Average Final Score of March Madness National Championship Game

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Chase Kiddy @chaseakiddy Mar 14, 2023, 12:06 PM

Millions of basketball fans are hunting for any scrap of information that can give them an edge in their bracket pools.

Inevitably, that leads to a great deal of questions about the average score of college basketball games.

Average Final Score of March Madness

Since the year 2000, the average final score of a March Madness championship game is 142 points.

This is key information since most bracket pools use final total score as a tiebreaker.

142 points may be the average total offensive output, but there is a high degree of volatility in college basketball games. Styles make fights, after all. 

For instance, several championship games over the last several years have landed on exactly 159. It’s common for championship games to shoot into the high 150s or even the low 160s.

On the other hand, defensive showdowns are almost as common, and there can be some pretty extreme outliers in this direction. 

The 2011 championship between Butler and UConn is a prime example of how ugly these games can occasionally get. Kemba Walker and UConn won, 53-41.

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Chase Kiddy

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Chase Kiddy is a writer for BetMGM and co-host of The Lion's Edge, an NFL and college football podcast available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and everywhere else. He has also written for a number of print and online outlets, including the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Washington Post, Daily News-Record, and HERO Sports. His first novel, Cave Paintings, is in development.

Chase Kiddy is a writer for BetMGM and co-host of The Lion's Edge, an NFL and college football podcast available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and everywhere else. He has also written for a number of print and online outlets, including the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Washington Post, Daily News-Record, and HERO Sports. His first novel, Cave Paintings, is in development.