Seven schools from Texas made the tournament, tying the tournament record California in 2002). In this year’s bracket, Pennsylvania is second with five teams.
For the fourth straight season, a team with a losing conference record was selected for an at-large berth (7-9 Georgia Tech). Last year it was Maryland (7-9). In 2008, it was Arizona (8-10). In 2007, it was Arkansas (7-9).
Three of the four programs with most all-time No. 1 seeds are No. 1s again. Since seeding began in 1979, here are the leaders: North Carolina (13), Duke (11), Kentucky (10), Kansas (9).
The 10 at-large selections from outside the so-called “power six” conferences is the highest amount since 12 were selected in 2004.
The Pac-10 only has two teams in this year’s tournament. The last time a “power six” league had only two teams was in 1988, when (imagine this) the Pac-10 sent only Arizona and Oregon State. To be fair, the Wildcats did go to the Final Four.
Kansas will be making its 21st straight appearance, which is the longest active streak. Duke is second at 15, with Michigan State at 13 and three others (Gonzaga, Texas and Wisconsin) at 12.
Kentucky is the first team with 50 tournament appearances. Next is North Carolina and UCLA with 41 (neither in this year’s field). Those three are the only teams with 40, Kansas now has 39.
Cornell will take on Temple in the first round. Cornell head coach Steve Donahue was formerly an assistant coach under Temple head coach Fran Dunphy at Penn.
Vermont will take on Syracuse in the first round. Vermont's only NCAA tournament victory came against the Orange back in 2005.
Among coaches in this year’s field, Jim Boeheim has the most appearances with 27. He is followed by Mike Krzyzewski (26). Krzyzewski’s 10 Final Four appearances is twice as many as the next set of coaches – Tom Izzo and Rick Pitino have reached the national semifinals five times.
Kentucky’s John Calipari and Xavier’s Chris Mack are the only coaches who made this year’s field in their first year with their current programs. Mack is in his first season as a college coach.