I'm bored to death at work today and looking forward to the Big Ten Tournament a little too much.
As I paged through the wires, I found a listing of the history of every conference's men's basketball tournament. Mostly it was just who beat whom in the finals. Still, some interesting stuff...
For example, in the Big Ten, the tournament has been held for eight years. Six different (Michigan, MSU, Iowa, OSU, Illinois, Wisconsin) teams have won it. MSU and Illinois are the only ones to win it twice.
Eight different teams have played in the championship game (Purdue and Indiana are the others). Only Minnesota, Penn State and Northwestern have yet to play on Sunday.
Michigan and Purdue played in the first championship game (1997). Neither has made it back to the final.
In the ACC, Duke has played in the final for eight straight years, winning six.
Even more incredible, at least one team based in North Carolina (UNC, NCSU, Duke, Wake Forest) has played in every single ACC Championship game except for one. They've held the tournament since 1954, and only in 1990 (Georgia Tech vs. Virginia) was North Carolina not represented.
In the Big XII, Kansas won each of the first three championships (1997-99), but they've only made it back to the final once since then. They lost to Oklahoma in 2002.
The state of Oklahoma has won each of the last five league championships (Ok State in 2004 and 2005 and OU in the previous three years)
Since the event started in 1997, no team from Texas has ever won the Big XII Tournament Championship.
In the Big East, Georgetown played in 10 of the first 17 championship games, but hasn't been back to the game for the last 9 years.
Last year's final (Syracuse over WVU) broke a three-year string of Pitt/UConn finals.
Speaking of the Big East, every single CUSA championship game (starting in 1996 and running through last year) has featured at least one team that is now a member of the Big East (Cincinnati, DePaul, Louisville, Marquette).
The Pac-10 only resumed its conference tournament four years ago, but it has had a different champion in each of those four years. (Arizona in 2002, Oregon in 2003, Stanford in 2004, and Washington in 2005).
In the SEC, Kentucky has played in 12 of the last 14 championship games, winning 10.
This is the seventh year for the Mountain West Conference tournament. In each of the first six years, a different team won. UNLV won in 2000, BYU won in 2001, SDSU won in 2002, Colorado State won in 2003, Utah won in 2004 and New Mexico won in 2005.
Just for Tony
, the MAC tournament has been going on since 1980. Bowling Green has never won the championship and has only made the final game once since 1983.
Miami of Ohio played in the title game five years in a row (1997-2001), but only won once during that span.
And the Ivy League doesn't hold a tournament, so this applies to the regular season titles. Penn and Princeton have won every league championship since 1988. Only two other schools (Cornell in 1988 and Brown in 1986) have won Ivy League championships since 1968.