The 2015 NCAA "March Madness" men's basketball tournament ended with Duke beating Wisconsin in the championship game, 68-63. The Blue Devils won their fifth national championship, all coming under head coach Mike Krzyzewski. The tournament consisted of 68 games played at 14 different sites, including the Final Four in Indianapolis.
The 2015 tournament began with the opening round games in Dayton, Ohio, on March 17 and 18 and ended with the Final Four games on April 4 and 6. To set the stage for the championship, Wisconsin defeated Kentucky in a national semifinal game, 71-64, and Duke routed Michigan State, 81-61, in the other semifinal.
The 2015 March Madness tournament was notable for several upsets. In the first round, a couple of #14 seeds knocked off #3 seeds as Georgia State beat Baylor, 57-56, and UAB beat Iowa State, 60-59. In the second round, #8 seed N.C. State defeated #1 seed Villanova, 71-68, and #7 seed Wichita State defeated #2 seed Kansas, 78-65. The win was a major one for Wichita State since Kansas is an in-state team that regularly declines to schedule games against Wichita State.
A major storyline in the tournament was Kentucky's bid for an undefeated season. The Wildcats entered the tournament with a 34-0 record. Kentucky's 68-66 win over Notre Dame in the Midwest regional final was considered the tournament's best game by many fans. They then lost to Wisconsin to finish 38-1. Six different Kentucky players were selected in the 2015 NBA draft.