One stadium, though well-suited and even built for the purpose of hosting tournament games, has been made ineligible to do so.
What's the beef? Well South Carolina, where the arena in question -- Columbia's 18,000-seat Colonial Life Arena -- is located, is proud of their history. So they sport a Confederate battle flag on a soldiers' memorial nearby on the South Carolina Statehouse grounds.
Amid protests during 2002 tournament games at the Bi-Lo Center in Greenville, S.C., the NCAA recognized the requests of the NAACP and the Black Coaches Association by banning the state, and thus both the Bi-Lo Center and the Colonial Life Arena, from hosting any further tournament games.
No. 1: De-aPauling
Can you imagine having the prestige of having a coveted No. 1 seed and losing your first game? OK, OK. It's true that a No. 16 seed has never beaten a No. 1, BUT, pre-1985, top seeds got first-round byes. And some did lose in the second round -- their first game.
Now enters this bit of trivia. No. 1-seeded DePaul University lost its opening, second-round game to UCLA in 1980. Bummer. But there's always next year, right?
Indeed, they came back, secured a No. 1 seed and ... lost again, this time to St. Joseph's. Ugh! Finally, in 1982, the school's third consecutive year as a No. 1 seed, they went all Buffalo Bills on us and lost a third straight opening game, this time to Boston College.
Unfortunately, for DePaul, a great streak of conference titles and a stack of wins will always be followed up with a, "yeah, but ..."