March 20, 2011

2011 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament, Regional Semifinals (aka the Sweet Sixteen) – 16 teams, with average attendances.

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2011 March Madness, Sweet Sixteen map

I wonder if there are any current examples of March Madness predictions all being correct up to the Sweet Sixteen right now – in other words, a still-perfect bracket. I saw where it was said there were 9.2 quintillion possibilities for possible winners in a 64-team bracket {see this}. Last year, on ESPN radio it was mentioned that after just the first 16 games (in the round of 64) were played, there were only 56 still-perfect brackets out of 4.8 million on-line brackets filled out – and that was after just 16 out of 16 games correctly picked. By this time in the tournament – the start of the Sweet Sixteen round – it’s 56 games you have to pick correctly, and it goes up to 60 games before the Regional Finals round (when there are 8 teams left). After that, there’s 7 more games. The total number of games in the tournament, counting the 2 Play-in games, is 65 games (for the 68-team field). The odds for a perfect bracket is one in 147,573,952,589,676,412,928 {see this, ‘”Perfectly Improbable: A flawless NCAA bracket“, by James A. Russell at the Kansas City Star}.
There are no documented cases of anyone ever filling out a perfect bracket.

There are three states with 2 teams still alive…North Carolina, Virginia, and Wisconsin. The 2 teams from North Carolina are – the Duke Blue Devils and the North Carolina Tar Heels. The 2 teams from Virginia, both from the city of Richmond, are – the Richmond Spiders and the VCU Rams. The 2 teams from Wisconsin are – the Marquette Golden Eagles and the Wisconsin Badgers. The biggest upset was probably the #8th-seeded Butler Bulldogs (from Indianapolis, Indiana) over #1-seeded Pitt. But those two 11th-seed teams, Marquette and VCU also had big upsets over Syracuse and Purdue, respectively. This is VCU’s first appearance in the Sweet Sixteen.
Upsets in the 3rd Round (round of 32 teams) -
#11-seed Marquette Golden Eagles over #3-seed Syracuse, by 4 points.
#11-seed VCU Rams over #3-seed Purdue, by 18 points (!).
#10-seed Florida State Seminoles over #2-seed Notre Dame by 14 points (!).
#8-seed Butler Bulldogs over #1-seed Pitt, by 1 point.
#5-seed Arizona Wildcats over #4-seed Texas, by 1 point.

Thanks to the contributors to the pages at, ‘NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship‘.Attendances from, here

March 18, 2011

2011 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament, 3rd Round (32 teams), with team attendances.

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2011 March Madness map, round of 32

CBS Sports/College BK home.
ESPN/College Basketball home.

Photo credit- Justin Edmonds/Getty Images via, here.

The big upset in the Second Round (round of 64) was in a match-up between two teams from Kentucky, with the #13-seeded Morehead State Eagles beating the #4-seeded Louisville Cardinals by one point, courtesy of a three-pointer with 5.4 seconds left by Morehead State senior guard Demonte Harper.

I found out that, going by the accumulated 26-year Tournament history of all round of 64 pairings, there was about a 1-in-5 chance that a 13th-seeded team would defeat a 4th-seeded team. [the numbers being based on results since the Tournament expanded to a 64-team field, in 1985]. Statistically, it was a 21.15 percent chance that the #13 would beat the #4 seed. This section of the ‘NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship’ page at en.wikipedia has a list of all the outcomes of the round of 64 teams’ pairings…(‘First-round games/Upsets‘).

I decided to just go ahead and update that list to include the 2011 Second Round (round of 64) results.
Below is the List of results in terms of the Seedings in the modern-era/round of 64 teams, in the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament (1985-2011)…


As you can see, the results follow a mathematical curve with 2 deviations, or anomalies…
1). There are slightly less #5th-seeded teams winning over their #12th-seeded opponents than the next set of pairings (which is 6th seed vs. 11th seed).
2). An occurrence of the #9-seeded teams beating the #8-seeded teams more times in total (6 more times over 108 games).
My interpretation…
#5 vs. #12 anomaly – [The 12th-seeded teams beating their #5th-seeded opponents more times total than the next category (of 11th-seed vs. 6th-seed).] I would say that is just an example of how difficult it actually is to evaluate a team’s actual strength, and that in a few more seasons, that 12-seed-versus-5-seed statistical blip will even out (as it started to do this season, with only one of the four 12th-vs. 5th seed outcomes – Richmond over Vanderbilt – going to the 12th-seeded team).
#8 vs. #9 anomaly – How much difference, strength-wise, will there be between any given #8 team versus any given #9 team? There will be very little difference. So the psychological aspect then kicks in, with the players on the #9 team taking their slightly-lower status as a “diss”, and taking it out on their #8-seeded opponent, and pulling off a slight upset.

First Round upsets…
#13-seed Morehead Eagles over # 4-seed Louisville, by 1 point.
#12-seed Richmond Spiders over #5-seed Vanderbilt, by 3 points.
#11-seed Gonzaga Bulldogs over #6-seed St. John’s, by 15 points.
#11-seed VCU Rams over #6-seed Georgetown, by 18 points (!).
#10-seed Florida State Seminoles over #7-seed Texas A&M, by 7 points.
#9-seed Illinois Fighting Illini over #8-seed UNLV, by 11 points.

Here are some lowest-seeding milestones in NCAA Basketball Tournament history…
Lowest-seeded team to win an NCAA Basketball Tournament title – 8th-seeded Villanova Wildcats, in 1985.
Lowest-seeded team to make it to the Final Four – 11th-seeded LSU Tigers in 1986.
Lowest-seeded team to make the Regional Finals (aka Elite Eight) – Missouri Tigers in 2002.
Lowest-seeded team to make it to the Regional Semifinals (aka the Sweet Sixteen) – [tie] 14th seed – Cleveland State Vikings in 1986, and Chattanooga Mocs in 1997.
Thanks to the contributors to the pages at en.wikipedia,org, ‘2010 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament‘.
Attendances from, here.

March 16, 2011

2011 NCAA Basketball Tournament, Second Round map (64 teams), with team attendances.

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Click on image below for the full-page map of the ’2011 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, Second Round (64 teams), with team attendances’
2011 March Madness, Second Round map (32 teams)

CBS Sports/College BK home.
ESPN/College Basketball home.

I have to admit that I was so caught up in getting the 68-team Tournament map out as quickly as I could, that I failed to notice how the new expanded field of 68, and the Play-in games, have messed with traditional Tournament bracket pools and March Madness picks. That is because 4 of the 8 teams in the Play-in games are not 16th-seeds, but instead are 11th or 12th seeds. Most everyone who follows the NCAA Basketball Tournament knows no 16th seed has ever beaten a #1 seed, so putting 4 significantly higher seeds in the preliminaries, and having one of those games end close to midnight (Eastern Time), just over 12 hours before the 64-team field begins play the following day…well, that has turned the process of being in a Tournament bracket pool from a fun thing to something more like a chore. Because if you are serious about winning the bracket pool you’re in, you probably want to have that USC-or-VCU spot down correctly, and not just guess on it, since it looks like most Tournament bracket pools are by-passing the Play-in games, yet most Tournament bracket pools’ deadlines will still be on Thursday morning. That means the bracket-player on the East Coast who doesn’t want to risk starting the Tournament bracket pool already-one-result-wrong has to stay up until almost midnight, find out who won that last Play-in game, then rush to submit that bracket by the next morning. Like I said, it’s more like work than play now to be in a Tournament bracket pool – on the East Coast, at least. Why couldn’t the NCAA have the 11th and 12th seed Play-in games on Tuesday? I mean, they know how many people are involved in Tournament bracket pools. Who’s kidding who – bracket pools made the Tournament what it is today.

The map shows the 64 team field. On the far right of the map page are all the 68 teams’ average attendances from last season (2009-10 season). [I would have listed 2010-11 average attendances, but the NCAA does not release the current-season attendance figures until May]. I decided to include the attendances of the 4 teams that were eliminated in the Play-in round…they are listed in light gray, and their logos have been removed from the map itself. In the next two maps – the map of Third Round (32 teams); and the map of the Regional Semifinals, aka Sweet Sixteen (16 teams), I will continue this procedure.

Thanks to the contributors to the pages at en.wikipedia,org, ‘2010 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament‘.
Attendances from, here.

March 13, 2011

2011 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament – the 68 teams, with list of all-time appearances by team.

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2011 March Madness map/all 68 teams

The map page shows all 68 teams that have qualified for or have been selected for the 2011 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament. The teams’ names, city or town location, and conference affiliation are listed at the far right. The map shows team locations. At the far left, all the teams are listed with respect to how many Tournament appearances they have made, all-time. Also in that list are each team’s previous appearance in the Tournament, and each team’s NCAA Basketball Tournament titles (with the year of their last title denoted).

The states with the most teams in the 2011 Tournament are: Pennsylvania and Virginia.
The 5 Pennsylvania teams…Bucknell, Penn State, Pitt, Temple, and Villanova. The Bucknell Bison are from Lewisburg, which is in the sparsely-populated hills of east-central Pennsylvania, and has a population of just 5,620 {2000 figure}.
The 5 Virginia teams…George Mason, Hampton, Old Dominion, Richmond, and Virginia Commonwealth University. The VCU Rams and the Richmond Spiders are both from the city of Richmond, which has a city population of around 204,000 and a metro-area population of around 1.2 million {2010 figure}.
California, Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio, and Tennessee have 4 teams each in the Tournament.

#1 seeds are:
Ohio State [in the East Region].
Kansas [in the Southwest Region].
Pittsburgh [in the Southeast region]
Duke [in the West Region].

The newly-instituted Play-In games comprise 8 teams playing in 4 games over a two-day period, in Dayton, Ohio. The 8 Play-in teams/games are:
Tuesday -
UNC Asheville vs. Arkansas-Little Rock [16th-seeded teams].
UAB vs. Clemson [12th-seeded teams].

Wednesday -
Texas-San Antonio vs. Alabama State [11th-seeded teams].
USC ) vs. VCU [16th-seeded teams].

First round begins at 12:15pm ET on Thursday, with the winner of the UAB/Clemson game vs. West Virginia. By Thursday morning, I will have a map of the field of 64, with 2010 average attendances for each team listed.
Thanks to the Bracketology 101 blog.
Thanks to the contributors to the pages at…
2011 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament‘.
NCAA Men’s Division I Tournament bids by school‘.

February 22, 2011

NCAA Basketball: The Big Ten Conference – Conference map, with venues, capacities, and 2009-10 average attendances; and teams’ Big Ten titles and NCAA Tournament histories.

Filed under: NCAA Men's Basketball,NCAA/bk->Big Ten — admin @ 11:26 am

2010-11 Big Ten Basketball

ESPN/NCAA Basketball.
Big Ten standings at ESPN site, here.
Big Ten athletics site/2011 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament, here.

AP Poll (from ESPN site).
The AP poll for Week 16 (Feb. 21) has Duke #1 (up from 5th), Ohio State #2 (=), Kansas #3 (down from 1st), Pitt #4 (=), and Texas #5 (down from 4th). [Btw, the San Diego State Azrecs are #6, so one might want to keep an eye on that Cinderella story.] Other Big Ten teams beside Ohio State in the top 25 are: Purdue at #8, and Wisconsin at #12.

Bracketology column by Shawn Siegel at, from Feb. 21, here. Siegel projects these 5 Big Ten teams into the Tournament, if the season ended now…a #1 seed: Ohio State; a #2 seed: Purdue; a #4 seed; Wisconsin; a #10 seed: Illinois; and a #12 seed: Michigan State.

The Big Ten has existed as a sporting institution since 1896. The original sport the conference teams competed in was, of course, gridiron football. The first season that basketball was featured as a competition was in 1905-06. That makes this the 106th season of Big Ten Basketball. The first champion was Wisconsin, who went 6-1 in 1905-06. For the first 92 seasons, the regular season winner was champion (and there were several instances of dual champions or three-way co-champions). The Big Ten took a long time to finally get around to having a tournament to decide their basketball champion…not until 1998. The first champion of the Big Ten Basketball Tournament was Michigan, but that title has been vacated by the NCAA, because of a string of violations that fall under the aegis of The University of Michigan basketball scandal. Titles and statistics listed in the profile boxes on the map page all call into account the vacated titles and statistics of each team…besides Michigan, five other Big ten schools’ basketball programs have run afoul of NCAA regulations…Illinois; Michigan State; Ohio State; Purdue; and Wisconsin have also had Big Ten basketball titles and/or statistics vacated.

The Big Ten Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament is held at a neutral site. In 2008, the tournament began a five-year residence at the Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana. [Indianapolis is 52 miles (83 km.) from Bloomington, Indiana where the Indiana Hoosiers are located.] Ohio State won the 2010 Big Ten Tournament, beating Minnesota by 39 points.

As far as national championships go, there are five Big Ten basketball teams with NCAA Basketball Tournament titles. [The NCAA Basketball Tournament began in 1939.] Top of the list in the Big Ten is Indiana, who have won 5 national basketball titles (their last in 1987), putting the Hoosiers tied for third on the all-time list. [The top 4 are: UCLA -11 titles; North Carolina - 7 titles; Indiana and Duke - 5 titles.] The other Big Ten teams which have won NCAA Basketball Tournament titles are…Michigan State, with 2 titles (last in 2000); Michigan, in 1989; Ohio State, in 1960; and Wisconsin, in 1941.

A noteworthy present-day achievement of a Big Ten basketball program is Michigan State’s 12 consecutive selections for NCAA Tournament bids. The Spartans’ dozen-straight March Madness appearances (1999 to 2010) is the third-longest active streak, behind only Kansas (with 21 straight March Madness appearances), and Duke (with 15 straight March Madness appearances),

A brief history of the Big Ten…
The Conference was not officially called the Big Ten until 1987. Before that, its official name was The Intercollegiate Conference of Faculty Representatives, but it had been popularly known as the Big Nine, then the Big Ten, almost throughout it’s whole history.The Intercollegiate Conference of Faculty Representatives was founded on February 8, 1896. It was the first collegiate sports conference in the United States. The conference initially (for 3 years or so) became known as the Western Conference. It’s original schools were Chicago, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Northwestern, Purdue, and Wisconsin.
In 1899, Indiana and Iowa joined, and the conference became popularly known as the Big Nine.
Michigan left the conference in 1908 (for a time); Ohio State joined in 1913. When Michigan re-joined in November 1917, the conference started to be known as the Big Ten.
The University of Chicago decided to de-emphasize athletics, and their football team left the conference in 1939. By 1946, that school’s athletic program was out of the conference entirely, and the conference once again became known as the Big Nine. Three years later, 1949, Michigan State joined, and it was the Big Ten again.

Again, throughout this whole time, the conference was still officially known as the Intercollegiate Conference of Faculty Representatives. The conference did not shed this anachronistic name until 1987, when the Big Ten was incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation. Three years later, in 1990, Penn State joined, making the conference an 11 team organization, but it was decided to keep the name Big Ten (after all, it’s foolish to mess with an established brand name}. The conference slyly acknowledged their then-11 school make-up, though, by having a logo which showed the number 11, in the blank spaces to either side of the T in Ten [you can see that logo at the lower left on the map page].

Ex-Big 12 school Nebraska is now set to join the Big Ten, and the conference has a new logo {here}. A lot of people hate it, but I am reserving my hate for the ridiculous names that the conference has given for their two new football divisions…Legends and Leaders. Legends and Leaders? Sentimental hogwash. Those names are just embarrassing. From the Big Lead, Dec. 13, 2010, ‘New Big Ten Division Names Are “Legends” and “Leaders,” Awful.’ From ESPN, via AP, Dec.17,2010, ‘Big Ten may rethink Legends, Leaders‘.

Nebraska doesn’t join Big Ten sports until each sport’s 2011 season. Currently, this is the 2010-11 season in college basketball. But in anticipation of this, I decided to include a profile box for the Nebraska Cornhuskers’ basketball team. Their profile box is at the far lower right of the map page.

Each team’s profile box includes…primary logo; full name of school; location of main campus, basketball venue; year of the school’s establishment; year of the establishment of the school’s varsity basketball team; undergraduate enrollment; Big Ten Basketball titles (and year of last title); seasons spent in Big Ten Basketball; NCAA Basketball Tournament titles (and year of last title); NCAA Final Four appearances (and year of last Final Four appearance), and total number of NCAA Basketball Tournament appearances (and year of last appearance). Plus I squeezed in each team’s coach, and years he has spent coaching there. Then there is an interior photo of the team’s arena. Above the photo is the team’s 2009-10 average home attendance. Finally, I have included a photo of the team’s most recent away basketball jersey that I could find. I stuck with away jerseys. Some schools don’t even seem to make their men’s basketball team’s home white jerseys avialable for purchase on the Internet. The one exception was for Purdue – I used Purdue’s alternate, old gold-colored jersey.

On the map are the city locations of the teams. At the lower left of the map page are the final standings for 2010 Big Ten Basketball; a listing of the 4 Big Ten teams that were nationally ranked by the AP last season (Ohio at #5, Purdue at #10, Michigan State at #13, and Wisconsin at #16); as well as a listing of the Big Ten teams that qualified for the 2010 NCAA Basketball Tournament (the aforementioned 4 teams plus Minnesota), their seeding in the tournament, and how far the team went in the tournament. As mentioned, the Ohio State Buckeyes won the 2010 Big Ten Basketball Tournament, beating Minnesota. That’s the 2nd Big Ten Tournament victory for Ohio state in 4 seasons. The Big Ten team that had the most successful March Madness run was Tom Izzo’s Michigan State Spartans, who made it to the Final Four, losing to Butler by 2 points in the Semifinal.

At the very bottom left of the map page are 2009-10 average home attendances, venue capacities, and percent capacities. Wisconsin not only led Big Ten Basketball in attendance, but the Badgers had the 6th-highest average attendance nationwide in NCAA basketball in 2009-10. Wisconsin also played to sell-out crowds every game, making them one of only 6 college basketball programs to play to full capacity last season. [The other 5 teams that played to 100%-capacity or higher last season were Kentucky, Kansas, the Big Ten's Michigan State, Duke, and Gonzaga.] {My 2009-10 NCAA Basketball attendance map, here.}

Photo credits -
Illinois…Assembly Hall photo by Mark Jones, at Illini official site, here. Jersey,
Indiana…Assembly Hall photo from, here. Jersey from, here.
Iowa…Carver-Hawkeye Arena photo by Dan O’Brien at his blog, from this post. Jersey from, here.
Michigan…Crisler Arena photo from Basketball Arenas, here. Jersey from, here.
Michigan State…Breslin Events Center photo from, here. Jersey from, here.
Minnesota…Williams Arena photo by Dlz28 at, here. Jersey at, here.

Northwestern…Welsh-Ryan Arena photo from, here. Jersey from, here.
Ohio State…Schottenstein Center photo from, ‘Was building the Schottenstein Center a big Mistake‘.
Penn State…Bryce Jordan Center photo from, here. Jersey from, here.
Purdue…Mackey Arena photo from Purdue University via Bloomberg Businessweek site, ‘Purdue: A Virtual Tour‘. Jeresey from, here.
Wisconsin…Kohl center photo by Pbrown111 at, here. Jersey from, here.

Nebraska…Bob Devaney Sports Center photo from, here. Jersey from, here.

Thanks to Big Ten athletics official site, Men’s Basketball page, here.

February 3, 2011

NCAA Basketball: The ACC – Conference map, with venues, capacities, and 2009-10 average attendances; and teams’ ACC titles and NCAA tournament histories.

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ACC Basketball, 2011

ESPN/NCAA Basketball.
ACC Standings.
AP Top 25 (Jan.31).
Jeff Sagarin NCAA basketball ratings (USA…by team
by Conference.
Ohio State are the only undefeated team in the country, and of course are #1. Kansas is #2, at 20-1. Texas is #3 at 18-3. Pitt is #4 at 20-2. Duke is #5 (down from 3rd, last week), at 19-2. Reigning national champs Duke’s first loss snapped a 25 game winning streak, and it was to unranked fellow ACC member Floride State, on January 12th. The Florida State Seminoles, under coach Leonard Hamilton, have qualified for March Madness in 2009 and 2010, and are now making an early case for a tournament bid in 2011.
Duke’s second loss came last weekend, away at Madison Square Garden in New York City, to St. John’s. St. John’s are 5-5 in the Big East this season and unranked, while Duke are 7-1 in the ACC this season, so it was a significant upset, especially since St. John’s beat the Blue Devils by a 15-point margin, 93-78…Jan. 30, – AP via, ‘St. John’s stymies No. 3 Duke to reel off 3rd ranked win’. It was Duke’s largest margin of defeat versus an unranked opponent in 15 seasons.

If you glance at the Sagarin ratings by conference, you will see that this season, as far as the top 10 conferences go, the ACC is slipping towards a more mediocre rating, at 4th best conference, with the Big East and the Big Ten ascending, to be first and second rated, and the Mountain West gaining the most (3) places, into fifth rated.
Sagarin Conference ratings (and comparison to their final 2009-10 Sagarin ratings) 1st through 10th best rated conferences are…
1st, Big East (up from 3rd in 2009-10).
2nd, Big Ten (up from 4th in 2009-10).
3rd, Big 12 (down from 1st in 2009-10).
4th, ACC (down from 2nd in 2009-10).
5th, Mountain West (up from 8th in 2009-10).
6th, SEC (down from 5th in 2009-10).
7th, Pac-10 (down from 6th in 2009-10).
8th, Conference USA (up from 10th in 2009-10).
9th, Atlantic 10 (down from 7th in 2009-10).
10th, Horizon (up from 12th in 2009-10).

In Men’s Basketball, the ACC features two of the most successful college basketball programs in the United States – North Carolina (with 5 national championships, last in 2009) and Duke (with 4 national championships, including the 2010 title). The ACC also has amongst its members two other teams that have won national basketball championships: North Carolina State (with 2 championships, their last in 1983), and Maryland (who won their title in 2004). The North Carolina Tar Heels’ 5 titles puts them tied for third-best all-time (with Indiana) [UCLA is top with 11 titles, and Kentucky has the second-most titles, with 7]…’NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship/Winners‘ ( NC and Duke are also at the top of the list of all-time-most Final Four appearances {see this}. North Carolina has made it to the Final Four an impressive 18 times (tied with UCLA for most), while Duke has the third-most Final Four appearances, with 15.

The Atlantic Coast Conference is known almost universally as the ACC. The ACC came about as a result of a mass exodus of 7 then-members of the Southern Conference in 1953. Clemson, Duke, Maryland, North Carolina, North Carolina State, South Carolina, and Wake Forest were those 7 schools. The 7 left primarily because of the Southern Conference’s ban on post-season play (ie, college football Bowl games). Bylaws were ratified for the Atlantic Coast Conference in June, 1953. In December, 1953 an 8th school joined – Virginia, from the Metro Conference. In early 1954, the first season of ACC Basketball began. Unlike, say, the Big Ten [which is my next map in this series], the ACC has always had a Basketball Tournament to decide the conference champion.

The make-up of the ACC remained static for 19 years, until 1971, when South Carolina left to become an Independent (South Carolina is now in the SEC). The ACC operated with 7 members until 1978, when Georgia Tech joined from the Metro Conference. The total number of member schools reached nine with the addition of Florida State, also formerly from the Metro Conference, in July 1991. This 9 school set-up lasted until 2004/05, when there was a big shake-up within the ACC and the Big East…Miami and Virginia Tech jumped from the Big East to the ACC in 2004, and Boston College followed suit in 2005. The latter school’s presence making it the first occasion of an ACC member-school being from north of the Mason-Dixon line. That made it 12 teams in the ACC, and that is how it has remained. The make-up of the two divisions, Atlantic and Coastal, can be seen on the map page, with the teams’ profile boxes split up by division, and arranged top to bottom alphabetically.

On the map page, team profile boxes are at the right. Each team’s profile box includes…primary logo; full name of school; location of main campus, basketball venue; year of the school’s establishment; year of the establishment of the school’s varsity basketball team; undergraduate enrollment; ACC Basketball titles (and year of last title); seasons spent in ACC Basketball; NCAA Basketball Tournament titles (and year of last title); NCAA Final Four appearances (and year of last Final Four appearance), and total number of NCAA Basketball Tournament appearances (and year of last appearance). Plus I squeezed in each team’s coach, and years he has spent coaching there. Then there is an interior photo of the team’s arena. Above the team’s arena photo is listed their 2009-10 avergae attendance. Finally, I have included a photo of the team’s most recent away basketball jersey that I could find. I stuck with away jerseys, out of both aesthetic reasons (white jerseys being bland and boring), and frankly, out of necessity, because some schools don’t even seem to make their men’s basketball team’s home white jerseys available for purchase on the Internet (and I am not going to spend my time cobbling together home white jerseys out of blank jersey templates, logos, segments of photos, and my drawing program, like I was forced to do with two teams, Rutgers and Providence, on my Big East basketball map {here}. The one exception ended up being with Maryland – I used Maryland’s alternate, yellow-with-red-and-black-trim jersey (it was the only jersey they sell – they aren’t wearing red away jerseys this year, but instead, black; and they are wearing their yellow jerseys often – home and away).

On the map itself are the city locations of the teams. At the lower left of the map page are the final standings for 2010 ACC Basketball; a listing of the 2 ACC teams that were nationally ranked by the AP (Duke at #3 and Maryland at #20); as well as a listing of the 6 ACC teams that qualified for the 2010 NCAA Basketball Tournament (Duke, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Wake Forest, Clemson, and Florida State), their seeding in the tournament, and how far the team went in the tournament. As mentioned, Mike Krzyzewski’s Duke went all the way to win Duke’s fourth national championship (it was Coach K’s fourth national title with Duke as well). The Blue Devils were just able to fend off Cinderella-team Butler in the March Madness final, by a 61-59 score. Before that, Duke had also won the ACC Tournament, beating Georgia Tech 65-61 in the ACC final.

At the lower left of the map page are 2009-10 average home attendances, venue capacities, and percent capacities of ACC teams. {source – pdf of 2009-10 NCAA basketball attendance (}. The best-drawing team in the ACC in 2009-10 was, once again, North Carolina, who averaged 17,786 per game. But the Tar Heels had a real poor season by their standards, not even qualifying for March Madness, and were only able to fill the 21,750-capacity Dean Smith Center in Chapel Hill, NC to a 81.8% capacity. Maryland had the second-best attendance in the ACC last season, pulling in an average of 16,792 per game, to a respectable 93.6% capacity at the ComCast Center in College Park, MD. Best percent capacity was, of course, Duke, who once again played to 100% capacity in their small, raucous, and visitor-unfriendly Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, NC. If you are wondering why a college basketball program as prominent as Duke only plays in a 9,314-seat arena, well, Duke athletics certainly does not need to rely on ticket sales to keep their sports programs viable…Duke is a private university with an endowment at $4.8 billion , making the school the tihird-most-endowed school in the US [#1 is Michigan, #2 is Columbia]. This flush state of affairs for the school was the initial result of tobacco money from the Duke Endowment, which saw the school change it’s name from Trinity College to Duke University in 1924. Besides, if Duke built a larger arena they would very likely wreck their home-court vibe and run the risk of not selling out games. Because after all, Duke, in Durham, is just 11 miles away from Chapel Hill and the North Carolina Tar Heels, and NC definitely has a larger fan base.
Photo credits -
Boston College…Conte Forum photo from, here. Jersey, at College online store, here.
Clemson…Littlejohn Coliseum photo from, here. Jersey from, here.
Duke…Cameron Indoor Stadium photo, submitted by en1044 at thread ‘USA – College Basketball Arenas’, here.
Florida State…{note, thanks to for date of est. of FSU bk}. Donald L. Tucker Center photo from, here (full panorama image). Jersey from, here.
Georgia Tech…Alexander Memorial Coliseum photo, Getty Images at, here. Jersey at
Maryland…Comcast Center photo by Mike Haw at, here. Jersey from, here.
Miami…Bank United center photo from, here. Jersey from, here.
North Carolina…Dean Smith Center photo from Arthletics/Facilities, here. Jersey from, here.
North Carolina State…RBC Center photo by User B at, here. Jersey from, here.
Virginia…John Paul Jones Arena photo from the University of Virginia vioa ESPN, here. Jersey from, here.
Virginia Tech…Cassell Coliseum photo submitted by en1044 at thread ‘USA – College Basketball Arenas’, here. Jersey from CollegeBasketballStore, here.
Wake Forest…photo of “The Joel” from, here. Jersey from College, here.

Thanks to the contributors at, ‘Atlantic Coast Conference‘.
Thanks to, for attendance figures.

December 28, 2010

NCAA Basketball: The Big East Conference – Conference map, with venues, capacities, and 2009-10 average attendances; and teams’ Big East titles and NCAA Tournament histories.

Filed under: NCAA Men's Basketball,NCAA/bk->Big East — admin @ 2:37 pm

Big East basketball 2011

The map on the map page shows the locations of the schools in the Big East Basketball Conference, as well as the teams’ venue locations (if different than the school location). Three teams have dual venues – one basketball venue on campus, plus a larger basketball venue in a nearby city…those 3 teams are Connecticut (Storrs, CT/Hartford, CT), St. John’s (Queens, NYC, NY/Manhattan, NYC, NY), and Villanova (Villanova, PA/Philadelphia, PA). Two teams play not in the the school’s location, but in an adjacent municipality – DePaul (who are from Chicago, IL, but play in Rosemont, IL), and Seton Hall (whoi are from South Orange, NJ, but play in Newark, NJ). One team, Georgetown, has an on-campus venue (McDonough Arena, capacity 2,5000 – {see this photo (Sports} that is basically too small to stage games on a regular basis, and in recent seasons has hosted one game a season. But this season it won’t be hosting a game. I included it in Georgetown’s profile box, but put in a picture of their main venue, the Verizon Center. [It's a shame the McDonough is so small...if it had a capacity of a couple thousand more, it would be a viable venue for more games. I understand the atmosphere there is fantastic. And the problem for Georgetown is that the Verizon Arena is too big - it holds 20,173, and Georgetown averaged 12,040 (granted, that one game in 2009-10 at the McDonough, which drew 2,400, pulled down Georgetown's average attendance a little bit). Playing to six to eight thousand empty seats on a regular basis is not a very ideal situation.]

On the far left of the map page is a table that shows the 2009-10 final standings for Big East Basketball; the winner of the 2010 Big East Tournament (West Virginia); the 5 Big East teams that were in the final AP Basketball Poll, and their rankings; and the 8 teams that qualified for the 2010 NCAA Basketball Tournament, as well as which round they exited in. Again, West Virginia went the furthest, making it to the Final Four, where they lost to the eventual 2010 champions, Duke. Good job to the Mountaineers, and to coach Bob Huggins, who, after revamping the Kansas State program (2006-07), has further rebuilt his reputation after those sordid final days of his Cincinnati stint (ca. 2005, which involved a very public DUI conviction and a protracted contract squabble with the school’s top brass). Huggins, an alumni of West Virginia University, looks to be building a solid program in Morgantown…which will result in only strengthening the already powerful juggernaut that is Big East Basketball. An example of the giant shadow that Big East basketball casts on the sport can be seen in the fact that 8 of the top 20 teams in the all-time list of most appearances in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament come from the Big East…
March Madness all-time appearances list, click on the following…‘NCAA Men’s Division I Tournament bids by school’(
Big East teams in the All-time top 20 NCAA Basketball Tournament appearances list -
#5 Louisville,with 36 NCAA Basketball Tournament appearances.
#8 Syracuse, w/ 33 NCAA Basketball Tournament appearances.
9 [tied] Villanova, w/ 30 NCAA Basketball Tournament 30 appearances.
#9 [tied] Notre Dame, w/ 30 NCAA Basketball Tournament appearances.
#12 [tied] Connecticut, w/ 28 NCAA Basketball Tournament appearances.
#12 [tied] Marquette, w/ 28 NCAA Basketball Tournament appearances.
#19 [tied] Georgetown, w/26 NCAA Basketball Tournament appearances.
#19 [tied] St. John’s, w/ 26 NCAA Basketball Tournament appearances.

Below that table are 2009-10 Big East Basketball teams’ average attendances and percent capacities. Big East Basketball features some very high-drawing teams, and last season 2 teams – Syracuse and Louisville – were among the top 3 highest drawing NCAA basketball teams in the country (Kentucky drew the highest). 14 of the 16 teams in the Big East were among the top 100 drawing college basketball teams. ’2010 National College Basketball Attendance, [2009-10]‘, from the site, here (pdf file).

One other element to the map is the inclusion of future Big East member TCU [Texas Christian University]. The TCU Horned Frogs will join all Big East sports, including basketball, in 2012.

At the right of the map are profile boxes of all 16 current teams in Big East Basketball. Included are…full name of school; location of main campus, basketball venue(s) (and location if different); year of the school’s establishment; year of the establishment of the school’s varsity basketball team; undergraduate enrollment; Big East Tournament titles (and year of last title); seasons spent in Big East Basketball (and season the school joined the conference, and from where); NCAA Basketball Tournament titles (and year of last title); NCAA Final Four appearances (and year of last Final Four appearance), and total number of NCAA Basketball Tournament appearances (and year of last appearance). Plus I squeezed in each team’s coach, and years he has spent coaching there. Then there is a shot of the interior of the team’s venue (or in the case of those 3 dual-venue-teams, their campus venue), and above the photo, the team’s 2009-10 average attendance is listed. Finally, I had room for just one jersey per team, so I chose the most colorful one…not very, ahem, professional of me, I know, but if I did it by the book and just put in photos of each team’s home whites, it would look a lot more boring, and would not give you a sense of each team’s color scheme. At any rate, many teams do not even offer their white jerseys for sale on the internet, or if they do, I couldn’t find them. In fact, two teams seem to not sell basketball jerseys at all…Providence and Rutgers. I had to assemble an image of these two teams’ jerseys. So anyway, the jerseys all ended up being the teams’ away jerseys, with the exception of Marquette, who feature here their alternate away jersey (a snazzy light blue jersey), and Georgetown, who famously play in home greys. An interesting fact I learned while making this map is that the Georgetown Hoya’s colors were created by the members of their first sports team, the rowing team, in 1876…it was to honor both the Union and Confederate armies – with the Prussian Blue of the Union troops’ gear, and the Cadet Grey of the Confederate troops’ gear {see this}. By the way, some of these jerseys are last season’s version, but what I put there was the most recent that I could find. One final point…those aren’t empty orange seats in the Syracuse Orange/Carrier Dome photo – that’s around 25,000-plus students and fans in orange shirts. Go ‘Cuse!
Photo credits-
Cincinnati… Third Arena photo gallery, here. Jersey at
Connecticut…Dinur Blum at, here. Jersey at Football
DePaul… Arena. Jersey at, here.
Georgetown…Verizon Center photo by Anna Creech [aka eclecticlibrairian] at, here. Jersey, at, here.
Louisville…KFC Yum! (man what a ridiculous name for a stadium) Arena, from AP, at SI, here (‘Goodbye Freedom Hall, hello KFC Yum! Center for Louisville basketball’). Jersey, at, here.
Marquette…Bradley Center photo from Replay, here. Jersey from, here.
Pittsburgh…Petersen Events Center photo by crazypaco at, here. Jersey at, here.

Providence…Dunkin’ Donuts Center photo, Getty Images at, here. Jersey, note: no Providence Friars jerseys available on the internet, therefore I assembled one, thanks to this site (Logosportswear).
Rutgers…Rutgers’ Athletic Center photo, from Jersey not available on the internet, and was assembled thanks to this site (Logosportswear).
St. John’s…Carnesecca Arena photo, at athletics/facilities, here. Jersey, at, here.
Seton Hall…Prudential Center photo, from, here. Jersey, at, here.
South Florida…J. Meric at; Jersey at
Notre Dame…Joyce Center photo at, here. Jersey, at, here.
Syracuse…Carrier Dome photo from Section 247 Sports, here. Jersey, at CBS, here.
Villanova…The Pavillion photo, posted by jicharles at, here. Jersey, at, here.
West Virginia…WVU Coliseum photo from, here. Jersey, at CNY, here.

Thanks to the contributors to the pages at, ‘Big East Conference‘.

Thanks to Duane Frank (a Notre Dame supporter/ @BigDuaneFrank on Twitter), and the fellas at, including Charles Seymour Jr. (@CollegeHoopers on Twitter), for tweeting {here} about my last college basketball post. can be found on my blogroll.

Thanks to Jeremy at, for info on Georgetown.

December 7, 2010

NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball – The top 100 drawing teams, 2009-10 season (home games, regular season).

Please note: I have made a more recent College Basketball Attendance Map; click on the following link, NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball – map of the top 100 drawing teams, 2013-14 season (home games, regular season): #1 Syracuse; #2 Kentucky; #3 Louisville.
NCAA basketball, top 100-drawing teams, 2009-10

2010 College Basketball Attendance‘, [pdf] from
At the top of the map page are the top eleven drawing teams (all teams which drew over 15,000 per game last season). Included are the teams’ home arenas, and their capacities. Three of these 11 teams played to full capacity…Attendance leaders the Kentucky Wildcats, who played to 102.6% capacity, drawing 24,111 per game to the 23,500-capacity Rupp Arena in Lexington, KY {metro population, around 463,000}. The 6th-highest-drawing Wisconsin Badgers played to 100% capacity at the 17,230-capacity Kohl Center in Madison, WI {metro population, around 561,000). And the ninth-highest-drawing Kansas Jayhawks played to 100.8% capacity at the 16,300-capacity Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, KA {metro population, around 116,000}.

There were only three other teams in the list of 100 highest attendances that played to 100% capacity last season…Michigan State, Duke, and Gonzaga. The Michigan State Spartans have now played to 100-percent-capacity at their 14,797-capacity Breslin Center in East Lansing, Michigan for 10 consecutive seasons (since 2000, which was when the Spartans won the second of their 2 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament titles). The 2010 champions Duke Blue Devils once again filled their 9,314-capacity Cameron Indoor Stadium for all their home games, which put them at 53rd-highest-drawing. The perennial March Madness overachievers the Gonzaga Bulldogs are from Spokane, in eastern Washington state, near the Idaho panhandle. They play in a smart and compact 6,000-seat arena called the McCarthey Athletic Center {see this page with interior and exterior shots (Garco Construction Inc. site)}. They were tied for 90th-highest-drawing last season. You just know that arena is an asset for the ‘Zags, because those sell-out crowds make it pretty tough for the visitors. There were a couple teams that drew just below 100% capacity…the 41st-highest-drawing team, south-east Kansas’ Wichita State Shockers (who played to 97.7% capacity), and the Cincinnati, Ohio-based power the Xavier Musketeers, who were the 44th-highest-drawing team last season (playing to 98.8% capacity).

The circles on the map are all centered on the team’s home arena. They are meant to measure the team’s average crowd size, not the area of the team’s fan base. For example, the part of the big red Louisville Cardinals’ circle that swings north into the state of Indiana is not meant to say that folks from that part of Indiana support Louisville…there is certainly a higher percentage of Indiana Hoosiers fans there (except, probably, for the people that live directly across the Ohio River from the city of Louisville, in and around Clarksville, Indiana, which is part of the Greater Louisville metro area). But I decided to stick to circles radiating out equally, instead of making arbitrary oblong circular blobs that conformed to state boundaries. Besides coastal teams, there was only one instance where I had to put the team’s circle outside the team’s point on the map, and that was in another part of the college-basketball-mad Ohio River Valley, in Cincinnati…because the Xavier Musketeers and the Cincinnati Bearcats both play there. So I moved the Cincinnati Bearcats’ circle off the continental US land mass, and connected it with a line to the city, so that both team’s circles could be properly seen. Another instance where two team’s circles were super-imposed was in the state of North Carolina…the 5th highest-drawing, Chapel Hill-based North Carolina Tar Heels are just 11 miles (18 km.) west of Durham, where the aforementioned Duke Blue Devils play. In this case, Duke’s circle was small enough that it fit into the Tar Heel’s circle, so both could be viewed without moving one circle off its point on the map.

Btw, if you are wondering why there is no team from the state of Massachusetts on the map, well, UMass’ glory days are gone (they only draw around 3,900 these days), Boston College had a poor season (15-16 record), and they drew just 5,317 per game last season, meaning they just missed being in the top 100, and Holy Cross just doesn’t draw so well (less than 2,200). And, over on the west coast, what about USC ? That’s another instance of an off-year resulting in poor crowds. USC were 16-14, and only drew 5,016 per game. UCLA also does not draw so well. For the all-time most successful men’s college basketball program (11 titles, last in 1995), UCLA’s 8,081 per game last season is nothing other than an embarrassment. The jaded LA sports fan can’t be bothered.

Here are the 5 teams that just missed being on the map (#s 101-105)…Boston College, who averaged 5,317 per game; Weber State [Ogden, Utah], who averaged 5,310 per game; Wright State [Dayton, Ohio], who averaged 5,277 per game; Rutgers [Piscataway, New Jersey], who averaged 5,236 per game; Rhode Island [Kingston, RI], who averaged 5,227 per game.

You can see all Division I teams’ average attendances, with teams listed alphabetically, at the bottom of the pdf {again, here}.

Thanks to CBS Sports/College BK, here.
Thanks to, for some of the logos, here.

March 24, 2010

2010 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament, 3rd Round (aka the Sweet Sixteen).

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2nd Round upsets…
Saturday, March 20, 2010-
#11 Washington Huskies over #3 New Mexico, by 18 points
#10 St. Mary’s Gaels over #7 Villanova, by 7 points.
#9 Northern Iowa Panthers over #1 Kansas, by 2 points.
Sunday, March 21, 2010-
#12 Cornell Big Red over #4 Wisconsin, by 18 points.
#6 Xavier Musketeers over #3 Pitt, by 3 points.
#5 Michigan State Spartans over #4 Maryland, by 2 points (at the buzzer)

That 18 point victory by Cornell, a squad full of experienced seniors, is notable. It is the first time ever that the Upsate New York, Ivy League school has ever had a team in the Sweet 16.
The St. Mary’s Gaels, of Moraga, California (25 miles east of San Francisco) also have a team in the 3rd Round for the first time. St. Mary’s enrollment is just 4,700. Check out how tiny their home arena is, McKeon Pavillion, capacity 3,500 (photo halfway down page on right, here…St. Mary’s College Gaels (Wikipedia page).
The giant killing of Kansas by the unflappable Northern Iowa is simply awe-inspiring. Aki Farokhmanesh, the lightly recruited, American-born son of an Iranian immigrant volleyball coach, showed real poise in making the decision to shoot rather than eat up the clock, when he was part of a 2-on-1 break, alone and unguarded, with 35 seconds remaing. The safe thing to do would have been to pull back and wind the clock down. Especially with a 1 point lead, and after Farokhmanesh had missed his 7 previous shots. Well screw conventional wisdom, because Kansas was all but certain to gain the lead they had been chipping away at all second half. So Farokhmanesh went for it. His 3-pointer put the Jayhawks in a 4 point hole that they couldn’t crawl out of. The shot also put Ali Farokhmanesh on the March 29, 2010 cover of Sports Illustrated.
Sports Illustrated, March 29, 2010, by Tim Layden, ”As Good As It Gets‘.

Thanks to ESPN site/CBS sports online tv coverage…ESPN/Men’s College Basketball.

March 20, 2010

2010 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament, Second Round (32 teams).

Filed under: NCAA Men's Basketball — admin @ 8:44 am


2010 NCAA Division I Basketball Tournament, First Round upsets…
Thursday, March 18, 2010-
#14 Ohio Bobcats over #3 Georgetown, by 14 points (!).
#13 Murray State Racers over Vanderbilt, by 1 point.
#11 Old Dominion Monarchs over #6 Notre Dame, by 1 point.
#11 Washington Huskies over #6 Marquette, by 2 points.
#10 Florida Gators over #7 BYU, by 7 points in 2nd OT.
#9 Northern Iowa Panthers over #8 UNLV, by 3 points.
#9 Wake Forest Demon Deacons over #8 Texas, by 1 point in OT.
Friday, March 19, 2010-
#12 Cornell Big Red over #5 Temple, by 13 points.
#10 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets over #7 Oklahoma State, by 5 points.
#10 Missouri Tigers over #7 Clemson, by 8 points.
That’s a lot of upsets. March Madness almost never ceases to surprise and amaze. I heard on the radio Friday that 4.8 milion people had entered brackets online at ESPN, and only 56 of those entries had picked the first 16 games on Thursday correctly. That’s awesome.
Now you can watch games, live online, free. Just go to ESPN/ College Basketball, Scoreboard… [ Note: sometimes the games get jammed, sometimes there is a nice feed, and sometimes you can only get one of the live games...I guess they haven't got the glitches out yet. ]

Thanks to CBS Sports…CBS BK.

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