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NCAA tourney facts and figures to know

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)