Saturday, March 30, 2024

Elite Eight Tidbits - Saturday

#4 Alabama 89 #6 Clemson 82

Alabama is in the Final Four for the first time in school history.

Alabama is the first SEC team in the Final Four since Auburn in 2019.

Alabama is the ninth SEC school to advance to the Final Four.

Alabama is the 2nd straight #4 seed to advance to the Final Four (and 16th overall).  Connecticut was a #4 seed last year when they won the National Championship.

Alabama has 8 tournament wins this decade.

Clemson is 0-2 in the Elite Eight.

Clemson loses a tournament game in the state of California for the first time (in four games).

Clemson is 0-8 in the tournament when allowing 80 or more points.

This is the 5th time that a #4 seed has played a #6 team in the Elite Eight.  #4 seeds are 3-2 and have won the last 3 gams.

#1 Connecticut 77 #3 Illinois 52

Connecticut is in the Final Four for the 2nd consecutive tournament, and the 7th time overall.

Connecticut becomes the first defending champion to advance to the Final Four since Florida in 2007.

Connecticut is in back-to-back Final Fours for the first time in school history.

Connecticut has been a #1 seed six times and advanced to the Final Four in three of those tournaments (1999, 2009, 2024)

The Big East has a team in the Final Four for the 3rd straight tournament.

Connecticut wins their 5th straight Elite Eight game.

Connecticut wins their 10th tournament game of the decade, which is 3rd most behind Gonzaga (12) and Houston (11).

Connecticut is 4-0 vs. teams from the state of Illinois (including 2 during this year's tournament).

Connecticut has won 6 straight games vs. #3 seeds.

Connecticut's margin of victory in its first tournament games was 111 points, the fourth-most all-time for a Final Four team for the first four games.

  • 1993 Kentucky - 124 
  • 1999 Duke - 120
  • 1996 Kentucky - 113
  • 2024 Connecticut - 111

Illinois is 0-6 vs. #1 seeds, tied with Notre Dame and Xavier for fourth worst. Only Gonzaga (0-10), Temple (0-9), and Purdue (0-7) have worse records against #1 seeds.

Illinois is 0-3 vs. the AP #1 ranked team.  Their previous two losses were vs. Kentucky in 1949 and 1951.

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