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Total Points Tiebreaker Guess for March Madness Pool




The Tiebreaker

If you stumbled upon this page, you were probably filling out your March Madness Bracket and started wondering what you should guess for the total points scored in the championship game. We've compiled the data since the 1950 NCAA Tournament to see what total is most likely to occur.


Past Total Scores

The table at the bottom of this page lists the score from each championship game, and more importantly the Total Points scored in each game. The totals range from 94 points in the 2011 game to 182 in the 1978 game.


Best Tiebreaker Guess

To determine the best guess, we have taken the average total from every championship game since 1950. With this data we have determined the best total to guess is............drumroll please............ 144. Of course, if you have a crystal ball and know which two teams will make it to the big game, and whether they are high or low scoring teams, you can adjust this number accordingly.


Year Winner Runner-Up Score Total Points
2019 Virginia (1) Texas Tech (3) 79-62 162
2018 Villanova (1) Michigan (1) 79-62 141
2017 North Carolina (1) Gonzaga (1) 71-65 136
2016 Villanova (2) North Carolina (1) 77-74 151
2015 Duke (1) Wisconsin (1) 68-63 131
2014 Connecticut (7) Kentucky (8) 60-54 114
2013 Louisville (1) Michigan (4) 82-76 158
2012 Kentucky (1) Kansas (2) 67-59 126
2011 Connecticut (3) Butler (8) 53-41 94
2010 Duke (1) Butler (5) 61-59 120
2009 North Carolina (1) Michigan State (2) 89-72 161
2008 Kansas (1) Memphis (1) 75-68 (OT) 143
2007 Florida (1) Ohio State (1) 84-75 159
2006 Florida (3) UCLA (1) 73-57 130
2005 North Carolina (1) Illinois (1) 75-70 145
2004 Connecticut (2) Georgia Tech (3) 82-73 155
2003 Syracuse (3) Kansas (2) 81-78 159
2002 Maryland (1) Indiana (5) 64-52 116
2001 Duke (1) Arizona (2) 82-72 154
2000 Michigan State (1) Florida (5) 89-76 165
1999 Connecticut (1) Duke (1) 77-74 151
1998 Kentucky (2) Utah (3) 78-69 147
1997 Arizona (4) Kentucky (1) 84-79 (OT) 163
1996 Kentucky (1) Syracuse (4) 76-67 143
1995 UCLA (1) Arkansas (2) 89-78 167
1994 Arkansas (1) Duke (2) 76-72 148
1993 North Carolina (1) Michigan (1) 77-71 148
1992 Duke (1) Michigan (6) 71-51 122
1991 Duke (2) Kansas (3) 72-65 137
1990 UNLV (1) Duke (3) 103-73 176
1989 Michigan (3) Seton Hall (3) 80-79 (OT) 159
1988 Kansas (6) Oklahoma (1) 83-79 162
1987 Indiana (1) Syracuse (2) 74-73 147
1986 Louisville (2) Duke (1) 72-69 141
1985 Villanova (8) Georgetown (1) 66-64 130
1984 Georgetown (1) Houston (2) 84-75 159
1983 NC State (6) Houston (1) 54-52 106
1982 North Carolina (1) Georgetown (1) 63-62 125
1981 Indiana (3) North Carolina (2) 63-50 113
1980 Louisville (2) UCLA (8) 59-54 113
1979 Michigan St. (2) Indiana St. (1) 75-64 139
1978 Kentucky Duke 94-88 182
1977 Marquette North Carolina 67-59 126
1976 Indiana Michigan 86-68 154
1975 UCLA Kentucky 92-85 177
1974 NC State Marquette 76-64 140
1973 UCLA Memphis 87-66 153
1972 UCLA Florida St. 81-76 157
1971 UCLA Villanova 68-62 130
1970 UCLA Jacksonville 80-69 149
1969 UCLA Purdue 92-72 164
1968 UCLA North Carolina 78-55 133
1967 UCLA Dayton 79-64 143
1966 UTEP Kentucky 72-65 137
1965 UCLA Michigan 91-80 171
1964 UCLA Duke 98-83 181
1963 Loyola Cincinnati 60-58 (OT) 118
1962 Cincinnati Ohio St. 71-59 130
1961 Cincinnati Ohio St. 70-65 (OT) 135
1960 Ohio St. California 75-55 130
1959 California West Virginia 71-70 141
1958 Kentucky Seattle 84-72 156
1957 North Carolina Kansas 54-53 (3 OT) 107
1956 San Francisco Iowa 83-71 154
1955 San Francisco La Salle 76-73 149
1954 La Salle Bradley 92-76 168
1953 Indiana Kansas 69-68 137
1952 Kansas St. John's 80-63 143
1951 Kentucky Kansas St. 68-58 126
1950 CCNY Bradley 71-68 139