A by-the-numbers look at the Sweet 16
A look at the Sweet 16 by the numbers:
• The Big East and Big Ten each have four teams in the Sweet 16. That gives the Big East 16 Sweet 16 teams in the past five tourneys (including this one), the most of any league. Second is the Big Ten with 13, followed by the Big 12 with 10, the ACC with nine, the SEC seven, the Pac-10/12 with six and the Atlantic 10 with five. The ACC has won two titles and the Big East and Big 12 one each over the past four seasons.
• The Pac-12 has zero teams alive. This is the first time since 2005 that the league doesn’t have a Sweet 16 team.
• Ohio and Xavier are the lone entrants in the Sweet 16 from outside the six major conferences. It’s the fewest non-Big Sixers since two made it in 2005. There have been five such schools in 2010 and ’11.
• The NCAA field increased to 32 teams in 1975, which was the first season that teams had to win at least once to advance to the Sweet 16. This is North Carolina’s 24th appearance since then, the most of any school. Kentucky is second with 23.
• This is the first time since 2009 that all four No. 1 seeds have made it through to the Sweet 16. All four made it from 2005-09, but only three got through in each of the past two seasons.
• This is the first time since 2008 that just two No. 2 seeds are in the Sweet 16.
• This is the third season in a row in which at least three double-digit seeds have advanced to the Sweet 16. There were three in 2010 and four last season. The record is five in 1999.
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• Xavier is the 25th No. 10 seed to make it to the Sweet 16. Nine have made it to the Elite Eight, the latest Davidson in 2008, but none has made it to the Final Four.
• North Carolina State is the 15th No. 11 seed to make it to the Sweet 16. It’s the third time in two seasons and the fourth in three seasons that an 11 has made it this far. Five No. 11s have made it to the Elite Eight and three to the Final Four (LSU in 1986, George Mason in 2006 and VCU last season).
• Ohio is the fifth No. 13 seed to make it to the Sweet 16, and the first since Bradley in 2006; none has advanced to the Elite Eight.
• Connecticut won the national title last season after finishing tied for ninth in the Big East in the regular season. Of the 16 teams still alive, six won their regular-season titles: Kansas (Big 12), Kentucky (SEC), Michigan State (tri-champs in Big Ten), North Carolina (ACC), Ohio State (tri-champs in Big Ten) and Syracuse (Big East). Louisville, which was seventh in the Big East, is the lowest-finishing team still around.
• Eight of the top 10 teams in the season-ending RPI remain alive: No. 1 Syracuse, No. 2 Kentucky, No. 3 Michigan State, No. 4 North Carolina, No. 6 Kansas, No. 7 Ohio State, No. 8 Baylor and No. 9 Marquette. The missing top-10 teams are No. 5 Duke and No. 10 Missouri. The RPIs of the other eight teams still in the hunt: No. 14 Louisville, No. 17 Indiana, No. 23 Wisconsin, No. 30 Florida, No. 41 Xavier, No. 42 Cincinnati, No. 46 Ohio and No. 49 North Carolina State.
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• The lowest-RPI team to win a game was No. 189 Western Kentucky, which won one of the play-in games. The lowest-RPI team to win a true NCAA tourney game was No. 128 Norfolk State, which beat Missouri.
• Six teams in the Sweet 16 also had their football programs win a bowl game: Baylor, Cincinnati, Florida, Michigan State, North Carolina State and Ohio. For just the fifth time since the turn of the century, the football national champion (Alabama) also made the NCAA tourney, though the Tide didn’t win an NCAA game. The football champs whose basketball teams also made the tourney: Oklahoma in the ’01 tournament, Miami in ’02, Texas in ’06 and Florida in ’07. In the 2006-07 academic year, Florida became the first Division I school to hold the football and basketball titles simultaneously.
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