03/15/2009 (Selection Sunday)

Most Consecutive Tournament Appearances (minimum of 5)
Arizona (25)
Kansas (20)
Duke (14)
Michigan State (12)
Gonzaga (11)
Texas (11)
Wisconsin (11)
Pittsburgh (8)
North Carolina (6)
UCLA (5)
Villanova (5)

String of at least 5 tournament appearances snapped
Kentucky (17)

New Teams (4)
Binghamton
Morgan State
North Dakota State
Stephen F. Austin

Most Consecutive Years with Top 8 Seed (at least 5)
Kansas (20)
Duke (14)
Texas (11)
North Carolina (6)

String of at least 5 Top 8 Seeds snapped
None

Most Consecutive Years with Top 4 Seed (at least 3)
Kansas (9)
North Carolina (5)
Memphis (4)
Pittsburgh (3)

String of at least 5 Top 4 Seeds snapped
Texas (3)
UCLA (3)

Longest Droughts Snapped (Top Ten)
Morehead State (1984)
Akron (1986)
Cleveland State (1986)
Robert Morris (1992)
Florida State (1998)
Michigan (1998)
Radford (1998)
Cal State-Northridge (2001)
Arizona State (2003)
Missouri (2003)

North Dakota State is the first school from North Dakota to play in the NCAA Division I Tournament.  That leaves the following states that have never had a participant:
  • Alaska
  • Maine
  • South Dakota
Arizona, Maryland and Michigan received at-large bids with 13 losses.  This ties a record for the most at-large teams with at least 13 losses.  The only other time 3 teams had at least 13 was in 1986 when Maryland, Missouri and Villanova each had 13 losses.

The Southeastern Conference only has 3 teams in the tournament for the first time since 1990 when Alabama, Georgia and Louisiana State went to the tournament.

With Connecticut, Louisville and Pittsburgh each getting a #1 seed, it is the first time that 3 teams from one conference have been seeded #1.  Here are the times when a conference has had 3 teams with a single seed:
  • 1986 Sun Belt (#8) - Jacksonville, Old Dominion, Western Kentucky
  • 1987 Southeastern (#8) - Auburn, Georgia, Kentucky
  • 1991 Big Eight (#3) - Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma State
  • 1997 Big Ten (#8) - Indiana, Iowa, Purdue
  • 2009 Big East (#1) - Connecticut, Louisville, Pittsburgh