Fact and figures:
1. Arizona State has served as official host of the NCAA West Regional three times in the past five years, including 2012.
2. A crowd of 14,913 attended Louisville-Michigan State Thursday (I beat SB Nation Arizona’s Seth Pollack on the guess of how many would attend).â†µ
3. All four schools here in Phoenix have won at least one NCAA championship.â†µ
4. This was Florida’s seventh Sweet 16 overall, sixth under coach Billy Donovan. That’s winning right there.â†µ
5. Rick Pitino remains perfect in Sweet 16 games, 10-0. He’s 4-0 in those games at Louisville including Thursday’s win.â†µ
6. Louisville is 4-10 overall against No. 1 seeds in the tourney.â†µ
7. Marquette has been to the Sweet 16 15 times.â†µ
8. Michigan State has been in 10 Sweet 16s in the past 15 years under coach Tom Izzo.â†µ
9. Michigan State has been a No. 1 seed five times under Izzo, but failed to make the Final Four for the first time as a No. 1.