NCAA NOTEBOOK 2009 (#1)

College Soccer 360 – NCAA Notebook #1
(Nov. 19, 2009)

 

By Pete LaFleur (editor@collegesoccer360.com)
note: all research contained below is courtesy of CollegeSoccer360.com (please credit accordingly when reprinting or referencing this data)


Winningest Division I Programs of the Decade (2000-09)
(records listed are 2000 ... 2001, etc., thru 2009)

226-17-11 – NORTH CAROLINA  (.911; 22.7 wins per season) 
21-3-0 ... 24-1-0 ... 21-2-4 ... 27-0-0 ... 20-1-2 ... 23-1-1 ... 27-1-0 ... 19-4-1 ... 25-1-2 ... 19-3-1 

209-28-8 – NOTRE DAME  (.869; 20.9 wins per season) 
23-1-1 ...17-2-1 ... 13-8-0 ... 20-3-1 ... 25-1-1 ... 22-3-0 ... 25-1-1 ... 19-5-2 ... 26-1-0 ... 19-3-1

199-31-11 – UCLA  (.849; 19.9 wins per season)
19-4-1 ... 20-3-0 ... 18-4-0 ... 20-2-3 ... 18-7-0 ... 22-2-2 ... 21-4-0 ... 20-2-2 ... 22-1-2 ... 19-2-1

190-30-11 – PORTLAND  (.846; 19.0 wins per season)
18-4-1 ... 19-4-0 ... 18-4-3 ... 18-3-2 ... 19-4-0 ... 23-0-2 ... 17-4-3 ... 18-4-0 ... 20-2-0 ... 20-1-0

188-39-16 – PENN STATE  (.807; 18.8 wins per season)
22-3-1 ... 21-4-1 ... 19-3-1 ... 19-3-3 ...19-3-1 ... 23-0-2 ... 18-5-3 ... 18-4-2 ... 16-8-0 ... 13-6-2


Other programs of note (decade win pct., 2000-09; not necessarily national rank):

172-53-14 – TEXAS A&M  (.749; 17.2 wins per season)  
18-7-0 ... 17-4-1 ... 20-5-1 ... 13-6-3 ... 18-6-0 ... 18-4-2 ... 17-6-1 ... 18-4-2 ... 18-5-1 ... 15-6-3

162-57-22 – FLORIDA STATE  (.718; 16.2 wins per season)
14-8-2 ... 15-8-1 ... 13-7-3 ... 17-8-1 ... 12-5-3 ... 20-4-1 ... 18-4-4 ... 18-6-3 ... 17-3-3 ... 18-4-1

161-57-20 – FLORIDA  (.719;  16.1 wins per season)  
16-8-0 ... 21-4-1 ... 10-10-2 ... 19-4-2 ...16-4-3 ... 13-6-1 ... 14-6-5 ... 17-5-3 ... 19-4-1 ... 16-6-2

157-45-19 – STANFORD  (.753; 15.7 wins per season)
14-6-1 ... 15-4-2 ... 21-2-0 ... 10-9-2 ... 13-6-3 ... 10-7-3 ... 15-6-2 ... 15-3-5 ... 22-2-1 ... 22-0-0


Winningest Programs of the 1990s 
North Carolina ... 216-7-3  (.962 ... 21.6 wins per season)
Notre Dame ... 196-27-11  (.861 ... 19.6 wins per season)

WINNINGEST CURRENT SENIOR CLASSES  (2006-09 record)  
(1) ... 90-9-4  (.893) ... North Carolina  (27-1-0...19-4-1 ... 25-1-2 ... 19-3-1)
(2) ... 89-10-4  (.884) ... Notre Dame  (25-1-1 ... 19-5-2 ... 26-1-0 ... 19-3-1)
(3) ... 82-9-5  (.880) ... UCLA  (21-4-0 ... 20-2-2 ... 22-1-2 ... 19-2-1)
(4) ... 75-11-3  (.860) ... Portland  (17-4-3 ... 18-4-0 ... 20-2-0 ... 20-1-0)
(5) ... 74-11-8  (.839) ... Stanford  (15-6-2 ... 15-3-5 ... 22-2-1 ... 22-0-0)
(6) ... 71-17-11  (.773) ... Florida State  (18-4-4 ... 18-6-3 ... 17-3-3 ... 18-4-1)


(7) ... 68-21-7  (.745) ... Texas A&M  (17-6-1 ... 18-4-2 ... 18-5-1 ... 15-6-3)
(8) ... 67-17-9  (.769) ... Denver  (19-3-1 ... 12-5-5 ... 19-3-2 ... 17-6-1)
(9) ... 66-17-8  (.769) ... BYU  (13-3-4 ... 17-4-2 ... 18-6-0 ... 18-4-2)
........ 66-21-11  (.730) ... Florida  (14-6-5 ... 17-5-3 ... 19-4-1 ... 16-6-2)
(11) .. 65-23-7  (.721) ... Penn State  (18-5-3 ... 18-4-2 ... 16-8-0 ... 13-6-2)
(12) .. 64-16-10  (.767) ... Navy  (21-2-1 ... 14-5-4 ... 15-4-3 ... 14-5-2)
......... 64-17-12  (.753) ... Oklahoma State  (17-3-3 ... 14-6-3 ... 18-1-4 ... 15-7-2)


Most 20-Win Seasons Since 2001 (9 seasons)
7 – North Carolina (all but 2007 and '09 ... current record of 19-3-1)
6 – UCLA (all but 2002, '04 and '09 ... current record of 19-2-1)
6 – Portland (2001-02, 2004-05, 2008-09)
5 – Notre Dame (2003-06, 2008 ... current record of 19-3-1)


Best All-Time NCAA Tournament Win Percentages (min. 12 gms)
(1) .932 – North Carolina  (102-7-1; 28 yrs)
(2) .780 –
Notre Dame  (51-14-1; 17 yrs)
(3) .764 – UCLA  (40-12-1; 14 yrs)
(4) .762 – 
Portland  (45-13-3; 17 yrs)
(5) .750 – Florida State  (26-8-2; 10 yrs)

(6) .689 – Santa Clara  (41-18-2; 20 yrs)
(7) .678 – Penn State  (30-14-1; 15 yrs)
(8) .620 – Nebraska  (15-9-1; 10 yrs)
(9) .618 – Florida  (20-12-2; 13 yrs)
(10) .616 – Connecticut  (44-27-2; 27 yrs)

(11) .615 – Texas A&M (23-14-2; 15 yrs)

(12) .579 – Tennessee  (10-7-2; 8 yrs)
(13) .565 – USC  (12-9-2; 11 yrs)
(14) .563 – George Mason  (13-10-1; 11 yrs)
(15) .561 – Stanford  (21-16-4; 19 yrs)

(16) .553 – Maryland  (10-8-1; 10 yrs)
(17) .519 – Boston College  (12-11-3; 13 yrs)
(18) .512 – Virginia  (20-19-4; 22 yrs)

Bold = teams in the 2009 NCAA round-of-16

Other 2009 Round-of-16 Entrants' All-Time NCAA Tournament Records
Oregon State – 2-1-0  (.667; 2 yrs)
South Carolina – 2-2-1  (.500; 4 yrs)
Virginia Tech – 2-2-0  (.500; 3 yrs)
Wake Forest – 9-12-1  (.432; 14 yrs)
Wisconsin – 12-14-1  (.463; 14 yrs)


All-Time NCAA Tournament Victories
(1) 102 – North Carolina (28 yrs)
(2) 51 – Notre Dame (17 yrs)
(3) 45 – Portland (17 yrs)  
(4) 44 – Connecticut (27 yrs)
(5) 41 – Santa Clara (20 yrs) 
(6) 40 – UCLA (14 yrs)

(7) 30 – Penn State (15 yrs)
(8) 26 – Florida State (10 yrs)
(9) 23 – Texas A&M (15 yrs)
(10) 21 – Stanford (19 yrs)
(11) 20 – Virginia (20 yrs) and Florida (13 yrs

Bold = teams in the 2009 NCAA round-of-16


Most Wins in a Season (1982-2009)
27 – North Carolina (27-0-0 in 1997 and 2003; 27-1-0 in 2006)
26 – Florida (26-1-0 in 1998) and Notre Dame (26-1-0 in 2008)

Teams with 25 wins have included UNC in 1992, ’94, ’95, ’96 and ’98, and ND in ’04 and ’06 … teams with 24 wins have included UNC in '84, '86, '89, '91, '96, '99, and '01 ... Stanford currently is 22-0-0 and could finish with a max. of 26 wins


TALL TASK – Stanford has the chance  to become only the second team since 1993 to win the NCAA title without suffering a loss or tie all season (UNC's 2003 title squad went 27-0-0):

National Champions with Unbeaten/Untied Records
2003 – North Carolina (27-0-0)
1993 – North Carolina (23-0-0)
1992 – North Carolina (25-0-0)
1991 – North Carolina (25-0-0)
1990 – North Carolina (24-0-0)

National Champions With No Losses and One Tie
1997 – North Carolina (27-0-1)
1989 – North Carolina (24-0-1)
1987 – North Carolina (23-0-1)
1986 – North Carolina (24-0-1)
1984 – North Carolina (24-0-1)

Portland won the 2005 NCAA title with a 23-0-2 record (one tie was PK semifinal vs. Penn State)


Teams that have entered the NCAA semifinals with “perfect records”
(no losses or ties; 11 teams)

• 7 North Carolina teams: '91 (22-0-0), '92 (23-0-0), '93 (21-0-0), '95 (25-0-0), '98 (24-0-0), '01 (23-0-0), '03 (25-0-0)

• Notre Dame's 2008 team (25-0-0)

• Santa Clara's 1999 team (23-0-0)

• California's 1987 team(16-0-0)

• UMass 1985 team (16-0-0)

notes: four teams listed above went on to win the NCAA title: UNC '91, '92, '93 and '03 … there never have been multiple teams with perfect records in the same semifinal field


Teams that have entered the NCAA semifinals with no losses and one tie (14 teams)

• 5 UNC teams: 1984 (22-0-1), 1986 (22-0-1), 1987 (21-0-1), 1989 (22-0-1), 1997 (25-0-1)

• 4 ND teams: 1994 (22-0-1), 1997 (23-0-1), 2000 (23-0-1), 2006 (24-0-1)

• 2 Santa Clara teams: 1990 (18-0-1), 1998 (22-0-1)

• Penn State's 2005 team (23-0-1)

• Portland's 2005 team (22-0-1)

• UConn's 1982 team (15-0-1)

notes: six of these teams went on to win the NCAA title (UNC '84, '86, '87, '89, '97; Portland '05/final record 23-0-2) … teams from the above list have met in the semifinals twice (UNC-Cal in '87, PSU-UP in '05) … semifinal teams with no losses and multiple ties have included UCF in 1982 (10-0-2), UNC in 1988 (16-0-3), Portland in 1995 and 1996 (both 19-0-2), and UCLA in 2008 (22-0-2)


COULD THEY MEET AGAIN?If Notre Dame and Florida State advance on Friday night, it would set up an ND-FSU game next week that would mark the fourth straight season in which the Irish and Seminoles have faced off in the quarterfinal round or later (ND won 2-1 in the 2006 semifinals, FSU 2-1 in the '07 semifinals, and ND 2-0 in the '08 quarters) ... it also would be the fourth different site for an ND-FSU postseason game in the past four seasons ('06 in Cary, N.C.; '07 at Texas A&M; '08 at ND; and '09, likely would be at FSU) .. in the history of the Division I women's soccer tournament (since 1982), there have been only six times that two teams have battled three (or more) consecutive years with so much on the line (quarterfinals or later) ... Portland and UCLA faced each other four straight seasons (2004-07) in the NCAA quarterfinals, semifinals or title game – but that rare streak ended in 2008 (they could have met in the '08 final ... Portland lost to Stanford in the quarter and UCLA's season ended vs. UNC in the semifinals) ... if ND and FSU meet in the 2009 quarterfinals, it will tie the longest streak of consecutive quarter/semi/final meetings (the aforementioned UCLA-Portland streak; also UNC vs. N.C. State from 1988-91.


Three-Plus Straight Years Meeting in the NCAA Quarterfinals of Later
• 2004-07 – UCLA vs. Portland (QF-final-QF-QF)
• 1988-91 – UNC vs. North Carolina State (final-SF-QF-QF)

• 2006-08 – Notre Dame 2, Florida State 1 (SF) ... FSU 2, ND 1 (SF) ... ND 2, FSU 0 (QF)
• 1995-97 – North Carolina vs. Santa Clara (QF-SF-SF)
• 1994-96 – ND vs. UNC (final-SF-final)
• 1994-96 – ND vs. Portland (SF-final-SF)
* note: ND and FSU could meet in the 2009 quarterfinals

Consecutive-Year Matchups on the College Cup Final Weekend
• 2006-07 – ND vs. FSU
• 2001-02 – UNC vs. Santa Clara
• 1996-97 – UNC vs. SCU

• 1994-96 – ND vs. UNC
• 1994-96 – ND vs. Portland
• 1989-90 – UNC vs. Colorado College
• 1985-86 – UNC vs. George Mason
• 1985-86 – UNC vs. CC

 

TOP ALL-TIME CLASSES – There have been 18 senior classes in Division I women's soccer history (15 for UNC, 3 from ND) that have helped their teams post more than 90 wins in their four-year careers – and two of those senior classes were in Cary, N.C. for the 2008 College Cup final weekend (UNC's seniors were 93-7-4/.914 while ND's seniors were 92-9-3/.899, when they met in the '08 title game – for a combined senior-class record of 185-16-7/.906 entering that final) … two years earlier, the 2006 senior classes for UNC (97-3-3/.956 final record) and ND (92-8-3/.908) were wrapping up similarly impressive careers … the 2008 Tar Heels seniors became the 10th Division I class ever to total 94-plus career wins (along with nine previous UNC classes) … the current UNC seniors also could finish with a maximum of 94 career wins (ND's seniors could total 93).


Most Wins By A Division I Women's Soccer Senior Class (1982-2008)
102-3-1 (.967) – North Carolina's 1998 seniors (1995-98; NCAA camps in 1996, 1997)
102-3-2 (.963) – North Carolina's 1997 seniors (1994-97; NCAA champs in 1994, 1996, 1997)

101-4-1 (.958) – North Carolina's 1999 seniors (1996-99; NCAA champs in 1996, 1997, 1999)

98-2-1 (.975) – North Carolina's 1995 seniors (1992-95; NCAA champs in 1992, 1993, 1994)
98-3-1 (.966) – North Carolina's 1996 seniors (1993-96; NCAA champs in 1993, 1994, 1996)

97-1-1 (.985) – UNC's 1994 seniors (1991-94; NCAA champs in 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994)
97-3-3 (.956) – North Carolina's 2006 seniors (2003-06; NCAA champs in 2003, 2006)
97-6-1 (.938) – North Carolina's 2000 seniors (1997-2000; NCAA champs in 1997, 1999, 2000)

94-7-0 (.931) – North Carolina's 2001 seniors (1998-2001; NCAA champs in 1999, 2000)
94-7-4 (.914) – North Carolina's 2008 seniors (2005-08; NCAA champs in 2006/TBA in 2008)

93-1-2 (.979) – UNC's 1992 seniors (1989-92; NCAA champs in 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992)
93-6-4 (.922) – North Carolina's 2003 seniors (2000-2003; NCAA champs in 2000, 2003)

92-1-1 (.984) – UNC's 1993 seniors (1990-93; NCAA champs in 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993)
92-4-6 (.931) – North Carolina's 2004 seniors (2001-04; NCAA champs in 2003)
92-8-3 (.908) – Notre Dame's 2006 seniors (2003-06; NCAA champs in 2004)
92-10-3 (.898) – Notre Dame's 2008 seniors (2005-08; NCAA finish TBA in 2008)

91-4-7 (.927) – North Carolina's 2005 seniors (2002-05; NCAA champs in 2003)
91-6-4 (.921) – Notre Dame's 1997 seniors (1994-97; NCAA champs in 1995)

Notes: UNC's current seniors have a 90-9-4 career record (ND's 89-10-4) ... UNC and ND's 2006 senior classes met in the NCAA final (combined 188-10-6 career record/.936 win pct. entering that game) and again in the '08 title game (combined senior-class record of 185-16-7/.906 entering that final) ... UNC and ND's seniors did not face each other in the 1997 NCAAs (ND ;lost to UConn in the semifinals) … if UNC and ND meet in the 2008 NCAA final, they will have a combined senior-class record of 185-16-7 (.906), assuming that each advances with a semifinal win (i.e. not a tie/PK shootout).


LIVING UP TO EXPECTATIONS The 2008 season marked the second time in the past 12 years (also 1997) that each of the top-4 seeds advanced to the NCAA semifinals (UNC, ND, Stanford and UCLA) ... the top-4 seeds in 2009 are Stanford, UNC, FSU and UCLA:


Top-4 seeds that have failed to reach the College Cup semifinals (1997-2008)
(42%, 20 of 48, since 1997)

1997 (0) – all of the top-4 seeds advanced to semifinals

1998 (1) – Notre Dame (#4 overall seed)

1999 (2) – Florida (#3 overall seed) and Nebraska (#4)

2000 (2) – Washington (#2 overall seed) and Clemson (#3)

2001 (1) – UCLA (#3 overall seed)

2002 (3) – Stanford (#1 overall seed), Pepperdine (#3) and Connecticut (#4)

2003 (2) – Notre Dame (#2 overall seed) and Florida (#3)

2004 (3) – North Carolina (#1 overall seed), Penn State (#2) and Virginia (#3)

2005 (1) – North Carolina (one of four #1s)

2006 (2) – Texas and Santa Clara (two of four #1s)

2007 (3) – North Carolina, Penn State and Stanford (three of four #1s)

2008 (0) – all four #1 seeds advanced to semifinals

(the above list includes UNC and Florida three times, and three teams twice: ND, Stanford and PSU)


Senior classes that have played in four College Cup final weekends (24 classes)

UNC (seniors in 1985 through 2003; 19 total classes)

UCLA (seniors in 2006, 2007 and 2008; 3 total classes)

Santa Clara's 1999 seniors

Notre Dame's 1997 seniors

note: UCLA's current seniors also could join this list


GETTING OVER THE HUMPThis year's NCAA Tournament could provide historic moments for certain programs that have made numerous NCAA appearances but failed to progress to the final rounds:


Most NCAA Trips Without Reaching Quarterfinal Round (final-8); pre-2009
14 – Wake Forest (every other team with 10-plus NCAA trips has made at least one final-8 game)


Most NCAA Trips With Only One Quarterfinal Appearance
12 – SMU
12 – BYU
11 – USC
10 – Dartmouth


Most NCAA Trips Without Reaching College Cup Semifinals (final-4)
23 – William & Mary
14 –
Texas A&M (still alive in 2009; 15th NCAA appearance)
14 –
Wake Forest (still alive in 2009; 15th NCAA appearance)
14 – Clemson
12 – Boston College (still alive in 2009; 13th NCAA appearance)
12 – BYU
11 – Harvard
10 – Dartmouth and Nebraska


Most NCAA Trips With Only One Semifinal Appearance (final-4)
21 – Virginia  (still alive in 2009; 22nd NCAA appearance)
16 – Duke
14 – Hartford
12 – SMU
11 – USC
note: Stanford made its second semifinal trip in 2008 (18th appearance)


Most NCAA Trips Without Reaching Title Game
23 – William & Mary
21 – Virginia  (still alive in 2009; 22nd NCAA appearance)
18 – Stanford (still alive in 2009; 19th NCAA appearance)
16 – California

15 – Penn State 
14 –
Texas A&M (still alive in 2009; 15th NCAA appearance)
14 –
Wake Forest  (still alive in 2009; 15th NCAA appearance
14 – Clemson and Hartford


Most NCAA Trips With Only One Title-Game Appearance
16 – Duke 

15 – Central Florida 

15 – UMass
14 – Wisconsin  (still alive in 2009; 15th NCAA appearance)
13 – Florida


Most NCAA Trips Without Winning the Title
27 – Connecticut
23 – William & Mary
21 – Virginia (still alive in 2009; 22nd NCAA appearance)
18 –
Stanford (still alive in 2009; 18th NCAA appearance)
17 – California
16 – Duke 
15 – UMass
15 – Central Florida
15 – Penn State
14 – Texas A&M (still alive in 2009; 15th NCAA appearance)
14 – UCLA (still alive in 2009; 15th NCAA appearance)
14 –
Wake Forest (still alive in 2009; 15th NCAA appearance)
14 –
Wisconsin (still alive in 2009; 15th NCAA appearance)
14 – Clemson and Hartford


DEFENDING CHAMPS MOVE ON  North Carolina's 4-0 win over Georgia on Nov. 15 marked the 10th straight season that the defending NCAA champion has advanced to (at least) the round-of-16. In 1999, Florida suffered a 1-0 loss to Hartford in the second round (less than one year after  winning the ’98 NCAA title). When looking at the first 26 teams that won the NCAA Division I women’s soccer title ('82-’07), 17 of them have returned to the championship game (12 repeated as champion, five were runner-up), two others made it back to the College Cup semifinals, two lost in the quarterfinals and four were knocked out in the round-of-16.

 

Santa Clara is the most recent NCAA champion that returned to the College Cup’s final weekend (as a semifinalist/finalist) in the next season, doing so in 2002 (Portland lost in the ’03 round-of-16, UNC in the ’04 round-of-16, Notre Dame in the ’05 quarters, UP in the ’06 quarters, UNC in the ’07 rd-of-16, and USC in the '08 rd-of-16).

 

NCAA Tournament Finishes By Defending Champion

12 repeated as champion (North Carolina in 1983, ’84, '87-’94, ’97 and 2000)

5 runner-up (UNC in ’85 and ’95, Notre Dame in ’96, UNC in ’98, and Santa Clara in '02)

2 semifinalists (George Mason in ’86, Portland in ’01)

2 quarterfinalists (Notre Dame in ’05, Portland in '06)

4 round-of-16 finishers (Portland in ’03, UNC in ’04 and '07, USC in '08)

1 round-of-32 finisher (Florida in '99)

(17 defending champs have returned to title game, 19 to the College Cup final weekend, 21 to at least the quarterfinals and 25 of the 26 have made it to at least the round-of-16)


SEEDS OF DISCONTENT – Since 2001, there now have been 29 seeded teams that have been sent on the road for the first weekend of the NCAAs, including Central Florida, Florida and Virginia Tech in 2009 (note that the ’01 and ’02 NCAA fields only seeded eight teams, while 16 have been seeded since '03). Of the 29 seeded teams sent on the road from 2001-09, four were knocked out in the first round and seven more failed to advance past the second round – meaning that more roughly one-third of the seeded teams sent on the road were eliminated before the round-of-16 (38%; 11-of-29). By comparison, from 2001-09 there were 79 seeded teams that opened the NCAAs at home and only 28% of them (22; or 1-in-4) failed to advance to the round-of-16. ... Thus, seeded teams sent on the road from 2001-09 advanced to the round-of-16 at a rate of 10% lower (28% to 38%)than the seeded teams that opened at home.


Of course, several seeded teams have overcome the challenge of opening on the road and gone on to post multiple wins, most notably four that went on to win the national title that season (Santa Clara in 2001, Portland in ’02 and ’05, and USC in ’07). Seven others ended up losing in the round-of-16, five saw their seasons end in the quarterfinals and one (UCLA, in ’05) suffered its final loss in the College Cup semifinals.


Here's the breakdowns of how seeded first-weekend road teams have fared in the NCAAs (from 2001-09):

• 4 national champions (Santa Clara ’01, Portland ’02 and ’05, USC ’07)
• 1 semifinalist (UCLA  ’05)
• 5 quarterfinalists (Kansas ’03, Washington ’04, Portland ’06 and ’07, Florida State '08)
• 7 rd-of-16 (Pepperdine ’02 & ’05, Cal ’05, Texas ’06, Florida ’06, Illinois ’06, USC '08 ... Virginia Tech still alive in 2009)
• 5 second round (Duke ’03 and ’05, Oklahoma St. ’06, Wake Forest ’07, Oklahoma St. '08, Florida '09, UCF '09)
• 4 first round (Colorado ’03, Arizona ’04, BYU ’05, Colorado ’07)


Seeded Teams Sent on the Road for NCAAFirst Weekend 
(#1-16 seeds from ’03-’08; #1-8 seeds for ’01-’02 ... seeds were 1-8 in 2001-02 and 1-16 in ‘03-’04, while the ‘05-’09 NCAAs featured four #1 seeds, four #2, four #3, four #4)

(Seed, Team ... site, first-weekend results ... finished)

2009 (1-of-3 advanced)

(3 seed/9-12) Virginia Tech ... at Dayton, advanced ... current quarterfinalist
(4 seed/13-16) Florida ... at Ohio State, lost to Oregon State (2nd round)
(4 seed/13-16) Central Florida ... at Wisconsin, lost to Wisconsin (2nd round
)

2008 (2-of-4 advanced)
(2 seed/5-8) Florida State ... at Auburn, advanced ... lost at Notre Dame (quarters)
(4 seed/13-16) Colorado ... at Minnesota, lost to South Dakota State (1st round)
(4 seed/13-16) USC ... at BYU, advanced ... lost to UCLA (round-of-16)
(4 seed/13-16) Oklahoma St. ... at Rutgers, elim. by Rutgers (PKs; 2nd round)

2007 (2-of-3 advanced)
(2 seed/5-8) Portland ... at Denver, advanced ... lost to UCLA (quarterfinals)
(2 seed /5-8) USC ... at Missouri, advanced ... won national title
(4 seed/13-16) Wake Forest ... at Boston College, lost to Connecticut (2nd round)

2006 (4-of-5 advanced)
(1 seed/1-4) Texas ... at Connecticut, advanced ... lost to Portland (round-of-16)
(1 seed/1-4) Portland ... at Utah, advanced ... lost to UCLA (quarterfinals)
(3 seed/9-12) Florida ... at Marquette, advanced .. .lost at UCLA (round-of-16)
(3 seed/9-12) Illinois ... at St. Louis, advanced ... lost at Florida St. (round-of-16)
(4 seed/13-16) Oklahoma St. ... at Clemson, elim. by Clemson (PKs; 2nd round)

2005 (4-of-6 advanced)
(1 seed/1-4) Portland ... at Nebraska, advanced ... won national title
(2 seed/5-8) Florida State ... at Florida, advanced ... lost to UCLA (semifinals)
(3 seed/9-12) California ... at Texas, advanced ... lost at Florida St. (round-of-16)
(3 seed/9-12) Duke ... at Yale, lost to Yale (2nd round)
(4 seed/13-16) Pepperdine ... at Vanderbilt, advanced ... lost at North Carolina (rd-of-16)
(4 seed/13-16) BYU ... at Utah, elim. by Weber St. (PKs; 1st round)

2004 (1-of-2 advanced)
(13 seed) Arizona ... at Connecticut, lost to Colgate (1st round)
(15 seed) Washington ... at Auburn, advanced ... lost at Princeton (quarterfinals)

2003 (1-of-3 advanced)
(10 seed) Colorado ... at Utah, lost to BYU (1st round)
(12 seed) Duke ... at Texas A&M, lost to A&M (2nd round)
(13 seed) Kansas ... at Missouri, advanced ... lost at UCLA (quarterfinals)

2002 (2-of-2 advanced)
(3 seed) Pepperdine ... at Marquette, advanced ... lost to Michigan (round-of-16)
(8 seed) Portland ... at BYU, advanced ... won national title

2001 (advanced)
(2 seed) Santa Clara ... at Illinois, advanced ... won national title


Other Seeded Teams That Have Failed To Reach NCAA Round-of-16
(played at home first weekend)

2009
(4 seed/13-16) – Penn State ... second-round loss to Virginia, 2-6
(4 seed/13-16) – LSU ... second-round eliminated by Texas A&M, 1-1 (PKs)

2008
(3 seed/9-12) – Wake Forest ... second-round loss to James Madison, 0-1
(4 seed/13-16) – Missouri ... second-round eliminated by Illinois, 1-1 (PKs)

2007
(2 seed/5-8) – Purdue ... second-round elim. by Indiana, 0-0 (PKs)
(2 seed/5-8) – Texas A&M ... second-round loss to Texas, 2-3
(3 seed/9-12) – Georgia ... second-round loss to Duke, 0-1

2006
(1 seed/1-4) – Santa Clara ... first-round loss to California, 0-1
(3 seed/9-12) – Wake Forest ... second-round loss to Virginia, 0-2
(3 seed/9-12) – Rutgers ... second-round elim.by Boston College, 0-0 (PKs)

2005
(3 seed/9-12) – Connecticut ... first-round loss to Boston Univ., 0-1

2004
(2 seed) – Penn State ... second-round loss to Maryland, 0-1
(3 seed) – Virginia ... second-round loss to Duke, 0-3
(8 seed) – Kansas ... second-round loss to Nebraska, 1-2 (OT)
(9 seed) – Texas A&M ... second-round loss to Illinois, 1-2
(10 seed) – Florida ... first-round loss to Central Florida, 2-3

2003
(2 seed) – Notre Dame ... second-round loss to Michigan, 0-1
(7 seed) – Virginia ... second-round eliminated by Villanova, 0-0 (PKs)
(15 seed) – Boston College ... first-round loss to Central Conn., 0-1
(16 seed) – Illinois ... first-round loss to William & Mary, 0-2

2002
(5 seed) – West Virginia ... second-round loss to Virginia, 0-1

2001
(7 seed) – Notre Dame ... second-round loss to Cincinnati, 2-3


Top-16 seeds that have failed to reach the NCAA round-of-16 
(since 2001; 8 teams seeded until 2003, then 16 from 2004-09)

1-4 seeds – 4 teams (Notre Dame in ’03, Penn State and Virginia in ’04, Santa Clara in ’06)
5-8 seeds – 6 teams (Notre Dame in ’01, West Virginia in ’02, Virginia in ’03, Kansas in ’04, Purdue and Texas A&M in ’07)
9-12 seeds – 9 teams (Colorado and Duke in ’03, Florida and Texas A&M in ’04, UConn and Duke in ’05, Rutgers and Wake Forest in ’06, Georgia in ’07, Wake Forest in ‘08, Florida and UCF in '09)
13-16 seeds – 7 teams (Boston College and Illinois in ’03, Arizona in ’04, BYU in ’05, Oklahoma State in ’06, Wake Forest in ’07, Colorado, Missouri and Oklahoma State in ‘08, Penn State and LSU in '09)

Note: All soccer fans look forward to the day when, at the very least, more of a priority can be placed on protecting teams in line with their seed, but such a hope may not jive with travel issues and the mandate to eliminate first-weekend conference matchups. Yet the process still is hard to justify to hard-working players and coaches who are members of a team that fashions an impressive NCAA resume, only to be denied the home-field advantage that they earned. Playing within the comforts of home can be a key factor in soccer, where there often is minimal margin for error in games decided by a single goal or in penalty kicks. There’s no question that the NCAA committee faces a tough task each year, but so do the teams that lose a homefield advantage that they clearly had earned. There’s still something to say for the basic concept of rewarding excellence – regardless of whether a team comes from a remote location or has the geographical misfortune of being located close to other top-seeded teams (a dilemma all too familiar to teams in Florida, Texas, and both southern and northern California).

 

Top seeds that have failed to reach NCAA rd-of-8/quarterfinals  (since '01)

1-4 seeds – 9 teams (Pepperdine in ’02 ... Notre Dame in ’03, ... Penn State and Virginia in ’04 ... Texas and Santa Clara in ’06 ... UNC, Stanford and Penn State in '07)

5-8 seeds – 14 teams (Notre Dame, Stanford and UConn in ’01 ... West Virginia and UCLA in ’02 ... West Virginia, Virginia and Portland in ’03 ... UNC and Kansas in ’04 ... Purdue and Texas A&M in ’07 ... Florida and Virginia in '08)

(the above list includes Virginia three times and four teams twice: ND, UNC, WVU and Stanford)

 

ANNUAL CHART for MATCHING SEED
(top-16 reach round-of-16; top-8 reach quarters; top-4 reach semifinals)

Year – Round of 16 ... Quarterfinals (8) ... Semifinals (4)

2009 – 12 ... all 8 still alive ... all 4 still alive

2008 – 12 ... 6 ... 4

2007 – 12 ... 3 ... 1 (UCLA)

2006 – 12 ... 6 ... 2 (Notre Dame, UNC)

2005 – 13 ... 8 ... 3 (Portland, Penn State, UCLA)

2004 – 10 ... 4 ... 1 (Notre Dame)

2003 – 10 ... 4 ... 2 (UNC, UCLA)

2002 – 7 (of 8) ... 5 ... 1 (UNC)

2001 – 7 (of 8) ... 5 ... 3 (UNC, Santa Clara, Portland)

Avg. – 11.6 in round-of-16 ('03-'09) ... 5.1 in quarters (‘01–’08) ... 2.1 in semifinals ('01–’08) 

 

Seeds of College Cup Final-Weekend Participants (semifinalists; since 2001)

Seeds 1-4 ... 17  (still alive in '09: Stanford, UNC, FSU & UCLA)

Seeds 5-8 ... 8  (still alive in '09: BC, So. Carolina, ND & Portland)

Seeds 9-12 ... 2  (still alive in '09: Va. Tech & Wake Forest)

Seeds 13-16 ... 3  (still alive in '09: Maryland & Santa Clara)

* Others ... 2

* Notes: Penn State reached the semifinals in 2002 but was not seeded (there were only eight seeds in ’02) … in 2003, unseeded UConn made it all the way to the NCAA title game but did not face a top-16 seed until beating 11th seed Florida State in the semifinals (three seeded teams – #15 Boston College, #2 Notre Dame and #7 Virginia, plus Villanova, which beat UVa – all were upset in the round before they would have faced UConn)

 

NCAA TOURNAMENT TEAM STREAKS

This wasn't a good season for teams that feature orange as one of their primary colors, as three different programs – Tennessee (8; 2001-08), Texas (8: '01-'08) and Illinois (6; '03-'08) – saw an end to their NCAA Tournament streaks that had extended back six or more years. In addition to Texas, another Big 12 Conference team saw its noteworthy streak come to an end, as Colorado had appeared in each of the past six NCAA Tournaments (2003-08).


One year ago, three of the longest NCAA Tournament appearance streaks in the history of Division I women's soccer – Connecticut (26; 1982-2007), Santa Clara (19; 1989-2007) and Clemson (14; 1994-2007) – had the rare experience of missing the NCAAs, with Clemson (another one of those orange teams) again failing to make the NCAA field this season.


There are 11 different teams – North Carolina (28), Notre Dame (17), Virginia (16), Texas A&M (15), Penn State (15), Wake Forest (14), UCLA (13), Stanford (12), Florida State (10), Portland (10) and West Virginia (10) – that own active double-digit NCAA appearance streaks:


Active Streaks of Consecutive NCAA Tournament Appearances (as of 2009)
(research courtesy of CollegeSoccer360.com)

28 – North Carolina  (1982-2009)
17 – Notre Dame  (1993-2009)
16 – Virginia  (1994-2009)

15 – Penn State  (1995-2009)
15 – Texas A&M  (1995-2009)

14 – Wake Forest  (1996-2009)
13 – UCLA  (1997-2009)
12 – Stanford  (1998-2009)
10 – Florida State  (2000-09)
10 – Portland  (2000-09)
10 – West Virginia  (2000-09)          

7 – Boston College  (2003-09)
7 – Duke  (2003-09)
7 – Florida  (2003-09)
6 – California  (2004-09)


Other all-time NCAA Tournament appearance streaks (6-plus)…
26 – Connecticut  (1982-2007)
19 – Santa Clara  (1989-2007)
14 – Clemson  (1994-2007)
13 – William & Mary  (1992-2004)
10 – Nebraska  (1996-2005)

8 – Colorado College  (1984-91)
8 – UMass  (1982-89)
8 – Michigan  (1997-2004)
8 – N.C. State  (1985-92)
7 – BYU  (1997-2003)
7 – UMass  (1991-97)
7 – William & Mary  (1984-90)

6 – Duke  (1992-97)
6 – Harvard  (1996-2001)
6 – Princeton  (1999-2004)
6 – SMU  (2001-06)

(note: as of 2009, there have been 16 all-time double-digit NCAA appearance streaks)


FAMILIAR FACES – The 2009 NCAA Tournament field includes nine of the 10 programs (all but William & Mary) that have made the most all-time NCAA appearances. The top-21 teams in terms of all-time NCAA appearances include 17 that have qualified for the 2009 NCAAs (all but W&M, UMass, Clemson and Hartford):

All-Time NCAA Tournament Appearances (bolded teams are in the 2009 NCAAs)
(research courtesy of CollegeSoccer360.com)

28 – North Carolina  (1982-2009)
27 – Connecticut  (1982-2007, '09)
23 – William & Mary  (1984-90, 1992-2004, '06-'08)
22 – 
Virginia  (1987-92, 1994-2009)
20 – 
Santa Clara  (1989-2007, '09)

19 – Stanford  (1990-96, 1998-2009)
17 – 
California  (1983-84, '86-'88, '93, 1998-2002, '04-'09)
17 – 
Notre Dame  (1993-2009)

17 – Portland  (1992-98, 2000-09)

16 – Duke  (1992-97, 1999-2001, 03-09)
15 – UMass  (1982-89, '91-'97)
15 – 
Penn State  (1995-2009)
15 – 
Texas A&M  (1995-2009)
15 – 
Wisconsin  (1985-88, '91, '93-'96, '98, 2000, '02, '04, '05, '09)
14 – 
UCLA  (1995, 1997-2009)
14 – 
Central Florida  (1982, '84, '87-'88, '91, '98-'99, 2001-04, '07-'09)
14 – Clemson  (1994-2007)
14 – 
Wake Forest  (1996-2009)

13 – Boston College  (1982-85, '99, 2001, '03-'09)
13 – 
Florida  (1996-2001, '03-'09)
13 – Hartford  (1989-92, '94-'95, 1997-2002, '06)
12 – 
BYU  (1997-2003, '05-'09)
12 – 
Harvard  (1982-84, '94-'96, 2001-04, '08-'09)
12 – SMU  (1990, '92, '93, '95, '97, '99, 2001-06)

11 – George Mason  (1982-86, '88-'89, '93, '94, '96, '97)
11 – North Carolina State  (1985-92, '94-'96)
11 – 
USC  (1998-2003, '05-'09)
10 – Dartmouth  (1993-94, '96, 1998-2003, '05)
10 – 
Florida State  (2000-09)
10 – 
Maryland  (1995-99, 2001-04, '09)
10 – Nebraska  (1996-2005)
10 – 
San Diego  (1996, 1999-2004, '07-'09)
10 – 
Washington (1994-96, '98, 2000-01, '03-'04, '08-'09)

bold = teams in the 2009 NCAA Tournament

 

Most All-Time Trips to the NCAA Quarterfinals (final-8); 1982-2008 (27 yrs)

25 – North Carolina 

18 – Connecticut 

14 – Santa Clara 

13 – Portland 

12 – Notre Dame 

10 – UMass 

9 – UCLA

8 – Penn State and N.C. State

7 – Colorado College 

5 – Stanford

5 – Florida State, Virginia, William & Mary, Hartford, UC Santa Barbara, California, George Mason 

4 – Duke, Texas A&M, Florida, Clemson, Wisconsin, Central Florida 

(three trips each for Cortland State and Harvard; two each for Princeton, Boston College, Brown, Maryland and Nebraska; one each for Missouri-St. Louis, SMU, FIU, Dartmouth, Michigan, BYU, Ohio State, Washington, Illinois, West Virginia and USC.


Active streaks of reaching the NCAA quarterfinals/final-8

6 – UCLA (2003-  )

5 – Notre Dame and Portland (2004-  )

4 – Florida State (2005-  )


All-time streaks of reaching the NCAA quarterfinals/final-8

22 – North Carolina (1982-2003)

11 – Santa Clara (1995-2005)

8 – Connecticut (1993-2000) and UMass (1982-89)

7 – Notre Dame (1994-2000) and N.C. State (1985-91)

6 – UCLA (2003- ) and Penn State (1998-2003)

5 – Notre Dame and Portland (2004- )

4 – Florida St. ('05- ), Portland ('93-'96), Stanford ('91-'94) and Colorado Coll. ('88-'91)

 

Active streaks of reaching College Cup final weekend (semifinals)

6 – UCLA (2003-  )

4 – Florida State (2005-  )

3 – Notre Dame (2006-  )


All-time streaks of reaching College Cup final weekend (semifinals)

21 – North Carolina (1982-2003)

6 – UCLA (2003- ) 

5 – UMass (1983-87)

4 – Florida State (2005- ), Santa Clara (1996-99) and Notre Dame (1994-97) 

3 – Notre Dame (2006-  ), Portland (2000-02 and 1994-96), Colorado College (1989-91), Connecticut (1982-84)

 

Most Trips to the NCAA College Cup Final Weekend (semifinals);  '82-'08 (27 yrs)

24 – North Carolina 

10 – Santa Clara 

10 – Notre Dame 

8 – Portland 

7 – Connecticut and UCLA 

6 – UMass

5 – Colorado College

4 – Florida State

4 –  George Mason

(three each for California and Penn State; two each for UCF, Wisconsin, N.C. State, Florida and Stanford; one each for Missouri-St. Louis, Virginia, Hartford, Duke, SMU, Princeton and USC)

 

Most NCAA Title-Game Appearances; 1982-2008 (27 years)

22 – North Carolina

7 – Notre Dame

4 – Connecticut

3 – George Mason, Portland and UCLA

(two trips each for Colorado College and Santa Clara; one each for UCF, UMass, N.C. State, Wisconsin, Duke, Florida, Florida State and USC)


Notes: The 2009 NCAA round-of-16 will include seven teams – UNC, UCLA, Portland, ND, FSU, UVa and Stanford – with senior classes that have advanced to the final-16 in each of the past four seasons ... several of those programs have longer NCAA round-of-16 streaks, led by UNC (28 straight round-of-16 appearances), UCLA (11) and Portland (10), plus Notre Dame (6), Florida State (5) and Virginia (5):


Active Streaks of Reaching the NCAA round-of-16
(updated as of 2009 NCAAs; research courtesy of CollegeSoccer360.com)

28 – North Carolina  (1982-2009)  
11 – UCLA  (1999-2009) 
10 – Portland  (2000-09)  
6 – Notre Dame  (2004-09)  
5 – Florida State  (2005-09) 
5 – Virginia  (2005-09)  
4 – Stanford  (2006-09)  


Notes: UCLA lost to BYU (0-2) in the 1998 second round (that was the third varsity season for the Bruins) ... Portland went 12-7-1 in 1999 and did not qualify for the '99 NCAAs (48-team field) ... Notre Dame lost to Michigan in the 2003 NCAA second round (0-1) ...  Florida State was edged by Boston College in PKs during the 2004 NCAA first round (0-0/1-3 PKs) ... Virginia lost to Duke in the 2004 NCAA second round (0-3) ... Stanford lost to St. Louis in the 2005 NCAA first round (0-2) ... there are 10 teams in the country with senior classes that have advanced past the first round of the NCAAs in each of the past four seasons (2006-09) ... in fact, six longrunning streaks of reaching the second round/round-of-32 continued this season (see chart below; note that some of the earlier years included fields of fewer than 32 teams).


Active streaks of reaching the NCAA round-of-32
(research courtesy of CollegeSoccer360.com ... updated through 2009 season; includes some seasons with field of fewer than 32 teams)

28 – North Carolina  (1982-2009)
17 – Notre Dame  (1993-2009)
16 – Virginia  (1994-2009)
13 – UCLA  (1997-2009)
12 – Texas A&M  (1998-2009)
10 – Portland  (2000-09)
5 – Florida State  (2005-09) 
4 – Florida  (2006-09)
4 – Oklahoma State  (2006-09) 
4 – Stanford  (2006-09) 
4 – Wake Forest  (2006-09) 

Notes: Duke (6; 2003-08) and USC (4; 2005-08) both saw their streaks of reaching the NCAA second round come to an end on Friday – and Illinois had advanced to the NCAA second round (final-32) each of the previous five seasons (2004-08), but the Fighting Illini failed to qualify for the 2009 NCAAs. ... exactly half of the teams that advanced to the second round in 2009 (16) did not reach the round-of-32 the previous season ('08): Wisconsin, Oregon State, BYU, UConn, Washington St., Penn St., Virginia Tech, LSU, Cal, South Carolina, Georgia, Dayton, San Diego St.,Santa Clara, Maryland and Central Michigan.


Following below are various lists of NCAA round-of-16 conference-entry history, during the nine years of the 64-team format (since 2001):


CONFERENCE ENTRIES IN THE ROUND-OF-16 – During the past nine seasons, dating back to the first year of the NCAA 64-team format, the Atlantic Coast Conference has led the way with 36 total entrants in the round--of-16 (4.0 per year) ... next on that list is the Pacific-10 with 21 round-of-16 qualifiers since 2001, followed by the BIG EAST (19), West Coast Conference (17), Big Ten (15), Big 12 (15) and Southeastern Conference  (11) ... the ACC and Pac-10 have combined to produce 40% of the round-of-16 entrants (57 of 144) during the past nine seasons ... the top-six conferences on this list – ACC, Pac-10, BIG EAST, WCC, Big Ten and Big 12 – have combined to produce 85% of the teams in the round-of-16 (135 of 144) from 2001-09.


NCAA ROUND--OF-16 TEAMS SINCE 2001  (sorted by conferences)


36 – ACC  (UNC 9, FSU 7, VA 7, BC 4, Duke 3, Clemson 2, Maryland 2, Va. Tech 1, WFU 1)

21 – Pac-10  (UCLA 9, Stanford 6, USC 2, Arizona 1, Cal 1, Oregon State 1, Washington 1)

19– BIG EAST  (ND 7, UConn 5, Rutgers 2, WVU 2, BC 1, Marquette 1, Villanova 1)

17 – West Coast Conference  (Portland 9, Santa Clara 6, Pepperdine 2)


16 – Big Ten  (PennSt 6, Illinois 3, Mich. 2, Indiana 1, Minn. 1, OhioSt 1, Purdue 1, Wisconsin 1)
15 – Big 12  (Texas A&M 7, Nebraska 3, Texas 3, Colorado 1, Kansas 1)

11 – Southeastern Conference  (Florida 5, Tennessee 5, South Carolina 1)


3 – Ivy League  (Dartmouth, Princeton, Yale)

2 – Atlantic-10  (Dayton, Richmond)
1 – Big West  
(Cal Staate Fullerton)

1 – Colonial Athletic Association  (James Madison)

1 – Conference USA  (Cincinnati)
1 – Mountain West  
(BYU)


OLD RELIABLES – There have been a total of 51 teams that have advanced to the NCAA round-of-16 since 2001, led by these 14 teams:


Teams with the most NCAA round-of-16 appearances since 2001
9 – North Carolina ... 2001-09
9 – Portland ... 2001-09 
9 – UCLA ... 2001-09
 
7 – Florida State ... 2002-03, '05-'09
7 – Notre Dame ... 2002, '04-'09 
7 – Texas A&M ... 2001-03, '05-'06, '08-'09
7 – Virginia ... 2001-02, '05-'09

6 – Penn State ... 2001-03, '05-'07
6 – Santa Clara ... 2001-05, '0
6 – Stanford ... 2001-02, '06-'09

5 – Boston College ... 2004 (BIG EAST); 2005-06, '08-'09 (ACC)
5 – Connecticut ... 2001-04, '07
5 – Florida ... 2001, '03, '06-'08
5 – Tennessee ... 2002-03, '04, '06, '07

Notes: teams with three round-of-16 appearances since 2001 include: Duke, Illinois, Nebraska and Texas ... teams with two round-of-16 trips over the past nine seasons include: Clemson, Maryland, Michigan, Pepperdine, Rutgers, USC and West Virginia ... these teams have made one final-16 appearances since '01: Arizona, BYU, California, CS Fullerton, Cincinnati, Colorado, Dartmouth, Dayton, Kansas, Indiana, James Madison, Marquette, Minnesota, Ohio State, Oregon State, Princeton, Purdue, Richmond, South Carolina, Villanova, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Washington, Wisconsin and Yale. 

Conferences with the most different teams in the NCAA round-of-16 (since '01)
9 teams – Atlantic Coast Conference
8 teams – Big Ten Conference
7 teams – Pacific-10 Conference
7 teams – BIG EAST Conference

5 teams – Big 12 Conference
3 teams – West Coast Conference
3 teams – Southeastern Conference
3 teams – Ivy League
2 teams – Atlantic-10 Conference

ROUND-OF-16 ENTRANTS SINCE 2001  (sorted by conference) 

Atlantic Coast Conference  (36 appearances, by 9 teams)
North Carolina (9) ... 2001-09
Florida State (7) ... 2002-03, '05-'09
Virginia (7) ... 2001-02, '05-'09
Boston College (4) ... 2005-06, '08-'09 (also '04, as member of BIG EAST)
Duke (3) ... 2004, '07, '08
Clemson (2) ... 2001, '06
Maryland (2) ... 2004, '09 
Virginia Tech (1) ... 2009
Wake Forest (1) ... 2009


Pacific-10 Conference  (21 appearances, by 7 teams)
UCLA (9) ... 2001-09
Stanford (6) ... 2001-02, '06-'09
USC (2) ... 2007, '08
Arizona (1) ... 2005
California (1) ... 2005 
Oregon State (1) ... 2009
Washington (1) ... 2004


BIG EAST Conference  (19 appearances, by 7 teams)
Notre Dame (7) ... 2002, '04-'09 
Connecticut (5) ... 2001-04, '07
Rutgers (2) ... 2001, '08
West Virginia (2) ... 2003, '07 
Boston College (1) ... 2004 (also 2005-06, '08-'09, as member of ACC)
Marquette (1) ... 2005
Villanova (1) ... 2003

West Coast Conference  (17 appearances, by 3 teams)

Portland (9) ... 2001-09 
Santa Clara (6) ... 2001-05, '09
Pepperdine (2) ... 2002, '05

 

Big Ten Conference  (16 appearances, by 8 teams)

Penn State (6) ... 2001-03, '05-'07
Illinois (3) ... 2004, '06, '08
Michigan (2) ... 2002-03 
Indiana (1) ... 2007
Minnesota (1) ... 2008
Ohio State (1) ... 2004
Purdue (1) ... 2003

Wisconsin (1) ... 2009


Big 12 Conference  (15 appearances, by 5 teams)
Texas A&M (7) ... 2001-03, '05-'06, '08-'09
Nebraska (3) ... 2001-02, '04 
Texas (3) ... 2004, '06, '07 
Colorado (1) ... 2006
Kansas (1) ... 2003


Southeastern Conference  (11 appearances, by 3 teams)
Florida (5) ... 2001, '03, '06-'08
Tennessee (5) ... 2002-03, '04, '06, '07
South Carolina (1) ... 2009


Ivy League  (3 appearances, by 3 teams)
Dartmouth (1) ... 2002
Princeton (1) .... 2004
Yale (1) ... 2005


Atlantic-10 Conference  (2 appearances, by 2 teams)

Dayton (1) ... 2001

Richmond (1) ... 2002


Big West Conference  (1 appearance)

Cal State Fullerton (1) ... 2005


Colonial Athletic Association  (1 appearance)
James Madison (1) ... 2008


Conference USA  (1 appearance)
Cincinnati (1) ... 2001  (current member of the BIG EAST)


Mountain West Conference  (1 appearance)
BYU (1) ... 2003



Conferences w/ Most Rd-of-16 Entrants in One Season (since '01)

7 – ACC in 2009
5 – ACC in 2008 and '06

4 – ACC in 2007 and '05

3 – ACC in 2004, '02 and '01 ... BIG EAST in 2007, '04 and '03 ... Big 12 in 2006 ... 
     Pac-10 in 2009, '08, '05 ... WCC in 2005 and '02 ... Big Ten in 2003



Yearly Conference Qualifiers in NCAA Round-of-16 (since '01)

Conf. ......... '01...'02...'03...'04...'05...'06...'07...'08...'09

ACC ............ 3 ... 3 ... 2 ... 3 ... 4 ... 5 .... 4 .... 5 ... 7

BIG EAST ... 2 ... 2 ... 3 ... 3 ... 2 ... 1 .... 3 .... 2 ... 1      

Big 12 ......... 2 ... 2 ... 2 ... 2 ... 1 ... 3 .... 1 .... 1 ... 1

Pac-10 ........ 2 ... 2 ... 1 ... 2 ... 3 ... 2 .... 3 .... 3 ... 3

WCC .......... 2 ... 3 ... 2 ... 2 ... 3 ... 1 ..... 1 .... 1 ... 2

SEC ........... 1 ... 1 ... 2 ... 1 ... X ... 2 .... 2 .... 1 ... 1       

Big Ten ...... 1 ... 2 ... 3 ... 2 ... 1 ... 2 ..... 2 .... 2 ... 1

Ivy ............. 1 in 2001 ... 1 in 2004 ... 1 in 2005  
A-10 ..........1 in 2001 ... 1 in 2002
Big West ... 1 in 2005
Colonial ..... 1 in 2008
C-USA ...... 1 in 2001     
Mt-West .... 1 in 2003


Conference High/Low Number of Qualifiers in NCAA Rd-of-16 (since '01)

ACC – high of 7 in 2009 ... low of 2 in 2003
BIG EAST – high of 3 in 2003, '04, '07 ... low of 1 in 2006, '09

Big 12 – high of 3 in 2006 ... low of 1 in 2005, '07, '08, '09
Pac-10 – high of 3 in 2005, '07, '08, '09 ... low of 1 in 2003
WCC – high of 3 in 2002, '05 ... low of 1 in 2006, '07, '08
SEC – high of 2 in 2003, '06, '07
Big Ten – high of 3 in 2003 ... low of 1 in 2001, '05, '09


Different Conferences Represented in NCAA Round-of-16 (since '01)

2001 – 10 conferences with teams in final-16

2002 – 8 conferences with teams in final-16

2003 – 8 conferences with teams in final-16


2004 – 8 conferences with teams in final-16

2005 – 8 conferences with teams in final-16

2006 – 7 conferences with teams in final-16


2007 – 7 conferences with teams in final-16

2008 – 8 conferences with teams in final-16

2009 – 7 conferences with teams in final-16


Note: avg. of 7.9 conferences represented in round-of-16 (since '01) ... most conferences represented in one round-of-16 since 2001 is 10 (in '01), fewest is seven ('06, '07, '09)



YEARLY NCAA ROUND-OF-16 QUALIFIERS  (sorted by conference) 

2001

3 – ACC  (Clemson, North Carolina, Virginia)

2 – BIG EAST  (Connecticut, Rutgers)

2 – Big 12  (Nebraska, Texas A&M)

2 – Pac-10  (Stanford, UCLA)
2 – WCC  (Portland, Santa Clara)
1 – Atlantic-10  (Dayton)

1 – Big Ten  (Penn State)
1 – C-USA  (Cincinnati)
1 – Ivy League  (Dartmouth)
1 – SEC  (Florida)


2002

3 – ACC (Florida State, North Carolina, Virginia)

3 – WCC  (Pepperdine, Portland, Santa Clara)
2 – Pac-10  (Stanford, UCLA)
2 – BIG EAST  (Connecticut, Notre Dame)
2 – Big 12  (Nebraska, Texas A&M)
2 – Big Ten  (Michigan, Penn State)
1 – Atlantic-10  (Richmond)
1 – SEC  (Tennessee)


2003

3 – BIG EAST  (Connecticut, Villanova, West Virginia)
3 – Big Ten  (Michigan, Penn State, Purdue)
2 – ACC  (Florida State, North Carolina)
2 – Big 12  (Kansas, Texas A&M)
2 – SEC  (Florida, Tennessee)
2 – WCC (Portland, Santa Clara
1 – Mt-West  (BYU)
1 – Pac-10  (UCLA)


2004

3 – ACC (Duke Maryland, North Carolina)
3 – BIG EAST  (Bsoton College, Connecticut, Notre Dame)

2 – Big Ten  (Illinois, Ohio State)
2 – Big 12  (Nebraska, Texas)
2 – Pac-10  (UCLA, Washington)

2 – WCC  (Portland, Santa Clara)
1 – Ivy League  (Princeton)
1 – SEC  (Tennessee)


2005

4 – ACC  (Boston College, Florida State, North Carolina, Virginia)

3 – Pac-10  (Arizona, California, UCLA)

3 – WCC  (Pepperdine, Portland, Santa Clara)

2 – BIG EAST  (Marquette, Notre Dame)

1 – Big Ten  (Penn State)
1 – Big 12  (Texas A&M)
1 – Big West  (CS Fullerton)

1 – Ivy League  (Yale)


2006

5 – ACC  (Boston College, Clemson, Florida State. North Carolina, Virginia)
3 – Big 12  (Colorado, Texas, Texas A&M)

2 – Big Ten  (Illinois, Penn State)

2 – Pac-10  (Stanford, UCLA)

2 – SEC  (Florida, Tennessee)
1 – BIG EAST  (Notre Dame)
1 – WCC  (Portland)


2007

4 – ACC  (Duke, Florida State, North Carolina), Virginia) 

3 – BIG EAST  (Connecticut, Notre Dame, West Virginia)

3 – Pac-10  (Stanford, UCLA, USC)

2 – Big Ten  (Indiana, Penn State)
2 – SEC  (Florida, Tennessee)
1 – Big 12  (Texas)
1 – WCC  (Portland)


2008

5 – ACC  (Boston College, Duke, Florida State, North Carolina, Virginia)

3 – Pac-10  (Stanford, UCLA, USC)
2 – BIG EAST  (Notre Dame, Rutgers)
2 – Big Ten  (Illinois, Minnsota)
1 – Big 12  (Texas A&M)
1 – Colonial  (James Madison)
1 – SEC  (Florida)
1 – WCC  (Portland)


2009

7 – ACC  (Boston College, Florida St., Maryland, No.Carolina, Virginia, Va. Tech, Wake Forest)

3 – Pac-10  (Oregon State, Stanford, UCLA)
2 – WCC  (Portland, Santa Clara)
1 – BIG EAST  (Notre Dame)

1 – Big Ten  (Wisconsin)
1 – Big 12  (Texas A&M)
1 – SEC  (South Carolina)

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