03/28/2009

Facts about Elite Eight Teams (Before today's games)

Elite Eight by Conference:
Big East 4
Big Twelve 2
Atlantic Coast 1
Big Ten 1

All-Time Tournament Wins
North Carolina 99
Louisville 60
Villanova 47
Michigan State 46
Connecticut 45
Oklahoma 35
Missouri 21
Pittsburgh 21

All-Time Tournament Wins - Coach
Roy Williams 52 (3rd)
Jim Calhoun 44 (7th)
Rick Pitino 38 (11th)
Tom Izzo 29 (15th)
Jay Wright 10 (72nd)
Jamie Dixon 9 (78th)
Mike Anderson 6 (118th)
Jeff Capel 5 (147th)

Elite Eights this Decade (at least 3)
Kansas 5
Michigan State 5
North Carolina 5
Connecticut 4
Arizona 3
Florida 3
Louisville 3
Memphis 3
Oklahoma 3
Texas 3
UCLA 3

Elite Eights this Decade - Coach (at least 3)
Roy Williams 6
Tom Izzo 5
Bill Self 5
Jim Calhoun 4
Rick Barnes 3
John Calipari 3
Billy Donovan 3
Ben Howland 3
Luther Olson 3
Rick Pitino 3

Elite Eights this Decade by Conference
Big Twelve 16
Big East 12
Big Ten 12
Atlantic Coast 10
Pacific Ten 10
Southeastern 7
Conference USA 5
Atlantic Ten 4
Colonial 1
Mid American 1
Southern 1
Western Athletic 1

Elite Eights this Decade by State (at least 5)
North Carolina 8
Oklahoma 6
California 5
Kansas 5
Kentucky 5
Michigan 5
Pennsylvania 5

Tournament Wins this Decade by Conference
Big East 94
Big Twelve 88
Atlantic Coast 84
Big Ten 81
Pacific Ten 70
Southeastern 68

Most Consecutive years in the Elite Eight
North Carolina 3
Louisville 2

Most Consecutive years with a team in the Elite Eight - Conference
Big East 8
Big Twelve 4
Atlantic Coast 3

Facts based on today's games:

Connecticut is in their 3rd Final Four and first since 2004.

Jim Calhoun is in his 3rd Final Four - all with Connecticut.

Connecticut is the 14th team from the Big East Conference to advance to the Final Four.

Connecticut is now 2-1 vs. teams from the Big Twelve Conference.  Both wins are in this year's tournament.  Their other game against the Big Twelve was a 82-78 loss to Texas in the 2003 Sweet Sixteen.

Connecticut is now 3-6 in the Elite Eight.

Connecticut is now 18-3 as a #1 Seed.

Connecticut is now 10-2 when they are #8 in the RPI.

Connecticut is now 19-2 when years they play in the West Regional.

Connecticut is now 6-0 when playing in the state of Arizona.

Missouri is now 0-5 in the Elite Eight.  That is the most appearances in the Elite Eight without a win.

Missouri is now 3-3 vs. teams from the Big East Conference.

Missouri is now 5-3 as a #3 Seed.

Missouri is now 0-4 vs. #1 Seeds.

Villanova vs. Pittsburgh is the first game between two teams from the same conference since Oklahoma defeated Missouri in the 2002 Elite Eight.

Villanova is in their 4th Final Four and first since 1985.

Jay Wright is in his first Final Four.

Villanova is the 15th team from the Big East Conference to advance to the Final Four.

Villanova is now 2-1 vs. teams from the Big East Conference.

Villanova is now 4-8 in the Elite Eight.

Villanova is now 9-4 as a #3 Seed.

Villanova is now 29-19 in years they play in the East Regional.

Villanova is now 3-8 vs. #1 Seeds.  Their other 2 wins over #1 seeds were against Michigan and Georgetown in 1985 when they won the National Championship. 

All 3 of Villanova's wins over #1 seeds have been as a #3 seed or lower which is tied for the most wins over a #1 at a #3 seed or lower in tournament history.  The other teams that have accomplished this are Arizona, Indiana and Kansas.

Villanova is now 15-12 as a lower seed.  The 15 wins is the most all-time as a lower seed.

Pittsburgh is now 1-2 in the Elite Eight.

Pittsburgh is now 3-1 when playing in the state of Massachusetts.

Pittsburgh is now 2-6 on Saturdays.