What to know: Facts, stats and nuggets about the 2015 NCAA tourney
Fun numbers to know as we begin another year of March Madness.
I had way too much fun compiling this. I hope you enjoy it. A bucketful of fun facts and numbers to know as we begin another year of March Madness.
Highest-scoring team in the field: BYU (83.6 points per game).
Lowest-scoring team in the field: Wyoming (61.7 points per game).
Fastest team: BYU (70.4 possessions per game).
Slowest team: Virginia (58.2 possessions per game)
Best free-throw shooting team: Ole Miss (77.8)
Worst free-throw shooting team: SanDiego State (63.0)
Best 3-point shooting team: Lafayette (41.4)
Worst 3-point shooting team: Hampton (30.4)
Most efficient offenses, adjusted points scored per 100 possessions:
1. Wisconsin (124.7)
2. Notre Dame (122.2)
3. Duke (120.0)
Most efficient defenses, adjusted points allowed per 100 possessions:
1. Virginia (85.4)
2. Kentucky (85.8)
3. Arizona (86.4)
Best scorer in the tourney: Eastern Washington's Tyler Harvey (22.9).
Best rebounder: Baylor's Rico Gathers (11.6).
Best assist man: Providence's Kris Dunn (7.6).
77: This is the 77th men's D-I NCAA Tournament. Thirty-five programs have won a national title dating back to 1939, when Oregon, a No. 8 seed in this year's field, won its first and only.
2: The Virginia Cavaliers and Gonzaga Bulldogs are the highest seeded teams in the field without a national title.
50-1: Kentucky’s odds to go undefeated at the beginning of the season at some Vegas casinos.
57.5: The percentage of brackets at CBSSports.com that have Kentucky winning it all. The Kentucky-Duke title game is naturally the most desired final, with 28.3 percent of users opting to go that route.
41: 538's percentage assigned to Kentucky's chances of winning it all. The Wildcats are a fascinating case study in groupthink and odds this season.
33.8: Ken Pomeroy's percentage assigned to Kentucky's chances of winning it all. The Wildcats jumped above 50 percent to run the SEC table in early February.
1: Only three times has the No. 1 overall seed won the NCAAs since the selection committee began ranking the No. 1s in 2004: Florida (2007), Kentucky (2012) and Louisville (2013).
17: We know who has the most wins and fewest losses. But the most losses? Hampton, at 16-17.
15: Outside of Kentucky's obvious 34-game winning streak, Villanova's 15 straight victories is the longest of any other team entering the Dance.
0: Coaches with top-four seeds to never have made a Final Four:
- Mark Few
- Tony Bennett
- Sean Miller
- Mike Brey
- Scott Drew
- Fred Hoiberg
- Mark Turgeon
11.2: Since the field expanded to 64 teams in 1985, 11.2 is the average total number of the Final Four seeds over the past 30 tournaments. Last season was at 18, which is unusually high: Kentucky (8), UConn (7), Wisconsin (2) and Florida (1).
57.5-to-1: Per bracketodds.com's calculator, those are the chances we'll have four No. 1 seeds reach the Final Four. Compare that to a 1, 1, 2 and 3 making the Final FOUR: 17.76-to-1 odds.
7: The Big 12's seven bids are tied with the Big Ten for the most of any league.
11 of 17: In the past 17 years, 11 of the 17 national champions won their conference tournament.
76: 13 of 17 (76 percent) of teams in West region played in their league's title game.
1997: The last time both Florida and UConn -- who played in last year's Final Four -- weren’t in the field. UConn became the sixth team to fail to reach the NCAAs a year removed from winning a title, and Florida became the first team since Butler in 2012 to not reach even the NIT after going to a Final Four.
45: At 45, Florida is the highest rated team in KenPom to miss the NCAAs.
29: Colorado State's RPI, the highest RPI-rated team to miss the 2015 party. In fact, CSU's now the owner of the second-highest RPI of any team ever to not make the tournament. (Missouri State at 21 in 2006 will most likely forever be the champion.)
61: Indiana more than doubles CSU's RPI, and is the lowest-rated at-large team in this year's tournament.
34: The number of states represented in the field.
5: The number of teams from Texas (Baylor, Texas, SMU, Stephen F. Austin, Texas Southern) and Indiana (Notre Dame, Indiana, Purdue, Butler, Valpo) in this year's field, making those two states the most represented. All five Indiana teams are housed in the Midwest region.
+.141: Wofford's No. 1 overall rating in KenPom.com's luck rankings is just ahead of Maryland, which rates a +.131. In the past 13 NCAA Tournaments, the luckiest team in field lost its first game 11 of those years.
29: With 29 NCAA Tournament showings, BYU is the team in the field with most tourney appearances to have never reached a Final Four. Xavier, with 25, is second in this year's group.
7: Belmont and Boise State have each reached the NCAAs seven times. They are tied for the most NCAA Tournament bids without ever having won a game.
8-10: Georgetown's record against the RPI top 100 this season. Reminder: Georgetown was slotted as a 4 seed. Has any 4 seed ever been sub-.500 against the RPI top 100? Georgetown has made five NCAA tournaments since 2007 and won just two games, losing to a 15 seed, a 14 seed, two 11 seeds and a 10 seed in the process.
13: A 13 has beaten a 4 in five of the past six NCAA Tournaments. Eastern Washington, which plays Georgetown, is the trendy pick this time around.
3: The number of teams making their debut in the NCAA Tournament: Buffalo, UC Irvine and North Florida.
24: Northeastern's 24-year drought is the longest of any team in this year's grid that previously made the NCAAs.
8: The number of teams who have made the NCAA Tournament every year since 2010. Higher or lower than you would've guessed? Here's the list, per Wofford Athletics.
46: Always enjoy this from Chris Littmann at Sporting News: 46 of the 68 teams are sponsored by Nike. That's serious brand domination.
Most consecutive NCAA tourneys: Kansas (26), Duke (20), Michigan State (18), Gonzaga (16), Wisconsin (16). Additionally, Bill Self is coaching his 15th straight NCAA Tournament as a No. 4 seed or better.
4: Louisville's seed this year, and Louisville's seed four of the past five seasons. And Louisville's seed in six of the past 13 seasons.
61: Stephen F. Austin's wins the past two seasons, making coach Brad Underwood the winningest coach to start a career (two years) in D-I men's history.
+355: Kentucky's scoring margin against SEC opponents this season. That's 93 points better than the title-winning 2011-12 Kentucky team.
2.36: Average playing experience for St. John's, the most of any team in the field. Kentucky, at .74 years of experience, is last according to KenPom. The five least experienced teams are Kentucky, UAB, Kansas, Indiana and Duke. The grayest of the grayhairs are SJU, Wyoming, Texas Southern, Ole Miss and Georgia State.
4-12: UCLA's road/neutral record this season, which CBSSports.com bracketlogist Jerry Palm says is the worst road/neutral resume of any at-large team since he began tracking in 1993.
2005: It's been a full decade since the last time three teams from Iowa made the NCAAs in the same season.
A No. 12 seed has won 41 Round of 64 games since the field expanded 1985. The last three seasons, 12s have won 66 percent of their Round of 64 games.
.689: Michigan State coach Tom Izzo's win percentage in the glorious month of March in his career. He is 19-4 in Round of 32 and Elite Eight games (i.e., on quick turnaround).
This is freaky, via ESPN.com's Brett Edgerton: Duke is a No. 1 seed. A four/five-loss team placed in a quadrant with a Houston regional and a Final Four in Indianapolis. All of those things were also true in 2010, when Duke won its last national championship.
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