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2012 NCAA® Tournaments Infographic

U.S. Basketball Participation – Including March Madness®

Many play, few are invited.

  • 26.3 million people play basketball in the U.S. (U.S. population: 308.7 million).
  • 15.5 million participate in casual and pick-up play.
  • 10.8 million participate in some form of organized play.
  • 5.8 million play for their school or college.

Probability of a perfect bracket: 1 in 35,360,000,000.

NCAA Basketball Players:

  • Number of people in Division III = 12,675
  • Number of people in Division II = 8,325
  • Over 5,000 men and 5,000 women play Division I basketball in the NCAA

This year (2012) 1,050 men and 850 women have made it to the tournament.

1 in 5 Division I teams make it.

Over 800,000,000 will be watching...

The 2012 NCAA® men’s & women’s basketball tournaments are here. Last year a combined total of 868 million viewers watched the tournaments - 185 million tuned in to the women’s games and 683 million watched the men’s. The men’s final game alone drew 20.1 million viewers.

What makes these tournaments intriguing?

Americans play a lot of basketball. While over 10,000 men and women play Division I NCAA basketball, over 26 million Americans play basketball in one form or another - from pick-up games to organized leagues to school & college teams.

Probability of going pro: Men’s

  • High School to NCAA = Less than 1 in 35 players
  • NCAA to NBA = About 1 in 75 players
  • High School to NBA = About 1 in 3,333 players

2012 Men’s Tournament:

  • 67 games
  • 2,680 minutes of play
  • 68 Div I teams

Probability of going pro: Women’s

  • High School to NCAA = About 1 in 33 players
  • NCAA to WNBA = Less than 1 in 100 players
  • High School to WNBA = 1 in 5,000 players

2012 Women’s Tournament:

  • 63 games
  • 2,520 minutes of play
  • 64 Div I teams

Top home states represented in 2012 tournament:

  1. Men’s - California - 90 players (0.0002% of state population)
    Women’s - Texas - 86 players (0.0003% of state population)
  2. Men’s - New York - 64 players (0.0003% of state population)
    Women’s - California - 80 players (0.0002% of state population)
  3. Men’s - Texas - 53 players (0.0002% of state population)
    Women’s - Ohio - 43 players (0.0004% of state population)
  4. Men’s - North Carolina - 49 players (0.0005% of state population)
    Women’s - New York - 41 players (0.0002% of state population)
  5. Men’s - Illinois - 47 players (0.0004% of state population)
    Women’s - Tennessee - 38 players (0.0006% of state population)

2012 tournament players from around the world:

  • Men’s - 100 Non-U.S. Players
    Women’s - 41 Non-U.S. Players
  • Men’s - 30 countries represented
    Women’s - 16 countries represented
  • Top countries represented:
    Men’s - Canada, Australia, Senegal, Camaroon, France
    Women’s - Canada, Australia, France, Latvia, Sweden

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