03/27/11

Virginia Commonwealth is in the Final Four for the first time.  Shaka Smart is in his first Final Four.

Virginia Commonwealth vs. Butler will be the first matchup of unranked teams in the National Semifinals in tournament history.

The sum of seeds (19) for VCU and Butler is the highest for two National Semifinal opponents in tournament history.  The previous record was 14:  1980 (UCLA - 8 vs. Purdue - 6) and 2006 (Florida - 3 vs. George Mason - 11)

VCU's 5 wins in this year's tournament matches their total wins in tournament history prior to this year.

VCU is the second team from the Colonial Athletic Association to advance to the Final Four.  George Mason also went to the Final Four in 2006.

This will be the third time that there are no number one seeds in the Final Four.  The other two years were 1980 and 2006.

VCU is the 3rd #11 seed to advance to the Final Four (1986 Louisana State, 2006 George Mason).

Colonial is 2-1 vs. the Big Twelve.

Kansas is 13-7 in the Elite Eight.

Kansas is 3-2 vs. #11 seeds.

Kansas is 6-6 playing in Texas.

Kentucky is in the Final Four for the 14th time and the first time since 1998.  John Calipari is in his 3rd Final Four and first with Kentucky.

John Calipari joins Rick Pitino as the only coaches to take three different schools to the Final Four.  Calipari also took Massachusetts and Memphis to the Final Four.

The sum of seeds in this year's Final Four (26) is the highest in tournament history.  The previous high was 22 in 2000.

This is the first Final Four in history without a #1 or #2 seed.

Kentucky is 14-19 in Elite Eight games.

Kentucky is 1-2 vs. North Carolina.

Kentucky is 9-5 vs. the ACC.

Kentucky is 5-2 vs. #2 seeds.

Kentucky is 4-0 playing in New Jersey.

North Carolina is 9-5 vs. the SEC.

North Carolina is 18-7 in the Elite Eight.

North Carolina is 6-5 vs. #4 seeds.

North Carolina is 7-3 playing in New Jersey.