A Sweet 16 Teams; 16 Items

Gary BrownCorrespondent IIMarch 24, 2010

JACKSONVILLE, FL - MARCH 21: Ryan Wittman #20 of the Cornell Big Red shoots the ball in the game against  the Wisconsin Badgers during the second round of the 2010 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Jacksonville Veteran's Memorial Arena on March 21, 2010 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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From College Sports Matchups

Kentucky: In Lexington, the Wildcat faithful are celebrating two Sweet 16 teams as both the men and women are continuing with their seasons.

Cornell: Did you know the Ivy League school finished second in the NCAA wrestling tournament?

Butler: In just three years as a head coach, and the tender age of 33, head coach Brad Stevens has a career record of 86-14.

Syracuse: Jim Boeheim has coached in 1,021 more games than Butler’s Brad Stevens. Boeheim has a career record of 829-292.

Duke: The last time the Blue Devils made the Elite Eight was 2004.

Baylor: It was just the 2005-'06 season when Scott Drew’s team went 4-13 in Big 12 play following a scandal by the team’s previous coaching staff. The Bears have come a long way.

Kansas State: Lon Kruger was the head coach at Kansas State the last time the Wildcats made the Sweet 16. The year was 1988.

West Virginia: The Mountaineers are one of nine teams left in the tournament without a McDonald’s All-American. There is a prize for the first person to email me the other school without one. gary@collegesportsmatchups.com

Northern Iowa: The school has just over 13,000 students and is located in Cedar Falls, Iowa. OK, that is two things, but I bet you did not know either one of them.

Michigan State: Coach Tom Izzo has seen 84 percent of his players that complete their eligibility graduate.

Ohio State: A buckeye is a shiny, dark brown nut with a light tan patch that is supposed to bring good luck to anyone that carries it. We still don’t really know what a Tar Heel is. Of course this year, who cares?

Purdue: There are three former Boilermakers presently playing in the NBA.

Washington: The Huskies have won 14 of their last 16 games.

Tennessee: Has any team ever advanced so far with so many issues. The Vols have experienced a player with cardiac arrest and players who were just arrested. Bruce Pearl has done a masterful job this season.

Xavier: This is the third consecutive year the Musketeers have been in the Sweet 16. Might be time to stop calling them a mid-major.

St. Mary’s: The Gaels have been playing basketball for 103 years and sport an all-time record of 1119-1188.