New Coaches (14)

Jim Boylen, Utah

Kevin Broadus, Binghamton

Keith Dambrot, Akron

Brad Greenberg, Radford

Dino Guadio, Wake Forest

Lewis Jackson, Alabama State

Ben Jacobson, Northern Iowa

Danny Kaspar, Stephen F. Austin

Ken McDonald, Western Kentucky

Russ Pennell, Arizona

Saul Phillips, North Dakota State

Mike Rice, Robert Morris

Donnie Tyndall, Morehead State

Buzz Williams, Marquette


Ken McDonald is the 9th coach to make his tournament debut with Western Kentucky.  That is a tournament record.  Five schools are tied for second with 7.


Ken McDonald is the 10th coach to coach for Western Kentucky in the tournament which is a tournament record breaking a tie with UCLA.


Out of the new teams in this year’s tournament, only Todd Bozeman of Morgan State has coached in the tournament before.


John Beilein and Tubby Smith are both coaching their 4th different school in this year’s tournament.  That now makes 7 coaches who have coached 4 different schools.  They join Lefty Driesell, Jim Harrick, Lon Kruger, Rick Pitino and Eddie Sutton as coaches who have accomplished this feat.


Ten other coaches are coaching their current team in the tournament for the first time.  (Previous teams coached in parenthesis)

Mike Anderson, Missouri (UAB 2004 - 2006)

John Beilein, Michigan (Canisius 1996, Richmond 1998, West Virginia 2005, 2006)

Todd Bozeman, Morgan State (California 1993, 1994, 1996)

Travis Ford, Oklahoma State (Eastern Kentucky 2005)

Leonard Hamilton, Florida State (Miami, Fla 1998 - 2000)

Trent Johnson, Louisiana State (Nevada 2004, Stanford 2005, 2007, 2008)

Mike Montgomery, California (Stanford 1989, 1992, 1995 - 2004)

Herb Sendek, Arizona State (Miami, Ohio 1995, North Carolina State 2002 - 2006)

Tubby Smith, Minnesota (Tulsa 1994, 1995, Georgia 1996, 1997, Kentucky 1998-2007)

Gary Waters, Cleveland State (Kent State 1999, 2001)


Consecutive At-Large Bids

Texas (11)

Michigan State (9)

Arizona (7)

Villanova (5)

Marquette (4)

Tennessee (4)

Texas A&M (4)

Brigham Young (3)

Xavier (3)


With Texas getting their 11th consecutive at-large bid, it breaks a record for most consecutive at-large bids.  The teams that were tied with Texas for 10 are:


       Indiana 1994-2003

       Maryland 1994-2003

       LSU 1984-1993

       Marquette 1971-1980


Consecutive Automatic Bids

Memphis (4)

American (2)

Cornell (2)

Portland State (2)

Siena (2)

Temple (2)

Western Kentucky (2)


Consecutive Years with Tournament bid AND at least 20 regular season wins

Kansas (20)

Duke (13)

Gonzaga (11)

Texas (10)

Pittsburgh (8)

Michigan State (5)

North Carolina (5)

Villanova (5)

Marquette (4)

Memphis (4)

Tennessee (4)

Texas A&M (4)

UCLA (4)

Xavier (4)


Consecutive Years with Tournament bid AND at least 10 regular season losses

Arizona (4)

Southern California (3)

Mississippi State (2)

Temple (2)

West Virginia (2)


The record for most consecutive bids with at least 10 regular season losses is 5.  The teams that have achieved this feat are:

       Auburn from 1984 to 1988

       Indiana from 1995 to 1999