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A daily glance inside the numbers from the world of sports.
A daily glance inside the numbers from the world of sports:
• Prior to its loss to 11th-seeded Virginia Commonwealth on Thursday night, Duke was 27-1 under Mike Krzyzewski in the NCAA Tournament in games against teams seeded 11th or lower. That lone defeat was by one point, 74-73 to Gary Williams' Boston College Eagles in 1985.
• With the loss, Duke dropped to 4-6 under Mike Krzyzewski in NCAA Tournament games decided by two or fewer points. Duke has lost its last four such games: 86-84 to Kentucky in 1998, 74-73 to Indiana in 2002, 79-78 to Connecticut in 2004 and 79-77 to VCU in 2007.
• Josh McRoberts had 22 points, 12 rebounds and five blocked shots for the Blue Devils. He was the first Duke player ever with 20 or more points, 10 or more rebounds and five or more blocked shots in one NCAA Tournament game.
• VCU's Anthony Grant was coaching his first game in the tournament. Prior to Thursday night, coaches making their debut in the tourney and opposing a team coached by Mike Krzyzewski were 0-11.
• Duke's defeat was a rare opening-round loss for the ACC. Over the previous five tournaments, ACC teams were nearly unbeatable in the first round, posting a 22-1 record. The only blemish on an otherwise perfect mark was North Carolina State's loss to California in 2003. The best conference records in the Round of 64, from 2002-06: ACC, 22-1; Big 12, 19-7; Big 10, 17-7; Big East, 21-9; and Pac-10, 15-7.
• Davidson's Stephen Curry scored 30 points, but the Wildcats lost to Maryland 82-70. Curry was the first freshman to score 30 or more points in an NCAA Tournament game since Carmelo Anthony had 33 points against Texas in the national semifinals in 2003.
• Six players scored at least 10 points for Maryland. It was only the second time that the Terrapins had as many as six different players in double figures in an NCAA Tournament game. They did that in a 95-87 win over Massachusetts in 1994 (Exree Hipp, Keith Booth, Joe Smith, Duane Simpkins, Johnny Rhodes and Mario Lucas).
• Tyler Hansbrough was 9-for-11 (.818) from the field and pulled down 10 rebounds in North Carolina's win against Eastern Kentucky. No player in last year's tournament made at least 80 percent of his shots (min: 10 FGA) and had at least 10 rebounds in one game. The last player to do it was also a Tar Heel: Sean May (10-for-11, with 10 rebounds) in the 2005 national championship game against Illinois.
• Vanderbilt's 33-point margin of victory over George Washington was the third-largest for a team seeded sixth or lower. UCLA, as a sixth seed, beat Maryland by 35 points in 2000 and Loyola Marymount, seeded 11th, beat Michigan by 34 points (149-115) in 1990.
Vandy made two fewer free throws than GW (15-13). In the past 10 years of the NCAA Tournament, only two teams won a game by a larger margin despite converting fewer foul shots than their opponent: Duke beat Monmouth by 43 points in 2001 and UCLA beat Maryland by 35 points in 2000.
• Boston College's victory over Texas Tech marked the third time that the Eagles beat a Bobby Knight-coached team in the NCAA Tournament. They also eliminated his Indiana teams in 1994 and 1996. That's the most losses that Knight has suffered against any school in NCAA Tournament play. He has two losses against Kentucky and Kansas.
• Texas A&M defeated Pennsylvania, handing the Quakers their ninth consecutive loss in NCAA Tournament play. That ties Utah State and North Carolina A&T for the second-longest losing streak in tournament history. The record is held by Murray State, which has lost its last 11 tournament games. (Holy Cross, which has lost its last eight tournament games, will face Southern Illinois on Friday night.)
• The Lakers lost 113-86 at Denver on Thursday night, after losing their previous game 108-72 to Dallas. It's the first time in the history of the Lakers franchise that the team has lost back-to-back games by 25 or more points.
• The loss was the seventh straight for the Lakers, giving Phil Jackson the first seven-game losing streak in his career as an NBA head coach. That leaves Red Auerbach as the only head coach in NBA history to never lose seven straight games in a career spanning at least 800 games.
• Larry Krystkowiak was introduced as head coach of the Bucks on Thursday. Krystkowiak, who played 225 games for Milwaukee, is one of three current NBA head coaches who played for the team they are now leading. The others are Maurice Cheeks (76ers) and Avery Johnson (Mavericks).
• The Bucks beat the Spurs on Thursday night, ending San Antonio's 13-game winning streak. That's the longest winning streak ever snapped by a team with a head coach making his NBA debut. In fact, only one other head coach in NBA history ended an opponent's winning streak of at least five games in his inaugural game. On Nov. 20, 1981, the Lakers beat the Spurs to end San Antonio's seven-game winning streak. That was Pat Riley's first game as an NBA head coach.
• Udonis Haslem scored a game-high 21 points in Miami's 93-86 win at New Jersey. It was the 300th regular-season game of Haslem's NBA career, but only the second in which he led all players from both teams in scoring. The other game was on Dec. 8, 2004, when Haslem scored 20 points in a win at Milwaukee.
• Flyers defenseman Derian Hatcher ended a career-high 125-game goal drought when he scored the first goal of the game in Philadelphia's 3-2 win over Atlanta. (His longest drought before this one was 85 games.) Hatcher's goalless streak was the fourth-longest current dry spell among active NHL skaters entering play Thursday. The only longer droughts belonged to Aaron Miller (148 games), David Hale (147) and Wade Belak (130).
• Chris Clark scored the first three goals of the game to give the Capitals a 3-0 lead in Boston on Thursday night. It was the second time this season that one player accounted for the first three goals in a NHL game (Vincent Lecavalier did that in Tampa Bay's 8-0 rout of Atlanta on Dec. 7) and the fifth time in Washington franchise history. But Clark's performance wasn't enough to earn a victory for the Caps. Boston rallied to tie the game 3-3 and won in a shootout. Clark was the first NHL player to score the first three goals of a game his team did not win since Dec. 11, 1996, when the Blues' Al MacInnis did that in a 5-5 tie at Dallas.
• Martin Brodeur stopped 38 of 40 shots on goal to give the Devils a 3-2 win at Carolina. It was the 21st time in Brodeur's career that he faced at least 40 shots on goal in a regular-season game. Only 12 of those 21 games came in his first 12 NHL seasons (through 2003-04). Thursday's win marked the ninth time that Brodeur faced 40 or more shots in a game in the last two seasons (five times in 2005-06, four in 2006-07).
• Tiger Woods shot a 64 to earn a share of the lead through one round at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Woods won 13 of the 22 previous PGA tournaments in which he was in first place at the end of the first round.