March Madness as we now know it didn’t begin until 1985, when the NCAA tournament was expanded to 64 teams. With the new, symmetrical bracket, tournament pools became a springtime staple at the workplace, interest in the three-week event grew and college basketball completed a slow shift from a regional sport into a national power, one that began in 1979 with the championship game between Magic Johnson and Larry Bird.
Sixty-four teams created the most level-playing field the tournament had ever seen, removing byes and regional cakewalks and making the first four days of the event the most unpredictable, action-packed of the sports year.
Which teams have thrived most since March turned mad? We ranked the top 64 of the 64-team era to find out. (All stats since 1985 unless otherwise mentioned.)