A bonafide blowout

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Friends (and, no doubt, perceptive loyal readers) have a pretty good idea that I don’t get stuck without a vital stats source very often.

This, of course, attains a certain comic level. So when Virginia was up 15-0 at halftime and 18-0 after three quarters yesterday, it was a little humbling to have to say I couldn’t precisely ascertain whether those were tournament records.

Fortunately, I still have last year’s tournament record book (filled with every box score in the event’s history) at D1scourse headquarters. And that’s led to this rundown of the largest leads after two and three quarters since the tournament began in 1971.

Two things of note. One, Virginia was just off the pace of the biggest rout in tournament history after both the second and third quarters. Two, both lists are littered with automatic qualifiers, a reminder that an opening round rout or two each year is the price of fostering the game’s growth at the Division I level.

HALFTIME

17: Syracuse 19, Michigan State 2 (1991 first round; Syracuse won 28-7)

15: Duke 16, Fairfield 1 (2005 first round; Duke won 23-4)
15: Virginia 15, Villanova 0 (2009 first round; Virginia won 18-6)

12: Virginia 13, Mount St. Mary’s 1 (2003 first round; Virginia won 19-8
12: Virginia 15, Albany 3 (2005 first round; Virginia won 23-9)

THREE QUARTERS

19: Syracuse 22, Michigan State 3 (1991 first round; Syracuse won 28-7)

18: Virginia 18, Villanova 0 (2009 first round; Virginia won 18-6)

17: Duke 19, Fairfield 2 (2005 first round; Duke won 23-4)

16: North Carolina 19, Michigan St. 3 (1987 first round; UNC won 21-5)
16: Virginia 19, Notre Dame 3 (1994 first round; Virginia won 23-4)
16: Johns Hopkins 20, Marist 4 (2005 first round; Hopkins won 22-6)

15: Army 16, Hofstra 1 (1971 first round; Army won 19-3)
15: Cornell 18, Navy 3 (1977 semifinals; Cornell won 22-6)
15: Virginia 21, Harvard 6 (1996 quarterfinals; Virginia won 23-12)
15: Virginia 20, Albany 5 (2005 first round; Virginia won 23-9)
15: Duke 16, Providence 1 (2007 first round; Duke won 18-3)

Patrick Stevens

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