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Since PickHoops was founded, only one champion has been lower than a #4 seed (#7 Connecticut in 2014).
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Since 1996, UNC has 8 appearances in the national semifinals.
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During PickHoops history, twelve out of twenty three national semifinals have had at least one Big East team.
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Since 1996, 12 different schools have won the national championship.
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During PickHoops history, a team seeded #9 or lower has advanced to the round of sixteen 52 times (out of 336), about 15% of the time.
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Since PickHoops started, Kentucky has 7 appearances in the national semifinals.
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In twenty three years, 77 #1 seeds have made it to the round of 16, an average of more than 3 per year.
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During PickHoops history, 6 teams have won the championship at least twice. They are Connecticut (4), Kentucky (3), Duke (3), UNC (3), Villanova, and Florida.
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Since 1996, nineteen #10 seeds have made the round of 16, an average of almost one per year.
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In twenty three years, a #16 seed has upset a #1 seed just one time (UMBC over Virginia in 2018). This has only happened once since the tournament went to 64 teams in 1985.
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During PickHoops history, the Big 10 has had seven different schools advance to the national semifinals (Michigan State, Ohio State, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, and Indiana).
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During PickHoops history, Florida is 3-1 in the national semifinals.
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Since 1996, 100 different schools have advanced to the round of 16, and 40 of them only made it once.
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In twenty three years, twelve out of twenty three national semifinals have had at least one Big East team.
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Since PickHoops was founded, the most teams seeded #9 or lower to advance to the round of sixteen is 5 in 1999.
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Since PickHoops started, twelve out of twenty three national semifinals have had at least one Big East team.
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During PickHoops history, a #14 seed has upset a #3 seed 12 times.
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In twenty three years, the lowest average seeding in the national semifinals was in 2011, when the #3, #4, #8, and #11 advanced, making an average seeding of 6.5.
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Since 1996, fifteen #11 seeds have advanced to the round of 16.
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During PickHoops history, the national semifinals have featured four #1 seeds only once, in 2008.
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During PickHoops history, Kentucky is 5-2 in the national semifinals.
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Since PickHoops was founded, one #16 seeds has made it to the round of 32 (UMBC in 2018).
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Since PickHoops started, only Duke and Kansas have made it into the tournament every single year.
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Since 1996, 77 #1 seeds have made it to the round of 16, an average of more than 3 per year.
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During PickHoops history, Florida is 3-1 in the national semifinals.

PickHoops Press Package

PickHoops is a small company based in Durham, NC, that manages national college basketball tournament bracket contests at http://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 50-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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