March Madness Fun Facts

by Suzie Apel
The Men’s NCAA Tournament usually brings both excitement and disappointment to oh so many and so far 2014 has not been the exception, especially when MU doesn't even make the tournament and both K-State and KU lose in 1st and 2nd rounds.    

We thought we would share some interesting facts and history about the tournament that brings a breadth of emotions not only here in our office, but around entire country.   The following information is according to and the

Against the Odds
The odds of filling out a perfect bracket are one in 9,223,372,036,775,808. (that’sQuintillion)

Taking the Court
It’s been a long tradition that the tournament champions have cut down the nets to take home, but since 1986, the winning school has also been given the hardwood court too.  Many sell and/or auction off pieces to fans.

Only seven times has a team won the National Championship with a perfect record.  San Francisco 1956, North Carolina 1957, UCLA 1964, 1967, 1972, 1974 and Indiana 1976.

The record for most overtimes in single game is four, and it happened twice, once in 1956 and again in 1961.

Uncharted Territory
A No. 16 seed has never beaten a No. 1 seed.  However, No.15 seeds have beaten No.2 seeds six times, with the 2 most recent in 2012, Duke losing to Lehigh 70-75 and Norfolk St beat Missouri 86-84. (see Worst College Upsets below)

Player to Coach
These individuals have won a NCAA Championship as a player and a coach:  Joe B. Hall, Bob Knight, and Dean Smith.

Cinderella Story
The lowest seed ever to win the NCAA Tournament is Villanova as a No. 8 seed in 1985.

Best of the Best
One time has all four top seeds advanced to be in the Final Four.  That’s when Kansas, North Carolina, UCLA and Memphis met in 2008.

Small Dance
The 1st NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament was held in 1939… and consisted of only 8 teams.

Worst College Upsets
Duke, Duke, Duke. Duke has the distinct honor of being the most-frequently upset team in NCAA tournament history, having been upset 19 times since 1985. Nineteen times! The next closest is Oklahoma, with 14.