04/02/11

Final Four Facts

Butler is in their second National Championship game and their second consecutive.  Brad Stevens is in his second National Championship game.

Butler is the first team to play in consecutive championship games since Florida in 2006 and 2007.

Butler is a tournament-best 7-0 vs. AP unranked teams.  Virginia Commonwealth is now 8-3 vs. unranked teams.

Butler is a tournament-best 8-0 on Saturdays.  Virginia Commonwealth is 0-3 on Saturdays.

Butler is 3-0 vs. the Colonial Athletic Association.  Horizon League is 3-0 vs. the Colonial.

Butler is 3-0 vs. teams from Virginia.

Butler is 6-1 when opponent's RPI is #30 or worse.

Butler is 13-1 when their opponent scores 62 or less.  Their only loss was last year's National Championship Game.

Virginia Commonwealth is 1-5 when scoring 62 or fewer points.  Their only win was in the opening round game this year against USC.

Virginia Commonwealth is 6-3 as an #11 seed.  The 6 wins is the most all-time for an #11 seed.

Virginia Commonwealth has 6 wins with a #40 RPI or worse.  Only Gonzaga has more wins with 7.

Virginia Commonwealth has the lowest RPI (49) for a Final Four team since the RPI started in 1994.  Butler has the third lowest RPI (33).
Lowest RPI for a Final Four Team (since 1994)
Year Team RPI
2011 Virginia Commonwealth 49
2000 North Carolina 41
2011 Butler 33
2000 Wisconsin 32
1998 Utah 30 Runner-Up
2010 Michigan State 28
2006 George Mason 26
2001 Maryland 22
2005 Michigan State 21
1999 Ohio State 20
2002 Indiana 20 Runner-Up

The lowest RPI for a National Champion is 17 for Arizona in 1997.

Connecticut is in the National Championship for the 3rd time and the first time since 2004.  Jim Calhoun is in his 3rd National Championship game.

Connecticut is 2-0 vs. Kentucky.  Connecticut is 5-3 vs. the SEC.  The Big East is 24-23 vs. the SEC.

Connecticut is 19-1 when allowing fewer than 60 points.  Kentucky is 31-8 when allowing fewer than 60 points. The 8 losses are tied with Princeton and Wyoming for most all time when allowing fewer than 80 points.

Kentucky is 2-8 vs. the Big East.

Connecticut is 4-2 in 1-point games.  Kentucky is 3-5 in 1-point games. 

This is only the third Final Four since AP rankings started in 1949 that there none of the top 5 ranked teams are in the Final Four.  The other two years were 1954 and 2006.  This year's top 5 were Ohio State, Kansas,  Duke, Pittsburgh and Notre Dame.

Shaka Smart becomes the first coach since Bill Guthridge to coach in the Final Four in his first tournament appearance and only the 4th coach since 1980.  Here are the coaches to advance to the Final Four in their first tournament appearance since 1980.

Larry Brown, UCLA 1980
Steve Fisher, Michigan 1989
Bill Guthridge, North Carolina 1998
Shaka Smart, VCU 2011

Most consecutive wins to start tournament coaching career
1. Phil Woolpert, San Francisco 11 (1955 - 1957)
1. Ed Jucker, Cincinnati 11 (1961 - 1963)
3. Ken Loeffler, La Salle 9 (1954 - 1955)
4. Henry Iba, Oklahoma State 8 (1945 - 1949)
5. Branch McCracken, Indiana 7 (1940 - 1953)
5. Fred Taylor, Ohio State 7 (1960 - 1961)
5. Steve Fisher, Michigan 7 (1989 - 1990)
8. George Ireland, Loyola (IL) 6 (1963 - 1964)
9. Larry Brown, UCLA 5 (1980)
9. Shaka Smart, VCU 5 (2011)

Longest Time between Final Four appearances in tournament history
1. Wisconsin 59 (1941 - 2000)
2. Stanford 56 (1942 - 1998)
2. Texas 56 (1947 - 2003)
4. West Virginia 51 (1959 - 2010)
5. Oklahoma State 44 (1951 - 1995)
6. Oklahoma 41 (1947 - 1988)
7. Georgetown 39 (1943 - 1982)
8. Illinois 37 (1952 - 1989)
9. DePaul 36 (1943 - 1979)
10. Arkansas 33 (1945 - 1978)
10. St. John's 33 (1952 - 1985)

Longest Current Drought since Last Final Four appearance (Last Final Four)
1. Oregon 1939
2. Duquesne 1940
3. Pittsburgh 1941
3. Washington State 1941
5. Wyoming 1943
6. Dartmouth 1944
6. Iowa State 1944
8. Holy Cross 1947
8. CCNY 1947
10. Baylor

Most Final Fours Since 2000
1. Michigan State 5
2. North Carolina 4
3. Connecticut 3
3. Duke 3
3. Florida 3
3. Kansas 3
3. UCLA 3
8. Maryland 2
8. Butler 2
10. 20 teams tied with 1

Most repeat Final Four appearances
UCLA 12 (1964-65, 1967-76, 2006-08)
Duke 5 (1963-64, 1988-92)
North Carolina 5 (1967-69, 1981-82, 1997-98, 2008-09)
Cincinnati 4 (1959-63)
Ohio State 4 (1944-46, 1960-62)
Houston 3 (1967-68, 1982-84)
Kentucky 3 (1948-49, 1996-98)
Michigan State 3 (1999-2001, 2009-10)
Kansas 2 (1952-53, 2002-03)
Michigan 2 (1964-65, 1992-93)
San Francisco 2 (1955-57)