106 _ Miles between Cincinnati and Ohio State, who play each other in Boston in the East Regional.
88,312 _ Twitter followers for Kentucky super fan, actress and avid tweeter Ashley Judd, who attended the Wildcats’ win over Iowa State on Saturday.
The initial 68-team bracket had teams from all over the west, from California and UNLV to Gonzaga and St. Mary’s.
Now, they’re all gone.
Not a single team from the western half of the United States reached the regionals this year, leaving Baylor, in heart-of-Texas Waco, as the last stop in the bracket.
That’s 11 states, no teams. Yet Ohio put a record four teams through to the round of 16: Ohio State, Xavier, Cincinnati and Ohio.
STUDENTS OF THE GAME
Four of the teams in the round of 16 have coaches who never played college hoops and came through the ranks as student managers.
Tom Crean, Indiana. Didn’t play at Central Michigan and got his start as a graduate manager at Michigan State before going on to head coaching jobs at Marquette and with the Hoosiers.
Mick Cronin, Cincinnati. After coaching a local high school while completing his undergraduate degree, he got his first college coaching job as a video coordinator for the Bearcats in 1996-97.
Buzz Williams, Marquette. Before he became Marquette’s head coach, the Buzzsaw served as a student assistant at Navarro College in Corsicana, Texas, under Juco Hall of Famer Lewis Orr. He also was a student assistant at Oklahoma City University.
Scott Drew, Baylor. Started his career as a student assistant at Butler and later moved on to Valparaiso, where he earned his master’s degree while working for his father, Homer, the Crusaders head coach at the time.