Bracket Tie-Breaker Rules And History Of National Title Game Scores

Written By Matt Burke | Last Updated
Bracket tie breaker final score total

One oft-overlooked aspect of filling out a March Madness bracket is the National Title game’s tie breaker point totals. It is certainly worth doing some research when it comes to NCAA pool tie breakers because it will be pure pain if you lose out on your pools’ jackpot just because someone else had a closer guess on the championship game final score. Below we will look at typical National Championship game final scores in an attempt to give you a decent idea of what digits to place when you’re filling out your college basketball pool bracket.

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Bracket tie breaker

Most people finish filling out their brackets by picking a National Title game winner and the bracket tie breaker final score. Of course, there are some who prefer to work backwards and pick their title game winner first. Either way, in most March Madness pools you will need to enter a final score for the NCAA National Championship Game in case there is a tie for total points in your pool.

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Final score history For NCAA Title Game

One easy way to get an idea of how to make picks in the bracket tie breaker slot is looking at NCAA title game history. As a general rule of thumb, final scores for each individual team land in the 65 – 85 range. Game totals typically land in the 130 – 160 range.

There are outliers, of course. The 2011 National Title game between UConn and Butler garnered only 94 total points with the Huskies scoring 53 and the Bulldogs tallying only 41 points. Several players blamed the shooting backdrop during that year’s Final Four on the low point totals. It is important to remember that most National Championship Games are played in football stadiums instead of shooter-friendly basketball arenas.

Here are the last 10 NCAA men’s basketball National Championship game scores, followed by game totals.

  • 2023: UConn 76, San Diego State 59
  • 2022: Kansas 72, North Carolina 69
  • 2021: Baylor 86, Gonzaga 70
  • 2019: Virginia 85, Texas Tech 77
  • 2018: Villanova 79, Michigan 62
  • 2017: North Carolina 71, Gonzaga 65
  • 2016: Villanova 77, North Carolina 74
  • 2015: Duke 68, Wisconsin 63
  • 2014: UConn 60, Kentucky 54
  • 2013: Louisville 82, Michigan 76

Pool bracket final score totals

Here is a look at the pool bracket final score totals for the last 10 National Title games.

  • 2023: 135 points
  • 2022: 141 points
  • 2021: 156 points
  • 2019: 162 points
  • 2018: 141 points
  • 2017: 136 points
  • 2016: 151 points
  • 2015: 131 points
  • 2014: 114 points
  • 2013: 158 points

College basketball tournament average final score

The average final score for the college basketball National Title game over the past 10 tournaments is 142.5 points.

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