NCAA Early Thursday Matchups
A statistical look at the NCAA's Thursday afternoon matchups.
NCAA Early Thursday Matchups
Facts, stats and fun stuff culled from, among other sources, the thumbnails on all 68 NCAA teams put together by the Daily News sports staff — East, South, Midwest, West. Thursday evening matchups will post at 4 p.m.
12:15 (CBS) Murray State vs. Colorado State
BoopNotes: MSU first-year head coach Steve Prohm must have the highest career winning percentage (.968) of any coach, any sport, any continent, any planet ... CSU was where the 1977 Robby Benson film “One on One” was filmed. The soundtrack (by Seals and Crofts) is playing via YouTube as I type this ... The Rams have the best free-throw shooting in the tourney (76.9%).
12:40 (TRU) Kansas State vs. Southern Mississippi
BoopNotes: K-State was founded in 1863. It’s current enrollment is 23,863. Since Jan. 1, Kansas Pick 3 winning numbers have included: 883, 860, 861, 893 and 843 ... SMU was the only Division I school in the country to finish 2011-12 unbeaten at home in both men’s basketball (15-0) and football (6-0).
1:40 (TBS) Louisville vs. Davidson
BoopNotes: Davidson head coach Bob McKillop was among the last players cut in preseason by the 1972-73 Sixers. His team this year has nearly three times as many wins (25-7) as that Sixers team (9-73) ... Louisville shot an school-record low 31.07% from the three-point line.
2:10 (TNT) Wisconsin vs. Montana
BoopNotes: UW has the lowest winning score in an NCAA men’s Division I title game, having beaten Washington State, 39-34, in 1941 ... We have found our coach for the all-time all-name team: Montana’s Wayne Tinkle ... John Stockton’s nephew Shawn is Montana’s sixth man; his son David plays for Gonzaga. They are destined to meet in the East Regional final.
2:45 (CBS) Marquette vs. Brigham Young
BoopNotes: Marquette had 98 more assists and 116 fewer turnovers than their opponents ... BYU’s 6-8 forward Noah Hartsock has 176 career blocks, one behind former Sixer bust Shawn Bradley for the school’s all-time record.
3:10 (TRU) Syracuse vs. UNC Asheville
BoopNotes: Orangemen (17-1) tied a Big East record for fewest conference losses (UConn 1996, 17-1; St. John’s 1985, 15-1; three in 1979-80, 5-1) ... UNCA has no height whatsoever (no one over 6-5 gets any significant minutes), yet they managed to outrebound their opponents by 46 ... Four UNCA players have 75 or more assists this season.
4:10 (TBS) New Mexico vs. Long Beach State
BoopNotes: NMU head coach Steve Alford is 205 games over .500 (433-228) ... Lobo is Spanish for “wolf;” good to know ... LBSU coach Dan Monson has also taken Gonzaga (1999) and Minnesota (2005) into the Big Dance.
4:40 (TNT) Vanderbilt vs. Harvard
BoopNotes: Vandy has five seniors and a junior at the top of their rotation ... John Jenkins (19.9) and Jeffery Taylor (16.4) finished 1-2 in the SEC in scoring ... Harvard is making its first NCAA appearance since 1946, 57 years before Facebook was created.