Can they do it again?
If 13th-seeded Siena, a small college located in Loudonville, N.Y., upsets Vanderbilt, the fourth seed, it wouldn't be the program's first NCAA Tournament shocker. In 1989, the Saints (then known as the Indians) were the 14th seed, but knocked off No. 3 Stanford in the opening round. They lost in the following round to Minnesota.
That was a close one
During the Selection Show on CBS, it was the opinion of some that Villanova was the last at-large team to make the field. That assessment was based largely on the fact the Wildcats (20-12) were a No. 12 seed, a high number for a team from a major conference. One of the squads Villanova edged for a spot in the tournament was Virginia Tech, which is coached for Seth Greenberg, formerly the coach at USF.
By the numbers
.627 Clemson's free-throw
2 Losses by San Diego since Jan. 20.
2-5 Villanova's record this season against ranked teams.
3 Connecticut wins in its past six games.
16 Consecutive wins Vanderbilt started the season with.
13 Years since Western Kentucky last won an NCAA Tournament game.
21 Drake's longest winning streak this season.
224 3-pointers made by Siena
Like Rudy, but better
Drake guard Adam Emmenecker, a former walk-on, averaged 0.3 points per game as a freshman, 0.8 points per game as a sophomore and 1.3 points per game as a junior. But this season? Well, this season he's averaging 8.5 points and 6.2 rebounds a game. And, oh yeah, he was the Missouri Valley regular-season and conference tournament MVP. His team, by the way, comes to town with a 28-4 record and No. 5 seed. "He wanted to play Division I," Emmenecker's father, Mike, told ESPN.com. "I didn't think that was necessarily the best thing to do, but he did, and look what happened."
Not only is Western Kentucky an underrated program, it has sort of been a launching pad for coaches. Before going on to bigger and better things at more well-known schools, Gene Keady (Purdue), Clem Haskins (Minnesota) and Dennis Felton (Georgia, where he will coach the Bulldogs in the NCAA Tournament this week) were head coaches at WKU. And each led the Hilltoppers to the tournament. Of the three, only Haskins won a game in the Big Dance.
One stop, two purposes?
While in town, it wouldn't be a shock for Connecticut coaches to spend a little time at Hillsborough Community College. That's because the Huskies are believed to be actively recruiting 6-foot-10 HCC forward Keith Brumbaugh, who once was a McDonald's All-American at DeLand. USF is among other schools believed to be interested.
Clemson's leading scorer, guard-forward K.C. Rivers, averages 14.3 points a game, not all that much for a team's
No. 1 point producer. But that's what appears to make Clemson so dangerous. Four other Tigers average in double figures and a fifth, checks in at 8.5. Stopping one player can be done. Stopping five or six is another story.
If you're going to play Vanderbilt, you'd better get the Commodores out of Nashville. That's because Vandy is a completely different team when it plays on campus. Vandy went 19-0 at home this season. Away from home, it was 7-7. Of the seven defeats, though, only one was at a neutral site. That happened last week at the SEC tournament in Atlanta.
Feelin' hot, hot, hot
The team that might have the most mojo coming to town? Could be San Diego. Yes, San Diego. For the first half of the season, the Toreros spent much of their time under .500. At one point, they were only 8-11. Since then, however, they've won 13 of 15 games and have two wins over ranked teams.
Final Four picks
Clark Kellogg, CBS
North Carolina, Kansas, Memphis, UCLA
Seth Davis, CBS
Tennessee, Kansas, Texas, UCLA