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NCAA men's college basketball championships by team 1939-2021

The statistic shows the men's college basketball teams with the most NCAA Division I championships from 1939 to 2021. UCLA has won the championship a record eleven times.

March madness viewers

NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball tournament, also known as “March Madness”, is the most important competition for collegiate basketball. In a single-elimination format, 68 college basketball teams fill out the bracket and play for the championship title. There are several rounds of the tournament - the first round, also known as “Round of 64”, the second round or the “Round of 32”, regional semi-finals, called "Sweet Sixteen", the regional finals, commonly known as the "Elite Eight", national Semi-finals, referred to as the "Final Four" and lastly, the championship game. In 2016, the NCAA March Madness average TV viewership consistently increased as the tournament unfolded. Round of 64, for example, had an average audience of 2 million viewers per game, while Final Four games’ average viewership was at almost 11 million viewers per game.

Final Four mainstays

The North Carolina Tar Heels have the most Final Four appearances with 20. The Tar Heels hold six championship titles putting them in the top three teams in terms of championship wins. UCLA leads the rank in regards to championships as the Bruins have won a record 11 championships. The Kentucky Wildcats have the second most championships - the most recent of their right titles came in 2012 and their latest Final Four appearance was in 2015. Even though the Michigan Wolverines men's basketball team has only won two men's NCAA college basketball championships and appeared in a total of eight Final Four rounds, they have played in four of the top 10 highest-rated televised NCAA basketball national championship games. The highest-rated game ever was the national championship game matchup between the Wolverines and Indiana State Hoosiers in 1979, with a rating of 24.1.

Number of men's NCAA college basketball championships by team from 1939 to 2021

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Release date

April 2021


United States

Survey time period

1939 to 2021

Supplementary notes

* Louisville's title on 2013 was later vacated by the Committee on infractions

List only features winners of multiple titles.

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