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NCAA Tournament Championship History

 
Championship · Final Four
The NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament determines winner of the national championship of the major college basketball teams in Division 1. The event takes place over a three-week period in March and April with schools facing off into a single elimination bracket.

The tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985 with four 16-team regional brackets. The field grew by one team in 2001 with an opening round game determining who would advance to the first round. In 2011, three more squads were added as two games took place in the restructured first round of the tournament on Tuesday and Wednesday. The winners of those contests advanced to the second round (formerly the first round).

After those “First Four” outcomes, the field of 68 becomes 64, and the attention picks up on Thursday and Friday with 32 games being played. The Final Four is determined with the four teams winning each regional meeting for the right to go to the National Championship.

The lowest seed to win the championship since the tournament expanded to 64 teams is Villanova in 1985 as an eighth seed, upsetting conference rival Georgetown.

Last year Connecticut defeated Kentucky, becoming the first No. 7 seed ever to reach and win the national championship game. The two schools combined for the highest seed total in the title game with 15 since the Wildcats were a No. 8 seed.

The championship victory for UConn was its third overall since the tournament expanded in 1985 and second in the last four years.

Along with UConn, there have been six other schools to win multiple championships since 1985 - Duke (5), North Carolina (3), Kentucky (3), Louisville (2), Florida (2) and Kansas (2). Since 1985, the No. 1 seed has captured the championship 18 times.

The highest point-spread in the championship game occurred in the 1996 final when Kentucky (-14) defeated Syracuse 76-67 but failed to cover.

In the last 31 years, underdogs have gone 16-14 against the spread, which includes Duke's 68-63 victory over Wisconsin in the 2015 national championship as a one-point underdog.

There wasn’t a line on the 1990 championship because Nevada didn’t allow wagering on schools within the state at that time.

Total bettors have watched the ‘under’ go 17-13 since 1985 and is 5-1 the last six years. The highest total ever in a championship game was 163 ½ while the lowest number was 112.

NCAA Championship Game History (1985-Present)
Year Location Matchup (Seeds) Score Line ATS
2014-15 Indianapolis (1) Wisconsin vs. (1) Duke 68-63 1, 140 Underdog, Under
2013-14 North Texas (8) Kentucky vs. (7) Connecticut 60-54 2.5, 135 Underdog, Under
2012-13 Atlanta (4) Michigan vs. (1) Louisville 82-76 4, 138 Favorite, Over
2011-12 New Orleans (2) Kansas vs. (1) Kentucky 67-59 6.5, 138 Favorite, Under
2010-11 Houston (8) Butler vs. (3) Connecticut 53-41 3, 132 Favorite, Under
2009-10 Indianapolis (5) Butler vs. (1) Duke 61-59 7, 128.5 Underdog, Under
2008-09 Detroit (2) Mich. State vs. (1) North Carolina 89-72 7.5, 153 Favorite, Over
2007-08 San Antonio (1) Memphis vs. (1) Kansas 75-68 (OT) 2, 146 Underdog, Under
2006-07 Atlanta (1) Ohio State vs. (1) Florida 84-75 4, 140 Favorite, Over
2005-06 Indianapolis (3) Florida vs. (2) UCLA 73-57 1, 128 Favorite, Over
2004-05 St. Louis (1) Illinois vs. (1) North Carolina 75-70 2, 153.5 Favorite, Under
2003-04 San Antonio (3) Georgia Tech vs. (2) Connecticut 82-73 5, 146 Favorite, Over
2002-03 New Orleans (3) Syracuse vs. (2) Kansas 81-78 5.5, 156 Underdog, Over
2001-02 Atlanta (5) Indiana vs. (1) Maryland 64-52 7.5, 151.5 Favorite, Under
2000-01 Minneapolis (2) Arizona vs. (1) Duke 82-72 4, 163.5 Underdog, Under
1999-00 Indianapolis (5) Florida vs. (1) Michigan State 89-76 4, 145 Favorite, Over
1998-99 St. Petersburg (1) UConn vs. (1) Duke 77-74 9.5, 149.5 Underdog, Over
1997-98 San Antonio (3) Utah vs. (2) Kentucky 78-69 3.5, 137.5 Favorite, Over
1996-97 Indianapolis (4) Arizona vs. (1) Kentucky 84-79 (OT) 7, 158.5 Underdog, Over
1995-96 East Rutherford (4) Syracuse vs. (1) Kentucky 76-67 14, 156.5 Underdog, Under
1994-95 Seattle (2) Arkansas vs. (1) UCLA 89-78 3, 161 Favorite, Over
1993-94 Charlotte (2) Duke vs. (1) Arkansas 76-72 6, 155 Underdog, Under
1992-93 New Orleans (1) Michigan vs. (1) North Carolina 77-71 2.5, 151 Favorite, Under
1991-92 Minneapolis (6) Michigan vs. (1) Duke 71-51 5.5, 158.5 Favorite, Under
1990-91 Indianapolis (3) Kansas vs. (2) Duke 72-65 3, 154.5 Favorite, Under
1989-90 Denver (3) Duke vs. (1) UNLV 103-73 *OFF *OFF
1988-89 Seattle (3) Seton Hall vs. (3) Michigan 80-79 (OT) 2, 163 Underdog, Under
1987-88 Kansas City (6) Kansas vs. (1) Oklahoma 83-79 8, 157.5 Underdog, Over
1986-87 New Orleans (2) Syracuse vs. (1) Indiana 74-73 4.5, 155.5 Underdog, Under
1985-86 Dallas (2) Louisville vs. (1) Duke 72-69 1, 152.5 Underdog, Under
1984-85 Lexington (8) Villanova vs. (1) Georgetown 66-64 9, 112 Underdog, Over
* There was no line on this game due to no wagering on Nevada schools in 1990




  
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