Thursday, May 7, 2015

The Sweet 13

Thirteen of this year's Sweet 16 have won NCAA titles.

The Sweet 13

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ESPN reports that 13 of this year's Sweet 16 teams have won NCAA titles.

Here they are with their title years or (for the other three schools) the years of their furthest advancement.

 School  Titles  Seasons
 Cincinnati  2  1961, 1962
 Florida  2  2006, 2007
 Indiana  5  1940, 1953, 1976, 1981, 1987
 Kansas  3  1952, 1988, 2008
 Kentucky  7  1948, 1949, 1951, 1958, 1978, 1996,1998 
 Louisville  2  1980, 1986
 Marquette  1  1977
 Michigan State  2  1979, 2000
 North Carolina  5   1957, 1982, 1993, 2005, 2009
 North Carolina State    2  1974, 1983
 Ohio State  1  1960
 Syracuse  1   2003
 Wisconsin  1  1941
 School  Reached  Seasons
 Baylor  Championship Game   1948
 Ohio U.    Regional Final  1964
 Xavier  Regional Final  2004, 2008 
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