Monday, March 12, 2012

Better Know Your Brackets: Stats, Info and Free Contest Links

Bracket Facts and Key Stats

As avid fans of the NCAA tournament, College Basketball Daily is happy to provide readers with a kind of "cheat sheet" on the tournament field.

While we don't offer many specific game picks, the stats, data and information below may provide some help in determining the best way to play your office or work bracket pool, which is, after all, all that's important for the month of March (and first week of April).

First, the basics (which everyone should already know):

The #1 seeds, by region are: South: Kentucky (32-2) (also the overall #1 seed); West: Michigan State (27-7); East: Syracuse (31-2); Midwest: North Carolina (29-5).

In the Final Four, South plays West, East plays Midwest. All Final Four games are at the Superdome, New Orleans, LA on March 31 (semi-finals) and April 2 (championship).

Of the 68 tourney teams, only one has a losing record, that being 15-18 Western Kentucky, which faces 21-12 Mississippi Valley State in Tuesday's play-in game at 6:40 pm ET. The other Tuesday game is BYU vs. Iona at 9:10 pm ET. Wednesday's play-in games are Lamar vs Vermont, 6:40 pm ET and California vs South Florida at 9:10 pm ET. All play-in games will be played in Dayton, Ohio and broadcast live on truTV.

What used to be called the opening round (round of 64) is now known (stupidly) as the second round, and all subsequent rounds are moved up one, accordingly, because of the play-in games. (That's probably more information than anyone needs)

A #1 seed has never lost to a #16, but #15s have beaten #2s, four times.
#15 Richmond beat #2 Syracuse, 73-69, in 1991
#15 Santa Clara beat #2 Arizona, 64-61, in 1993
#15 Coppin State beat #2 USC, 78-65, in 1997
#15 Hampton beat #2 Iowa State, 58-57, in 2001

STATS (all stats are for the 2011-12 regular season and do not include conference tournaments)

Top Ten Scoring teams in tournament:
1 Iona 83.3
2 North Carolina 82.0
3 LIU Brooklyn 81.9
4 Belmont 81.5
5 UNC-Asheville 81.2
6 Missouri 80.3
7 Creighton 80.0
8 New Mexico State 78.5
9 Davidson 78.4
10 Brigham Young 78.2

Top ten Rebounding teams in tournament:
1 North Carolina 45.2
2 New Mexico State 40.3
3 Lamar 39.6
4 Kentucky 39.2
5 Davidson 38.9
6 LIU Brooklyn 38.6
7 Brigham Young 38.5
8 West Virginia 38.4
9 Michigan State 38.2
9 Louisville 38.2

Top ten teams in tournament by field goal percentage:
1 Creighton .583
2 Missouri .578
3 Iona .567
4 Belmont .560
5 Murray State .548
6 Florida .547
7 Indiana .547
8 Wichita State .547
9 Saint Mary's .544
9 Memphis .544

Top ten teams in tournament by 3-point shooting percentage:
1 Indiana .433
2 Creighton .425
3 Murray State .406
4 Temple .402
5 Missouri .395
6 South Dakota State .393
6 Iona .393
8 Vanderbilt .391
9 Florida .390
10 New Mexico .385

Top ten teams in tournament by free throw percentage (very important):
1 Colorado State .769
2 Missouri .766
3 Davidson .764
4 Indiana .762
4 UNC-Asheville .762
6 St. Bonaventure .756
7 Baylor .751
7 Wichita State .751
9 California .746
9 Harvard .746

Top ten teams in tournament by assists per game:
1 Iona 19.3
2 Creighton 17.9
3 UNLV 17.7
4 North Carolina 17.6
5 Belmont 17.4
6 Brigham Young 17.0
7 Marquette 16.8
8 UNC-Asheville 16.6
9 New Mexico 16.4
10 Missouri 16.2

Top ten teams in tournament by steals per game:
1 Virginia Commonwealth (VCU) 10.68
2 Syracuse 9.61
3 Ohio 9.38
4 Louisville 9.31
5 Marquette 8.81
6 Mississippi Valley State 8.74
7 UNC-Asheville 8.48
8 Brigham Young (BYU) 8.45
9 Murray State 8.42
10 UNLV 8.38

Top ten teams in tournament by blocked shots per game:
1 Kentucky 8.79
2 Syracuse 7.09
3 Connecticut 6.91
4 Florida State 5.94
5 North Carolina 5.79
6 Memphis 5.68
7 Kansas 5.64
8 Louisville 4.86
9 Baylor 4.82
10 Georgetown 4.81

Finally, here are links to some FREE tournament bracket contests:
Actually, our friends (and football picks sponsor) Bankroll Sports has a comprehensive list of totally free online bracket contests.

On Tuesday morning, College Basketball Daily will break down the 1st round play-in games and some of the key second round match-ups. More on Wednesday, plus a roadmap to the Final Four, and, our Tournament Conference Scorecard will be updated regularly throughout the tournament.

1 comment:

Bankroll Sports said...

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