03/26/2009

Sweet Sixteen Quick Facts (coming into today's games)

Breakdown of this year's Sweet Sixteen teams

Team Number of Sweet Sixteen Appearances Last Sweet Sixteen Appearance Consecutive Sweet Sixteen Record Elite Eight Record National Semifinal Record National Championship Record
Louisville 24 2008 2 10-13 8-2 2-6 2-0
Arizona 14 2005 -- 8-5 4-4 2-2 1-1
Kansas 25 2008 3 17-7 13-6 8-5 3-5
Michigan State 14 2008 2 9-4 6-3 2-4 2-0
Connecticut 16 2006 -- 8-7 2-6 2-0 2-0
Purdue 8 2000 -- 4-3 2-2 1-1 0-1
Missouri 7 2002 -- 3-3 0-4 --- ---
Memphis 11 2008 4 6-4 3-3 2-1 0-2
Pittsburgh 7 2007 -- 1-5 1-1 0-1 ---
Xavier 4 2008 2 2-1 0-2 --- ---
Villanova 16 2008 2 9-6 3-8 2-1 1-1
Duke 24 2006 -- 17-6 14-3 9-5 3-6
North Carolina 28 2008 3 21-6 17-6 8-9 4-4
Gonzaga 5 2006 -- 1-3 0-1 --- ---
Syracuse 18 2004 -- 7-10 4-3 3-1 1-2
Oklahoma 9 2003 -- 4-4 4-3 2-2 0-2

Sweet Sixteen Rematches

  • Arizona defeated Louisville 82-70 in the 1994 Sweet Sixteen
  • Kansas defeated Michigan State 96-86 in the 1986 Sweet Sixteen
  • Duke is 2-1 vs. Villanova (Villanova won 74-73 in 1955 First Round, Duke won 87-73 in 1964 Sweet Sixteen and 90-72 in 1978 Elite Eight)
  • Syracuse defeated Oklahoma 63-47 in the 2003 Elite Eight
Sweet Sixteens by Conference
Big East 5
Big Twelve 3
Atlantic Coast 2
Big Ten 2
Atlantic Ten 1
Conference USA 1
Pacific Ten 1
West Coast 1

Sweet Sixteens by Conference this Decade
Big East 29
Big Twelve 23
Atlantic Coast 20
Pacific Ten 20
Big Ten 19
Southeastern 17
Conference USA 8
Atlantic Ten 5
Missouri Valley 4
West Coast 4
Horizon League 3
Mountain West 2
Western Athletic 2
Colonial 1
Mid American 1
Southern 1
Sun Belt 1

Facts based on today's games:
Connecticut is in their 9th Elite Eight and first since 2006.

Jim Calhoun is in his 8th Elite Eight - all with Connecticut.

The Purdue-Connecticut game was the first tournament game ever played in Glendale, Arizona.

Connecticut is now 4-1 vs. teams from the Big Ten Conference.  The loss was in the 1992 second round against Ohio State.

Connecticut is now 18-2 in years they are in the West Regional.

Connecticut is now 5-0 when playing in the state of Arizona.

Connecticut is now 16-1 on Thursdays.  The loss was in the 1976 Sweet Sixteen against Rutgers.

This was Purdue's first loss against a team from the Big East Conference.  The are now 2-1 vs. the Big East.

Purdue is 2-1 when playing in the state of Arizona.

Pittsburgh is in their 3rd Elite Eight and first since 1974.

Jamie Dixon is in his first Elite Eight.

Pittsburgh's win over #4 Xavier is the highest seeded team they have ever defeated.  The previous high was #6 (2002 vs. California in the second round and 2004 vs. Wisconsin in the second round).

Pittsburgh is now 3-0 when playing in the state of Massachusetts.

Xavier is now 2-4 when playing teams from the Big East Conference.

Missouri is in their 5th Elite Eight and first since 2002.

Mike Anderson is in his first Elite Eight.

Missouri is now 1-1 vs. teams from Conference USA.

Missouri is now 3-0 when scoring 100 or more points.

Memphis' loss ends a string of 3 consecutive Elite Eight appearances.

Memphis is now 2-3 vs. teams from the Big Twelve Conference.

Memphis is now 0-2 when playing in the state of Arizona.

Missouri's 102 points is the most that Memphis has allowed in 54 tournament games.  The previous high was 100 against Purdue in the 1988 second round.

Villanova is in their 12th Elite Eight and first since 2006.

Jay Wright is in his second Elite Eight - both with Villanova.

Villanova is now 2-2 vs. Duke.

Jay Wright becomes the 3rd Villanova coach to win at least 10 tournament games for Villanova.  Rollie Massimino(20) and Jack Kraft(11) are the other two.  Only Kansas, Kentucky and UCLA have had at least 3 coaches win at least 10 tournament games.  Each of those schools have had 4 coaches accomplish that task.
  • Kansas (Roy Williams - 34, Bill Self - 14, Larry Brown - 14, Phog Allen - 14)
  • Kentucky (Adolph Ruff - 30, Tubby Smith - 23, Rick Pitino - 22, Joe Hall - 20)
  • UCLA (John Wooden - 47, Ben Howland - 14, Jim Harrick - 13, Steve Lavin - 11)
Villanova is now 6-8 vs. teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference.

With Villanova's 23 point win over Duke and 20 point victory over UCLA, Villanova has consecutive 20 point victories for the first time in tournament history.

Duke is now 9-7 vs. teams from the Big East Conference.

Duke's loss is their first on March 26 on which they are now 5-1.  Before the loss, they had the best record on March 26.

Duke has defeated now gone 8 consecutive tournaments without defeating a team seeded #4 or higher.  Their last victory over a top 4 seed was in the 2001 National Championship game vs. Arizona.

Duke's loss is the largest by a #2 seed in a Sweet Sixteen game in tournament history.  The previous high was 1987 when Providence defeated #2 Alabama 103-82.

Duke's 54 points was their second fewest in 118 tournament games.  Their fewest was 52 in 1980 in a victory over Penn in the second round.  The 54 points ties a record for their fewest points in a loss.  They also scored 54 points in a Sweet Sixteen loss against Louisiana State in 2006.

It is the 6th consecutive year that Duke has lost to lower seeded team which breaks a tournament record.