March Madness: your five-minute guide
With the 'March Madness' NCAA men's basketball tournament set to begin Tuesday, here's a quick list of fun facts on the 65-team field. Which team has the longest current winning streak, you ask?
Quick, before it’s too late, get yourself ready for the tsunami of wall-to-wall March Madness college basketball.Skip to next paragraph
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Don’t try to do scouting reports on all 65 teams in the men’s NCAA tournament, which begins Tuesday with the ever-peculiar play-in game. There’s no time for that, especially if you’re trying do your “research” at the office. Instead, we offer this grab-bag of relevant facts to enhance your viewing enjoyment of the best three weeks on the American sports calendar.
Syracuse looks the most vulnerable, having lost its last two games, including the quarterfinal of the Big East Conference tournament, but the Orange were rewarded for their “body of work,” meaning their overall 28-4 record.
The Tar Heels are sitting this one out in a rare off year. If misery loves company, North Carolina can take solace in the fact UCLA and Indiana also missed out, the first time since 1974 that these storied programs have all been left out in the cold in the same year.
Most improved team in the tournament
Worst-record teams in the tournament
Teams with the longest current winning streaks
- Butler (20 games)
- Wofford (13 games)
- North Texas (11 games)
Teams with the highest share of in-state players
- University of California, Santa Barbara (85.6 percent)
- San Diego State (77 percent)
- Morgan State (77 percent)