March Madness 101
Do you love watching sports? If yes, then you would have heard about March Madness. What exactly is March Madness and why is it the most talked about tournament in the United States?
What is March Madness?
March Madness is that time of the year when the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) holds basketball tournaments for men and women. Known as “The Big Dance,” 68 college teams from all over America take part in the elimination tournament, hoping to go home with the title as national champions.
Fun trivia about March Madness
- The tournament first took place in 1939, where eight teams took part. Oregon was the first team to win this tournament. Harold Olsen, Ohio State University’s head coach, was the man who helped found this tournament, along with National Association of Basketball Coaches.
- Did you know that Austin Carr, shooting guard for Notre Dame, scored the most number of points in a game? In 1970, when Notre Dame played Ohio, he sank 61 points. David Robinson, NBA Hall of Famer, is the only one who came close to beating this record with 50 points.
- UCLA Bruins hold the current record for the most number of titles in this tournament, with 11 championships under their belt. Kentucky Wildcats come second, with eight titles.
- John Wooden, former head coach for UCLA Bruins, is the only coach who has won 10 national championships. Geno Auriemma, the head coach for the women’s basketball team from University of Connecticut Huskies has nine titles.
- Villanova is the lowest seeded team to win this prestigious college basketball tournament. In 1985, even though they were ranked 8th, they went on to win the tournament.
- The longest game of college basketball to be ever played in this tournament was the match between Bradley and Cincinnati in 1981. The game lasted seven overtimes before Cincinnati beat Bradley 75-73. The second longest college basketball game was the game between Connecticut and Syracuse, which went on for six overtimes. Syracuse beat Connecticut 127 – 117 in the 2009 quarterfinals.
- Only the University of Connecticut’s men’s and women’s college basketball team has won this tournament simultaneously in 2004 and 2014.