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Big players make big plays in big games.
This adage is especially true when it comes to the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, and this year’s teams Final square are familiar with bright lights. North CarolinaDuke, Kansas and Villanova have 61 combined Final Four appearances and a handful of Final Four records.
Villanova and Kansas will square off in Game 1 of the Final Four in New Orleans on Saturday before Duke and North Carolina bring their rivalry to the NCAA Tournament for the first time.
Can anyone – or any team – engrave their name in the Big Easy record books? Here are the numbers to beat:
NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Semifinals: Individual Records
Al Wood and Carmelo Anthony put their respective teams on the back offensively in the Final Four en route to the national championship game. Gilbert Arenas and Jeff Withey, meanwhile, dominated defensively. Freddie Banks and Mark Wade even set records in the same game.
Here’s a look at some individual records from the NCAA Tournament semifinals:
Points: Al Wood, North Carolina, 1981 – 39
Points by a freshman: Carmelo Anthony, Syracuse, 2003 – 33
3-points achieved: Freddie Banks, UNLV, 1987 – 10
Aids: Mark Wade, UNLV, 1987–18
Bounces: Elvin Hayes, Houston, 1967-24
Fly : Gilbert Arenas, Ariz., 2001 – 6
Blocks: Jeff Withey, Kansas, 2012 – 7
NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Semifinals: Team Records
UCLA’s Final Four performance in 1965 has held a place in history for nearly six decades. John Wooden’s Bruins had 108 points against Wichita State, including 65 in the first half. Both of those ratings remain records and represent six points or more than the second-best totals on their respective rosters.
In addition to UCLA, there are other top programs that hold records in the national semifinals:
Points: UCLA, 1965 – 108
Half-time points: UCLA, 1965–65
Winning margin: Villanova, 2016 – 44
Biggest comeback: Duke, 2001 – 22
3-points achieved: Villanova, 2018 – 18
Aids: Louisville, 1986; Gonzaga, 2021 – 26
Bounces: Michigan, 1957 – 65
Fly : Kentucky, 1997 – 14
Blocks: Kansas, 1988; Maryland, 2002; Kansas, 2008; Virginia, 2019 – 9
NCAA Men’s Basketball National Championship Game: Individual Records
The NCAA national title game record books are full of great men from the NBA’s 75th anniversary team. Bill Walton scored the most points in a title game, Bill Russell grabbed the most rebounds, and Anthony Davis blocked the most shots.
The following is a list of individual records for the men’s national title match:
Points: Bill Walton, UCLA, 1973-44
Points by a freshman: Toby Bailey, UCLA, 1995 – 26
3-points achieved: Steve Alford, Indiana, 1987; Dave Sieger, Oklahoma, 1988; Tony Delk, Kentucky, 1996-7
Aids: Rumeal Robinson, Michigan, 1989 – 11
Bounces: Bill Russell, San Francisco, 1956 – 27
Fly : Ty Lawson, North Carolina, 2009 – 8
Blocks: Joakim Noah, Florida, 2006; Anthony Davis, Kentucky, 2012 – 6
NCAA Men’s Basketball National Championship Game: Team Records
When it comes to team records in the national championship, the 1990 UNLV Runnin’ Rebels take the cake.
Jerry Tarkanian’s team won the most dominant championship in men’s tournament history. The team scored the most points and finished with the widest margin of victory in a 103-73 thrashing of Duke. In addition to this, the team also set title match records for assists and steals.
Here are some notable records set by teams in the national title game:
Points: UNLV, 1990 – 103
Half-time points: Indiana, 1976–57
Winning margin: UNLV, 1990-30
Biggest comeback: Loyola Chicago, 1963 – 15
3-points achieved: Kentucky, 1996; Ill., 2005 – 12
Aids: UNLV, 1990 – 24
Bounces: UCLA, 1969–61
Fly : UNLV, 1990 – 16
Blocks: Kentucky, 2012-11