From a Sweet 16 to a Elite Eight to a Final Four, a NCAA contest is always flooded with numbers.
We won’t be saying that 40-0 finish Kentucky hoped for, nor is No. 7 seed Michigan State around for a final. But championship opponents Duke and Wisconsin still yield copiousness of math to contemplate as we wait for Monday’s showdown in Indianapolis.
1.25: Wisconsin’s points per possession opposite Kentucky in Saturday’s semifinal, a best opening this deteriorate opposite college basketball’s No. 1 defensive team.
1 ¾: Average tallness advantage, in inches, that Wisconsin’s starting lineup has over Duke’s.
4: The series of inhabitant championships won by Duke manager Mike Krzyzewski and also by Wisconsin’s Bo Ryan. The disproportion is that Coach K won all of his during a Division we Big Dance, and Ryan’s came in Division III while during Wisconsin-Platteville. Both won their initial inhabitant championship in 1991.
4-0: Ryan’s record in inhabitant championship games.
4-4: Krzyzewski’s record in inhabitant championship games.
5-0: Duke’s record in Final Four games played in Indianapolis after defeating Michigan State in Saturday’s semifinal. The Blue Devils kick UNLV and Kansas to win a 1991 pretension in Indy and in 2010 won another championship there by defeating West Virginia and Butler.
7: Wisconsin’s propitious series in this tournament. The Badgers have had a seven-point winning domain in 4 of their 5 contest games, including a 71-64 semifinal feat over Kentucky.
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9: How many games Duke’s Jahlil Okafor has left though a double-double after carrying 11 this season. Last time he managed it was Feb. 28 in a win against Syracuse, with 13 points and 14 rebounds.
9: The series of Big Ten teams that have reached in a championship diversion given 1990. The usually one to win so distant was Michigan State in 2000.
13: The number of ACC teams that have reached a championship diversion given 1990. Eight went on to win, including Duke in 1991, 1992, 2001 and 2010. The ACC also has won a final 3 shots during a inhabitant crown, with North Carolina slicing a nets in 2005 and 2009 and Duke doing further in 2010.
12.2: The normal series of turnovers forced by Duke per diversion in a tourney, scarcely double a 6.8 Wisconsin is averaging. Only Robert Morris, in Duke’s opening game, didn’t dedicate double-figure turnovers. Wisconsin has forced double-digit turnovers usually once, removing Arizona to dedicate 10.
17.6: Duke’s normal winning domain in a 2015 tournament. Only Utah, in a 63-57 defeat, kept a losing domain in singular figures.
39: How many points Wisconsin scored while winning a one and usually Final Four, 39-34 over Washington State, in 1941.
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42.8: How many points total that Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky and Sam Dekker have averaged in 5 NCAA contest games so far.
22: How many points Kaminsky and Dekker total for in an 80-70 detriment during home to Duke on Dec. 3.
44.1: The best defensive field-goal commission incited in by Wisconsin in 5 contest games (against Oregon). Duke’s invulnerability has put adult a improved series in all 5 of a games and for a contest is holding opponents to 37.4 percent sharpened (108-289).
6-0: Wisconsin’s record when personification a group for a second time this season. Average domain of feat in those rematches was 12.7 points. (And Saturday’s feat opposite Kentucky was also something of a rematch game, given those dual teams also met in final year’s Final Four.)
82.9: The sizzling-hot free-throw commission strike by Wisconsin’s opponents (63-of-76) in a tourney. Duke has been harm distant reduction during a line. Its opponents have done 25 fewer giveaway throws (38-of-55) while sharpened usually 69.1 percent.
.509: Three-point sharpened commission (28-of-55) of Wisconsin’s opponents in a tournament. (That should be acquire news for a Duke module that always loves a 3 though was usually 2-of-10 from over a arc opposite Michigan State.)
310: How many days detached Mike Krzyzewski and Bo Ryan were innate approach behind in 1947, when a NCAA contest was in usually a ninth year. Coach K is older, innate on Feb. 13, and Ryan’s birthday is Dec. 20. One guesses that conjunction is in any precipitate to retire.
Now then, it’s time to wait for a usually statistic that unequivocally matters: Monday night’s final score.
Tom Weir lonesome 15 Final Fours as a columnist for USA Today.