03/13/2007

First Round Rematches
Nevada-Las Vegas defeated Georgia Tech 90-81 in the 1990 National Semifinals
UCLA defeated Weber State 90-58 in the 1972 Sweet Sixteen
Gonzaga defeated Indiana 90-80 in the 2006 Second Round
Kentucky defeated Villanova 85-72 in the 1949 Elite Eight; Villanova defeated Kentucky 80-74 in the 1988 Sweet Sixteen
Boston College defeated Texas Tech 55-53 in the 1985 First Round
Michigan State defeated Marquette 74-69 in the 1959 Sweet Sixteen

Niagara's 77-69 victory over Florida A&M is their first tournament victory in 37 years (79-69 over Penn in 1970).

Niagara's 69 points is tied for the fewest points that Niagara has allowed in 5 tournament games tying the 69 they allowed against Penn in the 1970 Round of 32.

Teams who achieved their highest seed in school history (1st time)

Team Seed Previous Best
Florida 1 2 (2003)
Wisconsin 2 5 (1999, 2003)
Texas A&M 3 6 (1980)
Washington State 3 5 (1980)
Southern Illinois 4 7 (2005)
Butler 5 10 (2001)
Virginia Tech 5 7 (1980, 1986)
Winthrop 11 14 (2000, 2005)
Albany 13 16 (2006)
Wright State 14 16 (1993)
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 15 First Tournament

Since 1979, only 2 schools have never been an 8 seed or lower.  Loyola, Illinois was a 4 seed in their only tournament appearance (1985).  Texas Christian has was a 4 seed in 1987 and a 5 seed in 1998.

Every team in this year's tournament is in the top 171 of the RPI.  That is the best RPI for the lowest rated team since the RPI began in 1994.  The previous best was 188 in 2001.

Most Bids by State
Texas (5)
California (4)
Indiana (4)
Ohio (4)
Virginia (4)
Kentucky (3)
North Carolina (3)
Pennsylvania (3)
Tennessee (3)

Bill Self is coaching his 9th tournament.  Out of the 2007 tournament coaches, he has the most tournament appearances without a final four.

The 2007 tournament coaches have a combined 47 final four appearances.  Mike Krzyzewski has the most with 10.  Rick Pitino, Roy Williams, Lute Olson and Bob Knight have been to 5 final fours each.

The 2007 tournament coaches have a combined 13 national championships.  Mike Krzyzewski and Bob Knight have 3 apiece.  No other coach in this year's tournament has won more than 1.