04/04/2005 (Championship Monday)

North Carolina has now won a title in 4 different decades which ties Kentucky and Indiana for the most.

Illinois is now 0-4 all-time vs. #1 seeds.

Roy Williams passes Jim Boeheim for #7 in tournament wins.  Here is the Top Ten: (active coaches in Bold)

  

Coach

Wins

Losses

1

Krzyzewski, Mike

66

18

2

Smith, Dean

65

27

3

Wooden, John

47

10

4

Olson, Lute

45

26

  

Knight, Bob

45

24

6

Crum, Denny

42

23

7

Williams, Roy

41

15

8

Boeheim, Jim

40

23

9

Sutton, Eddie

39

26

10

Calhoun, Jim

38

16

  

Tarkanian, Jerry

38

18

Illinois becomes the 20th consecutive team to enter the tournament with 1 loss and not win the Championship.

Year

Team

Season Wins

Season Losses

Round Losing

Champ

1976

Marquette

25

1

Elite Eight

No

1976

Nevada-Las Vegas

28

1

Sweet Sixteen

No

1977

Arkansas

26

1

First Round (Round of 32)

No

1977

San Francisco

29

1

First Round (Round of 32)

No

1980

Alcorn State

27

1

Second Round

No

1980

DePaul

26

1

Second Round

No

1981

DePaul

27

1

Second Round

No

1981

Oregon State

26

1

Second Round

No

1982

DePaul

26

1

Second Round

No

1987

Nevada-Las Vegas

33

1

National Semifinals

No

1988

Temple

29

1

Elite Eight

No

1990

La Salle

29

1

Second Round

No

1996

Massachusetts

31

1

National Semifinals

No

1996

Texas Tech

28

1

Sweet Sixteen

No

1997

Kansas

32

1

Sweet Sixteen

No

1998

Princeton

26

1

Second Round

No

1999

Duke

32

1

           Championship Game

No

2004

St. Joseph's, Pennsylvania

27

1

Elite Eight

No

2004

Stanford

29

1

Second Round

No

2005

Illinois

32

1

Championship Game

No

55 teams have entered the tournament with one loss, only 6 have won the championship

Year

Team

Season Wins

Season Losses

1955

San Francisco

23

1

1966

Texas-El Paso

23

1

1968

UCLA

25

1

1969

UCLA

25

1

1971

UCLA

25

1

1974

North Carolina State

26

1

With Roy Williams winning the championship, Eddie Sutton now has the most victories without winning a national championship.

Coach

Wins

Losses

Sutton, Eddie

39

26

Lewis, Guy

26

18

Chaney, John

23

17

Huggins, Bob

20

15

Henson, Lou

19

20

Keady, Gene

19

18

Majerus, Rick

18

11

Davis, Tom

18

11

Tubbs, Billy

18

12

Carnesecca, Lou

17

20

Phelps, Digger

17

17

  Facts before today’s game:

Illinois’ victory over Louisville marked the first time they have ever defeated the same school more than once in the NCAA Tournament.  Illinois’ first 36 tournament victories were against different schools.  Purdue now holds the record for most victories without ever defeating the same school twice with 27.

This is the third time in the last 5 years that Illinois has faced a team from North Carolina in the tournament.  They defeated Charlotte 79-61 in the Second Round in 2001 and lost to Duke 72-62 in the Sweet Sixteen last year.

This is the third time in the last 5 years that Roy Williams has faced Illinois in the tournament.  As the coach of Kansas, he lost to them 80-64 in the Sweet Sixteen in 2001 and defeated them the next year in the Sweet Sixteen 73-69.

The Atlantic Coast Conference is 3-1 vs. the Big Ten Conference in National Championship games.

Year

Champion

Runner-Up

Score

1981

Indiana

North Carolina

63

50

1992

Duke

Michigan

71

51

1993

North Carolina

Michigan

77

71

2002

Maryland

Indiana

64

52

Roy Williams becomes the 3rd Coach to coach in the National Championship game for 2 different schools.  He coached Kansas in the 1991 and 2003 National Championship Games.  The other 2 coaches were:

  • Larry Brown (UCLA – 1980 and Kansas – 1988)
  • Frank McGuire (St. John’s – 1952 and North Carolina – 1957)

  

Roy Williams becomes the 1st coach to coach 2 different schools in the National Championship game in 2 different decades.

There have been 12 different schools in the National Championship game in the past 6 tournaments.  That is the longest stretch of games in NCAA Tournament history in which every championship game had different teams.

Year

Team

Opponent

2000

Michigan State

Florida

2001

Duke

Arizona

2002

Maryland

Indiana

2003

Syracuse

Kansas

2004

Connecticut

Georgia Tech

2005

Illinois

North Carolina

Tonight will have the 6th different champion in the past 6 seasons.  The longest stretch in which every champion was a different school was 1982-1991.

Year

Team

1982

North Carolina

1983

North Carolina State

1984

Georgetown

1985

Villanova

1986

Louisville

1987

Indiana

1988

Kansas

1989

Michigan

1990

Nevada-Las Vegas

1991

Duke