Answers (Day 9)
1. Carl Bouldin, a member of Cincinnati's three consecutive Final Four teams and an All-NCAA Tournament selection in 1961 when the senior was the champion Bearcats' leading scorer at the Final Four with 37 points, pitched in two games for the Washington Senators the same year.
2. Fordham, which left the Patriot League for the Atlantic 10 Conference, is the only school with more than 1,300 victories to never reach the Final Four. The closest the Rams came was in 1971, when coach Digger Phelps directed them to the East Regional semifinals before they lost to eventual national runner-up Villanova (85-75).
3. St. John's defeated 1985 champion Villanova three times that season by a total of 22 points. The next year, Villanova lost three games against St. John's by a total of 34 points.
4. UCLA avenged an earlier 71-69 loss against Houston in the Astrodome by clobbering the Cougars, 101-69, in the 1968 national semifinals in Los Angeles. Then, the Bruins overwhelmed North Carolina, 78-55, in the final to outscore its two Final Four opponents by a total of 55 points.
5. The only Most Outstanding Player to play for a national fourth-place team was Utah forward Jerry Chambers, who collected 70 points and 35 rebounds in two Final Four games in 1966. He averaged 8.1 points per game in four NBA seasons with four different teams.
6. The only school to succumb in back-to-back years in the first round to eventual national champions was Xavier, a loser in 1988 against Kansas (85-72/finished with a 26-4 record) and in 1989 against Michigan (92-87/21-12). UCLA's opening-game victories en route to championships in 1968 and 1969 were against New Mexico State, but they both were in the West Regional semifinals after the Aggies won first-round contests before meeting the Bruins, who received a first-round bye each of those years.
7. The worst composite winning percentage when four teams arrived at the national semifinals was in 1954 when La Salle (24-4), Bradley (18-12), Penn State (17-5) and Southern California (19-12) combined for a 78-33 record (.703). La Salle defeated Bradley in the final, 92-76. USC lost in the national third-place game against Penn State, 70-61, to finish the season with more setbacks (14) than any national semifinalist in the history of the tourney.
8. Notre Dame's Austin Carr, who scored a playoff record 61 points in 1970 against Ohio University (Southeast Regional first round), accounted for half of the eight games in NCAA Tournament history of more than 46 points. Despite Carr's playoff record average of 41.3 points per game, the Fighting Irish compiled a 2-5 record when he played from 1969 through 1971.
9. Princeton's Bill Bradley holds the record for most points in a single Final Four game (58 against Wichita State in 1965 national third-place game). Bradley scored 39 points in the second half of the 118-82 triumph over the Shockers. He made 16 of 16 free throws against St. Joseph's in the first round of the 1963 East Regional and 13 of 13 foul shots against Providence in the 1965 East Regional final.
10. Christian Laettner scored a playoff record 407 points in helping Duke compile a 21-2 playoff mark from 1989 through 1992. His two most memorable field goals defeated Connecticut (79-78 in 1990) and Kentucky (104-103 in 1992) in East Regional final overtime thrillers. Laettner sank all 12 of his free throws in the 1991 championship game against Kansas.