NCAA Tournament Fun Facts: The South Region

Little-known facts about the 17 schools that make up the South Region

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1. The men's and women's undergraduate colleges at Duke University (private, founded in 1838) did not merge until 1972. Before that, the women lived on the school's East Campus, which is now reserved for first-year students. The Blue Devils (29-5) will play Arkansas–Pine Bluff or Winthrop on Friday at 7:25 p.m. in Jacksonville, Fla.

2. For the better part of two decades, Villanova University (private, founded in 1842) has topped the U.S.News & World Report rankings of Best Universities–Master's in the North. The Wildcats (24-7) play Robert Morris at 12:3 p.m. on Thursday in Providence, R.I.

3. Eighty percent of students at Baylor University (private, founded in 1845) hail from Texas, and it's the oldest continuously operating institution in the state. The Bears (25-7) play Sam Houston State on Thursday at 2:45 p.m. in New Orleans.

4. Purdue University (public, founded in 1869) in West Lafayette, Ind., is the largest of six schools that comprise the Purdue University System. The flagship campus has more than 40,000 students. The Boilermakers (27-5) play Siena on Friday at 2:30 p.m. in Spokane, Wash.

5. Texas A&M University (public, founded in 1876.) is the sixth-largest school in the nation, boasting 48,000 students, and is home to one of the country's largest veterinary colleges. The Aggies (23-9) play Utah State at 4:45 p.m. on Friday in Spokane.

6. The campus of the University of Notre Dame (private, founded in 1842) spans 1,250 acres and is valued at $2.8 billion. The Fighting Irish (23-11) play Old Dominion on Thursday at 12:25 p.m. in New Orleans.

7. Nearly 60 percent of 2008 graduating class of the University of Richmond (private, founded in 1830) studied abroad during their time in college. The Spiders (26-8) play Saint Mary's on Thursday at 2:50 p.m. in Providence.

8. Students at the University of California–Berkeley (public, founded in 1868) often rub what has become known as the "4.0 Ball" for good luck prior to tough exams. The stone has been on campus since 1905, but the rubbing tradition is fairly new. The Golden Bears play Louisville on Friday at 9:45 p.m. in Jacksonville.

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9. Nearly all of the medical and law faculties in the 19th century at the University of Louisville (public, founded in 1798) were full-time professionals and taught only in their spare time. The Cardinals finished the season with a 20-12 record.

10. St. Mary's College of California (private, founded in 1863) was founded in San Francisco but moved to Oakland and finally settled in Moraga in 1928. The Gaels finished the season with a 26-5 record.

11. Old Dominion University (public, founded in 1930) was founded as an offshoot of the College of William and Mary that offered students a two-year degree for a more affordable price. Tuition was $50 per year when the school was born. The Monarchs finished the season with a 26-8 record.

12. During the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis, every member of the large Iranian student population at Utah State University (public, founded in 1888) was interviewed by immigration officials, which created tension on campus. The Aggies finished this season with a 27-7 record.

13. Despite an undergraduate student population of just over 3,000, Siena College (private, founded in 1937) is making its sixth NCAA Tournament appearance this year. The Saints finished the season with a 27-6 record.

14. Sam Houston State University (public, founded in 1879) was established to train public-school teachers but has since expanded to five colleges. The Bearkats finished the season with a 25-7 record.

15. Robert Morris University (private, founded in 1921) was started as an accounting school that offered only night classes. It had just two classrooms in Pittsburgh. The Colonials finished the season with a 23-11 record.

16. Winthrop University (public, founded in 1886) started as a one-room school in Columbia, S.C., and is named after its key early benefactor, Robert Charles Winthrop, who gave the school $1,500 near the turn of the 20th century. The Eagles finished the season with a 19-13 record.