Carolina, St. John's)
  • Lute Olson (Arizona, Iowa)
  • Rick Pitino (Kentucky, Louisville, Providence)
  • Lee Rose (Charlotte, Purdue)
  • Kelvin Sampson (Oklahoma, Houston)
  • Eddie Sutton (Arkansas, Oklahoma State)
  • Roy Williams (Kansas, North Carolina)
Oregon State is 15-21 in the NCAA Tournament

Oregon State is 2-6 in the Elite Eight and has lost 3 straight

Oregon State is 0-2 vs. Top 2 seeds

Baylor is 18-14 in the NCAA Tournament

Baylor is in the Final Four for the 1st time since 1950 and the 3rd time overall.  They are 1-1 in the National Semifinals.

A Big 12 team is in the Final Four for the 3rd consecutive tournament.  That is the second time in school history that has happened (2002 - 2004).

Baylor's 71 years between successive Final Fours is the second most in tournament history
  • Oregon - 78 (1939 to 2017)
  • Baylor - 71 (1950 to 2021)
  • Wisconsin - 59 (1941 to 2000)
  • Stanford - 56 (1942 to 1998)
  • Texas - 56 (1947 to 2003)
  • Loyola Chicago - 55 (1963 to 2018)
  • West Virginia - 51 (1959 to 2010)
  • Wichita State - 48 (1965 to 2013)
  • Oklahoma State - 44 (1951 to 1995)
  • Oklahoma - 41 (1947 to 1988)
Baylor's win is their first vs. the SEC.  They are 1-3 vs. the SEC in the tournament.

Big 12 teams are 11-15 vs. SEC teams.  It is the first time that a Big Twelve team has defeated an SEC team in the Elite Eight (in 4 games)

Arkansas is 45-33 in the NCAA Tournament

Arkansas's loss is their first against the Big 12.  They are 2-1 vs. the Big 12 in the tournament.

Arkansas is a tournament-worst 0-10 vs. #1 seeds




Sunday, March 28, 2021

Elite Eight Facts

 Elite Eight Teams by Conference

  • Pac Twelve 3
  • SEC 1
  • American 1
  • Big Ten 1
  • Big Twelve 1
  • West Coast 1
States with Multiple Teams
  • California 2
  • Texas 2
Consecutive Appearances in Elite Eight
  • Gonzaga 2
Last Elite Eight Appearance for Others
  • Michigan 2018
  • Baylor 2012
  • UCLA 2008
  • USC 2001
  • Arkansas 1995
  • Houston 1984
  • Oregon State 1982
Consecutive Elite Eight Appearances by Conference
  • Big Twelve 5
  • Big Ten 3
  • SEC 2
  • West Coast 2
Records in Elite Eight
  • Houston - 1.000 (5-0)
  • UCLA - 0.818 (18-4)
  • Arkansas - 0.667 (6-3)
  • USC - 0.667 (2-1)
  • Michigan - 0.571 (8-6)
  • Baylor - 0.400 (2-3)
  • Oregon State - 0.286 (2-5)
  • Gonzaga - 0.250 (1-3)
Elite Eight Rematches
  • Oregon State 63 Houston 60 - 1966 Sweet Sixteen
  • UCLA 3-1 vs. Michigan
    • UCLA 91 Michigan 80 - 1965 National Championship
    • UCLA 103 Michigan 91 (OT) - 1975 Round of 32
    • Michigan 86 UCLA 84 - 1993 Round of 32
    • UCLA 85 Michigan 82 - 1998 Round of 32

Sweet Sixteen - Sunday - Tournament Tidbits

Gonzaga is 37-22 in the NCAA Tournament

Gonzaga is in the Elite Eight for the 2nd consecutive tournament and the 5th time overall.  They are 1-3 in the Elite Eight.

Gonzaga wins consecutive Sweet Sixteen games for the first time in school history.

Gonzaga has won 5 straight games vs. the Big East and is 6-2 overall

WCC teams are 8-7 vs. the Big East in the tournament

Gonzaga is 3-0 vs. #5 seeds

#1 seeds are 47-9 vs. #5 seeds including 5-0 in Indianapolis

Creighton is 14-23 in the NCAA Tournament

Creighton is 0-4 in the Sweet Sixteen.  Only Texas A&M (0-6) has a worse record in the Sweet Sixteen.

Creighton is tournament-worst 0-9 vs. AP Top 10 teams.

Creighton is a tournament-worst 0-6 on Sundays.

Michigan is 64-28 in the NCAA Tournament

Michigan is in the Elite Eight for the 1st time since 2018 and the 15th time overall.  The are 8-6 in the Elite Eight.

Michigan is 2-0 vs. Florida State in the tournament.  They defeated Florida State 58-54 in the 2018 Elite Eight.

Michigan is a tournament-best 5-0 against teams from Florida.

Michigan has won 3 straight games against the ACC.

Big Ten teams are 40-46 vs. the ACC in the tournament but have won 4 straight and are 9-2 since 2017.

Michigan’s win is the 9th straight by a #1 seed over a #4 seed.  #1 seeds are 54-22 vs. #4 seeds.

Florida State is 23-18 in the NCAA Tournament

Florida State has lost 6 straight games against the Big Ten

For the first time since 2014, there are no ACC teams in the Elite Eight. 

UCLA is 110-42 in the NCAA Tournament.  The 110 wins passes Kansas for 4th most all-time.

UCLA is in the Elite Eight for the first time since 2008 and the 23rd time overall.  They are 18-4 in the Elite Eight.

UCLA snaps a 3-game Sweet Sixteen losing streak

UCLA is 2-0 vs. Alabama.  They also defeated Alabama 62-59 in the 2006 Round of 32. 

UCLA snaps a 5-game tournament losing streak vs. the SEC

Pac 12 is 16-19 vs. the SEC

UCLA is tied with Louisville with a tournament-best 4-0 record against teams from Alabama

UCLA’s win is their 6th as an #11 seed tying VCU and Dayton for the most all-time

UCLA is the 3rd #11 seed to defeat a #2 seed.  #11 seeds are 3-15 vs. #2 seeds.

UCLA snaps a 5-game losing streak vs. #2 seeds.

Pac 12 will have 3 teams in the Elite Eight for the 2nd time in tournament history.  They also had 3 in the Elite Eight in 2001 (Arizona, Stanford, USC)

There are two double-digit seeds in the Elite Eight for the 3rd time in tournament history:

  • 1990 (#10 Texas, #11 Loyola Marymount)
  • 2002 (#10 Kent State, #12 Missouri)
  • 2021 (#11 UCLA, #12 Oregon State)

Alabama is 23-22 in the NCAA Tournament

Alabama is 4-2 vs. the Pac 12 with their only 2 losses to UCLA

Alabama is 1-8 in the Sweet Sixteen including 0-6 as an automatic qualifier

Alabama is a tournament-worst 0-4 vs. #11 seeds

UCLA is 7-2 and Alabama is 1-1 in overtime games.

USC is 17-20 in the NCAA Tournament

USC is in the Elite Eight for the first time since 2001 and the 4th time overall.  They are 2-1 in the Elite Eight.

USC is 2-0 vs. Oregon in the tournament.  They also defeated Oregon 81-79 in the 1961 Round of 32.

#6 seeds are 6-3 vs. #7 seeds

Oregon is 26-16 in the NCAA Tournament

Oregon is 0-3 vs. the Pac 12, but this is their first tournament game as a member of the Pac 12.