What’s a Final Four without lists ranking relevant/obscure facts? From mascots to majors and violations to victories, no topic is left unranked for North Carolina, Syracuse, Villanova and Oklahoma.
We present the Final Four lists for Saturday’s participants:
1. Roy Williams, North Carolina: Hall of Famer, two NCAA titles and eight Final Fours (4th all-time behind Mike Krzyzewski, John Wooden and Dean Smith).
2. Jim Boeheim, Syracuse: Hall of Famer, one NCAA title, five Final Fours (tied for 9th with Bob Knight, Guy Lewis and Lute Olson).
3. Lon Kruger, Oklahoma: Back in Final Four 22 years after his other trip at Florida. Has taken five teams to NCAA Tournament.
4. Jay Wright, Villanova: 2 Final Fours, 95-13 in past three years, 11 NCAA trips in past 12 years. Simply stuck last because of older coaches.
1. Lon Kruger, Oklahoma: $2,850,000
2. Jay Wright, Villanova: $2,477,245
3. Jim Boeheim, Syracuse: $2,144,384
4. Roy Williams, North Carolina: $1,998,169 (doesn’t include personal contracts with Nike and Learfield Sports)
1. Buddy Hield, Oklahoma: Best scorer in NCAA Tournament (29.2 points) since Stephen Curry and soon-to-be lottery pick.
2. Brice Johnson, North Carolina: All-American who’s relentless at rebounding and is developing a mid-range stroke.
3. Josh Hart, Villanova: Averages 15.3 points and 6.7 rebounds and is making some All-American lists.
4. Michael Gbinije, Syracuse: Orange’s leading scorer (17.6 points) and averages 4.4 assists and 4.0 rebounds.
1. Khadeem Lattin, Oklahoma: 55%
2. Tyler Roberson, Syracuse: 59%
3. Justin Jackson, North Carolina: 67%
4. Daniel Ochefu, Villanova: 68%
Don’t Foul Them
1. Buddy Hield, Oklahoma: 88%
2. Joel Berry II, North Carolina: 86%
3. Kris Jenkins, Villanova: 85%
4. Trevor Cooney, Syracuse: 81%
1. Buddy Hield, Oklahoma: 47%
2. Tyler Lydon, Syracuse: 41%
3. Jalen Burson, Villanova: 39%
4. Joel Berry II, North Carolina: 38%
1. North Carolina, 6: Theo Pinson, Joel Berry II, Kennedy Meeks, Justin Jackson, Isaiah Hicks, Marcus Paige
2. Syracuse, 2: DaJuan Coleman, Malachi Richardson
3. Villanova, 1: Jalen Brunson
4. Oklahoma, 0: But they eat there.
Best Home States in Final Four
1. Maryland: Villanova’s Kris Jenkins, Josh Hart, Phil Booth, Daniel Ochefu; North Carolina’s Nate Britt.
2. New York: Oklahoma’s Isaiah Cousins; Syracuse’s Tyler Lydon
3. Oklahoma: Oklahoma’s Ryan Spangler and Jordan Woodard
4. Texas: North Carolina’s Justin Jackson; Oklahoma’s Khadeem Lattin
Basketball Revenue (2014-15)
1. Syracuse: $29.4 million
2. North Carolina: $20.8 million
3. Oklahoma: $10.9 million
4. Villanova: $10.4 million
1. Oklahoma: 17,771
2. North Carolina: 17,526
3. Syracuse: 14,229
4. Villanova: 6,539
Record vs. Top-50 RPI
1. Oklahoma: 13-6
T-2. North Carolina: 10-5
T-2. Villanova: 10-5
4. Syracuse: 8-6
Best Win in 2015-16
1. Oklahoma 78, Villanova 55 (Dec. 7 in Hawaii)
2. Villanova 64, Kansas 59 (March 26 in Anaheim)
3. Syracuse 68, Virginia 62 (March 27 in Chicago)
4. North Carolina 61, Virginia 57 (March 12 in Washington D.C.)
Worst Loss in 2015-16
1. St. John’s 84, Syracuse 72 (Dec. 13 in New York)
2. Kansas State 80, Oklahoma 69 (Feb. 6 in Manhattan, Kansas)
3. Providence 82, Villanova 76 (Jan. 24 in Philadelphia)
4. Northern Iowa 71, North Carolina 67 (Nov. 21 in Cedar Falls, Iowa)
NCAA Tournament Margin of Victory
1. Villanova: 16.8 points
2. North Carolina: 16.0 points
3. Syracuse: 13.3 points
4. Oklahoma: 11.0 points
Twitter Followers By Coach
1. Jim Boeheim, Syracuse: 33,365
2. Jay Wright, Villanova: 29,266
3. Lon Kruger, Oklahoma: 21,900
4. Roy Williams, North Carolina: Not on Twitter
Twitter Followers By Player
1. Marcus Paige, North Carolina: 101,973
2. Brice Johnson, North Carolina: 51,192
3. Justin Jackson, North Carolina: 30,281
4. Joel Berry II, North Carolina: 29,187
Best Ex-Players Turned Final Four Assistants
1. Hubert Davis, North Carolina: 12-year NBA player and Tar Heels’ career leader in 3-point shooting.
2. Gerry McNamara, Syracuse: Won NCAA title at Syracuse in 2003 and miraculous Big East title in 2005.
3. Steve Henson, Oklahoma: Four-year starting point guard at Kansas State and two-time honorable mention All-American.
4. Adrian Autry, Syracuse: Started 116 games as Syracuse’s point guard; once scored 31 points in one half of an NCAA Tournament game.
1. Oklahoma’s Khadeem Lattin: Grandfather David started on legendary 1966 Texas Western team that won NCAA title; mother Monica Lamb-Powell played at Houston and USC and won three WNBA titles with the Houston Comets.
2. Villanova’s Jalen Brunson: Dad Rick played at Temple and for nine years in the NBA.
3. Oklahoma’s Jordan Woodard: Brother James just finished his career at Tulsa, where he was the team’s leading scorer all four years.
4. North Carolina’s Marcus Paige: Sister Morgan played at Wisconsin, where she was third-team All-Big Ten as a senior.
Basketball NCAA Major Infractions Cases
1. Oklahoma, 3: Vacated records, $14,000 penalty and one less scholarship (2011); one-year show cause for Kelvin Sampson (2006); no recruiting by one assistant for one year (1973).
2. Syracuse, 2: One-year postseason ban, nine-game suspension for Jim Boeheim and 12 less scholarships over three years (2015); one-year postseason ban and loss of two scholarships (1992).
3. North Carolina, 2: Penalties are pending for entire athletic department (2016); one-year postseason ban (1961)
4. Villanova, 1: Required compliance seminar training for staff (2004)
Basketball Player Graduation Rates
1. Villanova: 77% federal government rate, 100% NCAA rate
2. North Carolina: 53% federal, 80% NCAA
3. Oklahoma: 40% federal, 71% NCAA
4. Syracuse: 36% federal, 55% NCAA
All Students Federal Graduation Rates
1. North Carolina: 90%
2. Villanova: 89%
3. Syracuse: 81%
4. Oklahoma: 67%
Most Popular Majors For Basketball Players
1. Syracuse: 5 players in communication rhetorical studies
2. Oklahoma: 3 players in human relations
3. North Carolina: 2 players each in communication studies, exercise and sport science, history and economics.
(Villanova majors not listed)
Football Programs (Because We Can’t Escape Football)
1. Oklahoma: First program to be in the College Football Playoff and the Final Four.
2. North Carolina: Surprising 2015 season resulted in ACC Championship Game appearance.
3. Villanova: Went 6-5 in 2015 but only a year removed from FCS quarterfinals.
4. Syracuse: Can anyone win there? Dino Babers will try.
1. Otto the Orange: As weird orange mascots go, Syracuse’s Otto is famous for his roll, dancing and ESPN commercials.
2. Will D. Cat: The name is cheesy, but a wildcat is a safe and effective mascot for Villanova.
3. Boomer and Sooner: Oklahoma’s pony mascots only debuted in 2005 so the jury is still out.
4. Rameses: North Carolina’s ram mascot frightened so many kids that there’s now a less-scary Rameses Jr.
Final Four Predictions
1. Oklahoma defeats Villanova in a tight game thanks to Buddy Hield’s clutch shooting.
2. North Carolina pulls away from Syracuse for a comfortable win.
3. North Carolina edges Oklahoma, meaning Twitter mocks Mark Emmert for congratulating another championship team under NCAA scrutiny. Mocking continues until …
4. Justin Bieber sings One Shining Moment. Social media and college basketball are never the same.
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