04/03/2004

Georgia Tech is making their first Championship Game appearance in school history.

The last time that all four Final Four teams were from different conferences was 1998 with Kentucky (SEC), Utah (WAC), Stanford (Pac-10) and North Carolina (ACC).

Oklahoma State is the only Final Four team to defeat a top three seed in their regional.  They defeated both #3 Pittsburgh and #1 St. Joseph’s.

Every champion since 2000 has defeated at least one Big Twelve team in route to the championship:

Year

Team

Opponent

Opponent Actual

Round

2000

Michigan State

Iowa State

Big Twelve

8

2001

Duke

Missouri

Big Twelve

32

2002

Maryland

Kansas

Big Twelve

4

2003

Syracuse

Oklahoma State

Big Twelve

32

2003

Syracuse

Oklahoma

Big Twelve

8

2003

Syracuse

Texas

Big Twelve

4

2003

Syracuse

Kansas

Big Twelve

2

Connecticut’s smallest margin of victory in the regionals was 16.  The record for a champion since the field expanded to 64 teams is Michigan State with the smallest margin of 11 in 2000.

The last time that Duke defeated a Top 4 Seed in the NCAA Tournament was the 2001 National Championship Game against Arizona.  27 other schools have defeated a Top 4 Seed since then with Kansas having the most victories with 5.  Here are schools with multiple victories over Top 4 Seeds since 2002:

Team

Expr1

Kansas

5

Syracuse

4

Maryland

4

Connecticut

2

Georgia Tech

2

Indiana

2

Oklahoma State

2

Kent

2

Marquette

2

Xavier, Ohio

2

Big East is 8-0 against non-conference opponents in National Semifinal games:

Year

Team

Opponent

Score

Opponent Score

1982

Georgetown

Louisville

50

46

1984

Georgetown

Kentucky

53

40

1985

Villanova

Memphis

52

45

1989

Seton Hall

Duke

95

78

1996

Syracuse

Mississippi State

77

69

1999

Connecticut

Ohio State

64

58

2003

Syracuse

Texas

95

84

2004

Connecticut

Duke

79

78

Since 1985, only 3 AP#1 ranked teams have won the tournament.  They are Duke in 1992 and 2001 and UCLA in 1995.  Here were the rounds that the other #1’s were defeated in:

Year

Team

Opponent

Round

1985

Georgetown

Villanova

National Championship

1986

Duke

Louisville

National Championship

1987

Nevada-Las Vegas

Indiana

National Semifinals

1988

Temple

Duke

Elite Eight

1989

Arizona

Nevada-Las Vegas

Sweet Sixteen

1990

Oklahoma

North Carolina

Second Round

1991

Nevada-Las Vegas

Duke

National Semifinals

1993

Indiana

Kansas

Elite Eight

1994

North Carolina

Boston College

Second Round

1996

Massachusetts

Kentucky

National Semifinals

1997

Kansas

Arizona

Sweet Sixteen

1998

North Carolina

Utah

National Semifinals

1999

Duke

Connecticut

National Championship

2000

Duke

Florida

Sweet Sixteen

2002

Duke

Indiana

Sweet Sixteen

2003

Kentucky

Marquette

Elite Eight

2004

Stanford

Alabama

Second Round

The last coach to win the NCAA Tournament in his first final four was Jim Calhoun in 1999.  Paul Hewitt is in his first final four.

The last coach to win the NCAA Tournament in his first NCAA Tournament was Steve Fisher in 1989.  Here are the coaches that won in their first ever tournament appearance:

Coach

Team

Year

Hobson, Howard

Oregon

1939

McCracken, Branch

Indiana

1940

Foster, Bud

Wisconsin

1941

Dean, Everett

Stanford

1942

Peterson, Vadal

Utah

1944

Iba, Henry

Oklahoma State

1945

Julian, Doggie

Holy Cross

1947

Loeffler, Ken

La Salle

1954

Woolpert, Phil

San Francisco

1955

Taylor, Fred

Ohio State

1960

Jucker, Ed

Cincinnati

1961

Ireland, George

Loyola, Illinois

1963

Fisher, Steve

Michigan

1989

Eddie Sutton has the most NCAA Tournament victories without a National Championship with 37.

John Chaney has the most NCAA Tournament victories without a Final Four with 23.