The patron saint of mid-majors has given us John Stockton, Adam Morrison and one magical March memory after another.
40. The Drew family.
It's been 10 years since Bryce etched his name in tournament lore with his hoops version of a hook-and-ladder play and his dad, Homer, led little Valpo to the Sweet 16. Bryce's older brother, Scott, is already one of this tournament's feel-good stories simply for raising No. 11 seed Baylor from the ashes.
41. Sister acts: Oklahoma's Courtney and Ashley Paris (above). George Washington's Jessica and Jazmine Adair. The Bjorklunds (Angie at Tennessee, Jami at Gonzaga). And the Frazee triplets of Liberty: Moriah and Molly are identical; Megan's a fraternal sibling.
42. BENCH PLAYERS LOCKING ELBOWS as their diaper dandy teammate attempts a game-tying free throw.
43. Despite the impossibility of making a T-shirt that has eight team logos—plus giant tournament graphics—on the front look good, the NCAA keeps on selling them at first-round site merchandise stands. And people keep buying them.
44. Maryland--Baltimore County made the field—for the first time in school history—but neighboring Maryland (22 tournament appearances) did not.
45. That it still takes a team. In 1987, No. 8 seed Navy lost to No. 9 Michigan even though David Robinson scored 50 points.
46. The West Coast Conference has three teams in the field, only one fewer than the ACC.
47. The sons also rise. Patrick Ewing Jr. and Jeremiah Rivers (son of Doc) will suit up for second-seeded Georgetown. But the best of the NBA scions may have the least-heralded dad: Davidson sophomore Stephen Curry (above), son of Dell. A sharpshooter like his pops, Stephen leads the nation in three-pointers made.
48. Steve Fisher's being named Michigan's interim coach before the '89 tourney and leading the Wolverines to the national title.