Friday, March 27, 2009

NCAA College Basketball Tourney Map

Today, U.S. college basketball is in the middle of the "Sweet Sixteen" round of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. I'm not really much of a BBall fan, but I'll usually watch a little bit of the tourney.

Want to see the geographic distribution of teams in the tournament? Here is a closeup of a portion of the full 64 team map published on

Bill (I presume that is his name) has produced multiple maps showing the shrinking field on contestants as the tournament progresses.

It's not exactly a United Countries of Basketball (see United Countries of Football), but it's good fun. has many other sports related maps, showing the locations of American baseball and football teams as well as European and South American football (soccer) teams.


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At Saturday, March 28, 2009 , Blogger Patrick said...

Seems like the college basketball powerhouses come from one of three geographic backgrounds.

1. Northeast and/or Ohio River Valley urban schools (that are often Catholic): Villanova, Pitt, Louisville, Xavier. U-Conn doesn't really fit but is close.

2. Tobacco Road: UNC, Duke, Memphis, Wake. Tenn wasn't bad either.

3. Aggie Midwest: Mizzou, Kansas, Oklahoma.

At Saturday, April 04, 2009 , Blogger erik said...

This is a great map. I don't follow college sports all (more of a mlb and nfl fan), and some of these schools I never knew their geographic location. For example, I always though Syracuse was in Georgia for some reason. Now I easily see it's in New York. And Xavier is in Ohio and Butler is in Indiana. I feel a bit more educated now.

At Saturday, April 04, 2009 , Blogger Cartophiliac said...

Cartophilia is edumacational, if nothing else.


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