The NCAA Tournament is perhaps the most fan-friendly sporting event of the year and has terrific fan involvement (how's your bracket?). Here are five trivial-but-cool NCAA facts as we wait for UConn to play Iowa State in its Sweet 16 game Friday night:
1, If UConn wants a late three-pointer, DeAndre Daniels might not be the first option people think about. But he shot .434 from three when you combine the regular season and AAC tournament and is shooting .545 from three in the NCAA Tournament (6-for-11).
2, Verne Lundquist and Bill Raftery broadcast UConn's first two tournament games and will call Friday's game as well. You're no doubt familiar with them. But sideline reporter Allie LaForce, 25, has joined the veteran crew. LaForce won the Miss Ohio Teen USA 2005 title. After becoming the first delegate from Ohio to make the semifinals since 1993, LaForce competed in the evening gown, swimsuit and final interview competitions and was crowned Miss Teen USA 2005.
3, The SEC Is 7-0 in this year's tournament and all three teams have made the Sweet 16. If UConn beats Iowa State and top-seed Virginia knocks off Michigan State, the Huskies will meet the Cavaliers. Florida and Tennessee also represent the SEC.
4, According to kenpom.com, UConn is 11th in the country in defensive efficiency (93.2). Among teams left in the tournament, only Arizona (87.2), Florida (88.9), Louisville (89.4); Virginia (89.9) and San Diego State (90.3) are better.
5, UConn, which shot a respectable.760 from the free throw line during the regular season, has shot .833 in the two NCAA Tournament games.