On Thursday, the 32 teams competing in the NCAA men's basketball tournament combined to shoot 41.1 percent from the field. The Elias Sports Bureau tells us that's the second-worst field goal percentage by all teams combined on a single day in the round of 64.
On Friday, Wisconsin only added to the shooting woes. The Badgers shot 25.4 percent from the field in their loss to Ole Miss. That's the Badgers' lowest field goal percentage in a tournament game since the field expanded to 64 teams in 1985. The loss was Wisconsin's first in the round of 64 since 2007, and only the Badgers' fifth loss in 20 games as the higher-seeded team under head coach Bo Ryan.
How bad was Wisconsin’s shooting performance? Wisconsin’s hockey team had a higher shooting percentage (25.9) on Thursday against Minnesota State than the hoops team had Friday against Mississippi.
As for Ole Miss, the Rebels joined California and Oregon as the third 12-seed to advance to the round of 32. This is the third year that three 12-seeds won in the round of 64 (2002, 2009). There has never been a tournament in which all four 12-seeds won their round of 64 game.
Duke lost in the round of 64 in 2012, and a loss on Friday would have been the first time the Blue Devils have ever lost their first NCAA tournament game in consecutive seasons. However, Seth Curry and Mason Plumlee combined to go 19-of-25 from the field in Duke's 12-point win against Albany, which made a total of 19 field goals.
Albany head coach Will Brown was the 22nd head coach to try to win his first tournament game against Duke and Mike Krzyzewski, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Only two of those 22 coaches have been successful: Brett Reed of Lehigh last season, and Anthony Grant of VCU in 2007.
With their win against NC State, the No. 9-seeded Temple Owls now have nine wins as a 9-seed or lower. That's tied with Gonzaga for the most since the field expanded to 64 teams in 1985.
La Salle pulled off the second-biggest upset of the tournament, beating No. 4 seed Kansas State. Philadelphia school Temple won earlier in the day, and Villanova plays North Carolina later tonight. If Villanova wins, it would be the third time in tournament history that three teams from the same metro area won on the same day. The other two instances involved Tobacco Road: On March 18, 2005, Duke, North Carolina and NC State all won round of 64 games, and followed that up with wins two days later to advance to the Sweet 16.