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Locating a Winner: March Madness Mapped

Tuesday 04.03.2012 , Posted by

Where is that team from? It’s a question I often ask myself during March Madness. Marquette… isn’t that in Michigan? Nope, Wisconsin. Where the heck is Xavier? Oh yeah, in Ohio. Chances are that university you’re a little fuzzy on is in basketball country.

It’s no secret that the East, West, South and Midwest brackets teams are divvied up into are arbitrary. The plains, the rust belt, the northern south — this area of the country is where many top basketball schools are concentrated. Winning Schools can come from anywhere, but this year, like many of the past 30 years, they have come from basketball country.

Below: our exclusive Visual News interactive graphic. A look at how this year’s March Madness played out.

Shane Keaney

Written by Shane Keaney

I’m a small town kid from New England turned New Yorker.
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