After a year off, it was so much fun to have the NCAA tournament back in action.
But after an exciting couple of weeks we’re at the Final Four in Indianapolis. And what a fine quartet of teams we’ll see – a big favorite, a surprise team, and a few die-hard teams from Texas – as they battle for the national championship.
The action ends at 5:14 p.m. ET on Saturday when Baylor with 1 seed takes on Houston with 2 seeds. It follows 1-seed Gonzaga versus 11-seed UCLA at 8:34 p.m. ET. Both games will air on CBS.
Here are some that you can get yourself into on a couple of tires The payment about each of the teams in the Men’s Final Four:
HOUSTON COUGARS (Seed No. 2, 28-3 record)
4: The number of double-digit seeds Houston defeated on his way to the Final Four. That was Cleveland State No. 15, Rutgers No. 10, Syracuse No. 11, and Oregon State No. 12. The Cougars are the first team to reach the Final Four without facing a single-digit seed.
37: Years since Houston’s last Final Four appearance in 1984. This team, which included four future NBA players, including superstar center Hakeem Olajuwon, lost the championship game to Patrick Ewings Georgetown Hoyas.
6: All-time Final Four appearances from Houston, one of only 15 schools to have made the Final Four so many times.
111: Total games Houston has won since the start of the 2017/18 season. Only Gonzaga (126) has won more games in this stretch.
2: Number of 2 seeds that have won the national title since 2000. These are UConn (2004) and Villanova (2016).
57.6: Houston-approved points per game (including tournament games) this season, second in the country behind only Loyola-Chicago.
3: Houston’s overall national ranking based on KenPom’s adjusted efficiency metric.
4: Active head coaches who have brought multiple schools to the Final Four. Kelvin Sampson, who led Oklahoma to the Final Four in 2002, joins Bob Huggins, Rick Pitino and John Calipari on that list. Roy Williams, who retired Thursday, did the same feat.
29.2%: The 3 point percentage for Houston’s opponents this season. This is the eleventh best brand in the country and the third best of any NCAA tournament team, just behind those of Alabama and Colgate.
BAYLOR BEARS (Seed No. 1, 26-2 record)
89.7%: Baylor’s share of profits over the past two seasons. Only Gonzaga’s grade of 0.968 is better.
71: Years since Baylor’s last Final Four appearance in 1950. The tournament was a different beast then. Baylor won just one game to reach the Final Four that year, losing twice in doubles elimination format, finishing 14-13.
41.1%: Baylor’s 3-point percentage this season is the best in the nation.
9: Baylor’s wins against teams that were in the AP Top 25 this season (including the tournament). This is associated with the state of Oklahoma for most of the nation.
11: Games Baylor played against top 25 opponents. There are as many as Houston (1), UCLA (4) and Gonzaga (6) combined.
83.0: Baylor’s points ranked sixth in the nation per game this season.
65.5: Baylors points per game this season allowed it to be No. 51 in the nation.
2: Baylor’s overall national ranking based on KenPom’s adjusted efficiency metric.
253: The total steals Baylor this season, fourth in the nation and third among tournament teams.
118.2: Baylor’s offensive scoring following only Gonzaga’s.
UCLA BRUINS (No. 11 seeds, 22-9 record)
24.7%: The combined 3-point shooting percentage for UCLA’s five opponents in this year’s NCAA tournament, including First Four opponent Michigan State.
108: Points scored by security guard Johnny Juzang in his team’s first five tournament games. That is related to Bill Walton for the second most frequent of a UCLA player. Lew Alcindor, who later became Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, holds the record with 134.
55%: The percentage of UCLA’s 51 points scored by Juzang, 28, in his team’s Elite Eight win over Michigan.
0: The number of # 11 seeds that made it to the NCAA tournament championship game.
19: This is UCLA’s 19th appearance in the Final Four, just behind North Carolina’s record (20). This includes the Bruins appearance in 1980, which was vacated by the NCAA for a violation.
3: This is the third time UCLA has met Gonzaga in the NCAA tournament. The first was in 2006 when 2-seed UCLA made a big comeback to defeat Adam Morrison’s 3-seed Zags. The second came in 2015 when Gonzaga with 2 seeds beat UCLA with 11 seeds in the Sweet 16.
63%: The combined percentage of free throws of the five UCLA opponents in the tournament. Alabama was 11-for-25 (44%) off the line and Michigan was 6-for-11 (54.5%).
15: UCLA’s overall national ranking according to KenPom’s adjusted efficiency metric.
26: Years after UCLA’s most recent national title, the longest drought for the Bruins since 1964, the year they won their first of their record 11 titles.
GONZAGA BULLDOGS (No. 1 seed, 30-0 record)
3: Gonzaga players have been named to the AP All-American team this season (Jalen Suggs, Drew Timme, Corey Kispert). The last team with three All-Americans was Illinois (Dee Brown, Deron Williams, Luther Head) in 2004-05.
38: Gonzaga’s overall tournament wins, the fourth highest of all teams that have not won a championship and are just behind the gates of Oklahoma, Purdue and Illinois.
34: Gonzaga’s current winning streak that dates back to last season. It’s the longest winning streak in Gonzaga’s history, and one away from hitting the top 10 of all time.
29: Double digit wins for Gonzaga this season. Only West Virginia managed to play a close game with Gonzaga and lose by five on December 2nd. The Zags won 27 double digits, an NCAA record.
5: Consecutive seasons with 30 Gonzaga wins, an NCAA record.
24: Gonzaga’s average profit margin in this NCAA tournament. This would beat the current record of 23.75 held by the 1967 UCLA team that won the national title.
0: The number of undefeated national champions since the tournament rose to 64 teams in 1985. The last undefeated national champion was Indiana in 1976, which ended in 32-0. It’s been 42 years since an undefeated team reached the championship game. Larry Bird’s Indiana State team lost to Magic Johnson’s Michigan State Squad in 1979.
54.9%: Gonzaga’s field goal percentage this season, No. 1 in the nation.
63.7%: Gonzaga’s 2-point field goal percentage this season, No. 1 in the nation.
91.6: Gonzaga’s points per game this season, No. 1 in the nation. Colgate is a distant second at 85.2.
122.2: Gonzaga’s offensive rating, No. 1 in the nation.
1: National champions who have spent the entire season ranked # 1 in the AP poll since the field expanded to 64 teams. Only the Duke team from 1991-92, led by Christian Laettner, Grant Hill and Bobby Hurley, has accomplished this feat.
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