• Danny 'Bones' Vasta

25 Facts To Know Before Filling Out Your Bracket

Updated: Apr 20

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We all know picking a winning bracket takes a ton of luck, but it also requires simple knowledge of the NCAA Tournament. I could give you facts and knowledge until the fourth of July, but here are my top facts to know before filling out your 2020 NCAA Tournament bracket.


1.) Since 1979 when seeding began, 38 of 41 seasons there has been at least one 1 SEED in the Final Four (93% chance, 1980, 2006 & 2011 only season)


2.) 1 seeds have won it all 24 times out of the 41 seasons (over 58%); 1 seeds have won 4 of last 5 and the last 3


3.) A 5 seed has never won it all and a 12 seed has never even made the Final Four


4.) 31 out of 41 seasons, either a 1 or 2 seed has won it all (76%) 24 titles for 1 seeds & 7 for 2 seeds


5.) A team seeded 4th or better has won it all in 37 of the 41 seasons since seeding began (90.2%)


6.) Out of 41 seasons since seeding began, two #1 seeds have made it to the Final Four in the same tournament 20 times.


7.) Eight times we have had two 2 seeds in the same Final Four which is just under 20% of time


8.) 26 of 41 seasons at least one 2 seed has made the Final Four which is nearly a 66% chance


9.) Since 1990, the national champion has been ranked no worse than 18th in the AP Poll entering the dance, so don’t reach too far down to pick your champion


10.) Final Four appearances by seed:

11 seeds : 4x

10 seed : 1x

9 seeds: 2x

8 seeds: 6x

7 seeds: 4x

6 seeds: 6x

5 seeds: 8x

4 seeds: 14x

3 seeds: 19x

2 seeds: 35x

1 seeds: 65x


11.) The LAST 11 NCAA Tournaments, a team seeded 3 or worse (3-16) has made the FINAL FOUR


12.) 40% of a yearly Final Four field is a 1 seed meaning there are nearly TWO per year (65 1 seeds out of 164 all-time slots)


13.) National Champions by seed:

1 seeds: 24x

2 seeds: 7x

3 seeds: 5x

4 seeds: 1x

6 seeds: 2x

7 seeds: 1x

8 seeds: 1x


14.) The last preseason team to win it all was North Carolina in 2009 (Michigan State was preseason No. 1)


15.) The Big Ten has not had a national champion since 2000 (Michigan State)


16.) BYU has made the dance 29 times without a FINAL FOUR, which is the most ever without a trip to the FINAL FOUR


17.) Since 2001, the Big Ten is 0-7 in title games; ACC is 8-2; Big 12 1-3


18.) The 16 seed is just 1-139 against 1 seeds thanks to UMBC over UVA, who was the top-ranked team in the AP Poll entering the dance, luckily redemption last year


19.) 2008 is the only season that ALL ONE SEEDS made the Final Four (KU, UNC, Memphis, UCLA)


20.) Over the last decade, 15 TWO seeds have failed to reach the Sweet 16


21.) Over the last decade, 18 THREE 3 seeds have failed to make the Sweet 16


22.) 2000 was the last time Kansas was not a top 4 seed and they have set an all-time record of 31 straight trips to the tournament.


23.) Duke will be appearing in their 25th straight tournament, which is the second best ever


24.) 107-53 is the record of 5 vs 12 seeds since 1979. 67% of time only, had three of four 5 seeds lose last year and nearly all four as Auburn survived vs NMST on a wide open corner 3 air-ball (would have won it)


25.) 1985 was when the field expanded to 64 teams and 1979 was the first year that seeding began



I will be going over all these facts throughout the month of February and March.


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