KU, BU, UWV in Sweet 16


Three Big 12 schools – Kansas, West Virginia and Baylor – won their two opening games and advanced to the Sweet 16.

Should they win two more games each, the Big 12 could have three teams in the Final Four. No. 1 seeded KU will face Purdue in the Midwest Regional in Kansas City on Friday. No. 4 seeded West Virginia will play No. 1 seed Gonzaga in the West Regional in San Jose, California on Friday and No. 3 seed Baylor takes on No. 7 seeded South Carolina in the East Regional in New York City.

Kansas seemed to be the biggest winner in terms of proximity to Tulsa. There was a sea of Jayhawk fans in a crowd of 15,299 Sunday as KU bounced Michigan State, 90-70 and Baylor swept past USC, 82-78.

It’s 220 miles from Lawrence, Kansas, to Tulsa. It’s about 350 miles from Waco, Texas – home of the Baylor Bears – to Tulsa and about 260 miles from SMU in Dallas to Tulsa.

The field in Tulsa also included Miami (Florida), New Mexico State and University of California at Davis.

It’s about 900 miles from East Lansing, Michigan, to Tulsa. It’s 1,450 from Los Angeles to Tulsa and about the same from Miami, Florida. Its about 800 miles to Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Davis, California is 1,750 miles from Tulsa.

The official attendance for the regional was 43,585, with an average of 14,528 for three sessions (two games each) on Thursday and Sunday. The downtown arena holds about 18,000. When Tulsa hosted a regional in 2011, the total was 42,823 fans – slightly less than this year.

Conference Records

8-1      Pac-12 (89 percent)

7-2      Southeastern (78 percent)

3-1      West Coast (75 percent)

8-3      Big 12 (73 percent)

7-4      Big Ten (64 percent)

5-5      Big East (50 percent)

7-8      ACC (.47 percent)

1-2      American (33 percent)

1-3      Atlantic (25 percent)

Sweet 16 Teams

3          Big 12

3          Big Ten

3          Pac-12

3          SEC

2          Big East

1          West Coast

1          ACC