NCAA Basketball - March Madness 2015Things are really starting to get exciting in the build-up to March Madness and there are a number of college championships looking likely to be decided. All across the USA, basketball fans and officials are getting ready for the drama that never fails to unfold at March Madness. It is likely that 2015 will be the same sort of year for drama and excitement, so if you want to catch some of the most exciting sporting drama this half of the year, this is the opportunity for you.

If you are looking forward to Selection Sunday and you wonder how the stats are going to unfold, some of these statistics may help you when it comes to betting. You may think that the top four seeds have the best chance of success but how often do you think all of the top four ranked seeds make it through to the Final 4?

2008 was the year the top 4 played to rankings

This has only ever happened once, back in 2008 when Kansas, Memphis, North Carolina and UCLA all booked their place at the business end of the tournament. This indicates how hard it can be for the seeds and one of the things that many people love about the March Madness event is the fact that upsets happen all the time. Upsets aren’t too pleasant if you are the team on the end of the upset but for everyone else involved with the game and promotion; this is the sort of thing that makes the tournament come alive.

An upset can be exciting but March Madness is yet to experience a number 16 seed defeating a top seed. There was a very close call back in 1989 when Princeton pushed Georgetown Hoyas all the way, with the number one seeds eventually grabbing a 50-49 victory. That would have been one of the biggest upsets in the tournament.

Even number 11 seeds struggle to make headway

Oregon Ducks LogoIf you are wondering what sort of calibre of team is likely to make it to the Final Four, you should be looking at the top 10 seeds. This is because the lowest ranked team to have made the Final Four is the 11th ranked team. Even then, this has only happened on three separate occasions. In 1986, LSU battled their way to the Final Four, in 2006 George Mason pushed into the Final Four and in 2011, VCU were present at the death. All of which means that if you are looking to get involved with basketball betting for March Madness, the upper ranked seeds are likely to be the ones that offer value. You may like the life changing possibilities that come with backing a long-shot, but you have to take on board that these teams are long-shots for a reason!

The first ever NCAA tournament, won by the Oregon Ducks, who defeated Ohio State 46-33, dates back to 1939 and there were only 8 teams involved, which is a far cry from what basketball fans are looking forward to unfolding this month. When it comes to making the most of the NCAA, bigger is definitely better.