Seeds for thought

March 10, 1997

Teams with losing records: Fairfield (11-18), Jackson State (14-15).

Best record: Kansas (32-1).

Conferences with most teams: ACC (6), Big Ten (6).

First year in: Charleston Southern, Jackson State.

Finally back in: Butler returns for the first time since 1962, Colorado (1969), Pacific (1979), Mississippi (1981), LIU (1984), St. Joseph's (1986), Fairfield (1987), St. Mary's (1989) and South Carolina (1989).

Longest Glantz-Culver odds: 10,000-1 (Charleston Southern, Coppin State, Fairfield, Jackson State, Montana, Murray State, Navy, SW Texas State, Valparaiso).

Maryland's odds: 50-1.

Shortest odds: 4-1 (Kansas, Kentucky).

Longest first-round spread: Kansas by 34 over Jackson State.

Most years in tournament in a row: North Carolina (23).

Highest Rating Percentage Index not in tournament: Texas Tech (29), which withdrew from consideration after declaring two players ineligible.

Next-highest RPIs not in: Michigan (40), TCU (41), SW Missouri State (42), Oklahoma State (48), West Virginia (49).

Lowest RPIs in: Fairfield (231), Jackson State (214), SW Texas State (181), Murray State (166).

Pub Date: 3/10/97

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