March Madness by Team Colors
With March Madness officially kicking off this week, there’s still time to make any last-minute changes to your bracket, and we’re here to help you win your bracket challenges – kind of.
Since 1985, 290 teams have participated in March Madness. The NCAA broke down the teams by their primary school color. Here’s the breakdown:
- Red – 99
- Blue – 82
- Green -32
- Orange – 20
- Purple – 18
- Yellow – 17
- Black – 16
- Brown – 6
(via The NCAA)
Going back even further in March Madness history since the first one in 1939, looking at all the winning teams We Are Fanatics says that “a few colorways stand out – namely blues, reds, and a little yellow and gold.” That said, of all of the teams in the NCAA, the most common primary colors are red and blue, so this makes sense. Taking it a step further, teams with the colors blue and white have won the tourney a whopping 24 times and have been runner-ups 20 times!
So, looking to possibly win your bracket challenges? When in doubt, pick based on team colors! Even though March Madness history is here to guide your picks, just remember that there are ALWAYS upsets, so team seeds and the color wheel can’t always help.
Another tip? The NCAA says that teams with a mascot of a mythical creature has the highest percentage chance of winning as well.
Author’s note: As a graduate of Gonzaga University, I’m extremely biased, but their team colors are in their favor 🙂 Go Zags!