Lowest-Scoring Games in March Madness History

min read
Villanova and Houston faced off the Elite Eight in 2022, and it was one of the lowest-scoring tournament games in modern history.
(AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
BetMGM @BETMGM Mar 03, 2023, 6:22 PM

The lowest scoring game in the history of the NCAA Tournament took place in 1941, when North Carolina beat Pittsburgh, 26-20.

Many of the lowest-scoring games of all time took place prior to the implementation of the shot clock in 1985. The scores are noticeably lower than in almost any modern game. 

As a result, they look more like college football scores than college basketball scores. 

Lowest-Scoring Games in March Madness History (All Time)

ScoreTotal PointsYearRound
USC 38, Colorado 32701940Round 1
Indiana 39, Duquesne 30691940Round 1
Wisconsin 36, Pittsburgh 30661941Final Four
Duquesne 30, Western Kentucky 29591940Round 1
Pittsburgh 26, North Carolina 20461941Round 1

Nothing quite comes close to those all-time rock fights from the 1940s, but there are still a handful of ultra-low-scoring games from the last 20 years.

Any NCAA Tournament game that checks in under 100 points is a low-scoring affair, regardless of what era it was played in.

Hopefully, those of you who dabble in NCAA basketball odds had the under on at least one or two of these.

Lowest-Scoring Games in March Madness History (Since 2000)

ScoreTotal PointsYearRound
Georgia State 50, Wisconsin 49992001Round 1
UCLA 70, Miss. Valley State 29992008Round 1
Murray State 58, Colorado State 41992012Round 1
Pittsburgh 53, UCF 44972004Round 1
Michigan 57, Wofford 40972014Round 1
UCLA 50, Memphis 45952006Regional Final
Michigan State 53, Wisconsin 41942000Final Four
UConn 53, Butler 41942011Championship
Syracuse 55, Marquette 39942013Regional Final
Villanova 50, Houston 44942022Regional Final
Utah 48, St. Louis 45932000Round 1
Butler 47, Mississippi State 46932003Round 1
Kansas State 50, UMBC 43932018Round 2
Wisconsin 47, Pittsburgh 43902016Round 1

Live Betting on Basketball Odds

Are you looking for more excitement at the online sportsbook? Live betting on basketball odds is your ticket.

Available for thousands of college basketball games each year, live sports betting allows you to place wagers during games. From tip-off to the final minutes of a Kentucky-Tennessee game, Arizona-UCLA game, or Ohio State-Michigan game, you can bet on the moneyline, browse over/under totals, or build a parlay with spreads.

If you’re new to the online sportsbook, register today with a sportsbook welcome bonus. And check out sportsbook promos each time you log in.

betmgm-nco-jamie-foxx
About the Author

BetMGM

Read More @BETMGM

Our BetMGM editors and authors are sports experts with a wealth of knowledge of the sports industry at all levels. Their coverage includes sports news, previews and predictions, fun facts, and betting.

Our BetMGM editors and authors are sports experts with a wealth of knowledge of the sports industry at all levels. Their coverage includes sports news, previews and predictions, fun facts, and betting.