The most successful teams in March Madness tournament history
Even those who don't follow college basketball recognize the big names: Kentucky. Duke. North Carolina. Connecticut. They're the well-known teams that consistently headline March Madness -- and they're generally a safe bet to pick as a champion in your brackets.
Someone has to be the best, though. In both the men's and women's tournament, 11 titles are enough to reign supreme as the most successful schools in the sport's history.
Enter: the UCLA Bruins and the UConn Huskies.
The women's team at the University of Connecticut is virtually synonymous with basketball dynasty at this point. They have had unparalleled success in recent years, including their current winning streak of 107 games spanning 4 seasons (and counting).
Winning 10 of their 11 championships since 2000 -- including a title each of the past four seasons -- the Huskies remain a force to be reckoned with this year.
In compiling all of those titles, UConn had to take down the Tennessee Lady Volunteers four times, spurring a heated rivalry in the early 2000s. Tennessee ranks second in all-time championships with eight.
The winningest team in the history of the men's tournament, the University of California, Los Angeles enjoyed early and prolific success, though they've largely been out of the picture lately.
The first of UCLA's titles came in 1964, and they quickly added another the following season. After falling short in 1966, the Bruins won seven straight tournaments, creating an impressive dynasty.
UCLA won most recently in 1995, and made it to the championship game in 2006 where they lost to the Florida Gators. The last time the school made the tournament in 2015, they were eliminated in the second round. Despite these struggles, this year's Bruins are red-hot heading into the bracket, having won nine games in a row leading up to Selection Sunday.
Not to be upstaged, the second-winningest team in history, the Kentucky Wildcats, are hot on UCLA's heels with 8 titles overall.
The success of both UConn and UCLA is always something to consider when filling out your bracket — but as the tournament has proven, you can never count out the underdogs