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Manager Ron Roenicke’s Brewers are currently 24-30 in their first 54 games, the one-third point in the 162-game season. In the 44-year history of the franchise, this six-games-under-.500 mark is among the worst records at this point in the season. Here’s a look at the worst 54-game records in Brewers history.
54-game record, year
18-36: 2002, 1972
21-33: 2003, 1971
22-32: 2010, 2000
23-31: 1994, 1991, 1976
24-30: 2012, 1999, 1996, 1989, 1984, 1969 (as Seattle Pilots)
Of the 16 seasons listed above (not counting this year), the Brewers ended the year at .500 or above in only two of those seasons (1989, .500; 1991, .512).
* In the franchise history, the team was over .500 at the 54-game mark in only 15 of the 44 seasons. They were at .500 (27-27) in four seasons. Of these 19 seasons where they were .500 or above after 54 games, the teams finished above .500 in 10 of those seasons.
* In 24 seasons the Brewers were under .500 after 54 games. In only three of those seasons (2008, 1991, 1983) did the team finish with a record above .500.
* The Brewers have made the playoffs in four seasons. The record of those playoff teams at the 54-game mark: 1981: 30-24; 1982, 27-27; 2008, 26-28; 2011, 29-25.
Here’s a look at the five seasons when the Brewers had 30 or more wins at the 54-game mark (and how they ended that season):
54-game record, Year (end of the year)
31-23: 2009 (finished the season 80-82, third in the division)
30-24: 2007 (finished the season 83-79, second in the division)
30-24: 1987 (finished the season 91-71, third in the division)
30-24: 1980 (finished the season 86-76, third in the division)
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What will be the key factors for Kentucky and Kansas in tonight’s title game? Defense? Three-point shooting? Rebounding? Reserves? To help with the pre-game analysis of the game, here’s a look at several boxscore stats and how these numbers have (or have not) favored the championship game winners. The numbers presented are based on the past 25 NCAA men’s Division I championship games.
1. Bench Scoring: The champion’s reserves have outscored the opposition bench in 15 of the 25 games (they had the same bench point total in one contest). The winners got 10 or more points from their bench in 18 of the 25 contests; the championship game losers bench scored 10 or more points in only 10 of the 25 games.
2. The Game‘s Leading Scorer: The game’s leading scorer has come from the winning team in 17 of the 25 games (in one game, players from opposing teams tied for game-high honors).
3. Halftime Lead: The team leading at halftime has won 19 of the last 23 championship games.
4. Better shooting: In the last 25 title games, the team that had a better field goal percentage won 22 and lost only three. The team with the better field goal percentage for the game has won the last 14 title contests.
5. Three-point shooting: Shooting more threes is not a big deal; the winning team had more three-point attempts in only seven of the 25 games. The winning team made more shots from beyond the arc in 10 games (in one game both team made the same amount).
6. Free throw shooting: Getting to the line and making more free throws than the opposition has been a factor in the last 25 games; the winning team has shot more and made more free throws in 15 of the 25 games.
7. Rebounds: The winning team has outrebounded their opponents in 14 of the 25 games.
8. Assists: The winning team has had more assists in 15 of the 25 games; in two games the teams had the same number of assists.
9. Fewer turnovers: Ironically, having fewer turnovers than the opposition was not a major factor. The team with the fewer turnovers only won 10 of the 25 games.
10. Seeds: Tonight’s title game features #1 seed Kentucky versus #2 seed Kansas. The #1 seed has faced the #2 seed in eight previous title games. The #1 seed has won six and lost two. Since 1979, when all teams were seeded in the tournament, #1 seeds are 12-6 in the championship game. The #2 seeds are 6-9 in championship games since 1979.
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The NCAA men’s Division I basketball tourney second round begins tomorrow with second round games on Saturday and Sunday. Here’s a look at how the seed matchups have played out in the second round in the past 10 tournaments (2002-2011). Also listed is how well each of the 16 seeds have fared in second round games in the last 10 years (Beware the #12 seed if they get in to the second round!).
Seed matchups in the Second Round, higher seed won-lost record
#1 vs. #8 19-3
#1 vs. #9 16-2
#4 vs. #5 6-13
#4 vs. #12 8-4
#5 vs. #13 4-1
#12 vs. #13 4-0
#3 vs. #6 15-7
#3 vs. #11 10-5
#6 vs. #14 3-0
#2 vs. #7 18-7
#2 vs. #10 8-7
Seed records in the Second Round in the last 10 years
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How important is it to be the first team to score in the Super Bowl? In the previous 45 Super Bowl games, the team that scored first has won 29 times (64.4% winning percentage). Here’s a few more stats regarding the first score in the Super Bowl.
1. The first score in the Super Bowl has been either a field goal or touchdown pass in 82.2% of the games (37 of 45).
2. The first score has been a field goal in 22 games (48.9%). Of those 22, nine have been field goals of 40 yards or more. The first score has been a touchdown pass in 15 of the 45 Super Bowls (33.3%). Only four of those 15 TD passes were of 40 yards or more.
3. The first score has been a TD run in only five Super Bowl games. None of those five TD runs were longer than five yards. The last time a rushing TD was the first score in a Super Bowl was 1993 when Buffalo’s Thurman Thomas scored on a two-yard run. The first score has been a safety, blocked punt for TD and kick return for TD once apiece.
4. The NFC has been the first team to score in 24 of the 45 games and in 12 of the last 17.
5. The first score in the Super Bowl has happened in the first quarter in 39 of the 45 games (86.7%) and in 15 of the last 17 contests. No Super Bowl game has been scoreless at halftime The lowest scoring Super Bowl game was Super Bowl IX between Pittsburgh and Minnesota. Pittsburgh scored a safety in the second quarter on their way to a 2-0 lead at halftime.
6. Three different players have scored the first points in two different Super Bowls. Kicker Mike Clark of Dallas did it with field goals in Super Bowl 5 and Super Bowl 6; the 49ers Jerry Rice put the first points on the board in Super Bowls 24 and 29 with TD receptions (in Super Bowl 24 from Joe Montana and in Super Bowl 29 from Steve Young); and Rams kicker Jeff Wilkins made field goals in Super Bowl 34 and Super Bowl 36 for the first scores in those games.