Connecticut 72 Miami, Florida 59
Connecticut is in their 5th National Championship Game and their first since 2014.
Connecticut is 5-1 in National Semifinal Games.
Big East teams have a 7-game winning streak in National Championship Games.
Connecticut has been a different seed in all 5 Championship Game appearances. The 5 different seeds is the most all-time.
- #1 - 1999
- #2 - 2004
- #3 - 2011
- #4 - 2023
- #7 - 2014
Connecticut is tournament-best 41-15 (.732 winning pct) all-time when seeded other than a #1 seed.
Connecticut is the first Big East team in the National Championship Game since 2018 when Villanova defeated Michigan.
Connecticut is the 2nd #4 seed to play in the National Championship Game (1997 Arizona)
Connecticut has won 6 straight games against #5 seeds. They have defeated two #5 seeds in this tournament and will face another #5 seed in the National Championship Game.
All of the previous teams that won all their games by double digits were #1 seeds. Connecticut (#4 seed) is the first to do it without a #1 seed.
Connecticut has won 7 straight tournament games played in the state of Texas. Three of their National Championships were won in Texas (2004, 2011, 2014)
Connecticut becomes the 6th team to advance to the National Championship Game by winning all five of their tournament games by double digits. The others are:
- 2000 Michigan State
- 2001 Duke
- 2009 North Carolina
- 2016 North Carolina
- 2018 Villanova
All but 2016 North Carolina won the National Championship by Double Digits. 2016 North Carolina lost the Championship Game to Villanova.
Connecticut's margin of victory in their first five games is 103. It is the 5th largest margin of victory in tournament history:
- 1999 Duke - 126
- 2016 Villanova - 121
- 1996 Kentucky - 120
- 2009 North Carolina - 104
- 2023 Connecticut - 103
- 2021 Gonzaga - 99
Miami's loss is the first one for an ACC team in the National Semifinals against a non-conference team since 2008 when North Carolina lost to Kansas. It ends a 5-game winning streak by ACC teams in National Semifinal games.
Miami is 0-3 vs. the Big East all-time in the tournament.
San Diego State 72 Florida Atlantic 71
San Diego State is in their first National Championship Game.
San Diego State is the first Mountain West team to ever play in the National Championship Game
San Diego State is the 4th #5 seed to play in a National Championship Game (2000 Florida, 2002 Indiana, 2010 Butler)
Mountain West is 2-1 vs. Conference USA in tournament:
- 2023 - National Semifinals - San Diego State 72 Florida Atlantic 71
- 2001 - First Round - Utah 48 Saint Louis 45
- 2000 - First Round - Cincinnati 84 Brigham Young 59
San Diego State and Florida Atlantic is the first matchup of first-time Final Four teams since 2017 when Gonzaga and South Carolina faced each other. Here are matchups when both teams were making first final four appearance:
- 2023 - San Diego State 72 Florida Atlantic 71
- 2017 - Gonzaga 77 South Carolina 73
- 1973 - Memphis 98 Providence 85
- 1970 - Jacksonville 91 St. Bonaventure 83
- 1963 - Loyola Chicago 94 Duke 75
- 1959 - West Virginia 94 Louisville 79
- 1954 - La Salle 69 Penn State 54
- 1948 - Baylor 60 Kansas State 52
- 1947 - Holy Cross 60 CCNY 45
- 1944 - Utah 40 Iowa State 31
- 1939 to 1943 - All Teams were in first Final Four
San Diego State is 2-1 vs. #9 seeds. They lost to #9 seed Creighton in 2022 First Round.
San Diego State has won 4 straight Saturday games in the tournament.
San Diego State has won 2 straight games by 1 point. They never had a 1-point game in tournament history before that.
#9 seeds are now 0-3 in National Semifinal games
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