03/17/2008

New Coaches (16)
Ken Bone - Portland State
Milan Brown - Mt. St. Mary's, Maryland
Bob Burton - California State-Fullerton
Scott Cross - Texas-Arlington
Dan Dakich - Indiana
Keno Davis - Drake
Steve Donahue - Cornell
Scott Drew - Baylor
Greg Graham - Boise State
James Green - Mississippi Valley
Bill Grier - San Diego
Frank Haith - Miami, Florida
Darrin Horn - Western Kentucky
Frank Martin - Kansas State
Randy Monroe - UMBC
Brad Stevens - Butler

Darrin Horn becomes the 8th coach at to make his tournament debut when coaching Western Kentucky.  That is a tournament record.  Frank Martin is the 7th coach to coach in the tournament with Kansas State.  All 7 made their tournament debuts while coaching Kansas State.

Darrin Horn is the 9th coach to coach Western Kentucky in the tournament.  That ties UCLA for the most.

Twelve other coaches are coaching their current team in the tournament for the first time.  (Previous teams coached in parenthesis)
Jeff Capel - Oklahoma (North Carolina A&T, Old Dominion)
Fran Dunphy - Temple (Pennsylvania)
Dennis Felton - Georgia (Western Kentucky)
Billy Gillespie - Kentucky (Texas-El Paso, Texas A&M)
Bob Huggins - West Virginia (Akron, Cincinnati)
Jeff Jones - American (Virginia)
Fran McCaffery - Siena (Lehigh, North Carolina-Greensboro)
Kevin O'Neill - Arizona (Marquette)
Randy Peele - Winthrop (North Carolina-Greensboro)
John Pelphrey - Arkansas (South Alabama)
Oliver Purnell - Clemson (Old Dominion, Dayton)
Mark Turgeon - Texas A&M (Wichita State)

Most Consecutive Years having at least one team from a state in the Tournament
California (59)
Kentucky (45)
New York (36)
North Carolina (35)
Pennsylvania (32)
Texas (31)
Ohio (27)
Oklahoma (27)
Kansas (25)
Arizona (24)
Utah (14)
South Carolina (13)
Florida (11)
Michigan (11)

Washington (11)
Wisconsin (10)

Most Consecutive Years having at least two teams from a state in the Tournament
North Carolina (32)
California (22)
Kentucky (17)
Ohio (12)
New York (11)
Pennsylvania (10)
Texas (7)
Washington (5)

Illinois snaps a streak of 8 years with at least 2 teams in the tournament.  They have no teams in the tournament this year.

Consecutive At-Large Bids
Texas (10)
Michigan State (8)
Arizona (6)
Kentucky (4)
Villanova (4)

Consecutive Automatic Bids
Winthrop (4)
Belmont (3)
Davidson (3)
Kansas (3)
Memphis (3)
Oral Roberts (3)


Consecutive Years with tournament bid AND at least 20 regular season wins
Kansas (19)
Duke (12)
Gonzaga (10)
Texas (9)
Pittsburgh (7)
Michigan State (4)
North Carolina (4)
Villanova (4)
Winthrop (4)

Consecutive Years with tournament bid AND at least 10 regular season losses
Arizona (3)
Kentucky (3)
Arkansas (2)
Southern California (2)
Villanova (2)