Teams with the Most March Madness Appearances

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The 2022 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament is getting closer to tipoff, and the nation’s best college basketball teams are jockeying for the best positions to set up a deep tournament run. Though the seeds have not been determined yet, college basketball fans can expect to see some familiar programs at the top of their bracket again this year. 

Teams like Duke, Kansas, and Kentucky are – yet again – considered some of the top teams in the country. These storied programs will undoubtedly add another tournament berth to their rich histories of dozens of appearances in the Big Dance. 

To determine the teams with the most March Madness appearances, 24/7 Tempo reviewed data from the NCAA’s Final Four Records Book. Appearances that were vacated due to NCAA sanctions were not considered.

There are 26 different NCAA men’s basketball programs that have made the tournament 30 times or more and a handful that have earned more than 50 spots in the Big Dance since it first began in 1939. Most of the teams on this list have at least one championship in their history, though nine schools have over 30 NCAA tournaments with no titles to show for it.

Some of the teams on this list have technically participated in the tournament more times than were listed but had some appearances vacated because of NCAA infractions. These infractions include student-athletes receiving impermissible benefits or schools violating recruiting rules, among other scandals. These are the scandals that rocked the sports world.

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