Six teams won a tournament game for the first time in 2019: Belmont, California-Irvine, Central Florida, Liberty, Farleigh Dickinson, and Wofford.
Number 9 seeds went 4-0 against #8s in first round games, with an average margin of victory by 16 points. A sweep by #9s has happened in four other tournaments: 2001, 1999, 1994, 1989.
Number 12 seeds went 3-1 against #5s in first round games, including wins by Murray State, Liberty, and Oregon. New Mexico State just missed making it a clean sweep in losing by one point to Auburn. Historically, Number 12 seeds have won only 32% (50-106) of these matchups.
Number 10 seeds went 3-1 against #7s in first round games, including wins by Florida, Iowa, and Minnesota. Historically, Number 10 seeds have won only 39% (62-98) of these matchups.
The Cal-Irvine Anteaters were the lowest seed (13) to advance to the second round.
Gonzaga had the largest margin of victory in the first round with their 38 point win over Farleigh Dickinson.