Final Four 2014: Inside the Numbers of the NCAA Tournament's Final Weekend

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Final Four 2014: Inside the Numbers of the NCAA Tournament's Final Weekend
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College basketball fans love numbers. Just ask Ken Pomeroy, the college science professor who has achieved fame for the statistical analysis he provides on college basketball teams.

Adjusted defensive percentages, effective field-goal percentages, offensive rebounding rates, usage rates, rates of left-handed players who swish 15-footers after chugging an Arctic Blast Gatorade, percentages of coaches who win games on Tuesdays when it's below 53 degrees—Pomeroy has a stat for darn near everything, and his minions love him for it.

Then there are the other 90 percent of college basketball fans.

The simpletons.

To those folks, turning college basketball into calculus is a turnoff. Basic math is just fine, thanks. For that sector of the hoops world, here are some numbers to know heading into the Final Four.

 

5, 3, 5, 7: Combined number of freshmen, sophomore, junior and senior starters for the teams in the Final Four. All five freshmen are from Kentucky.

4.5: Average seed of the Final Four participants. Florida is the only No. 1 seed in the field. Wisconsin is a No. 2 seed, Connecticut is a 7 and Kentucky is an 8.

30: Consecutive wins by Florida entering the NCAA tournament. The Gators haven’t lost since falling at Connecticut on Dec. 2, when Shabazz Napier hit a shot at the buzzer to win it for the Huskies.

9: Number of times Kentucky’s John Calipari (five) and Florida’s Billy Donovan (four) have reached the Final Four.

117: School-record number of three-pointers made this season by Florida sophomore Michael Frazier II.

16: Consecutive NCAA tournament appearances by Wisconsin, the most of any Final Four team.

3-2: Florida’s record against the Final Four field. The Gators went 3-0 against Kentucky and 0-2 against Wisconsin and Connecticut.

Phil Sandlin

12.2: Number of minutes Florida senior starters Casey Prather, Patric Young, Will Yeguete and Scottie Wilbekin each averaged as freshmen.

2000: The last year a school from the Big Ten won the NCAA title. Wisconsin will try to end that drought this season.

117-47: Kentucky’s all-time record in the NCAA tournament, the best mark of any school. The Wildcats are 17-2 under John Calipari in March Madness.

13-of-24: Stat line of Kentucky’s Aaron Harrison from three-point range in four NCAA tournament games.

3: Top-10 teams Kentucky defeated (Wichita State, Louisville and Michigan) to reach the Final Four. Each of those schools advanced to the Final Four last season.

24: Double-doubles Kentucky freshman Julius Randle has recorded this season. The Most Outstanding Player of the Midwest Regional has tallied a double-double in each of Kentucky’s four NCAA tournament games.

Charlie Riedel

0: Points scored by Kentucky forward Marcus Lee in the 10 games before Sunday’s Elite Eight win over Michigan. Lee had 10 points against the Wolverines—and eight rebounds too.

1941: The last time—and only time—Wisconsin won the NCAA title.

2,720: Points scored this season by Wisconsin, a school record.

22: Points Wisconsin center Frank Kaminsky is averaging in his last three games.

549: Times reporters asked Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan about his hometown, Chester, Pa., before last week’s West Regional final. OK, not really, but it felt that way.

2: Years Connecticut’s Kevin Ollie has been a head coach.

Frank Franklin II

23.3: Points Connecticut guard Shabazz Napier is averaging during the NCAA tournament.

25-of-27: Napier’s performance from the free-throw line in the NCAA tournament. He was 9-of-9 against Michigan State in the Elite Eight Sunday.

81-48: Final score in Connecticut’s loss to Louisville just three weeks ago. Amazing how quickly things can change.

 

Jason King covers college basketball for Bleacher Report. You can follow him on Twitter @JasonKingBR.

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