It’s NCAA Tournament time! The Super Bowl may get the crown for single biggest sporting event, but for many sports fans the men’s NCAA Tournament is the most exciting. Sixty-seven games over three weeks give college basketball fans all the drama, upsets and buzzer beaters they could want. Here are the numbers behind the Big Dance.
Who Gets In:
351: The number of NCAA Division I basketball programs competing in men’s basketball
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68: Number of teams accepted into the NCAA Tournament
Who's Had Success? Who Hasn't?
11: Number of NCAA Tournament titles UCLA has won since 1939, the most of all time. They won't be adding to that total this year. They weren't invited to the Dance.
78: Consecutive seasons that Northwestern has not made the NCAA Tournament, the longest streak of any major conference school
Let's Talk Money:
$4B: Estimated loss in productivity for U.S. workers during first weekend of the NCAA Tournament
$878: Cost for an All-Session Final Four VIP Ticket
$10.8B: Cost for broadcast rights for NCAA Tourney from 2011-2024
$700M: Estimated annual revenue the NCAA makes from the Men’s Division I Tournament
So You're Saying There's a Chance:
124: Number of wins without a loss the #1 seeds have against the #16 seeds
2.4T-to-1: Your chances of filling out a perfect bracket for the NCAA Tournament
9/2: Odds of Kansas winning the NCAA Tournament, the best of any team
We're All Watching (And Wagering):
50M: Number of workers in the U.S. who are projected to fill out an NCAA Tournament bracket in 2016
17.8M: Total number of live streaming video hours expected to be consumed during the 2016 NCAA Tournament
12: Number of different platforms available to watch the NCAA Tournament in 2016
$9.2B and $262M: Amount Americans will wager on the NCAA Tournament and the amount of those wagers done legally
Sources: ESPN, NCAA, Statista, Washington Post, Ticketmaster, CBS Sports, Yahoo Sports, USA Today, Vegas Insider, Challenger, Gray and Christmas, Inc, American Gamer Association