2021 NCAA Tournament: 17 Facts and Tidbits on Teams in the Bracket
Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images. Pictured: Head coach Mark Few of the Gonzaga Bulldogs
At about this time, you are getting tired of all the analysis around your brackets, so it’s time to take a break and drill down into the NCAA Tournament as far as we can go.
We’ve compiled 17 pieces of information below, ranging from party schools to salaries and nicknames to college majors.
Longest Tenured Coaches With the Same Team in Tournament
Jim Boeheim (Syracuse, 1976), Tom Izzo (Michigan State, 1995) and Mark Few (Gonzaga, 1996)
Claim to Fame
App State head coach Doug Kerns was a coach at the Michael Jordan Flight School from 2001-2003.
No. 1 Song in the Country the Last Time Rutgers Played in the NCAA Tournament (1991)
“Someday” by Mariah Caray.
Number of Top Party Schools, According to the Princeton Review’s Top 15, that are in the Tournament
5 (1. Alabama, 3. Syracuse, 4. West Virginia, 9. Colgate, 11. UCSB, 14. Wisconsin)
Number of Top Academic Schools, According to Princeton Review’s Top 15, That Are in the Tournament
Most International Roster
Gonzaga. The Bulldogs have players from Lithuania, Russia, France and Mali.
Highest First Round Total
Lowest First Round Total
Georgia Tech-Loyola (126)
Largest First Round Spread
Baylor (-26.5) vs Hartford
Percentage of the Purdue Roster Majoring in Organizational Leadership
46 percent (6/15)
Percent of the Baylor Roster Majoring in Health, Kinesiology and Leisure Studies
46 percent (6/15)
BetMGM Book Card:
Most Common Nickname Among Tournament Schools
4 Tigers (Texas Southern, LSU, Clemson and Missouri),
4 Eagles (Morehead State, Eastern Washington, Winthrop and Oral Roberts Golden)
3 Spartans (Norfolk State, Michigan State and UNC-Greensboro)
3 Mountaineers (Appalachian State, Mount St. Mary’s and West Virginia)
The Most Popular Car in America When Duke and Kentucky Last Missed the Tournament (1976)
The Oldsmobile Cutlass
The Two Highest Paid Basketball Coaches in America Aren’t in the Tournament
Mike Krzyzewski (estimate: $9M)
John Calipari ($8 million)
Largest Disparity Between Athletic Budgets Among Two First Round Opponents
Abilene Christian ($20 million) and Texas ($200 million)
Best Football and Basketball Team Combined
Liberty: Football (10-1) and Basketball (24-5) — with six total losses.
Number of NCAA Division I Teams Who Haven’t Made Tournament
44. Elon is one of longest suffering at more than 20 years. They lost the CAA title to Drexel by seven points.