03/18/2004

Facts about 2004 NCAA Tournament Teams

Largest Margin of Victory by a 12 seed over a 5 seed is 20 by Eastern Michigan over Mississippi State in 2001 with a score of 76-56.  Manhattan’s 15 point victory today is the second largest by a 12 seed vs a 5 seed.

 

Manhattan becomes the first Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference school to win a first round game in 2 different tournaments. (1995 – defeated Oklahoma)

 

The last time that the ACC Tournament Champion lost a first round game was 1993.  Southern defeated Georgia Tech 93-78.

 

Since 2000, only 5 schools have had multiple appearances in the Elite Eight:

 

Round

Team

App

8

Michigan State

3

8

Kansas

2

8

Arizona

2

8

Maryland

2

8

Oklahoma

2

 

Eastern Washington is the only new school in the tournament this year.  That ties 5 other years for the fewest number of new schools:

 

Year

Team

1949

Yale

1965

Vanderbilt

1973

Austin Peay

1978

California State-Fullerton

2002

Florida Atlantic

2004

Eastern Washington

 

There are 19 new coaches in this year’s tournament (see list below).  That is tied for second most all time with 1981.  1997 had 20 new coaches.

 

Stanford and St. Joseph’s enter this year’s tournament with one loss.  Here is what happened to teams with one loss entering the tournament since 1985:

 

Year

W

L

Team

Opponent

Round

1987

4

1

Nevada-Las Vegas

Indiana

Final Four

1988

3

1

Temple

Duke

Elite Eight

1990

1

1

La Salle

Clemson

Second Round

1996

4

1

Massachusetts

Kentucky

Final Four

1996

2

1

Texas Tech

Georgetown

Sweet Sixteen

1997

2

1

Kansas

Arizona

Sweet Sixteen

1998

1

1

Princeton

Michigan State

Second Round

1999

5

1

Duke

Connecticut

National Championship

 

Since 1985, the only year with no double digit seeds in the Sweet Sixteen was 1995.

 

Nevada’s win over Michigan State is their first tournament victory in school history.

 

Duke enters the tournament ranked #6 in the AP Poll.  The other two times that happened (1991 and 1994), they went to the National Championship Game winning it in 1991.

 

The Atlantic Coast Conference breaks a record with the most teams seeded 4 or better with 5 teams.