NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament: By The Numbers

The most great time of yr for school basketball followers has arrived.

March Madness is right here, as 68 groups get set to take the court docket in one of many high spectacles on the sports activities calendar: the NCAA Tournament.

As the match will get underway Tuesday night with a pair of First Four matchups, here’s a quantity to remember: 9,223,372,036,854,775,808. 

Alright, possibly that is not precisely a primary can “keep in mind,” however it’s a quantity that gives hope to anybody filling out an NCAA Tournament bracket this yr. That’s as a result of there are 9.2 quintillion doable bracket outcomes.

Brandon Miller and the Alabama Crimson Tide are the No. 1 total seed heading into this yr’s match. The Crimson Tide completed the common season with 29-5 report and cruised to an SEC Tournament title this previous weekend. Nate Oats’ workforce additionally acquired the No. 1 rating within the pre-tournament AP Top 25 Poll, which was launched on Monday.

Alabama can be a preferred match champion choose, however earlier than inking the Crimson Tide as this yr’s nationwide champion, preserve this stat in thoughts: It has been 11 years because the top-ranked workforce within the AP Poll has gained the nationwide title, as John Calipari’s Kentucky squad was the least to perform that feat again in 2012.

Here are the vital numbers to know forward of the Big Dance.

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84: This would be the 84th NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament performed, with a match being held yearly from 1939-2019 and 2021-23. The match was not performed in 2020, as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.

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61: Former Notre Dame standout Austin Carr holds the report for probably the most factors in an NCAA Tournament sport, posting 61 again in 1970.

34: Temple’s Fred Cohen recorded an NCAA Tournament-record 34 rebounds within the 1956 tourney.

33: Kansas has made 33 straight NCAA Tournament appearances (together with this season), which is probably the most all-time amongst Division I applications.

29: There have been 29 nationwide champions from 1993-2022. All 29 of these groups made it to a minimum of the semifinals of their convention match (in the event that they performed in a single).

26: Since NCAA Tournament seeding started in 1979, 26 No. 1 seeds have gained the nationwide championship – probably the most of any seed. 

25: Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo will seem in his twenty fifth consecutive NCAA Tournament, which is a Division I report.

23: Former Duke standout Christian Laettner holds the report for probably the most NCAA Tournament video games performed in a profession with 23.

22: In the final 23 NCAA Tournaments, 22 of the eventual nationwide champions have been a top-three seed. The lone exception on this span was UConn in 2014, successful the title as a 7-seed.

21: The North Carolina Tar Heels maintain the report for many Final Four appearances with 21.

18: Former UNLV standout Mark Wade holds the report for probably the most assists in an NCAA Tournament sport with 18.

17: North Carolina has been a No. 1 seed within the NCAA Tournament a report 17 instances.

11: UCLA holds the report for probably the most nationwide championships of any Division I program with 11.

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10: A workforce seeded 7-or-lower has reached the Elite Eight in 10 of the previous 11 NCAA Tournaments.

9: A 5-seed-or-lower has made the Final Four in 9 straight NCAA Tournaments.

8: The lowest seed to ever win the nationwide championship sport is the 8-seed, with Villanova taking down No. 1 seed Georgetown in 1985.

7: The top-two groups within the AP Top 25 Poll have met seven instances within the nationwide championship sport, with the newest occasion coming in 2005 when No. 2 North Carolina defeated No. 1 Illinois.

5: A 14-seed has crushed a 3-seed in 5 of the previous 9 NCAA Tournaments.

2: Since the NCAA Tournament expanded to 64 groups in 1985, there have solely been two years by which a double-digit seed didn’t make the Sweet 16: 1995 and 2007.

1: Only one 16-seed has defeated a 1-seed within the Round of 64, with UMBC doing so towards Virginia in 2018.

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