Friday, March 22, 2019

First Round Tournament Tidbits - Friday Afternoon

Iowa's win over Cincinnati is the 4th consecutive for a Big Ten team vs. the American.  The Big Ten is now 4-2 vs. the American.

Three #10 seeds won Round of 64 games vs. #7 seeds.  It is the first time since 2010 and the 5th time overall that at least 3 #10 seeds have won first round games.

Oklahoma becomes the first Big Twelve school to win two tournament games over SEC opponents in tournament history.  They also defeated Texas A&M 77-63 in 2016 Sweet Sixteen.

With Iowa's win, the Big Ten sends 6 teams to the Round of 32 for the third time in tournament history.  They have never had 7 teams in the Round of 32.

UC-Irvine wins their first ever tournament game in the 2nd tournament.  They previously lost to Louisville 57-55 in the 2015 Round of 64.

UC-Irvine's win is the first in the Round of 64 for the Big West since Hawaii defeated California 77-66 in 2016.

The Big Twelve loses to a Big West team for the first time in tournament history.  It was the first time that a team other than Kansas faced a Big West opponent.

With the win, Tennessee is now tied with Alabama and Arkansas for the 4th most tournament wins by an SEC team with 21.  Only Kentucky (129), Florida (47) and LSU (25) have won more.

Buffalo wins a first round game for the second consecutive year.  Both wins are against Arizona schools from the Pacific Twelve.  They defeated Arizona 89-68 last year and Arizona State xx-xx this year.

Buffalo is the only team without a #1 seed to win Round of 64 games each of the last two years by 15 or more points.

Wisconsin snaps a 4-game winning streak in the Round of 64.  Their last loss in the first round was to Mississippi 57-46 in 2013.  They are now 16-6 in the Round of 64.

Wisconsin is now 1-3 as a #5 seed in the Round of 64.

Oregon has won 6 consecutive Round of 64 games.  They are 8-4 in the Round of 64.

Oregon is now 2-0 as a #12 seed in the Round of 64.

With #12 Oregon and #13 UC-Irvine both winning and playing each other in the Round of 32, we are guaranteed to have a double-digit seed in the Sweet Sixteen for the 12th consecutive year.

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