March Madness seeds

Fans strive for perfect brackets

Dalton Kemper, Multimedia Manager

It’s almost that time of year that every sports fan loves, March Madness. Every year, we all fill out as many brackets as possible, for that long shot of getting one perfect. In case you were wondering exactly who to pick this year, here are some seed facts about the NCAA Tournament.
To begin, 2008 was the only time in Tournament history that all four #1 seeds made it to the Final Four. I know it’s tempting to always have the #1 seeds winning, but the statitics are against that decision. As a matter of fact, all four #1 seeds haven’t all made the Elite Eight since 2009. This is a better selection than having all of them reach the Final Four, but usually at least one gets knocked out before the Elite Eight. Also, stay away from those #10 seeds. In the history of the NCAA Tournament, a #10 seed has never made the Final Four. You may have them winning a game or two, but they’ve never made it that far. Conference championships also matter. Eleven of the last 19 national champions have won their conference championships as well. In addition to conference champions, there’s always a double-digit seed Cinderella. In all but two years since 1985, a double digit seed has reached the Sweet 16.
As we all know, taking a #16 seed to win any game will greatly decrease your chances of having a perfect bracket. A #16 seed has never won a game in the NCAA Tournament, but will this be the year?
The coach with the most all-time national championships is the great John Wooden. He has ten national championships under his belt, and the closest active coach to him is Mike Kryzewski (Coach K) with four. Wondering how low of a seed is acceptable to have winning it all? Well, the lowest seed to ever win it all was the #8 seed Villanova in 1985.
Hopefully those seed facts help you fill out that perfect bracket, though a perfect bracket is very unlikely.
The NCAA Tournament has become a huge event, but it didn’t start that way. The first NCAA Tournament was held in 1939 and it only consisted of eight teams. Today, with the game’s growing popularity and the additional teams, the odds of filling out a perfect bracket are one in 9,223,372,036,854,775,808.
(Seed facts via CBSSports.com) (Other facts via Fox Sports.com)

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