04/04/2004

This is the first year since 1999 that no conference had 3 teams in the Elite Eight.  The conferences with 3 Elite Eight teams since 2000:

Year

Actual

Round

Teams

2000

Big Ten

8

3

2001

Pacific Ten

8

3

2002

Big Twelve

8

3

2003

Big Twelve

8

3

Two #1 Seeds have met in the National Semifinals 11 times.  The winner of that game is 4-7 in the National Championship Game.

Year

Seed

Team

Score

Opponent Seed

Opponent

Opponent Score

Round

Championship

1983

1

Houston

94

1

Louisville

81

4

Lost

1984

1

Georgetown

53

1

Kentucky

40

4

Won

1985

1

Georgetown

77

1

St. John's, New York

59

4

Lost

1986

1

Duke

71

1

Kansas

67

4

Lost

1987

1

Indiana

97

1

Nevada-Las Vegas

93

4

Won

1988

1

Oklahoma

86

1

Arizona

78

4

Lost

1993

1

Michigan

81

1

Kentucky

78

4

Lost

1996

1

Kentucky

81

1

Massachusetts

74

4

Won

1997

1

Kentucky

78

1

Minnesota

69

4

Lost

1999

1

Duke

68

1

Michigan State

62

4

Lost

2002

1

Maryland

97

1

Kansas

88

4

Won

The top 3 ranked teams in the AP Poll have made it to the Final Four 5 times (Champion in Bold):

Year

1

2

3

1960

Cincinnati

California

Ohio State

1963

Cincinnati

Duke

Loyola, Illinois

1964

UCLA

Michigan

Duke

1966

Kentucky

Duke

Texas-El Paso

1999

Duke

Michigan State

Connecticut

With Georgia Tech’s 9 Losses and Connecticut’s 6 Losses, this year’s championship game is third all-time with the number of combined losses by the two teams in the championship game (Champion in Bold):

Year

Total

Team

Losses

Team

Losses

1954

16

Bradley

12

LaSalle

4

1981

16

Indiana

9

North Carolina

7

2002

15

Indiana

11

Maryland

4

2004

15

Georgia Tech

9

Connecticut

6

1988

14

Kansas

11

Oklahoma

3

1991

14

Duke

7

Kansas

7

2000

14

Florida

7

Michigan State

7

Georgia Tech’s victory in the National Semifinals was the first victory for an ACC Team in San Antonio.  With Duke’s loss, the ACC is now 1-4 in tournament games in San Antonio.