Circle of March, Vol. I

Posted by rtmsf on March 5th, 2013

March Madness is here, and as we put this post together on Tuesday afternoon, the first trickle of conference tournament action has already started with the Big South Tournament getting under way in Conway, South Carolina. Over the next 36 days, we’ll celebrate postseason basketball with our annual visual tribute from 300+ teams down to one, the Circle of March. Assuming our math is spot on, there are 310 Division I teams still “alive” for the NCAA title this season — 37 have already been eliminated for a variety of reasons (ineligibility, failure to qualify for or no conference tournament, not in an auto-bid league, independent, etc.). Those teams are listed below the Circle. The rest of the contenders will slowly be whittled away on a daily basis until we’re left with 68 on Selection Sunday and of course just one team standing tall on the morning of April 9.

To make this year’s CoM a bit more entertaining, we’ve built the logos of all 310 teams into a number of spatially-similar groupings within the Circle. For example, in the area approaching 11 o’clock below, there are a number of images that prominently use birds as their school’s logo. See how many of these groupings you can determine (note: make sure to click on the image for a larger view) — the first dozen folks who tweet at us (@rushthecourt) or e-mail us ( with 12 or more distinct groupings will receive a free RTC t-shirt. For the person who identifies the most distinct logo groupings, we’ll have a grand prize.

Welcome to March Madness…


How Many Distinct Groupings of Logos Are in the Circle of March?

Teams Eliminated From National Title Contention (03.04.13)

*Note that with the exception of the Ivy League, which has no postseason tournament, we will remove non-qualifiers for their conference tournaments at the end of the conference’s regular season.

  • Arkansas-Pine Bluff
  • Austin Peay
  • Boston University
  • Brown
  • Cal State Bakersfield
  • Chicago State
  • Columbia
  • Connecticut
  • Cornell
  • Dartmouth
  • Fairleigh Dickinson
  • Georgia State
  • Houston Baptist
  • Jacksonville State
  • Kennesaw State
  • Mississippi Valley State
  • Monmouth
  • Nebraska-Omaha
  • New Orleans
  • NJIT
  • Northern Kentucky
  • Old Dominion
  • Pennsylvania
  • Sacred Heart
  • SIU Edwardsville
  • St. Francis (PA)
  • Tennessee Tech
  • Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
  • Texas Southern
  • Texas-Pan American
  • Toledo
  • Towson
  • UC Riverside
  • UCF
  • UNC Wilmington
  • Utah Valley
  • Yale
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2 responses to “Circle of March, Vol. I”

  1. Matt says:

    I see dogs and birds and dead people.

  2. […] – Doug McDermott one his second straight MVC Player of the Year award. (Omaha World Herald)     Odds & Ends: – Maryland will be wearing their special “White-Ops” uniforms. I don’t know about you, but I don’t see anything very special about these uniforms. (CSN Washington)     Picture of the Day: This folks, is the “Circle of March”. It’s gotten a slight face-lift, but I love it. As teams continue to fall out of the NCAA Title picture, the circle will get smaller and smaller, until only one team remains. (Rush The Court) […]

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