San Antonio: Newsy Notes

By - March 23, 2007


Waiting for the Memphis starters and John Calipari to take the dais for off-day presser just moments after hearing from Thad Matta and the Ohio State camp. Here are a couple notes from last night's thrilling results:

  • Last night marked the first Sweet 16 doubleheader in NCAA Tournament history that saw both games decided by a single point.

  • Ohio State rallied from a 49-29 deficit with 35 seconds remaining in the first half for a one-point victory -- the biggest comeback in Sweet 16 history.

  • The Buckeyes advanced to a regional final for the first time since the 1992 NCAA Tournament. (Ohio State's Final Four appearance in the 1999 tournament was vacated.)

  • Thad Matta's club improved to 21-1 when scoring more than 70 points.

  • Tennessee put down 16 threes to break the program record for three-pointers in an NCAA Tournament -- a mark that the Volunteers established in their first-round victory over Long Beach State (14).

  • Memphis extended its school-record winning streak to 25 games, the longest active run in the country.

  • The Tigers have advanced to the Elite Eight for the fifth time in school history (1973, 1985, 1992, 2006 and 2007).

  • Memphis has won 11 straight NCAA Tournament games in the state of Texas and is 11-1 all-time. The program's only loss in the Lone Star State was an 87-83 setback against Creighton during the 1962 NCAA Tournament.

  • The only other time Memphis trailed at the half this season was against Tennessee in Knoxville on Dec. 6, 2006. The Tigers went on to lose that contest by a score of 76-58.

  • Texas A&M ended its season with a school-record 27 victories.

  • The combined margin of TAMU's last six losses was just 11 points. The Aggies finished the campaign with a 3-6 record in games decided by five points or less. The average margin of victory in Texas A&M's seven losses this year was 3.3 points, the second-lowest mark in the nation.

  • The Aggies were making their third Sweet 16 appearance in school history. A&M also reach the Sweet 16 in 1969 and 1980.

  • The Aggies slipped to 1-1 all-time at the Alamodome.

Posted by at 03:09 PM on March 23, 2007
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