The NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship is arguably one of the most exciting tournaments in all of sports and certainly the pinnacle of collegiate level competition.
Every year around the middle of March, 64 teams (recently adjusted to 68 which includes a “First Four” play-in round), divided into 4 regions, gather to compete in what is now ubiquitously referred to as March Madness.
Each year various host cities get the opportunity to welcome in rabid fans and raucous crowds from across the country. The single elimination tournament structure caters itself perfectly to dramatic finishes where lower seed upsets and heroes are born in a flurry of passion and excitement.
In a matter of 3 quick weeks the 68 entrants shed down to one and a champion is crowned.
This infographic breaks down the numbers from all the March Madness results since the tournament changed to a 64-team format in 1985.
Will this be the year we see a top seed knocked off in the first round? It’s never happened before.
Can a seed lower than #8 finally win a title? What about a #5, the highest seed to never win a National Championship.
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