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Kansas, Purdue & Wisconsin extend NCAA men’s bball tourney streaks with first round wins

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Prior to the start of this year’s NCAA Div. I men’s tournament, eight different schools had active streaks of consecutive years with at least one win in three or more NCAA tournaments. Leading the way was Pittsburgh with six straight years with at least one win in the tourney. Here’s a look at those eight schools and how their streaks were affected after first round play on Thursday and Friday.

Pittsburgh (six straight tournaments with one or more win): That streak ended when Pittsburgh failed to get a berth to this year’s tournament.

Kansas (five straight tournaments with one or more win): Extended their streak to six years with a 65-50 win over Detroit.

Purdue (five straight tournaments with one or more win): Extended their streak to six years with a three-point first round win over St.Mary‘s.

Wisconsin (five straight tournaments with one or more win): Made it six straight after a convincing 73-49 win over Montana on Thursday.

Duke (four straight tournaments with one or more win): Upset by #15 Lehigh in the first round on Friday to end their streak.

Syracuse (three straight tournaments with one or more win): Dodged the upset bullet with a first round victory against #16 NC-Asheville extending their streak to four straight years.

Washington (three straight tournaments with one or more win): Streak ended when they did not get invited to this year’s tournament.

Gonzaga (three straight tournaments with one or more win):  Extended their streak to four years with a first-round win over West Virginia.

Note: With victories in first round games, four schools have now won at least one game in three straight tournaments… Ohio State, Kentucky, Kansas State and Brigham Young.

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