Want The Perfect March Madness Bracket? Here's What You Need To Know
It’s that time of year again where people try to pick between the Bruins and the Golden Flashes during the crazy month of March.
Well, did you know you have a 1 in 9,223,372,036,854,775,808 chance to guess every single game right? That’s pretty depressing to say the least.
Let’s say you know some facts about basketball though, such as a number one seed has never lost to a number 16 seed ever, or that 2 seeds rarely lose to 15 seeds. In that case you would have better chance, a 1 in 128,000,000,000 would be more like your chances then.
According to ESPN’s archives, the best bracket to come out of the first round had 58 out of the 63 games correct (2015).
Although the odds are against you, here are some key facts to know in case you need to do some last minute adjusting:
Highest scoring team: UCLA
Lowest scoring Team: Virginia
Fastest Team: UCLA
Slowest Team: Virginia
Best Free throw Shooting team: Notre Dame
Worst Free Throw: Shooting Team
Best 3-point shooting Team: Texas Southern
The highest seeded team without a championship: Gonzaga
The team that most people picked this year: Villanova
Also, 13 teams have won the title in consecutive years.
The last time all the number 1, 2, 3, & 4 seeds have won their first round games was 2007.
All the Number 2 seeds have made the sweet sixteen only once in the past 20 years.
Every seed 1-11 has made the final four.
A 6 seed has not made the Final Four in 25 years.
In the Southern Region, the combined National Title victories is 24: UCLA (11) Kentucky (8) North Carolina (5)
Even when you know the facts though, someone like last year's Middle Tennessee (the worst foul shooting team) beat Michigan State (the best 3-point shooting team) in the first round and cause 95% of brackets to have an L handed to them in the first round.