Get ready for March Madness!
March Madness has become a college basketball tradition, but it hasn’t always been that way. As you get ready to watch the 2016 season, impress your friends with your knowledge of college basketball history. Check out these facts about the National Colligate Athletic Association (NCAA) basketball, and get ready for March Madness.
- The first NCAA men’s basketball tournament took place in 1939, making it the first year of March Madness.
- The University of Oregon won the first NCAA men’s basketball title after defeating The Ohio State University 46-33.
- The name March Madness comes from the nature of the tournament. Anything can happen. It’s not uncommon for the underdog to defeat more established teams. Such upsets that popularized the name include the North Carolina State and Villanova wins in the 1980s.
- March Madness is second to the Super Bowl when it comes to sports gambling.
- As of 2014, an estimated 70 million brackets were completed.
- The NCAA men’s basketball tournament originally started with only eight competing teams.
- The 65-team tournament is relatively new. It was officially implemented in 2001.
- The UCLA Bruins have won a record 11 men’s basketball championships. Ten of which were under legendary coach, John Wooden.
- March Madness marks the second round of the tournament, which typically weren’t watched until they were first televised by the ESPN cable network in the 1980s.
- The NCAA makes a pretty penny from advertising. Advertising revenue was estimated at $1.15 billion.