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Since 1996, the lowest average seeding in the national semifinals was in 2023, when the #4, #5, #5, and #9 advanced, making an average seeding of 5.75.
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Since PickHoops started, Connecticut has made the round of 16 eleven times.
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During PickHoops history, UCLA has 4 appearances in the national semifinals.
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Since PickHoops was founded, the Big 10 has had seven schools in the national semifinals (Michigan State, Ohio State, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, and Indiana).
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Since PickHoops was founded, Kansas has 6 appearances in the national semifinals.
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Since 1996, the national semifinals have featured three or more #1 seeds a total of 4 times.
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In twenty eight years, the Colonial Athletic Association has had two different schools advance to the national semifinals (George Mason and Virginia Commonwealth).
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During PickHoops history, only two #4 seeds have won the championship (Arizona in 1997 and Connecticut in 2023).
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Since PickHoops was founded, only three times did seeds #1, #2, and #3 in a region all fail to advance to the round of 16. This happened in once in 2018 and twice in 2000.
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Since PickHoops was founded, the national semifinals have featured three or more #1 seeds a total of 4 times.
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During PickHoops history, Kansas has made the round of 16 sixteen times.
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In twenty eight years, five #8 seed teams have advanced to the national semifinals (UNC in 2000 and 2022, Wisconsin in 2000, Butler in 2011, and Kentucky in 2014).
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During PickHoops history, four teams have won the championship at least three times. They are Connecticut (5), Kentucky, Duke, and UNC.
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Since PickHoops started, Florida has 4 appearances in the national semifinals.
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During PickHoops history, Michigan State has 8 appearances in the national semifinals.
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Since PickHoops started, UNC has 9 appearances in the national semifinals.
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Since PickHoops started, no team seeded #6 has reached the national semifinals, let alone won the national championship.

PickHoops Press Package

PickHoops is a small company based in Durham, NC, that manages national college basketball tournament bracket contests at https://www.pickhoops.com/ .

PickHoops started in 1996 when a bunch of computer geeks got tired of scoring their brackets by hand and applied web technologies, then brand new, to solve the problem. The first year PickHoops handled less than 40 brackets; the 2006 version handled tens of thousands across many hundreds of office groups and promotional contests.

Web surfers can sign up for a 25-bracket pool for $9.95, and invite their friends to play for no additional charge. PickHoops also handles larger pools ideal for corporate promotions, such as radio stations, that handle 500 brackets or more.

It takes longer to score a typical pool by hand over the entire 6-round tournament than to actually play a game of college basketball.

PickHoops competes in a crowded field dominated by large media, web, and sports companies. PickHoops distinguishes itself by allowing more customization of scoring systems and tiebreakers and exclusive features like the Quick Pick. The PickHoops Quick Pick lets the computer fill out a bracket with randomly selected teams. The advanced statistical algorithm takes into account past tournament results to pick only the likeliest upsets. Recently a Quick Pick finished first in a pool of more than 30 "real" players.

Another innovative PickHoops feature is the Basketball IQ score. PickHoops asks each user to describe their own level of basketball knowledge on a scale of 1 to 5, where 1 is "none" and 5 is "all-knowing", and then compares their own rating with their actual results.

PickHoops also distinguishes itself from larger companies by offering pages with no advertising, no spam, and by not selling its users' data to marketing companies.

Office pool gambling is illegal in many states, although enforcement is unevenly applied. PickHoops was originally created for "teambuilding" within a corporation, as a means to bring its employees together with a fun activity. PickHoops does not include features that specifically cater to gambling, and is designed for amusement only.

PickHoops was founded by Chris Hehman (pronounced Hay-men), a graduate of Virigina Tech who doesn't have any time to watch college basketball with the demands of running PickHoops.

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