For drama and high-level athleticism, it’s difficult to beat March Madness. Many sports fans consider the Division I college basketball tournament one of the year’s best events, rivaling the Super Bowl. It’s 68 teams, win or go home, single elimination craziness that always produces upsets, tears and anxiety (especially if you’re betting).
This year the tournament runs from March 19 to April 8 and once again, tons of teams in our relative neck of the woods are in the hunt. Duke and Virginia are both top-seed material. And Kentucky… well, there’s always Kentucky. SEC foe Tennessee, which spent a lot of time as the number one team in the nation, is also a favorite, and it’s always difficult to count out North Carolina. Don’t forget Florida, Auburn, Alabama, LSU, Virginia Tech and Ole Miss … it’s going to be really tough to nail that bracket this year.
Did we mention that the games will be on in our tavern? Come on in and cheer for your team, or at least for a great game.
March Madness Fast Facts
The odds of filling out a perfect bracket are one in 9,223,372,036,854,775,808 (that’s a quintillion).
Glen Rice holds the record for most points in a single tournament with 184 during Michigan’s 1989 run, and Duke’s Christian Laettner holds the career record with 407 points in 23 games.
The record for most overtimes in a single game is four. It happened twice, in 1956 and 1961.
The record for most points scored by individual in a NCAA tournament game belongs to Austin Carr, who recorded 61 points in Notre Dame’s 1970 opener. Loyola Marymount scored the most amount of points by a team in one game with 149 in 1990, while North Carolina holds the record for fewest points: 20 in a 1941 game.
Bracket pick hint #1: While upsets are common in early rounds, a No. 16 seed has never beaten a No. 1 seed.
Three individuals have won an NCAA championship as a player and as a coach: Joe B. Hall as a player and coach of Kentucky, Bob Knight as a player with Ohio State and coach of Indiana and Dean Smith as a player at Kansas and coach at North Carolina.
The Connecticut Huskies are the only school to win his-and-her national championships in the same year. The women’s team won its one day after the men in 2004 and again in 2014.
UCLA head coach John Wooden has the most national championships with 10. Among active men’s coaches, Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski leads the way with four. UConn women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma has won nine.
The lowest seed to ever win the NCAA Tournament was Villanova as a No. 8 seed in 1985. This is considered to have been one of the best tournament finals of all time.
Bracket pick hint #2: Only once have all four No. 1 seeds advanced to the Final Four. That happened when Kansas, North Carolina, UCLA and Memphis met in 2008.