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A daily glance inside the numbers from the world of sports:
• Florida's 85-77 victory over Oregon sets up a semifinal against UCLA, the team that the Gators defeated in last year's NCAA championship game. Only two other defending national champions have faced the team they defeated for the title in the following year's tournament: Cincinnati won consecutive titles in 1961 and 1962, beating Ohio State in the finals in both years; UNLV defeated Duke in the 1990 title game and was eliminated by the Blue Devils in the 1991 semifinals.
• Tajuan Porter scored only 10 points on 2-for-12 shooting for Oregon following his 33-point performance in the Ducks' regional semifinal win over UNLV on Friday. Porter's was the lowest shooting percentage ever recorded in the quarterfinals by a player who scored at least 30 points in a Sweet 16 victory. The previous low was .200 (3-for-15) by Frank Williams of Illinois in 2001.
• Georgetown's 96-84 win over North Carolina ended the Tar Heels' streak of nine consecutive wins as a No. 1 seed (all six games in 2005, three in 2007). That was two short of the longest such streak in tournament history. Kentucky won 11 in a row as a top-seeded team (1996-1997).
• The Hoyas outscored the Tar Heels 15-3 during the overtime period, producing the largest margin of victory in an NCAA Tournament overtime game since 1986, when North Carolina State defeated Arkansas-Little Rock 80-66. Georgetown's 12-point win equaled the largest victory in the quarterfinals or a later round, a mark set by Louisville in an 80-68 win over Kentucky in 1983.
• All five Georgetown starters scored at least 13 points. Over the last 10 NCAA Tournaments, only one other team has done that: Arizona in a second-round victory over Gonzaga in 2003. The last team to do so in the quarterfinals or a later round was UNLV in a 1990 semifinal victory over Georgia Tech.
• Not only did North Carolina blow a trip to the Final Four with a disastrous overtime, but Tyler Hansbrough missed his chance to tie an NCAA Tournament record when he missed two otherwise meaningless free throws with 32 seconds remaining in OT. Hansbrough had made all 14 of his foul shots to that point in the game. The NCAA Tournament record for free throws in a game without a miss is 16, set by Bill Bradley of Princeton in 1963 and tied by Fennis Dembo of Wyoming in 1987.
• Manu Ginobili led the Spurs with 19 points in their 120-79 win at Seattle. It was only the second game in NBA history in which a visiting team posted a win by more than 40 points without any player scoring as many as 20 points. The Lakers defeated the Warriors 123-82 in 1977, and their leading scorer was Adrian Dantley with 19 points.
• After Sunday's game against the Hawks, Mavs head coach Avery Johnson said, "We aren't anywhere close where I need them to be. If we had to start the playoffs tomorrow, I would really be concerned." Keep in mind that Johnson said that after a 104-97 win -- and that it was Dallas' sixth straight victory. For the record, half of the league's 30 teams haven't had a six-game winning streak in either of the last two seasons.
• The loss at Pittsburgh was the third consecutive road game in which Bruins failed to score, marking the first time in franchise history -- dating back to 1924 -- that Boston was shut out in three consecutive road games.
• The Rangers followed Saturday's shootout victory at Boston with an overtime win over the Islanders at Nassau Coliseum. The Rangers are only the eighth team to win road games in overtime (including shootouts) on consecutive days.
• Landon Donovan scored all three goals in the United States' 3-1 victory over Ecuador on Sunday, the 10th hat trick in U.S. men's history. Donovan is the first player to record more than one hat trick for the team.
Donovan also became the first U.S. player to score a hat trick against an opponent that had played in the World Cup Finals within the previous year. The only other U.S. player to score three goals against a team that participated in the most recent World Cup was Aldo Donelli, who scored four goals in a 1934 World Cup qualifier against Mexico, one of the nations in the first-ever World Cup Finals in 1930. (Honorable mention to Bert Patenaude, who scored a hat trick for the U.S. in the 1930 World Cup Finals against Paraguay.)
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