JMorgan99

03-24-2010, 10:19 PM

I posted this on my blog (http://www.jeremy-morgan.com/post/471592193/sweet16), and thought some of you might find it interesting.

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This chart shows the number of times each team has made the sweet 16 since the tournament expanded the field to 64 teams in 1985.

All games from 1985 through this year are included. The number of appearances is included in parentheses behind each team’s name (due to space limitations, teams with 3 or less wins do not include this label).

Each team is shaded based on its winning percentage in the sweet 16 (winning percentage is through the 2009 tournament). The darker the blue, the higher the winning percentage. Teams are sorted based on their conference membership today, not based on their membership at the time of sweet 16 appearances.

Top ten teams (teams in bold will play on Thu/Fri)

Duke (19 appearances, 11 wins)

North Carolina (17 appearances, 12 wins)

Kansas (16 appearances, 8 wins)

Kentucky (15 appearances, 9 wins)

Arizona (12 appearances, 7 wins)

UConn (12 appearances, 7 wins)

Michigan State (11 appearances, 6 wins)

UCLA (11 appearances, 6 wins)

Syracuse (11 appearances, 4 wins)

Louisville (10 appearances, 5 wins)

Needless to say, it’s a strange year for the tournament. 6 of the top 10 programs won’t appear in the sweet sixteen.

http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_kztftb6urN1qb5lcc.jpg

This chart shows the number of times each team has made the sweet 16 since the tournament expanded the field to 64 teams in 1985.

All games from 1985 through this year are included. The number of appearances is included in parentheses behind each team’s name (due to space limitations, teams with 3 or less wins do not include this label).

Each team is shaded based on its winning percentage in the sweet 16 (winning percentage is through the 2009 tournament). The darker the blue, the higher the winning percentage. Teams are sorted based on their conference membership today, not based on their membership at the time of sweet 16 appearances.

Top ten teams (teams in bold will play on Thu/Fri)

Duke (19 appearances, 11 wins)

North Carolina (17 appearances, 12 wins)

Kansas (16 appearances, 8 wins)

Kentucky (15 appearances, 9 wins)

Arizona (12 appearances, 7 wins)

UConn (12 appearances, 7 wins)

Michigan State (11 appearances, 6 wins)

UCLA (11 appearances, 6 wins)

Syracuse (11 appearances, 4 wins)

Louisville (10 appearances, 5 wins)

Needless to say, it’s a strange year for the tournament. 6 of the top 10 programs won’t appear in the sweet sixteen.