Top 10 Craziest March Madness FactsWell we have had some memorable moments in March whether it’s the buzzer beaters or raising the trophy at the end there’s been some unexplainable things happen. Here’s some crazy things about the tournament you probably didn’t know
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If you’re a perfectionist then good luck with filling out a bracket. You would have to predict 63 games right. Think of it like flipping a coin and getting 63 heads in a row. Not likely right? You’re statistically more likely to win the lottery and get struck by lightning in the same day. To put that in perspective a Quintillion is a billion billions...
While they’re a bit irrelevant Nowadays the Bruins have won 11 total Natty’s 10 coming in their golden age when John Wooden was their head coach. They have not won it all since 1995.
The Final 4 is one of the most prestigious stages in College Basketball. Making it all the way to the semifinal round is a big deal. While most expect higher seeds to make it there has been a few surprising Cinderella teams make it out of their region. (LSU 1986, George Mason 2006, VCU 2011, and Loyola Chicago 2018) None have made the final round however
We all know that the Lady Huskies own Women’s College basketball but they have ran the table in college basketball twice in 2004 and 2014..
The Big East was stacked back then having 3 teams in the Final 4. Nova was far from a mid major and nobody expected the wildcats to upset the heavily favored Georgetown Hoyas to win the championship
A 1 over a 16 seed? Seems like a no brainer..From the time the tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985 until 2018, 16 seeds were 0-135 all time against 1 seeds. Most were blown out, but a few came extremely close to victory. In 1989, for example, Princeton lost 50-49 to the Georgetown Hoyas when a last-second shot fell short. The curse of the No. 16 seed was finally broken in 2018, when the UMBC Retrievers shocked the Virginia Cavaliers 74-54. Unfortunately, UMBC's Cinderella run ended in the very next round, when they lost to the Kansas State Wildcats.
The 5 seed is a bit of an untold curse. Butler (2010), Indiana (2002), and Florida (2000) are the only ones to have risen from that humble ranking to the title game. None were victorious. Also worth noting that 12 over 5 seeds is not uncommon
Michigan and LMU both faced off and put up NBA like numbers with the Wolverines winning 149-115. Defense what is that?
Harvard is a prestigious university but maybe not in basketball. Before 2011-12 the Crimson hadn’t made the tournament since right after WW2 in 1946.
In 1970 Austin Carr scored a stunning 61 points in a first-round win over Ohio. The Irish put up 112 in that game. He followed that up with 52 points in a loss against Kentucky, Since then, the closest anyone has come to breaking his mark is when Navy’s David Robinson notched 50 points in his final collegiate game in 1987.
In this final 4 Kansas won the tournament over Memphis in OT. The other final 4 teams were UNC and UCLA. This was the last national championship game Kansas has won
1 seeds over 16 seeds are an almost guarantee but 2 seeds don’t get the same guaranteed win. There are 8 teams who would have something to say about that Richmond over Syracuse, 73–69 (1991)
Santa Clara over Arizona, 64–61 (1993)
Coppin State over South Carolina, 78–65 (1997)
Hampton over Iowa State, 58–57 (2001)
Norfolk State over Missouri, 86–84 (2012)
Lehigh over Duke, 75–70 (2012)
Florida Gulf Coast over Georgetown 78–65 (2013)
Middle Tennessee over Michigan State, 90–81 (2016)