For many sports fans nothing comes to mind, but excitement andImageunpredictability of the NCAA tournament. Now, that the bracket has been unveiled, millions of sports fans, university-based fans, and anyone that seek a challenge will be filling it out for bragging rights, money, work-related prizes, and more. Whether its with your family, co-workers, a group of friends, or loads of strangers worldwide; everyone will be all eyes and ears glued to the ESPN.com’s Tournament Challenge.

Look at some major NCAA tournament bracket facts below!

108-0!

That’s the record of No.1 seeds against 16-seeds, and only 11 times have they won by single digits (with the last time being in 1997). 16’s are known to be an elusive first victory.

Upsets!

Don’t forget while filling out your bracket to pick early upsets, because they will come out of nowhere. ESPN.com stated, “Since 1985, there has been an average of 8.0 upsets according to seed in the round of 64. The most in a year is 13 in 2001, and the fewest is three the year before that.”

Sweet 16-seeds

Prepare that the top 16 teams will survive, according to ESPN.com, it has been only four times that the top four seeds in each region survived their first game (1994, 2000, 2004, 2007), therefore, consider at least one big upset in the early going.

The ever-popular 12-seed

12-seeds have reached more Sweet 16’s than 7- and 11-seeds, more than 8s and 9s combined and just one fewer than No. 10s. No. 12 seeds have won at least one game in 21 of the past 23 years (no wins in 2000 and 2007) and at least two games in to of the past 11 years.

REMINDER: Teams Seeded 7th or Lower, Since 1985!

Crazy 8s

According to ESPN.com since 1985, only 10 times has a No. 8 seed reached the Sweet 16. That’s to be expected, since a No. 8 seed is matched up against a top seed in the third round. Seven of the ten to do so advanced to the Elite Eight, and four of those seven reached the Final Four, including Butler last year. Among teams seeded seventh or worse, only Non. 8 and No. 11 seeds have reached the Final Four.

Fantastic Four

Remember, in 2011 marked the first time in five years a No. 1 seed didn’t win the national championship. Overall, nine of the past 13 national champions have been No. 1 seeds.

Fours things to remember when analyzing the Final Four:

  • Avoid teams to lose conference tourney openers
  • Don’t go for the team that has ranked No.1 (major upset)
  • Bearish on first-timers
  • Don’t dismiss at-large selections under .500 in conference play

My bracket reveals that the championship game will include DUKE vs. OHIO STATE!!!!

I’m going with:

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WHICH TEAM ARE YOU REPPIN’?

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