Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer, March 25, 2014
The NCAA tourney is down to the Sweet 16. No. 2 Michigan will battle No. 11 Tennessee; No. 2 Wisconsin will battle No. 6 Baylor; No. 4 Michigan State will take on No. 1 Virginia. Here are 16 fun numbers to keep in mind while watching the upcoming action.
55.5, points allowed per game by Virginia, Michigan State?s foe. That ranks No. 1 in the nation. The Cavaliers rank No. 9 in the nation in field-goal percentage defense, allowing opponents to shoot just 38.6 percent. Virginia notched double-digits wins over No. 16 seed Coastal Carolina and No. 8 seed Memphis. It held those two teams to 59 and 60.
6, times the Big Ten has had two Final Four teams in the same season since 1980. The most recent was 2005, when Michigan State and Illinois made it. The Illini lost the title game to North Carolina. The other years: 2000 (Michigan State, Wisconsin); 1999 (Michigan State, Ohio State); 1992 (Indiana, Michigan); 1989 (Michigan, Illinois); 1980 (Purdue, Iowa). The Big East sent three teams to the Final Four in 1985. No other league has done it since.
41, career-high point total for Adreian Payne in a second-round win over Delaware. Branden Dawson notched a career-high 26 points in a third-round game vs. Harvard.
50, the shooting percentage of Tennessee in an 87-52 win over Virginia on Dec. 30 in Knoxville. It was the last time a team shot over 50 percent vs. the Cavaliers.
52, combined points that Tennessee has beaten its three NCAA foes: Iowa, UMass and Mercer. This just in: That's kind of good.
20.3, 15.0, the scoring and rebounding averages in three NCAA games for Tennessee?s Jarnell Stokes. Again, that's kind of good.
7.5, turnovers Wisconsin is averaging in the Big Dance. The Badgers led the NCAA leaders in fewest turnovers per game (8.0 avg.) during the season. This team doesn?t beat itself.
6, number of opponents who have scored 70 or more points vs. Tennessee this season. In the tournament, UT held UMass to a season-low of 22 points in the first half and Iowa to a season-low in first-half points of 29 points. Tennessee held UMass' top scorer Chaz Williams (15.8 ppg) to just 12 points and Iowa's Roy Devyn Marble (17.3 ppg) to just seven points.
73.9, Wisconsin?s scoring average. That makes this the program?s best offense of the Bo Ryan era, while ranking fifth in the nation in offensive efficiency (1.20 points per possession). Wisconsin is scoring 80.0 ppg in the NCAA tourney.
40.5, Michigan?s three-point percentage in NCAA games played in domes last season. The Wolverines hit 34-of-84 treys in playing two games at Cowboys Stadium and two in the Georgia Dome. Michigan?s Sweet 16 games this weekend will be Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
9, wins for Michigan in its last 10 games. The lone loss was to Michigan State in the Big Ten title game. No Big Ten team is hotter.
16.2, 7.0, the scoring and rebounding averages over the last 10 games for Wisconsin?s Frank Kaminsky. His matchup with 7-1 Baylor star Isaiah Austin will be key. And lots of fun, one of the best in the Sweet 16.
14, years since the Big Ten has had a national championship. Tom Izzo led Michigan State to the crown in 2000, as the Spartans beat Florida in the now demolished RCA Dome in Indianapolis.
5, times the Big Ten has played for and lost the national title since Michigan State won it all in 2000. Indiana got beat by Maryland in 2002; Illinois lost to North Carolina in 2005; Ohio State fell to Florida in 2007; Michigan State got beat by North Carolina in 2009; and Michigan fell to Louisville last season.
5, times Michigan has made consecutive trips to the Sweet 16. In addition to turning the trick this year, the program also did it the Cazzie Russell-era from 1964-65-66. Johnny Orr turned the trick with his 1976 and 1977 squads. The 1988 and 1989 teams did it. And the Fab Five clubs did it from 1992-94.
4, players who average in double-figures for Baylor in Cory Jefferson (13.6), Brady Heslip (11.9), Kenny Cherry (11.5) and Isaiah Austin (11.2). Wisconsin also has four players who average double-figures in Frank Kaminsky (13.6); Ben Brust (13.0); Sam Dekker (12.7); Traevon Jackson (10.8). Hard to believe that Baylor went 1-7 from Jan. 15-Feb. 8 and that Wisconsin went 1-5 from Jan. 15-Feb. 1.
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