03/16/2008 (Selection Sunday)

Most Consecutive Tournament Appearances (minimum of 5)
Arizona (24)
Kansas (19)
Kentucky (17)
Duke (13)
Michigan State (11)
Gonzaga (10)
Texas (10)
Wisconsin (10)
Pittsburgh (7)
North Carolina (5)

String of at least 5 Tournament Appearances snappped
Florida (9)
Illinois (8)
Southern Illinois (6)

New Teams (4)
American
Portland State
Texas-Arlington
UMBC

Marquette and Kentucky will be meeting in the NCAA Tournament for a record 10th time.  Marquette is 5-4 vs. Kentucky in the tournament.  San Francisco and UCLA have met 7 times and Kentucky has played Utah 6 times for the second and third most.

Most Consecutive Years with Top 8 seed (at least 5)
Kansas (19)
Duke (13)
Texas (10)
North Carolina (5)

String of at least 5 Top 8 seeds snapped
Kentucky (16)
Florida (9)

Most Consecutive Years with Top 4 seed (at least 3)
Kansas (8)
North Carolina (4)
Memphis (3)
Texas (3)
UCLA (3)

String of at least 3 Top 4 seeds snapped
Florida (3)

There are 4 teams in this year's tournament with at least 30 wins (Kansas, Memphis, North Carolina, UCLA).  This is the second most in tournament history.  In 1986, there were 5 teams with at least 30 wins (Bradley, Duke, Kansas, UNLV, St. John's).

Longest Droughts Snapped
Drake (1971)
California State-Fullerton (1978)
Baylor (1988)
Cornell (1988)
Boise State (1994)
Kansas State (1996)
Mississippi Valley (1997)
Coppin State (1997)
Clemson (1998)

With Ohio State and Florida missing this year's tournament, it is the first time since 1980 that the two teams from that played in the previous National Championship game missed the tournament.

Coppin State becomes the first ever team to enter the tournament with 20 or more losses.  Their record is 16-20.  Mississippi Valley has 15 losses and Georgia has 16 losses.  This is the first time with 3 schools having at least 15 losses.

With Georgia getting a 14 seed, it is the lowest seed ever for a Southeastern Conference team.  Here are the current conferences that have never had a team seeded 14 or lower:
  • Atlantic Coast (Florida State - 12)
  • Big East (Providence, Pittsburgh, Villanova - 12)
  • Big Ten (Illinois - 12)
  • Big Twelve (Oklahoma - 13)
  • Conference USA (UAB - 12)
  • Pacific Ten (California, Oregon State, Stanford, Washington - 12)


Arizona becomes the 6th team since 1985 to have at least 14 losses and still get an at-large bid.  The others were Louisiana State in 1987, Kansas State and Villanova in 1990, Villanova in 1991 and Georgia in 2001.