March Madness bracket names: The best, funniest names for 2024 NCAA Tournament pools

Welcome back to March, everyone. It’s college basketball fans’ favorite month of the year as March Madness returns to its glorious form.

Brackets will be busted, tears will be shed and friendships may be destroyed, but it’s all in good fun for both the diehard and casual fans. Even those who have no interest in college basketball tend to mark their calendars for Selection Sunday — the day in which they can “Cook Up A Winning Bracket” (Arizona).

Every year, fans return with great anticipation for the NCAA Tournament only to be embarrassed on the first day by a 14-seed knocking out your champion. Eleven months of waiting, planning and studying goes down the drain to a team you’ve probably never heard of — fun.

Odds are that you won’t pick a national champion or win your bracket group, even if you follow college hoops year-round or a genie “Grants You Three Wishes” (Dayton/Utah State). Why waste the effort on filling out a bracket if you’ll probably end up losing to your uncle who hasn’t watched college basketball since the 1990s?

Instead, win your bracket group with the best bracket name. Creativity knows no bounds, and this is your chance to get “A Legg Up” (Charleston) on your friends, family or even strangers in public groups.

Hopefully, by the end of March, you’ve wept “Sears Of Joy” (Alabama) because you’ve done “Nunn But Winning” (Baylor) and went “Zags To Riches” (Gonzaga). But let’s be honest, that won’t happen. You’ll instead be wondering “Watt Went Wrong With My Bracket” (Oakland/Washington State) after you said you “Krafted The Winning Bracket” (South Dakota State).

Just “Don’t Be A Cryer” (Houston) when it all comes tumbling down. At least you’ll be “The Talk Of The Townsend” (BYU) with your bracket name.

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Funniest, best March Madness bracket names in 2024

Alabama Crimson Tide

  • Sears Of Joy
  • Tidal Wave
  • Single Pringle
  • Even Stevenson
  • Spears Fishing

Arizona Wildcats

  • Karma Is A (Wild)cat
  • We Are The Champions
  • Cooking Up A Winner/Cooked To Perfection
  • What Team? Wildcats!
  • In The ‘Zona
  • Love At First Sight/For The Love Of The Game
  • Ballo So Hard
  • Kylan ‘Em Softly

Auburn Tigers

  • Feel The Auburn
  • Eye of the Tiger
  • The Moore The Merrier
  • Bring Out The Broomes
  • It’s A Trapp!
  • Pearly Whites

Baylor Bears

  • Bad News Bears
  • Building Bridges/Burning Bridges
  • Nunn But Winning
  • Feeling The Love
  • Sacks The QB
  • Dennis The Menace
  • A Little Goes A Long Way
  • Crazy Little Thing Called Love
  • Bear With Me

BYU Cougars

  • Oh Baby A Tripple
  • I Need Water, Man
  • Is The Pope Catholic?
  • A Baker’s Dozen
  • The Talk Of The Townsend
  • Hall Monitor
  • Trey Ball

Charleston Cougars

  • A Legg Up
  • Adam’s Corner Three
  • London On Da Track

Colgate Raiders

  • Colgate Toothpaste
  • Broken Records
  • A Baker’s Dozen

Creighton Bluejays

  • Omaha, Omaha!
  • Virtues and Vices
  • Knox-ing On The Door
  • Night On The Town(ley)
  • Law(son) And Order
  • King Of My City/King Of The Castle/Fit For A King
  • Irish Spring Green/Green Bean
  • Connect The Dotz(ler)

Dayton Flyers

  • The Marvel Cinematic Universe
  • Grant Me Three Wishes
  • Tongue In Cheek
  • Dick(ey) Of The Litter/plenty more puns with Dickey

Drake Bulldogs

  • Drake?!
  • Take A Bath
  • Fried Pickles/etc.
  • The Cold Northweather
  • Wrights And Wrongs

Duke Blue Devils

  • Foster’s Home For Imaginary Friends
  • Forever Young
  • Hubba Bubba Gum
  • Stewart Little
  • Power Trip/I’ve Got The Power
  • Dance With The Devils/Deal With The Devils

Florida Gators

  • Pullin From Deep
  • We Sleep In May

Gonzaga Bulldogs

  • Mike And Ike
  • Huffin And Puffin
  • Few And Far Between
  • Another One Bites The Dusty
  • Nolan In The Deep
  • Going, Going, Gonzaga
  • Zags To Riches

Houston Cougars

  • Houston, We Have A Winner
  • Looking Sharp/Sharpest Picks In The Bracket 
  • Don’t Be A Cryer
  • McFarland, USA
  • O Come, O Come Emanuel
  • Sharpest Tools In The Shead
  • Tug-A-War
  • What More Do J’Want?

Illinois Fighting Illini

  • Mister Rodgers’ Neighborhood
  • Too Goode To Be True/As Goode As It Gets
  • Maximize My Winnings
  • Hansberry The Hatchet
  • Hawkins National Laboratory
  • Reddy, Set, Go!

Iowa State

  • Omaha, Omaha!
  • Rock Star/Rocking Out
  • King of the Castle/A King’s Ransom/King Of My City
  • Go Fish!

James Madison Dukes

  • The Dukes of Hazzard

Kansas Jayhawks

  • Self Made/Did It By My-Self
  • Crossed Up My Opponents
  • Best Bracket Evers
  • Hunting Season
  • Pick A Wilder Winner Than Me

Kentucky Wildcats

  • Oh, Canada!
  • Hart To Hart
  • Honk The Horn
  • Sheppard’s Sheep/Sheppard’s Pie/The Good Sheppard
  • Ugonna Win It All

Longwood Lancers

  • Burns To The Ground
  • Christmas In March

Marquette Golden Eagles

  • Going For The Gold
  • Say It Ain’t Oso
  • Smartest Picks Of The Year
  • You Kam Do It!
  • The Chase Is On

McNeese Cowboys

  • Many Mann
  • Fields Of Dreams
  • We Sleep In May
  • Ride ‘Em Cowboys

Montana State Bobcats

  • Burn To Ash
  • Sleep Walking To The Final
  • Miles Ahead Of The Competition

Morehead State Eagles

  • 8 Miles
  • Surfing The Webb

Nevada Wolf Pack

  • Foster’s Home For Imaginary Friends
  • Hunter And Gatherers
  • Jazz Hands
  • Spring Gardners
  • Tyler Roli’n The Deep
  • The Big Bad Wolf Pack

Norfolk State Spartans

  • Nyzaiah Chambers Of Commerce
  • Chris Fields Of 68
  • Bottoms Up
  • Spring A Leak

North Carolina Tar Heels

  • High And Mighty
  • Farris Wheel

Oakland Golden Grizzlies

  • The Banks Is Open
  • Talk Of The Townsend
  • The Price Is Right
  • Watts Up With My Bracket

Oklahoma Sooners

  • Sooners Rather Than Later

Purdue Boilermakers

  • Purdue Chicken Nuggets
  • Boiling Hot Bracket
  • Furst Place Bracket
  • A King’s Ransom/King Of The Castle/Fit For A King
  • And He Waddell-ed Away
  • All You Can Edey
  • Go Hard In The Painter
  • This Is How We Purdue It
  • Spoilermakers
  • Sir Lancealot The Great

Saint Mary’s Gaels

  • First Aidan Kit
  • Forbes’ Best Brackets

Samford Bulldogs

  • Achor The Anchor
  • Bring The Love, Today
  • Leopards and Cougars
  • To The Window, To The Wall

South Carolina Gamecocks

  • Spark Plug/Make Sparks Fly
  • Gray’s Anatomy
  • I Call Dibbas
  • Mack Attack
  • Herro Ball/Be My Herro
  • Make The Wright Play

South Dakota State Jackrabbits

  • Easley The Best Bracket
  • Kraft The Winning Bracket

Stetson Hatters

  • Mad Hatters

Tennessee Volunteers

  • Knecht The Dots
  • Get Out Me Carr
  • Coyne Flip
  • No Pain, No Gainey
  • We Can Aidoo It

TCU Horned Frogs

  • Frog-ettaboutit

Texas Tech Red Raiders

  • Pop Goes The Weasel/Pop Rocks
  • Take A Chance On Me/Chance The Rapper
  • Tomb Red Raiders

UConn Huskies

  • Uconn Win It All
  • King Of The Castle
  • Clingan To Victory
  • Youssouf Sing-along
  • Solomon Ball Don’t Lie

Utah State Aggies

  • Grant Me Three Wishes
  • The Great One
  • Maximize Your Winnings
  • Land-on Two Feet
  • We Sleep In May, Son
  • My Body Is A Templin

Wagner Seahawks

  • The Moore The Merrier/Moore Life
  • What Can Brown Do For You
  • Out Of Bounds

Washington State Cougars

  • Well, Well, Wells
  • Watts The Problem
  • Don’t Worry Darling

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