03/27/2008

The Atlantic Coast Conference is now 15-14 vs. the Pacific Ten Conference

North Carolina is in the Elite Eight for 23rd time and the second consecutive year

Roy Williams is in his 8th Elite Eight and his 3rd with North Carolina. 

The last 5 times that North Carolina has been a #1 seed, they have advanced to the Elite Eight.   

The 68 points allowed by Washington State is the most they have allowed in regulation in tournament history (11 games)

Xavier is in the Elite Eight for the 2nd time.  Their other apperance was in 2004 when they lost to Duke 66-63.

Xavier is now 1-1 in overtime games, West Virginia is 1-4 in overtime

The Atlantic Ten Conference is now 7-8 vs. the Big East Conference

Sean Miller is making his first ever Elite Eight appearance

Xavier is the first Atlantic Ten team to advance to the Elite Eight since 2004 when both Xavier and St. Joseph's were in the Elite Eight

UCLA is in the Elite Eight for the 22nd time and the 3rd consecutive year

Ben Howland is in his third Elite Eight - all with UCLA

The Pacific Ten Conference is now 5-0 vs. the Sun Belt Conference

Teams from California are now 8-6 vs. teams from Kentucky

Louisville is in the Elite Eight for the 10th time and for the first time since 2005

Rick Pitino is in the Elite Eight for the 8th time and his 2nd with Louisville

Rick Pitino is 8-0 in the Sweet Sixteen

Rick Pitino becomes only the third coach to advance to the Elite Eight with two different schools in the same conference.  He lead Providence to the Elite Eight in 1987.  The other two coaches were Eddie Hickey (Missouri Valley - Creighton 1941, St. Louis 1952) and Jerry Tarkanian (Big West - Long Beach State 1971 and 1972, UNLV 1987 and 1989 to 1991).

The Big East Conference is now 22-22 vs. the Southeastern Conference

Teams from Kentucky are now 7-3 vs. teams from Tennessee

Tennessee is now is 0-5 in the Sweet Sixteen.  They tie Texas Tech with the worst record in the Sweet Sixteen.

Roy Williams' and Rick Pitino's 8 Elite Eight appearances are now tied for 5th all-time.

Elite Eight Appearances by Coach

Coach Number
Rupp, Adolph 15
Smith, Dean 15
Wooden, John 13
Krzyzewski, Mike 11
Iba, Henry 8
Knight, Bob 8
Olson, Luther 8
Pitino, Rick 8
Williams, Roy 8