Selection Sunday is now behind us and the NCAA Tournament officially gets under way later this week. So, to celebrate this time of year—affectionately known as March Madness—LG Electronics, an official NCAA Corporate Partner, decided to reinvent the role of color commentator, and they’ve recruited ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas to offer his help and expertise.
Throughout the month, LG will release a series of exclusive statistics (confirmed by the Elias Sports Bureau, so these numbers are legit) that will help college basketball fans “Do Game Day Right” by looking at the tourney through a whole new perspective—uniform colors.
“LG Color Commentator” Jay Bilas serves as the spokesman for the campaign, which highlights a few LG products that produce some rich colors in their own right, whether that’s OLED TVs or the TWIN Wash that washes two separate loads of laundry at the same time to protect color bleeding. The pair have already produced a number of entertaining spots.
“In sports, battle lines are drawn using team uniform colors, with fans literally wearing their allegiance, but no one has ever looked at the power and performance of a team uniform color,” Bilas said in a statement. “With pride and bragging rights on the line, LG’s stats are a fun consideration for fans when filling out brackets and another great example of the innovative ways that LG helps fans Do Game Day Right.”
From now through the end of the tournament, LG and Bilas will give NCAA fans “an edge” with new uniform color statistics. Each stat relates to performance by uniform color and looks at all the teams that have made the Final Four since the tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985.
As you’re filling out your bracket ahead of tipoff, here are some of the already-released statistics to keep in mind:
- Beasts in Blue: Blue uniformed teams have dominated on the court, appearing in the most Final Fours (69), moving on to the most championship games (43), and winning the most titles (23). Next-in-line colors don’t even come close. Red clad teams have gone 29-6-6 (in that respective order), orange are 9-4-3, and green are 8-2-1.
- Black Beatdowns: Teams with the largest margin of victory in the tournament have worn black jersey (+11.1), followed by blue (+10.8), and red (+9.6)
- Guarding the Green: For whatever reason, teams seeing green have had a tough time scoring. Green-clad teams have allowed the fewest points per game during the tournament (64.7), followed by blue (65.8), and orange (65.9).
Other interesting stats of note, which were released this morning: Red uniformed teams lead the way in a number of offensive categories, including points per game (79.2) and assists per game (15.8), but they also had the most turnovers per game (12.962). On the other side of the ball, yellow-wearing teams had the most rebounds per game (37.4), while teams in purple have averaged the most blocks per game (4.3).
Stay tuned throughout the NCAA Tournament for additional stats and info from LG, and check out their official Do Game Day Right website.