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NCAA men’s Division 1 basketball tourney seed matchups for the first round

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The NCAA men’s Division I basketball tourney begins tomorrow with first round games on Thursday and Friday. Here’s a look at how the seed matchups have played out in the first round in the past 10 tournaments (2002-2011).

Seed matchups in the First Round, higher seed won-lost record

#1 vs. #16          40-0

#8 vs. #9            22-18

#5 vs. #12          24-16

#4 vs. #13          31-9

#6 vs. #11          25-15

#3 vs. #14          37-3

#7 vs. #10          25-15

#2 vs. #15          40-0


Kansas gets 12th straight top four regional seed in NCAA tournament

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With their number 2 seed in the NCAA Midwest regional this year, the Kansas Jayhawks extended their current streak of receiving a #1, #2, #3, or #4 seed in a region for the 12th straight year. The last time Kansas was not a 1, 2, 3, or 4 seed in a region was in 2000 when they were the #8 seed in the East region in that tourney.

Four other schools this year received a top four regional seed for the third straight year (or more). Duke is a #2 seed in the South, giving them five straight years with a top four regional seed. Syracuse is the #1 seed in the East, the fourth straight year they have been a top four regional seed. A pair of Big Ten schools, Ohio State and Wisconsin both received top four regional seeds this year (Ohio State #2 in the East; Wisconsin #4 in the East) giving them each their third straight top four regional seed.

Following are the schools which have had the most top four regional seeds in the past 13 tournaments (since 2000)

Most top four regional seeds since 2000, schools

12: Duke, Kansas

8: Kentucky, North Carolina, Pittsburgh

7: Connecticut, Ohio State, Syracuse

6: Florida, Illinois, Louisville, Maryland, Oklahoma, Texas

Did you know? Six different schools have been a number 1 in a regional three or more times since 2000. Leading the list is Duke which has been a number 1 seed eight times in the last 13 years. They are followed by North Carolina and Kansas with five, Kentucky with four, and Stanford and Michigan State with three.

Duke’s Krzyzewski leads high-profile coaching contingent at 2012 NCAA tourney

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Exactly one-quarter of the 68 coaches in this year’s NCAA Div. I men’s basketball tournament have a coaching resume that includes 20 or more games coached in the year-ending tourney. Leading the group is Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski who leads this year’s tourney contingent with 102 tourney games coached, 79 wins, a .775 winning percentage, and an average of 2.93 wins per tournament.

Here’s a look at the 17 coaches who go into this year’s tournament with at least 20 games coached in the event.

Coach, NCAA tourney games, record, winning percentage, average wins per tournament

Mike Krzyzewski, Duke            102     79-23     .775     2.93

Roy Williams, North Carolina     77     58-19     .753     2.76

Jim Boeheim, Syracuse             72     45-27     .625     1.61

Jim Calhoun, Connecticut          70     51-19     .729     2.32

Rick Pitino, Louisville                 53     38-15     .717     2.38

Tom Izzo, Michigan State          48     35-13     .729     2.5

Bob Huggins, West Virginia       46     27-19     .587     1.42

John Calipari, Kentucky             45     32-13     .711     2.46

Bill Self, Kansas                         40     28-12     .700     2.15

Rick Barnes, Texas                    39     20-19     .513     1.05

Billy Donovan, Florida                34     25-9       .735     2.27

Steve Fisher, San Diego St.       32     22-10     .688     2.0

Mike Montgomery, California     31     17-14     .548    1.21

Rick Majerus, St. Louis              29     18-11     .621     1.64

Thad Matta, Ohio State             25      16-9       .640    1.78

Bo Ryan, Wisconsin                  24     14-10      .583    1.4

Mark Few, Gonzaga                  24     12-12     .500     1.0

Note: Fourteen coaches are making their first appearance in the NCAA tournament: Dave Rice (UNLV), Fred Hoiberg (Iowa State), Tad Boyce (Colorado), Scott Nagy (South Dakota State), Sean Woods (Mississippi Valley State), Ray Harper (Western Kentucky), Steve Prohm (Murray State), Tim Miles (Colorado State), Tim Cluess (Iona), Anthony Evans (Norfolk St.), Mike Schmidt (St. Bonaventure), Jimmy Patjos (Loyola), Pat Knight (Lamar), John Becker (Vermont).