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Round of 64: Tournament Games Decided by a Bucket or Less

Posted by Andrew McKillop on March 19, 2011

With eight games decided by a bucket or less, it was an exciting first few days in the NCAA Tournament.  It was only the fifth time since 1985, that there were eight or more games in the Round of 64 decided by a bucket or less (3 pts or less).  Check out the breakdown below.

Note: Only games that were decided by a 2 pts or less in the 1985 and 1986 tournaments were counted, as the three point shot had yet to be enacted in the tournament.

Year # Year #
1998 9 1986 5
2001 9 1988 5
2003 9 1991 5
2011 8 1995 5
2010 8 1996 5
1990 7 2007 4
1985 6 1994 3
1987 6 1997 3
1989 6 2005 3
1993 6 2006 3
1999 6 2008 3
2000 6 1992 2
2004 6 2002 2
2009 6

 

Despite all the close games in this year’s Round of 64, it was the first time since 1993 that there were no overtime games played in the round.

 

References: HoopsTournament.net NCAA Tournament Database, ESPN.com 2011 NCAA Tournament Scores

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