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Monday, March 25, 2013
Top stats to know from Sunday

By ESPN Stats & Information

1. Florida Gulf Coast became the first No. 15 seed to reach the Sweet 16. No. 15 seeds were previously 0-6 in the Round of 32, with the average loss being by 15 points.

The Eagles have controlled the second half in each of their first two games in the 2013 NCAA tournament, outscoring their opponents by 19 points in the final 20 minutes.

Florida Gulf Coast scored 22 transition points Sunday and has outscored its opponents by 27 points in transition in its first two games of the tournament. The Eagles have pushed the pace in the second half, scoring 34 of their 47 transition points after halftime.

2. La Salle and Florida Gulf Coast both made the Sweet 16. This is the first time ever that two teams seeded 13 or lower are in the Sweet 16. Add No. 12 seed Oregon and this marks the first time that three teams seeded No. 12 or lower are in the Sweet 16.

La Salle shot 65.2 percent and averaged 1.64 points per possession against Ole Miss' zone defense on Sunday. The Rebels limited their opponents to 24.2 percent shooting when playing man defense in the tournament, but they only played that D on 11 of La Salle's 27 half-court possessions in the second half.

3. Aaron Craft hit the game-winning 3-pointer in Ohio State’s squeaker of a win over Iowa State, one that gave the Buckeyes the longest current streak of Sweet 16 appearances (4).

Craft entered the day 29 percent for his career from 3-point range and 4-for-15 career from that deep in the NCAA tournament. Craft joins Vander Blue and Tyrone Garland as the only players in the past two tournaments to make a potential game-tying or go-ahead field goal in the final 10 seconds of a game. They are a combined 3-for-21 on such attempts.

DeShaun Thomas scored 22 points in the win to give him 162 for his career in the tournament. That’s tied with William Buford for second-most in school history.

Of note: The last three single-digit seeds to beat Iowa State in the NCAA tournament won the national championship -- 2012 Kentucky, 2005 North Carolina and 2000 Michigan State

4. Duke became the fourth school in Division I history with at least 2,000 wins with its win over Creighton. The Blue Devils improved to 9-1 all-time against No. 7 seeds in the NCAA tournament.

5. The Mountain West had a rough week. It suffered a loss to a 12-seed (UNLV to Cal), a 14-seed (conference champion New Mexico to Harvard) and a 15-seed (San Diego State to Florida Gulf Coast).

It is the first time a conference has three losses to teams seeded 12th or worse in a single tournament (Round of 64 or later).

In its history, the Mountain West has received 38 bids and just four teams have gotten to the Sweet 16, including none from its record five bids this season.