Wednesday, March 24, 2010

My Sweet 16 Demographics

Here are some interesting numbers regarding the 16 teams left in the NCAA Tournament

16 Teams

3-1 seeds Kentucky, Duke, Syracuse
3-2 seeds Kansas St., West Virginia, Ohio St.
1-3 seed Baylor
1-4 seed Purdue
2-5 seeds Michigan St., Butler
2-6 seeds Xavier, Tennessee
1-9 seed Northern Iowa
1-10 seed St. Mary's
1-11 seed Washington
1-12 seed Cornell

The Cornell Big Red have a tough task ahead of them with Kentucky on Thursday night.

11 Conferences still have a team alive. Here is the conference breakdown now along with the number of teams that started the tournament in that conference.

3/5-Big Ten Ohio St., Purdue, Michigan St.
2/8-Big East Syracuse, West Virginia
2/7-Big 12 Kansas St., Baylor
2/4-SEC Kentucky, Tennessee
1/7-ACC Duke
1/3-Atlantic 10 Xavier
1/2-WCC St. Mary's
1/2-PAC 10 Washington
1/1-Horizon Butler
1/1-MVC Northern Iowa
1/1-Ivy League Cornell
The MWC, Conference USA, and the WAC are the only multiple bid leagues without a team left in the Sweet 16.

13-states are represented
3-states have 2 teeams still alive. New York (Syracuse and Cornell), Ohio (Ohio St. and Xavier) and Indiana (Purdue and Butler
Texas started with 7 teams but now only has Baylor representing the Lone Star State.

4-teams that didn't make last year's NCAA tournament are still alive. Kentucky, Kansas St., Baylor and St. Mary's.
Syracuse (2003) is the last team to win the National Championship after not making the tournament the previous season.
George Mason (2006) is the last team to make it to the Final 4 after not making the tournament the previous season.

1-team from last year's Final 4 field is still alive. Michigan St. last year's runner-up barely made the Sweet 16 after Korie Lucious' buzzer beater against Maryland on Sunday.

5-teams that were in the Sweet 16 last year are in the Sweet 16 again-Michigan St., Duke, Syracuse, Xavier, and Purdue

9-Conference Champions. Kentucky, Duke, West Virginia, Ohio St., Butler, Northern Iowa, St. Mary's, Washington, and Cornell.
NOTE: The Ivy League is the only conference that does not have a confernce tournament, thus Cornell recieved an automatic bid by being the regular season champion. The 8 other teams won their conference tournaments.

5-schools that have won a National Championship. Kentucky leads the the list with 7, Duke-3, Michigan St.-2, Syracuse and Ohio St. each have 1.

6-schools that are seeking their first ever trip to the Final 4. Butler, Tennessee, Xavier, Northern Iowa, St. Mary's and Cornell.

3-coaches that have won a National Title. Duke's Mike Krzyzewski has won 3 (1991, 1992, 2002). Tom Izzo of Michigan St. (2000) and Jim Boeheim of Syracuse (2003) each have coached one title team.

6-coaches have coached in a Final 4. Krzyzewski, Boeheim, Izzo, West Virginia's Bob Huggins (1992-Cincinnati), Ohio St. Thad Matta (2007) and Kentucky's John Calipari (1996-UMass and 2008-Memphis).
NOTE: Both of John Calipari's Final 4 appearances have been vacated due to NCAA violations. Still, if he leads Kentucky to the Final 4, he will join Rick Pitino as the only coach to take 3 different institutions to the Final 4.

Xavier's first year Head Coach Chris Mack has his Musketeers back in the Sweet 16.

9-young coaches. At least coaching career wise. Nine of the coaches have been a head coach for 10 years or less at the collegiate level. Six of those nine have only been a head coach at their current institution. Frank Martin (Kansas St.), Brad Stevens (Butler), Chris Mack (Xavier), Ben Jacobson (Northern Iowa), Randy Bennett (St. Mary's) and Steve Donahue (Cornell). The other 3 coaches are Thad Matta (Ohio St.), Scott Drew (Baylor) and Matt Painter (Purdue). Painter coached at Southern Illinois previously. Drew coached at Valpariso previously. Ironically, Matta coached at both Xavier and Butler who are both Sweet 16 teams before getting to Ohio St. Mack is the only first year coach of the group.

5-Potential NBA lottery picks in this years draft-3 play for Kentucky-John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins and Pattrick Patterson. Evan Turner of Ohio St. and Wesley Johnson of Syracuse are the other two.

Want NBA Talent? Cousins, Wall and Turner will all be in the Sweet 16.

4-Other potential NBA first rounders-West Virginia's Da'Sean Butler and Devin Ebanks, Baylor's Ekpe Udoh, and Washington's Quincy Poindexter.

3-young players who could turn into lottery picks come 2011.-Butler's Gordan Hayward-So., Tennessee's Scotty Hopson-So. and Kentucky's Eric Bledsoe-Fr.

16-great teams and reason's why March is the greatest month of the year!

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