It’s here! March Madness tips off on Mar. 17 as the best college basketball teams compete to be victorious at the NCAA Tournament. But what do you know about the competition they call the ‘Big Dance?’ Click here to learn 5 facts to get you up to speed.
It’s the basketball competition the purists can’t wait to watch. The NCAA Tournament gets underway on March 17 as the best college teams battle it out for the right to call themselves the cream of the crop for March Madness. But what do you know about America’s most illuminating sports event? Click down to learn some fun facts.
1. Don’t be upset if you don’t fill-out the perfect bracket.
Despite the fact we may have given you an expert guide, honestly no one knows the secret to filling out the perfect bracket. Astonishingly, you have more chance of winning the lottery or getting struck by lightning than guessing the results accurately. The exact odds are 1 in 9.2 quintillion!
2. The lowest seed to ever win the NCAA Tournament was seeded 8.
It’s quite astonishing really, and shows why these teams are seeded for a reason. Villanova’s 1985 win, when they were seeded 8th, is the lowest seeded team to ever win the tournament. LSU became the lowest seed (11) to break into the Final Four the following year, with Cinderella stories George Mason in 2006 and VCU repeating the remarkable feat.
3. Where did the term March Madness stem from?
It seems like March Madness has always been synonymous with the NCAA Tournament. But the man responsible for creating that title was commentator Brent Musburger, who said it during his tournament coverage in 1982. However, in 1996 the Illinois High School Boys Basketball Championship, who used the March Madness moniker from 1939, got involved in a legal battle with the NCAA. Eventually, a court decided both can use the term as a dual use trademark.
4. It all started in 1939.
The history to the NCAA Tournament is rich. The competition first tipped off in 1939, with only 8 teams competing for the coveted trophy. In its first year, the Oregon Webfoots were the winners, beating the Ohio State Buckyeyes in a thrilling contest.
5. Unlucky no. 5 seed team.
Good luck to the #5 seed! In the history of the competition, no team seeded that number has ever won. Butler, Indiana and Florida all went close, but they all lost the championship game.
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