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NCAA tourney facts and figures to know

3/16/2011

Courtesy of our incomparable researchers at ESPN, here are some fun facts you can use to impress your friends while debating the NCAA tournament:

Most all-time NCAA tournament appearances

52 -- Kentucky

44 -- UCLA

42 -- North Carolina

40 -- Kansas

37 -- Louisville

Most all-time NCAA tournament appearances without reaching the Final Four

25 -- BYU

23 -- Missouri

21 -- Xavier

19 -- Alabama

19 -- Utah State

Most tournament bids by state

5 -- Pennsylvania, Virginia

4 -- Ohio, Indiana, California, Tennessee

3 -- Kentucky, Texas, North Carolina, New York, Michigan

Most tourney bids for one conference in a single year

11 -- Big East (2011)

8 -- Big East (2010, 2008, 2006)

Most 2011 tournament bids by conference

11 -- Big East

7 -- Big Ten

5 -- Big 12

5 -- SEC

4 -- ACC

4 -- Pac-10

3 – CAA (most in league history)

3 -- Atlantic 10

3 -- Mountain West

Longest active streaks with win among non-power 6 conferences

6 - Horizon

5 - Atlantic 10

3 - West Coast

Lowest RPI for 2011 at-large teams

67 -- USC

64 -- Marquette

57 -- Clemson

55 -- Florida State

52 -- Michigan

49 -- VCU

From the time the field expanded to 64 teams in 1985 until this year, a total of five at-large teams made the NCAA tournament with 14 losses. There are five at-large teams this season alone who reached the Big Dance with 14 losses.

14-loss at-large teams in the 2011 NCAA tournament

Marquette (20-14)

Tennessee (19-14

Michigan State (19-14)

Penn State (19-14)

USC (19-14)

14-loss at-large teams from 1985-2010

2008 Arizona (19-14)

2001 Georgia (16-14)

1991 Villanova (16-14)

1990 Villanova (18-14)

1990 Kansas State (17-14)

Most wins by teams left out of the tournament

28 -- Coastal Carolina

26 -- Cleveland State

25 -- Missouri State

25 -- Saint Mary’s

25 -- UTEP

Fewest losses by teams left out of the tournament

5 -- Coastal Carolina

6 -- Harvard

7 -- Fairfield

8 -- Cleveland State

8 -- Missouri State

8 -- Saint Mary’s

Highest RPI by teams left out

35 -- Harvard

42 -- Cleveland State

43 -- Missouri State

46 -- Saint Mary’s

50 -- Colorado State

National championship-winning coaches by region

West -- 3 (Mike Krzyzewski, Steve Fisher, Jim Calhoun)

East -- 2 (Roy Williams, Jim Boeheim)

Southwest -- 2 (Bill Self, Rick Pitino)

Southeast -- 2 (Billy Donovan, Tom Izzo)

Longest active streak of consecutive NCAA tournament appearances

22 -- Kansas

16 -- Duke

14 -- Michigan State

13 -- Gonzaga

13 -- Texas

13 -- Wisconsin

Longest distance to travel

Washington -- 2,802 miles (Charlotte, N.C.)

UC Santa Barbara -- 2,623 (Tampa, Fla.)

UCLA -- 2,529 (Tampa, Fla.)

Temple -- 2,373 (Tucson, Ariz.)

Penn State -- 2,226 (Tucson, Ariz.)

St. John’s -- 1,777 (Denver, Colo.)

Shortest distance to travel

Notre Dame -- 96 miles (Chicago)

Purdue -- 123 (Chicago)

Florida -- 131 (Tampa, Fla.)

North Carolina -- 139 (Charlotte, N.C.)

Duke -- 142 (Charlotte, N.C.)

Ohio State -- 143 (Cleveland)

Coaches with the most consecutive all-time NCAA tournament appearances

23 -- Dean Smith (North Carolina)

20 -- Roy Williams (Kansas, North Carolina)

16 -- Mike Krzyzewski (Duke)

16 -- Rick Barnes (Clemson, Texas)

*Lute Olson had a 23-year streak at Arizona, but his 1999 appearance was vacated by the NCAA

Active coaches with the most consecutive all-time NCAA tournament appearances

16 -- Mike Krzyzewski (Duke)

16 -- Rick Barnes (Clemson, Texas)

14 -- Tom Izzo (Michigan State)

13 -- Bill Self (Tulsa, Illinois, Kansas)

12 -- Mark Few (Gonzaga)

Coaches with the most all-time tournament appearances

28 -- Jim Boeheim (Syracuse)

28 -- Bob Knight (Indiana, Texas Tech)

27 -- Mike Krzyzewski (Duke)

27 -- Lute Olson (Iowa, Arizona)

27 -- Dean Smith (North Carolina)

Most tournament appearances without a win

9 -- North Carolina A&T

7 -- Eastern Kentucky, Louisiana-Monroe, Iona*

6 -- San Diego State, Nebraska

*1980 tourney win later vacated by the NCAA

Longest active streaks for consecutive Sweet 16 appearances

3 -- Michigan State, Xavier

2 -- Duke, Purdue, Syracuse

Schools with the most No. 1 seeds in tournament history

13 -- North Carolina

12 -- Duke

10 -- Kentucky, Kansas

Being overall No. 1 seed hasn't meant much. Since the overall No. 1 was first awarded in 2004, only Florida in 2007 won the title, while four of the seven missed the Final Four.

Overall No. 1 Seeds

2011: Ohio State

2010: Kansas (lost in second round)

2009: Louisville (lost in Elite Eight)

2008: North Carolina (lost in Final Four)

2007: Florida (won national title)

2006: Duke (lost in Sweet 16)

2005: Illinois (lost in national title game)

2004: Kentucky (lost in second round)

Ohio State: No. 1 seed for fourth time (first time since 2007, lost in finals)

Kansas: No. 1 seed for 10th time (tied for third-most); fourth No. 1 seed in last five seasons

Pittsburgh: No. 1 seed for second time (2009)

Duke: No. 1 seed for 12th time (second-most)