Thursday, March 15, 2018

First Round Tournament Tidbits - Thursday Evening

With Villanova's win over Radford, Villanova is in the Round of 64 for the 5th consecutive year.

Villanova's win is a tournament high 13th in the state of Pennsylvania.  They are now 13-3 in their home state.

Radford is now 0-3 in the Round of 64.

With Kentucky's win over Davidson, Kentucky is in the Round of 32 for the 5th consecutive year.

Kentucky is 2-0 vs. Davidson.  They also defeated Davidson 75-55 in the 1986 Round of 64.

Kentucky is 6-0 vs. the Atlantic Ten Conference.  Only Duke has a better record at 7-0.  Duke plays Rhode Island from the Atlantic Ten on Saturday.

Davidson's RPI is #59.  Kentucky is now a tournament best 27-0 against teams with an RPI of #35 or worse.  The second best record is 6-0 by Washington.

Davidson has now lost their last 4 Round of 64 games.

Texas Tech wins their first tournament game since 2005 when they defeated Gonzaga 71-69 in the Round of 32.

Texas Tech's win is their second over a team from Texas in the tournament.  They defeated Houston 69-67 in the Regional Third Place Game in 1961.

Houston's win over San Diego State is their first tournament win since 1984 when they defeated Southern Methodist 49-47 in the National Semifinals.  Only 31 teams had a longer drought since their last victory.

With Houston's victory, Kelvin Sampson becomes only the second coach to win a tournament game as a coach at Houston.  Previously, Guy Lewis had 26 tournament wins at Houston which was the most by any coach with all of his school's wins.  The most for any school now is Don Haskins who has 14 for UTEP.

San Diego State's loss is their first Round of 64 loss in their last 4 appearances.

San Diego State is now 0-8 vs teams seeded #6 or better.  Only Iona is worse at 0-10.

Alabama wins their first tournament game since 2006 when they defeated Marquette 90-85 in the Round of 64.

Virginia Tech loses in the Round of 64 for the second straight year.

Virginia Tech is 0-2 vs. the SEC.

Buffalo wins their first ever tournament game.

This is the second time Arizona has been the opponent in a team's first tournament win.  The other was Southern Illinois in 1977.

Arizona loses for the 7th time as a higher seed in the Round of 64.  Only Indiana has more losses as a higher seed in the Round of 64 with 8.

The 21-point victory by Buffalo over Arizona was 2 points shy of the largest margin of victory for a #13 vs. a #4 seed.  Navy defeated LSU 78-55 in 1995.

The Pac 12 has no tournament teams in the Round of 32 for the first time since 1986.

With Florida's win over St. Bonaventure, they are in the Round of 32 for the 2nd consecutive year.

Florida has won the last 6 Round of 64 games that they have played.

With Florida's win, the SEC ties its tournament high the most victories on a single date in the tournament with 4.

St. Bonaventure is 0-3 in the Round of 64.

St. Bonaventure is now 0-2 vs. the SEC.

St. Bonaventure is 0-3 on Thursdays.

With Michigan's win over Montana, they are in the Round of 32 for the 3rd consecutive year.

Michigan is a tournament best 7-0 vs. #14 seeds.

Michigan is 3-0 when playing in the state of Kansas.

Montana loses their 4th consecutive Round of 64 game.

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