NCAA Tournament 2011: Stats To Know for Filling Out Your Bracket
Whether it be for money, prestige or fun, every one of us has filled out a NCAA basketball tournament bracket at one time or another.
We love college basketball. America's obsession with "March Madness" cost business' 1.7 billion dollars in lost productivity according to a 2008 report in Newsweek.
It can be extremely difficult predicting tournament matchups—so here a a few choice stats to help the selection process go easier.
The Kansas Jayhawks lead the nation in assists per game (18.2) and field goal percentage (.518). They are the only team that shoots over .500 from the field.
North Carolina leads the nation in rebounds per game (42.7).
No team that has lost its first game in its conference tournament has gone on to win the NCAA tournament.
BYU's Jimmer Fredette leads the nation in scoring at 27.9 points per game. Unfortunately, BYU has the most tournament appearances in NCAA history without making a Final Four (25).
Among tournament eligible teams, Oakland of the Summit League leads the nation in scoring at 85.6 points per game (VMI is first at 87.9, but at 18-13 will not make the tournament).
Kenneth Faried of Morehead State leads the nation in rebounding at 14.5 per game. He also leads the nation in field goal percentage (64.4).
Only six times has the championship game featured two No. 1 seeds—1982, 1993, 1999, 2005, 2007 and 2008.
The Big East has the most teams in the AP Top 25 with eight. The Pac-10 has the fewest with one.
Aaron Johnson of UAB leads the nation in assists at 7.9 per game.
Wisconsin leads the nation in free throw percentage (.827) and fewest turnovers per game (7.51)
Georgetown played the toughest schedule this season, with an opponents winning percentage of (.623).
North Carolina has made the most final fours in NCAA history with 18. UCLA's 11 NCAA tournament victories are the most all time.
Florida State leads the nation in opponent's field goal percentage at 36.5.
Among tournament eligible teams, the Ohio State Buckeyes lead the nation in three-point field goal percentage at .419 (Northern Arizona is first at .425, but at 19-12 will not make the tournament).
Only once have all No. 1 seeds made the final four—2008. Only twice have zero No. 1 seeds made the final four—2006 and 1980.
Which Team will win the 2011 NCAA Tournament?
Eleven active coaches have an NCAA tournament championship—Bill Self, Roy Williams, Gary Williams, Jim Calhoun, Jim Boeheim, Mike Krzyzewski, Billy Donovan, Tom Izzo, Tubby Smith, Rick Pitino and Steve Fisher.
Syracuse has seven wins over ranked teams, the most in the nation.
A No. 16 seed has never upset a No. 1 seed. Only four times—1991, 1993, 1997 and 2001—has a No. 15 seed upset a No. 2 seed.
An eighth seed (Villanova in 1985) is the lowest seed to win the NCAA tournament.
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