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Sunday, March 13, 2011
NCAA tourney facts and figures to know

By ESPN Stats & Information

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

UConn's Kemba Walker
Kemba Walker and UConn are one of a record 11 teams from the Big East in the NCAA tournament.
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)