Sweet 16 teams come from 10 different states: Texas, Kansas, Florida, Kentucky, North Carolina, Michigan, Wisconsin, New York, Indiana and Michigan. In the 2008 election, McCain/Palin only won three of the 10 states: Texas, Kansas and Kentucky.
There are only two teams located West of the Mississippi: Baylor and Kansas.
7 of the teams made the Sweet 16 in 2011: Kansas, Ohio State, North Carolina, Kentucky, Wisconsin, Florida and Marquette. 4 of the 7 made the elite 8: Kansas, North Carolina, Florida and Kentucky.
According to research compiled by the Journal Sentinel, two conferences account for half of the field: Big Ten – Indiana, Michigan State, Ohio State and Wisconsin; and the, Big East – Syracuse, Marquette, Louisville, Cincinnati. The last time the Big Ten had 4 teams in the Sweet 16 was in 1999.
The lowest seeded team, Ohio (13) beat Michigan from the Big Ten in the second round. The second lowest seeded team, North Carolina State (11) advanced to the Sweet 16 by beating Georgetown from the Big East.
RPI Ratings of the lowest seeded teams left:
(47) Ohio – 13 seed
(49) NC State – 11 seed
(41) Xavier – 10 seed
(30) Florida – 7 seed
(42) Cincinnati – 6 seed
Jim Boeheim of Syracuse at 67 is the oldest coach in the tournament; 39 year old Buzz Williams of Marquette is the youngest coach, based on data from Stat Sheet.