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Schools with a men’s and women’s Final Four team in the same year

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The 80-65 loss by the Kentucky women to UConn in the regional final Tuesday night means that we will not have Final Four teams from the same school in both the men’s and women’s tournament.

This year three different schools had their men’s and women’s teams in both Sweet Sixteens: Baylor, Kansas and Kentucky.

Following are the nine times when both the men’s and women’s basketball teams made it to the Final Four in the same season.

Year, school with both men’s and women’s basketball team making the Final Four

1983: Georgia

1999: Duke (both teams played in the championship game)

2002: Oklahoma

2003: Texas

2004: Connecticut (both teams won the championship)

2005: Michigan State

2006: LSU

2009: Connecticut

2011: Connecticut


Success in the Sweet Sixteen games: #1 seeds, #2 seeds and… #8 seeds?

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A banner commemorating the advancement of the 1997 Cal men's basketball team to the Sweet Sixteen hanging above Pete Newell Court at Haas Pavilion. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Four regional semi-final games will be played on Thursday and four on Friday. How well have each of the seeds performed in these Sweet Sixteen games? Since 1985, when the NCAA went to a 64-team tournament, number one seeds have won over 80% of their regional semi-final games; number two seeds have won over 70% of their Sweet Sixteen games, and #8 seeds have a 7-3 record (a .700 winning percentage) in regional semi-final games. These are the only three seeds that have a winning record in regional semi-final games.

Following are each seeds and their win-loss record in the regional semi-final games since 1985.

Seed, win-loss record and pct. in regional semi-final games (1985-2011)

#1     76-18 .809

#2     50-20 .714

#3     27-28 .491

#4     15-31 .326

#5       8-31 .205

#6     13-24 .351

#7       6-12 .333

#8       7-3   .700

#9       1-3   .250

#10    7-13  .350

#11     5-9   .357

#12    1-18  .053

#13    0-4   .000

#14    0-2   .000

#15    0-0   .000

#16    0-0   .000

Here’s a few notes about the seeds in regional semi-final games: #1 seeds are only 3-3 in the last two tournaments… at least one #2 seed has lost in the regional semi-final in each of the past four years… at least one #3 seed has won a regional semi-final game in nine straight tourneys… #4 seeds are only 4-15 this century… #5 seeds are 3-0 in the last two tournaments… a #7 seed has not won a regional semi-final game since 2005… the last time a #8 seed lost a Sweet Sixteen game was in 2002… the last time a #9 seed won a Sweet Sixteen game was in 1994… a #12 seed has lost a regional semi-final game in four straight years.

NCAA men’s Division I basketball tournament seed matchups for the second round

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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

#1       35-5

#2       26-14

#3       25-12

#4       14-17

#5       17-7

#6       10-15

#7        7-18

#8        3-19

#9        2-16

#10      7-8

#11      5-10

#12      8-8

#13      1-8

#14      0-3

#15      0-0

#16      0-0

How did Peyton Manning perform at the home fields of his four suitors?

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As the Peyton Manning sweepstakes draws to a conclusion, there is a lot of speculation about where Peyton will land. Some media sources have recently mentioned that it’s down to two teams, Denver and Tennessee. Other sources have the Miami and Arizona still in the mix.

There’s several theories about what factors will determine Manning’s destination. Well, here’s a “stats” look at another factor that may (or may not) play a role in where Peyton wants to play. Below is a look at each of the four teams vying for Manning’s services and how well Peyton played at those home fields of the four suitors. Did Peyton perform especially well as a member of the Indianapolis Colts playing at these venvues?

Stat                              ARIZ.          DENVER          MIAMI          TENN.

W-L record                     1-0                 3-1*                4-3               6-3

Pass pct.                       68.6               68.0                62.3             69.9

Yds per attempt            10.8                 7.1                 6.9               7.8

TDs/Ints                         4/1                  6/1                 7/8              16/9

QB Rating                    130.5             100.6               78.4             97.9

* Played only one series in the loss to Denver in their last regular season game before the playoffs. The Miami numbers do not include Peyton’s two Super Bowl appearances, which took place in Miami.

Unfortunately, there is not an equal sample of games to make any significant evaluation of Peyton’s numbers in these away games. If there is one key factor playing in the favor of the Titans, it’s that the Colts and Titans have played in the same division since 2002. Familiarity with the division would be an advantage.

If there is a factor playing in the favor of Arizona, it’s that Peyton has compiled better career stats against NFC opponents than AFC opponents (although his team has a better win-loss record against AFC teams). Here’s a breakdown of Peyton’s career stats versus AFC and NFC teams.

Stat                                         AFC          NFC

W-L pct.                                  .686          .654

Pass pct.                                 64.5          66.1

Yds per attempt                      7.48          7.98

TD/Int ratio                              1.9            2.4

QB Rating                               93.0         100.7

Note: TD/Int ratio means number of TD passes for every one interception.

Still confused? No clear-cut winner in these numbers. What’s my prediction? Peyton signs with Tennessee.

Miss the NBA playoffs two years in a row? Not the Spurs!

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One of the most amazing stats in the NBA is that the San Antonio Spurs have never gone two consecutive years without making the playoffs since they came in to the league in 1976-77.

Equally as impressive are the Los Angeles Lakers who last missed the NBA playoffs in back-to-back seasons in 1976.

Following are the teams that have had the longest time since missing the playoffs in two consecutive seasons.

Team, Last time they missed playoffs in two consecutive seasons

San Antonio                            Never

Los Angeles Lakers               1975-76

Phoenix                                   1987-88

Dallas                                       1999-2000

Miami                                      2002-03

Denver                                     2002-03

Chicago                                    2003-04

Cleveland                                 2004-05

Utah                                         2005-06

Orlando                                   2005-06

Note: The Detroit Pistons missed the playoffs last season, the first time they missed the NBA playoffs in consecutive seasons since 1994-95.