Last Minute Facts to Help You With Your Bracket

By: Dylan Elder – Editor-in-Chief.

No nonsense, just facts.

-7 of the last 8 NCAA tournament champions have also won their conference tournament 

–Florida, UCLA, Michigan State, Louisville, and Iowa State are a few of the teams from big name conferences to win their tournaments

-No team has ever won the NCAA tournament after losing their first game in the conference tournament (Villanova)

–Nova also only have 1 top 25 win all season (against Kansas)

-Kansas with Joel Embiid = 22-7 record, 67.1 opponents ppg, 40.9% opponents FG%, 5.6 blocks per game

–Kansas without Joel Embiid = 3-2 record, 75.6 opponents ppg, 45.2% opponents FG%, 5.2 blocks per game

—Joel Embiid has been almost all but ruled out for at least the first weekend of the tournament

—-New Mexico will most likely play Kansas in the second round

—–The Lobos have 6’9 forward Cameron Bairstow (20.3 ppg, 7.2 rpg) and 7’0 center Alex Kirk (13.6 ppg, 8.7 rpg)

——Again, the Jayhawks will most likely be without Embiid (7’0 feet tall)

-Each of the last 20 tournament champions had a strength of schedule in the top 75 of all teams

–Louisville did not meet that requirement this season

-The past 25 tournament champions also made the Sweet 16 the previous year

–Sorry, Virginia, Wisconsin, Creighton, and Villanova

-A team seeded 5 or lower has made the elite 8 in 16/18 years

–Since Jonathan Lloyd was put into Oregon’s starting lineup, the Ducks are 21-4

—The toughest games for Oregon (in order to make the elite 8) are Wisconsin and Creighton, each with glaring weaknesses

-Oklahoma State averages almost 10 points per game more when Marcus Smart is in the lineup compared to when he’s not

–Marcus Smart is in the lineup

—The Cowboys also were ranked in the preseason top 10 and now have all their talent in tact

—-They are a 9 seed

-Wichita State has not beaten a ranked team all season

–To make the Final Four, they will most likely need to go through Kentucky (preseason AP no. 1) Louisville (defending champs) and Michigan (final four team from last year).

—Random cool Fred VanVleet (Wichita guard) stat: He has a 4:1 assist to turnover ratio

-Injuries matter

-Joel Embiid may be the biggest name, but BYU and Colorado each lost their leading scorers for the season (Kyle Collinsworth and Spencer Dinwiddie, respectively)