In 1982, 1985 and 2005, the team that won the game between North Carolina and Villanova went on to win the National Championship.Michigan State and Connecticut are meeting for the first time in tournament history.
Entering today's games - Records in various situations:
vs. Opponent's Conference
vs. Opponent's State
vs. Opponent's Seed
vs. Opponent's Ranking
playing in Michigan
Big Ten (4-1)
Big East (6-0)
Big East (7-4)
North Carolina (4-8)
Final Four Streaks:
North Carolina is in its 2nd consecutive Final Four.
For the second consecutive year, the team ranked #2 in the AP poll is in the Final Four. North Carolina is ranked #2 in the AP Poll. Last year Memphis was ranked #2 in the AP poll.
A #1 seed is in the Final Four for the third consecutive year. There have been multiple #1 seeds in the final four in each of those years.
The team finishing #3 in the RPI is in the Final Four for the third consecutive year.
This is the first time since 2003 that none of the Final Four teams won their conference tournament. Last year, all 4 teams won their conference tournament.
Facts after today's games:
Michigan State is in their 3rd National Championship Game. They won National Championships in both of their previous appearences in 1979 and 2000.
Michigan State is now 3-4 in National Semifinals. Tom Izzo is now 2-3 in National Semifinals.
Michigan State is now 7-0 vs. teams from the Big East including 4-0 over the last 3 tournaments:
Michigan State becomes the 10th team to defeat teams from the same conference in both Elite Eight and National Semifinals in the same tournament:
|Year||Team||Opponent's Conference||Elite Eight||National Semifinals|
|1944||Utah||Big Eight||Missouri||Iowa State|
|1984||Houston||Atlantic Coast||Wake Forest||Virginia|
|1995||Arkansas||Atlantic Coast||Virginia||North Carolina|
|2001||Arizona||Big Ten||Illinois||Michigan State|
|2004||Georgia Tech||Big Twelve||Kansas||Oklahoma State|
|2005||North Carolina||Big Ten||Wisconsin||Michigan State|
|2009||Michigan State||Big East||Louisville||Connecticut|
Michigan State's win is their 5th all-time vs. a #1 seed: