Traditional college basketball powerhouses are among the favorites in March Madness 2017. Teams that hold the record for most NCAA Tournament appearances, wins and titles could reach the Final Four or even the national championship game.
The South region is by far the most prestigious, led by the best programs in the sport’s history. Kentucky is back in the Big Dance as a No.2 seed, and the Wildcats hold the all-time mark for both tournament wins (123) and appearances (57). North Carolina is the region’s No.1 seed with the best title odds in the entire tournament, and they are second to Kentucky with 117 victories and 48 appearances.
No team has been college basketball's best more than UCLA, who is the South’s No.3 seed. The Bruins hold the record with 11 national championships, and they are fourth in tournament victories (103)and tied for second in bids (48).
The Tar Heels hold the record with 19 trips to the Final Four. UCLA (18) and Kentucky (17) are second and third, respectively.
Duke and Louisville both rank in the top six in wins and berths. As No.2 seeds in March Madness 2017, both could be Final Four bound. The Blue Devils might be the most talented team in the nation, and they are currently second with 22 straight bids to the tournament.
Kansas has been the most consistent college basketball program of the last three decades. They’ve been to the NCAA Tournament 28 straight times (46 overall), and they landed a No.1 seed after winning their 13th consecutive Big 12 regular-season title. The Jayhawks, however, have been prone to early upsets, winning just one national championship during their current run.
Syracuse and Indiana are the top college basketball programs that didn’t reach the tournament in 2017. Ranking in the top 10 in tournament bids and wins, the Orange were on the bubble for a second straight season, just missing the cut after they reached the Final Four in 2016. The Hoosiers fired head coach Tom Crean, who never made it beyond the Sweet 16 in his nine years with the school.
Connecticut is sixth all-time with four national titles, all of which have come since 1999, but the Huskies missed the 2017 NCAA Tournament, as well.