Your March Madness Fun Fact Guide

March Madness is fast approaching. Whether you’ve watched as much college basketball as humanly possible over the last 4 months or you watched 5 minutes of a game by accident, here are some fun facts about the 68 teams competing in this year’s edition of the men’s tournament. Use this to get you hyped for the upcoming games, impress your friends, or curb boredom during the pandemic. Let’s get started.

You have a better chance of getting struck by lightning than getting a perfect bracket. Good luck!

Big Ten: Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Purdue, Rutgers, Wisconsin (9)

ACC: Clemson, Florida State, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Syracuse, Virginia, Virginia Tech (7)

Big 12: Baylor, Kansas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas Tech, West Virginia (7)

SEC: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, LSU, Missouri, Tennessee (6)

Pac 12: Colorado, Oregon, Oregon State, UCLA, USC (5)

Big East: Creighton, Georgetown, UConn, Villanova (4)

American: Houston, Wichita State (2)

Atlantic 10: St. Bonaventure, VCU (2)

Mountain West: San Diego State, Utah State (2)

WCC: BYU, Gonzaga (2)

Baylor is the strongest of the Texas teams, with Houston the closest second

Texas: Abilene Christian, Baylor, Houston, North Texas, Texas, Texas Southern, Texas Tech (7)

Virginia: Liberty, Norfolk State, VCU, Virginia, Virginia Tech (5)

California: SDSU, UCLA, UC Santa Barbara, USC (4)

San Diego State is projected to go the furthest of the California teams, with the potential of a first round exodus for the rest of them likely

New York: Colgate, Iona, St. Bonaventure, Syracuse (4)

North Carolina: Appalachian State, North Carolina, UNC Greensboro (3)

Ohio: Cleveland State, Ohio, Ohio State (3)

Oklahoma: Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Oral Roberts (3)

Connecticut: Hartford, UConn (2)

Florida: Florida, Florida State (2)

Illinois: Illinois, Loyola-Chicago (2)

Iowa: Drake, Iowa (2)

Luke Garza is the star player for an Iowa Hawkeyes program looking to make a deep run

Kansas: Kansas, Wichita State (2)

Maryland: Maryland, Mount St. Mary’s (2)

Michigan: Michigan, Michigan State (2)

Oregon: Oregon, Oregon State (2)

Pennsylvania: Drexel, Villanova (2)

South Carolina: Clemson, Winthrop (2)

Utah: BYU, Utah State (2)

Washington: Eastern Washington, Gonzaga (2)

States (plus DC) with 1 team each: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, District of Columbia, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, Tennessee, West Virginia, Wisconsin

Notable NBA Players

Current

ACC

Indiana Pacer’s Malcolm Brogdon is a former Cavalier, playing NBA basketball in the same state this tournament is being held.

Florida State: Dwayne Bacon, Malik Beasley, Jonathan Isaac, Patrick Williams

Georgia Tech: Derrick Favors, Thaddeus Young

North Carolina: Cole Anthony, Harrison Barnes, Danny Green, Cameron Johnson, Coby White

Syracuse: Carmelo Anthony, Jerami Grant

Virginia: Malcolm Brogdon, Joe Harris, De’Andre Hunter, Mike Scott

Virginia Tech: Nickeil Alexander-Walker

American

Houston: Daniel House

Wichita State: Landry Shamet, Fred VanVleet

Big East

Donte DiVincenzo was a 2 time NCAA Champion with Villanova and has gone on to be a key player for the Milwaukee Bucks

Creighton: Doug McDermott

Georgetown: Jeff Green, Otto Porter

UConn: Andre Drummond, Rudy Gay, Jeremy Lamb, Kemba Walker

Villanova: Mikal Bridges, Jalen Brunson, Donte DiVincenzo, Josh Hart, Kyle Lowry, Eric Paschall

Big Ten

Illinois: Meyers Leonard, Kendrick Nunn

Maryland: Kevin Huerter

Michigan: Tim Hardaway Jr., Caris LeVert, Duncan Robinson

Michigan State: Miles Bridges, Draymond Green, Gary Harris, Jaren Jackson Jr.

Draymond Green was the 35th pick of the 2012 NBA Draft out of Michigan State and has since won 3 NBA titles with the Golden State Warriors

Ohio State: Mike Conley, D’Angelo Russell

Purdue: Carsen Edwards, E’Twaun Moore

Wisconsin: Frank Kaminsky

Big 12

Baylor: Royce O’Neale, Taurean Prince

Kansas: Joel Embiid, Devonte’ Graham, Marcus and Markieff Morris, Kelly Oubre Jr., Andrew Wiggins

Oklahoma: Blake Griffin, Buddy Hield, Trae Young

While Oklahoma State’s Cade Cunningham is this year’s top NBA prospect, Trae Young once dazzled fans with the other major Oklahoma program

Oklahoma State: Marcus Smart

Texas: LaMarcus Alridge, Jarrett Allen, Kevin Durant, Tristan Thompson, PJ Tucker, Myles Turner

Texas Tech: Jarrett Culver

West Virginia: Jevon Carter

Mountain West

San Diego State: Kawhi Leonard

Kawhi Leonard, a 2 time NBA Champion, had his jersey retired with the San Diego State Aztecs

PAC 12

Colorado: Alec Burks, Spencer Dinwiddie, Derrick White

Oregon: Chris Boucher, Dillon Brooks, Payton Pritchard

Oregon State: Drew Eubanks

UCLA: Lonzo Ball, Jrue Holiday, Zach LaVine, Kevin Love, Russell Westbrook

USC: DeMar DeRozan, Taj Gibson, Onyeka Okongwu, Nikola Vucevic

SEC

A potential future star for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Collin Sexton may become a trail blazer for a resurgent Alabama basketball program

Alabama: JaMychal Green, Collin Sexton

Arkansas: Patrick Beverley, Bobby Portis

Florida: Bradley Beal, Dorian Finney-Smith, Udonis Haslem, Al Horford

LSU: Naz Reid, Ben Simmons, Garrett Temple

Missouri: Jordan Clarkson, Michael Porter Jr.

Tennessee: Tobias Harris, Josh Richardson

WCC

Gonzaga: Brandon Clarke, Zach Collins, Rui Hachimura, Kelly Olynyk, Domantas Sabonis

Former NBA Players

ACC

One of the most iconic athletes ever, Michael Jordan burst into the scene with the North Carolina Tar Heels

Clemson: Horace Grant, Larry Nance

Florida State: Sam Cassell, Dave Cowens

Georgia Tech: Kenny Anderson, Chris Bosh, Jarrett Jack, Stephon Marbury, Mark Price

North Carolina: Vince Carter, Brad Daugherty, Michael Jordan, Ty Lawson, Bob McAdoo, Sam Perkins, Kenny Smith, Jerry Stackhouse, Rasheed Wallace, James Worthy

Syracuse: Dave Bing, Derrick Coleman, Rony Seikaly, Dion Waiters

Virginia: Rick Carlisle

Virginia Tech: Dell Curry

American

Between his exploits with the Houston Cougars and his 2 championships with the Rockets, safe to say Hakeem Olajuwon has a key to the city

Houston: Otis Birdsong, Clyde Drexler, Elvin Hayes, Hakeem Olajuwon

Wichita State: Antoine Carr, Xavier McDaniel

Atlantic 10

St. Bonaventure: Bob Lanier

VCU: Troy Daniels, Marc Jackson

Big East

The star player for Georgetown before becoming one of the NBA’s best ever centers, Patrick Ewing has coached this year’s Hoyas to an unlikely Big East Tournament championship.

Creighton: Kyle Korver

Georgetown: Patrick Ewing, Sleepy Floyd, Allen Iverson, Alonzo Mourning, Dikembe Mutombo

UConn: Ray Allen, Caron Butler, Richard Hamilton, Cliff Robinson

Villanova: Paul Arizin, Randy Foye, Kerry Kittles

Big Ten

Illinois: Derek Harper, Eddie Johnson, Deron Williams

Iowa: BJ Armstrong, Don Nelson

Maryland: Steve Francis, Joe Smith, Buck Williams

Michigan: Jamal Crawford, Juwan Howard, Glen Rice, Jalen Rose, Chris Webber

Michigan State: Magic Johnson, Zach Randolph, Jason Richardson, Steve Smith, Kevin Willis

Ohio State: John Havlicek, Neil Johnston, Jerry Lucas, Michael Redd

Purdue: Joe Barry Carroll, Carl Landy, Brad Miller, Glenn Robinson

Rutgers: Roy Hinson

Wisconsin: Devin Harris, Michael Finley

Big 12

Baylor: Vinnie Johnson, David Wesley

Kansas: Wilt Chamberlain, Nick Collison, Danny Manning, Paul Pierce, Jo Jo White

Paul Pierce became known as “The Truth” in the green of Boston Celtics after tearing it up in the Blue of Kansas

Oklahoma: Alvan Adams, Wayman Tisdale

Oklahoma State: Tony Allen, Desmond Mason, Bryant Reeves, John Starks

Texas: TJ Ford, Daniel Gibson

Texas Tech: Tony Battie

West Virginia: Jerry West

Mountain West

San Diego State: Michael Cage

Utah State: Nate Williams

PAC 12

Chauncey Billups a.k.a. Mr. Big Shot won an NBA championship with the Detroit Pistons but is beloved in Colorado for his time with the Buffaloes and the Denver Nuggets

Colorado: Chauncey Billups

Oregon: Jim Barnett, Terrell Brandon

Oregon State: AC Green, Gary Payton

UCLA: Kareem Abdul-Jabaar, Baron Davis, Gail Goodrich, Reggie Miller, Kiki Vandeweghe, Bill Walton

USC: Paul Westphal, Gus Williams, Nick Young

SEC

Alabama: Robert Horry, Antonio McDyess, Latrell Sprewell, Gerald Wallace, Mo williams

Arkansas: Joe Johnson, Sidney Moncrief, Alvin Robertson, Corliss Williamson

Florida: Matt Bonner, Corey Brewer, David Lee, Mike Miller, Joakim Noah, Jason Williams

LSU: Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, Pete Maravoich, Shaquille O’Neal, Bob Pettit

Shaquille O’Neal was such a force for LSU that he almost made the 1992 Dream Team, but instead he had an incredible NBA career spanning 20 years, 4 NBA titles, 3 Finals MVPs, and 1 Regular Season MVP

Missouri: Larry Drew, Steve Stipanovich

Tennessee: Dale Ellis, Allan Houston, Bernard King, CJ Watson

WCC

BYU: Danny Ainge, Shawn Bradley

Gonzaga: John Stockton

That should be enough fun facts that will make this still seem somewhat fun…maybe.

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