By Extra Mustard
March 25, 2013

The field has been trimmed from 68 to 16, but if you haven't been paying close attention so far, you're in luck: Here's everything you need to know about the positively sweet squads that survived the first three rounds of this year's Big Dance.

Florida Gulf Coast (100/1)

• The equipment manager has filthy dance moves.

• Campus housing overlooks the beach. Literally. As this is the view from Chase Fieler's dorm room (via Yahoo! Sports).

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• The only undefeated team in NCAA tournament history (2-0) had open tryouts before the season. (Also check out more facts you probably didn't know about FGCU.)

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La Salle (100/1)

• Tyrone Garland's name for his lay-up that lifted La Salle into the Sweet 16? The Southwest Philly floater. Both Garland's name and "Southwest Philly Floater" were trending worldwide on Twitter after the Explorers' win over Ole Miss.

• The North Philly school has taken down three ranked teams in a season (Butler, VCU, Kansas State) for the first time since the 1954-55 team defeated four. That side went all the way to the national title game before losing to Bill Russell's San Francisco Dons.

• This is how the students on campus reacted to Sunday's win. (Bonus points for the girls mocking Marshall Henderson's landshark gesture.)

Marquette (40/1)

• The Golden Eagles are in the Sweet 16 for the third straight year, but looking to move past this stage for the first time since Dwyane Wade's 2003 team crashed the Final Four.

• When the Catholic school won the national championship in 1977, this was its team photo.

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• Chris Farley graduated from there in 1986 with a concentration in communications and theater. One of his most famous characters, Thomas R. "Tommy Boy" Callahan II, also got his degree from Marquette.


Oregon (40/1)

• Animal House was filmed there -- after 12 other colleges in six states reportedly said no.

• Dissed by the NCAA selection committee with a No. 12 seed, the Ducks responded by dismissing two favored opponents by a combined 30 points. They shot 72.7 percent from 3-point range Saturday, the best clip by any team in an NCAA tournament game since Boston College shot 75 percent in 2004.

• Colt Lyerla, a tight end on the football team, believes the Sandy Hook massacre was orchestrated by the U.S. government.

Wichita State (40/1)

• Their mascot is kind of scary.


• Their cheerleaders seem kind of cool.

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• WWE superstar Big Show was a backup center for the Shockers during the 1991-92 season. (He averaged 35 points, 22 rebounds and 10 blocks as a high school senior.)

Arizona (25/1)

• Point guard Mark Lyons, a graduate transfer from Xavier, will be the first person to play in the Sweet 16 in consecutive tournaments for different schools.

• The university offers free online astronomy courses. (No small giveaway for the school behind the Phoenix Mars mission.)

• Their band members rule.

Syracuse (18/1)

• The Orange went 12 minutes without a field goal in Saturday's Round of 32 win over Cal to move through to the Sweet 16.

• They partied with Bill Clinton after winning the Big East title.

• 'Cuse guard Michael Carter-Williams’ house caught fire during Syracuse’s win over Cal, a game in which Carter-Williams put up 12 points.

Michigan State (16/1)

• Famous alumni include Bubba Smith, Magic Johnson and Chris Hansen of To Catch A Predator fame.

• A recent study by Michigan State scientists showed that ovulating women are more racist.

• The Michigan State drumline appeared in Oz The Great and Powerful. (Director Sam Raimi majored in English at MSU before dropping out to film The Evil Dead.)

Michigan (14/1)

• Michigan and Michigan State have made it to the Sweet 16 in the same tournament for the first time.

• The Wolverines have no shortage of NBA bloodlines: Tim Hardaway Jr., Glenn Robinson III and Jon Horford (younger brother of the Atlanta Hawks' Al) all contribute for Michigan.

• Michigan is back in the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1994. It is 10-1 all time at this stage.

Miami (8/1)

• Head coach Jim Larranaga floats like a butterfly and stings like a bee.

• Their point guard is Barry Larkin's son.

• Their victory late Sunday night gave the state of Florida three teams in the Sweet 16 for the first time.

Duke (7/1)

• Sunday's ouster of Creighton was the 2,000th victory in program history. Duke is just the fourth Division I program to record that many wins, joining North Carolina, Kansas and Kentucky.

• The Blue Devils are in the Sweet 16 for the 13th time in 16 years, the most over that span by far.

• The delectable regional semifinal matchup with Michigan State on Friday (9:45 p.m. ET, CBS) pits arguably the two best coaches in the country against one another.

Kansas (7/1)

• The only coach with a losing record in the 115-year history of University of Kansas basketball is Dr. James Naismith.

• The Jayhawks are now 3-0 against North Carolina since Roy Williams left Kansas for Chapel Hill, with all wins coming by double-digit margins.

• Senior center Jeff Withey finished with 16 points, 16 rebounds and five blocks against North Carolina, but drew the ire of former Missouri guard Kim English (now with the Detroit Pistons).

Ohio State (6/1)

• It has the longest current streak of Sweet 16 appearances (four).

• The Buckeyes defeated Iowa State to reach the Sweet 16. Three of the last four teams to eliminate the Cyclones from the NCAAs -- 2000 Michigan State, 2005 North Carolina and 2012 Kentucky -- went on to win the national championship. (The fourth was 15th-seeded Hampton in 2001.)

• It's no longer that difficult to spot a Buckeye thanks to Buzzfeed.

Florida (5/1)

• The Gainesville, Fla., school has advanced to a third consecutive Sweet 16 for the first time in program history.

• All 28 of their victories have come by double-digit margins.

• Billy Donovan can dance too.

Indiana (9/2)

• President Obama picked them to win the whole thing. So did Gucci Mane.

• Famous alumni include Mark Spitz, Jane Pauley and Lee Majors (who won an athletic scholarship before transferring to Eastern Kentucky).

• When he was a freshman, Victor Oladipo performed Usher's "U Got It Bad" at the inaugural Spirit of Indiana Showcase.


Louisville (4/1)

• It's the nation's most profitable college basketball team according to, netting a projected profit of between $23 and $28 million this year alone.

• It's been more than three weeks since anyone came within single digits of the Cardinals -- and nearly two months since an opponent beat them in regulation.

• They partied with Bill Clinton after winning the Big East title.


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