Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Welcome to Bracketville, Version 1.3

CBS has eight announcing crews for the first two rounds. That’s sixteen announcers…15 who are superior to Clark Kellogg. Who do think is calling the Duke games opening weekend? Answer: the awful Kellogg…gack.

Nine of the last ten tournaments have featured at least one double-digit seed in the Sweet Sixteen.

Cornell (12 seed, East) makes more three-pointers per game (9.8) than any team in the tournament…shooting threes at a 43.4% clip.

St. Mary’s (10 seed, South) is the third best free-throw shooting team (76.4%) in the tournament.

Minnesota’s (11 seed, West) Blake Hoffaber leads the nation in three-point shooting at 48.1%.

Missouri (10 seed, East) leads Division I teams in steals per game at 10.9.

San Diego State University (11 seed, Midwest) ranks 14th nationally in rebound margin while Tennessee (6 seed, Midwest) is # 169.

Old Dominion (11 seed, South) held 19 opponents under 60 points, including Georgetown and Dayton, and is fifth in the nation in scoring defense.

Oakland (14, West) starts two seniors and three juniors---the Cal Bears (8, South) start four seniors.

Virginia Tech’s nonconference strength-of-schedule---339. And, that whiner Seth Greenberg has the gall to complain about missing the cut of 65.

Siena (13, South) has four players averaging at least 13.6 points-per-game.

Texas A&M (5, South) has beaten four NCAA Tournament teams since January 30th.

UConn is the overwhelming favorite to win the Women’s NCAA Tournament. So overwhelming that in Las Vegas, you can bet the remaining 63 teams as a field at 6-1 odds.

Wisconsin (4, East) only turns the ball over
on 15.1 percent of its possessions, ranking third in the country in that category. They get to 74.2 percent of available defensive boards.

Kentucky (1, East) turns the ball over on 20.4 percent of its possessions, ranking 167th.

Minnesota's (11, West) RPI of 62 is the lowest for any at-large team in this year's field. That is tied for the seventh-worst at-large RPI over the last 15 tournaments.

There have been five 50-point performances in the history of the Big Dance.

This is the third straight appearance in which the St. Mary’s Gaels are a 10-seed.

Clyde Lovellette became the first and only player to lead the nation in scoring and win a championship when Kansas won the 1952 title.

No school has been to the Big Dance more than Kentucky’s 51 appearances. Next are UCLA and UNC with 41.

Bobby Knight, Dean Smith and Joe B. Hall are only folks with a national championship as a player and head coach.

Over the last 45 years, only four teams have won the title after being unranked in the preseason AP poll. Texas Western did it in 1966, then Villanova in '85, Syracuse in '03 and Florida in '06.

Illinois has 38 NCAA tournament wins, the most for any school without a championship.

There are 35 teams returning to the NCAA tournament from last year's bracket.

Since seeding began in 1979, 27 of the 31 titles have been won by top-three seeds.

BYU has been in 24 previous NCAA tournaments but has never appeared in the Final Four. That's the most appearances for any team not to make the Final Four…second-most appearances without a Final Four is Missouri, with 22 going into 2010.

With 22, Boston College has the most NCAA tournament wins for a team never to appear in the Final Four.

John Wooden won 21 games in the Final Four, more than any other two coaches combined did.

If Purdue defeats Siena on Friday, the Boilermakers will have won 12 straight games in the first round of the tournament. Their current 11-game first-round win streak is the longest active streak in the country.

Temple has won nine NCAA tournament games while seeded lower than its opponents have.

Dick Vitale had one NCAA tournament win in his coaching career.

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