Friday, March 27, 2015

Louisville Elite Eight Facts

Louisville defeated North Carolina State 75-65 to advance to the Elite Eight.

Louisville is in their 14th Elite Eight and their 3rd in 4 years.

Louisville is 10-3 in their 13 previous appearances.  It is the 3rd best winning percentages for teams that have been to at least 10 Elite Eights. Only UCLA (18-4) and Duke (15-4) have are better.
  • Defeated Michigan State 88-81 in 1959
  • Defeated Kansas State 72-65 in 1972
  • Defeated Maryland 96-82 in 1975
  • Defeated Louisiana State 86-66 in 1980
  • Defeated UAB 75-68 in 1982
  • Defeated Kentucky 80-68 in 1983
  • Defeated Auburn 84-76 in 1986
  • Lost to North Carolina 97-74 in 1997
  • Defeated West Virginia 93-85 in 2005
  • Lost to North Carolina 83-73 in 2008
  • Lost to Michigan State 64-52 in 2009
  • Defeated Florida 72-68 in 2012
  • Defeated Duke 85-63 in 2013
Louisville's Elite Eight is Rick Pitino's 12th appearance.  He is 5th all-time and 2nd among active coaches.  It is his 6th Elite Eight with Louisville which is second behind Denny Crum who had 7.

Louisville along with Notre Dame in the Elite Eight marks the first time since 2004 that the ACC has multiple teams in the Elite Eight.  It is the longest drought without multiple teams in the Elite Eight for the ACC since the tournament started allowing more than 1 team per conference in 1976.

It is the 5th consecutive year that a #4 seed has advanced to the Sweet Sixteen.  It ties the longest such streak set from 1988 to 1992.

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