NCAA National Championship Game Facts

The NCAA National Championship will be decided on Monday when the Duke Blue Devils meet the Wisconsin Badgers.

Here are a few facts about the National Championship Game.

  • Both Duke and Wisconsin are No. 1 seeds. The Final Four this season had three No. 1 seeds and Michigan State a No. 7 seed.
  • The lowest seed ever to win the National Championship since the tournament field was increased to 64 was Villanova during 1985. That year the Wildcats were seeded No. 8.
  • Last season Connecticut won the national title by defeating Kentucky in the final. Connecticut was a No. 7 seed in that tournament.
  • Kentucky and Connecticut combined to have the highest seed total for a title games at 15, as Kentucky last season was seeded No. 8.
  • As well as UConn, six other schools have won multiple national championships over the past 30 years. Duke has won 4, North Carolina has won 3, Kentucky has won 3 and Louisville, Kansas and Florida have on two each.
  • Since 1985, the National Championship has been won 18 times by a No. 1 seed and this season will be the nineteenth time.
  • The championship game with the highest point spread was in 1996 when the Kentucky Wildcats defeated Kansas by 10 points but failed to cover as 14-point chalk.
  • Over the past 30 seasons, the underdogs are 15-14 ATS.
  • The favorite however has won three of the past four national title games, with two wins by double digits.
  • The 1990 title game did not have a line because betting on a school within the state was not allowed and UNLV was in the title game and Las Vegas is in Nevada.
  • Bettors on the total points have seen the UNDER cash in 16 of the 29 games since 1985 and 4 of the past 5 seasons.

The two teams meeting in this national title game are separated by odds makers by only 1 point or less when it comes to betting. Wisconsin opened as a 1-point favorite but many books have reduced the game to a pick ‘em.

Duke was impressive in its Final Four win over Michigan State. After trailing in the first five minutes of the game by 8 points, Duke outscored Michigan State by 28 points the rest of the way to win 81-61.

By now, everyone knows Wisconsin defeated Kentucky to end the undefeated season of the Wildcats but the Badgers looked like they had won the national title on Saturday and could work against them.