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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:
• There were three overtime games in the NCAA Tournament on Saturday -- Ohio State beat Xavier, Vanderbilt beat Washington State in double overtime and Pittsburgh beat VCU -- matching the most in one day in NCAA Tournament history. There were three other "March Madness" days with three overtime games: March 16, 1995 (Western Kentucky over Michigan, St. Louis over Minnesota and Alabama over Pennsylvania); March 20, 1997 (Utah over Stanford, Minnesota over Clemson in 2OTs and UCLA over Iowa State); and March 17, 2000 (Kansas over DePaul, Florida over Butler and Seton Hall over Oregon).
Thad Matta's Ohio State Buckeyes beat Xavier in overtime on Saturday afternoon. As the head coach of Xavier, Matta won five NCAA Tournament games. Matta is the seventh coach in NCAA Tournament history to beat a team that he had previously coached to a victory in the tournament. The others to do it:
|Coach With||Won NCAA tourney game with||Beat that team|
|Ben Carnevale||North Carolina in 1946||Navy in 1959|
|Johnny Orr||Michigan in 1974, 1976 and 1977||Iowa State in 1986|
|Norm Sloan||N.C. State 1970 and 1974||Florida in 1987|
|Lute Olson||Iowa in 1980, 1982 and 1983||Arizona in 1988 and 1996|
|Gale Catlett||Cincinnati in 1975||West Virginia in 1998|
|Tubby Smith||Tulane in 1994 and 1995||Kentucky in 2002|
• No. 1 seed Ohio State survived with an overtime win against Xavier. Since 1994, only two No. 1 seeds won an overtime game this early in the tournament: Arizona over Gonzaga in double overtime in 2003 and North Carolina over Charlotte in 1998.
• Butler advanced to the Sweet 16 with a 62-59 win over Maryland, after beating Old Dominion 57-46 in the first round. The Bulldogs are only the third team in the last 20 years to win their first two games of the NCAA Tournament despite not scoring more than 62 points in either game. Ball State did that in 1990 and Pittsburgh in 2004.
• Tyler Hansbrough scored 33 points in North Carolina's win over Michigan State. Hansbrough was the fifth Tar Heel to score as many as 33 points in an NCAA Tournament game. The others were Lennie Rosenbluth in 1957 (39 points), Charlie Scott in 1969 (35), Mitch Kupchak in 1975 (36) and Al Wood in 1981 (39).
• Justin Cage made all eight of his shots from the field in Xavier's overtime loss to Ohio State. Cage was only the second player in the last 15 years to go 8-for-8 or better from the field in an NCAA Tournament game. Folarin Campbell also made all eight of his shots for George Mason in a first-round win over Michigan State in the 2006 tournament.
The last player to go 8-for-8 or better from the field for a losing team was Virginia's Jeff Jones (9-for-9) against UAB in 1982.
• Despite two late misses, Edgar Sosa was 15-for-17 from the free-throw line in Louisville's loss to Texas A&M. Since 1965, only three other players made 15-or-more free throws in a game for a losing team. Jared Dudley (18-for-21) for Boston College in 2005, Maurio Hanson (15-for-19) for Chattanooga in 1995 and Ron Bayless (15-for-16) for Iowa State in 1992.
• The Pacers ended an 11-game losing streak with a 113-90 victory over the Hawks. Indiana is the sixth team in NBA history to end a losing streak of 11 or more games with a win by at least 23 points. The NBA "record" for largest margin of victory to end a losing streak of at least 11 games is 33. Cleveland stopped a 12-game losing streak with a 114-81 win over Minnesota on Jan. 29, 2002, and Phoenix beat the Knicks 124-91 on March 16, 1977 to end a 12-game losing streak.
• Gilbert Arenas had two four-point plays in the Wizards' win over the Hornets. Arenas has had nine four-point plays since 2002-03, tying him with Tracy McGrady for the most by any NBA player over the last five seasons.
• The Kings were 42-for-48 from the line in their win over the Magic. It was the fourth time this season that an NBA team made 42-or-more free throws in a non-overtime game. Boston made 50 at New York on Nov. 18 and the Knicks made 42 in the same game. Miami made 42 shots from the line on Jan. 13 at Utah.
• Boston beat San Antonio on Saturday night to end the Spurs' 18-game winning streak against the Celtics. It had been the second-longest current winning streak by one NBA team against another. The Mavericks have won 20 straight games against the Hornets.
• San Antonio lost to Boston (19-46, .292 entering the game) Saturday night after losing to Milwaukee (23-41, .359 entering the game) Friday night. It's only the third time in NBA history that a team that good (a winning percentage of .700 or better) lost consecutive games to two teams that bad (winning percentage of .360 or worse) this late in the season (60-or-more games).
• Allen Iverson scored 44 points in Denver's win over Phoenix. Prior to Saturday night, Iverson's career 19.9 points-per-game average against the Suns was his lowest against any team, by far. Iverson has a career average of more than 25 points per game against every other current NBA franchise.
• Colorado's Paul Stastny extended his point-scoring streak to 20 games with a first-period goal against the Coyotes on Saturday night. Over the last 13 seasons, only two other NHL players scored points in 20-or-more consecutive games in a single season: Boston's Adam Oates in 1996-97 (20 games) and Ottawa's Dany Heatley in 2005-06 (22 games). In the previous 12 seasons (1981-82 through 1992-93) there were 20 point streaks of at least 20 games, 22 if you count Wayne Gretzky's record 51-game streak in 1983-84 and Mario Lemieux's 46-game streak in 1989-90 twice.
• The Rangers beat the Bruins 7-0 on Saturday night. It was the Rangers' largest margin of victory in a game since a 10-2 win at Tampa Bay on Nov. 10, 1998, and their biggest margin of victory in a shutout since they blanked the Devils 9-0 at Madison Square Garden on March 31, 1986.
• Martin Brodeur was replaced by Scott Clemmensen after allowing four goals in the first 28:09 of the Devils' loss to the Hurricanes in New Jersey on Saturday. It was the 871st regular-season start of Brodeur's NHL career, but only the 19th time that he played less than 30 minutes in one of those games, and it was just the sixth time that Brodeur allowed at least four goals in a start in which he played less than a half-hour. Saturday's game was only the second regular-season home start of Brodeur's career in which he played less than 30 minutes and gave up four goals or more. The other one was against Pittsburgh on Feb. 15, 2003, when Brodeur allowed four goals in the first period and was relieved by Corey Schwab to begin the second period.
• New Jersey's 7-2 home loss to Carolina marked the most goals allowed by the Devils in a regular-season game at the Meadowlands since Oct. 7, 1999, when they dropped a 7-5 decision to Pittsburgh. They had not lost a home game by such a large margin while allowing seven or more goals since an 8-3 loss to Montreal on Nov. 11, 1992.
• The Islanders have lost the first three games of their current four-game road trip by scores of 5-3 (Tuesday at Montreal), 5-2 (Thursday at Ottawa) and 8-5 (Saturday at Florida). It's the first time that the Islanders have allowed five-or-more goals in each of three consecutive games since they did so in four straight games just over 11 years ago (Feb. 27-Mar. 3, 1996).
• Olli Jokinen, who played one season for the Islanders (1999-2000), had two goals and three assists in Florida's 8-5 win over his old team on Saturday night. Jokinen was only the second former Islander to score five (or more) points in a game against the Isles. Defenseman Doug Crossman played two seasons with the Islanders (1989-90 to 1990-91) then had a six-point game against them for Tampa Bay on Nov. 7, 1992 (three goals, three assists).
• Paul Casey was near the top of the leaderboard heading to the back nine at the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Saturday. Casey recorded seven over-par holes on the closing nine and he finished the round in a tie for 10th place. It was the most over-par holes ever recorded by Casey on either the front or back nine during one round of a PGA event.