Maddening 2014 March Madness Fact and Oddities

March Madness is upon us once again and 32 teams still stand tall, some taller than others. So which teams are left after the first two rounds?  How many conferences? How many states? These and other questions will be answered. To paraphrase some babbling Pink Floyd – I know I am mad, I’ve always been mad, even when I’m not mad, I’m mad…can’t really do anything about it anyway…except compile statistics and odd facts about a basketball tournament.  Read on you crazy hoop heads.

High and Lows:

  • State Highs:  3 – TX: Baylor, Stephen F. Austin, Texas; CA: Stanford, San Diego State, UCLA
  • States Remaining: 23
  • Conference Highs:  4 – ACC: NC, Pitt, VA, Syracuse; Big 12: Iowa St., KS, Baylor, Texas; Pac 12: AZ, UCLA, Stanford, OR
  • Conference Lows: 0 – Conference USA, Mid American, et al.
  • All Conference Final 4: 1: Big 12: Iowa St., Kansas, Baylor, Texas
  • Final Four Madness: Stephen F. Austin (12), Harvard (12), North Dakota St. (12), Mercer (14)

Mascot Breakdown:

  • People – 7: Tennessee Volunteers, SF Austin Lumberjacks, Dayton Flyers, San Diego State Aztecs, NC Tar Heels, Michigan St. Spartans, Virginia Cavaliers
  • Cats – 5:  Pittsburgh Panthers, Memphis Tigers, Arizona Wildcats, Kentucky Wildcats, Villanova Wildcats
  • Birds – 5:  Stanford Cardinal, Louisville Cardinals, Kansas Jayhawks, Creighton Jays, Oregon Ducks
  • Bears – 3: UCLA Bruins, Mercer Bears, Baylor Bears
  • Weird Animals – 2: Wisconsin Badgers, Michigan Wolverines
  • Colors – 2:  Syracuse Orange, Harvard Crimson
  • Bovinae – 2:  Texas Longhorns, North Dakota State Bisons
  • Fruits – 1: Syracuse Orange
  • Grains – 1: Wichita State Shockers (stalk of wheat)
  • Natural Disasters – 1:  Iowa St. Cylcones
  • Doll – 1: Saint Louis Billikens
  • Swamp Dwellers – 1: Florida Gators

Interesting Matchups:

  • All Cat Final Four:  KY Wildcats, Villanova Wildcats, Arizona Wildcats, Pitt Panthers
  • All People Final Four:  Virgina Cavaliers, Tennessee Volunteer, San Diego St. Aztecs, SF Austin Lumberjacks
  • Top Public U Final Four: UCLA, Virginia, Michigan, Wisconsin
  • Top Academics Final Four: Harvard, Stanford, Wisconsin, Michigan
  • Great Mascot Battle:  Wolverine, Badger, Gator, Tiger

Let the madness continue!

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