College basketball’s electrifying four-week event is upon us again! Gear up to watch your picks play out with these March Madness stats.
March Madness: Then and Now
1939: Eight teams battle it out in the first NCAA men’s college basketball tournament.
1982: The first women’s basketball tournament is held with 32 teams.
2016: Seventy-seven years later, 68 men’s teams and 64 women’s teams from across the US compete for championship titles during March Madness.
In the Winner’s Circle
The UCLA Bruins hold the record for most men’s championship wins at 11.
Ten of the Bruins’ wins have been under the direction of legendary coach John Wooden.
Winners wear blue: Louisville (2013) is the only champion in the past 12 seasons that didn’t have blue as a team color.
What are your chances of a picking a winning bracket from start to finish? One in 9.2 quintillion—that’s 18 zeros! In fact, you have a better chance of getting attacked by a shark or becoming an NBA player yourself.*
Most Unexpected Final Four Teams
Starting with the odds stacked against them, these teams made it to the final round before the championship game:
4. Penn in 1979 (No. 9 Seed)
3. Wichita State in 2013 (No. 9 Seed)
2. VCU in 2011 (No. 11 Seed)
1. George Mason in 2006 (No. 11 Seed)
Last year, Duke, Wisconsin, Kentucky, and Michigan State made it to the Final Four. Will they be able to repeat their appearances?
Selection Sunday is March 13. Will the odds be in your favor?
*The Bleacher Report