- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 11, 2012

1: Team in the field with a losing record. Western Kentucky was 9-18 when the interim coach tag was removed from Ray Harper’s title. The Hilltoppers then won six straight, including four in the Sun Belt tourney.

23: Consecutive NCAA tournament appearances for Kansas, the longest active streak in the country. Duke (17) and Michigan State (15) have the next longest current streaks.

26-2: Record for Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski in NCAA tournament games in the state of North Carolina. The Blue Devils will open the tournament in Greensboro, where the Blue Devils are 12-0 in NCAA games under Coach K.

4: Atlantic 10 teams in the field, the most for the conference since it sent four teams to the tournament in 2004. Tournament champ St. Bonaventure joined Temple, Saint Louis and Xavier in the field.


2: Pac-12 teams selected for the tournament, the second time in three years the Pac-10/Pac-12 earned so few bids. The last time it had happened to the conference before 2010 was 1988.

3: Consecutive NCAA tournament appearances for San Diego State, which is back in the field after last year’s trip to the round of 16. The Aztecs had only five NCAA appearances before 2010.

13: Years between Detroit’s NCAA tournament appearances. The Titans won the Horizon League tournament thanks to the McCallums — Ray Sr. is the coach, and Ray Jr. is a sophomore averaging 15.6 points.

11.8: Rebounds per game for Kansas’ Thomas Robinson, the most of any player in the field. West Virginia’s Kevin Jones and Colorado’s Andre Roberson average 11.1 rebounds.

6: First-year coaches in the NCAA field. Lamar’s Pat Knight, Missouri’s Frank Haith, Murray State’s Steve Prohm, N.C. State’s Mark Gottfried, UNLV’s Dave Rice and Vermont’s John Becker capped their first seasons with an NCAA bid.