REGIONAL ROUND | March 25
• The Seminoles, who are making their fourth Sweet Sixteen appearance in school history and the first time since 1992-93, are the nation’s top defensive team. This is the third consecutive NCAA tournament FSU is the national leader in field-goal percentage defense, allowing foes to hit just 36.0 percent this season.
• The Jayhawks are facing Richmond for only the second time in history. The Spiders won that initial contest on Kansas’ hallowed home floor in Allen Fieldhouse, snapping a 52-game home court win streak against unranked teams. If the Jayhawks even the series, they will improve to 35-2 on the season, which would tie for the second-most single-season wins in school history.
• Kentucky’s nickname, the Wildcats, became synonymous with UK shortly after a 6-2 football victory against Illinois on Oct. 9, 1909, on the road. Commandant Carbusier, then head of the military department at old State University, told a group of students in a chapel service following the game that the Kentucky football team had “fought like Wildcats.”
• While Marquette’s basketball team may be better known now, it’s football team was known as the “Golden Avalanche” prior to the program being terminated in 1960. From 1922 to 1923 Marquette held a 17-0-1 record on the gridiron and outscored its opponents 374–15.
|March 25||Marquette vs. UNC||Gallery|
|Richmond vs. Kansas||Gallery|
|Kentucky vs. Ohio St.||Gallery|
|VCU vs. Florida St.||Gallery|
|March 24||UConn 74, SDSU 67||Gallery|
|Florida 83, BYU 74 (OT)||Gallery|
|Arizona 93, Duke 77||Gallery|
|Butler 61, Wisconsin 54||Gallery|
• UNC’s student radio station, WXYC 89.3 FM, has been simulcast on the Internet by ibiblio since November 1994. The station, run by college students, is credited as having performed the first Internet radio broadcast in the world.
• Brutus the Buckeye, Ohio State’s mascot since 1965, is a published author. His first book, “The Spirit of a Buckeye: Brutus Buckeye’s Lessons for Life” came out in 1999.
• Richmond is 7-2 in its last nine games against nationally ranked teams, including topping No. 25 Vanderbilt on its way to its second-ever Sweet Sixteen bid. Kevin Anderson, who is second all-time in UR history in scoring with 2,152 points, will try to help the Spiders tie the school record for most road victories in a season (11), matching the 1934-35 squad.
• The Rams hold the 11th highest home-court winning percentage in Division I basketball at .846. They were 11-3 at home this year and also have a 7-2 mark on neutral courts, including three in the NCAA Tournament to reach their first-ever Sweet Sixteen.
REGIONAL ROUND | March 24
• In 1922, the entire male population of the Arizona student body received a 10-day suspension for playing leapfrog over the beds of the unmarried men on the faculty. The suspension was lifted after two days because there were not enough students left to continue classes.
• When it lost to Duke in the 2010 title game, Butler was the smallest school (enrollment: 4,500) to play for the national championship since the field expanded in 1985. The Bulldogs were already credited with two collegiate national championships. The 1923-24 Bulldogs took the first by winning the AAU National Tournament in Kansas City, defeating Schooley-Woodstock (34-29), Hillyards (35-29), Kansas State Teachers (40-21) and Kansas City Athletic Club (30-26), while the 1928-29 squad was recognized as the collegiate national champion by the Veteran Athletes of Philadelphia.
• BYU became the first U.S. college basketball program to include an international player on its roster, as Finland native Timo Lampen debuted in the 1958-59 season. Later, Kresimir Cosic, born in Yugoslavia, became the first international player to be named an All-American.
• The Husky has not always been the mascot for Connecticut athletics. Before 1933, the school went by the Aggies for its agricultural background, and it changed to Statesmen for a year until 1934 when the Husky mascot took hold. All of the live Husky mascots are named Jonathan, with the most current being Jonathan XIII who was selected by the students in a popular vote.
• The Blue Devil Mascot’s origins are rooted in an elite French alpine fighting unit that garnered accolades and much global attention during World War I and its aftermath. The French fighters’ uniforms consisted of a flowing blue cape and blue beret.
• This season, Gator Chandler Parsons continued adding to his impressive career totals. In fact, he was the only active player in Division I basketball topping the plateaus with 1,400 points, 800 rebounds, 300 assists and 125 steals in his career.
San Diego State
• The Aztecs had gone 15,713 days without an NCAA Tournament victory before it won in the first round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament against Northern Colorado. SDSU then added its second win in the Big Dance in approximately 50 hours with a double-OT win against Temple.
• Only five schools – Duke (7), Kansas (6), UConn (5), Michigan State (5) and North Carolina (5) – have reached the Sweet Sixteen more times since 2003 than the Badgers’ four trips to the round of 16. Overall, Wisconsin is making its 13th consecutive NCAA appearance, including 10 under coach Bo Ryan, who owns a 13-3 record in the Big Dance against lower-seeded teams.