Key stats from men's NCAA semifinals

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LSU (7) knocked off Georgia (3), and USC (5) upset No. 1 Illinois to reach the final at the NCAA Championship at Concession Golf Club. Here are the key numbers from the semifinals provided by the Golf Channel editorial research unit:

LSU

• First appearance in championship match (in current format)

• Seeking fifth national title; last one came in 1955

• Fifth straight year an SEC team made championship match

• Seeking third straight national championship for SEC (Alabama won last two)

• Seeking fifth tournament victory of season (last: SEC Championship)

• Won SEC Championship (last two years Alabama won SEC Championship and NCAA Championship)

• Lost in NCAA match play semis last year to Alabama

• Was 11 shots out of NCAA qualification entering final round of regionals

• Shot 12 under as a team that day to earn final NCAA berth from region

• Zach Wright: Never trailed in semifinal match (won 7 and 6), also won morning quarterfinal match

• Eric Ricard: Led after every hole in semifinal match (won 4 and 3)


USC

• First appearance in championship match (in current format)

• First time a Pac-12 team has made NCAA Championship match

• Seeking first NCAA team championship in men’s golf (women have three titles)

• Assured of best-ever NCAA finish (previous: third place, seven times)

• No Pac-12 team has won men’s NCAA title since 2008 (UCLA)

• One NCAA match play appearance before this week

• Seeking 101st NCAA team championship (and 85th for men’s teams)

• Seeking first NCAA team championship for school in 2015

• Only three Pac-12 teams have won this since 2000 (2008 UCLA, 2007 Stanford, 2004 Cal)

• Rico Hoey: Won both matches today

• Bobby Gojuangco: 2-0 today; led after every hole in semifinal match


ILLINOIS

• Top seed eliminated; no top seed has won match play title in current format

• Fourth appearance in NCAA match play in last five years (no titles)


GEORGIA

• Was seeking third NCAA title and first since 2005