Sunday, November 14, 2010

Welcome to Bracketville, The Games Have Begun Editon

Michigan State returns seven of its nine top scorers.

In Bo Ryan’s tenure as coach at Wisconsin, the team has never finished worse than forth in the Big 10, and failed to win at least 24 games just three times.

Last season the Big 12 was 28-12 against other BCS Conference teams…followed by the ACC (24-21). The Big 12 padded that stat with a 13-4 mark versus the woeful Pac 10.

Ohio State returns four starters from last season…Illinois, all five (three seniors

Butler’s returning senior center, Matt Howard, carries a 3.88 GPA while majoring finance.

Duke has played in 16 consecutive NCAA Tournaments and advanced to the Final Four four times.

In the 1,015 games Mike Krzyzewski has coached at Duke, his teams have been ranked #1 for 190 of them (18.7%).

Last season West Virginia rebounded 41.8% of their missed shots. Only one other team in the country was better at offensive rebounding---that being Huggins’ previous team, Kansas State.

The Top 5 Division 1 winning percentages since the 2001-02 season: Kansas (.828), Duke (.824), Gonzaga (.807) Memphis (.799) Pittsburgh (790).

In the 21st century, George Mason has played in one more Final Four than Kentucky.

In the past four NCAA Tournaments, ACC qualifiers other than Duke and UNC have a 9-17 record…Duke and UNC, 22-5. The ACC has five trophies in the past ten years.

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