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The History Of The

NCAA Tournament By: Kyle Williams

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Tournament

The term ‘March Madness’ derives from the Illinois boys state basketball championship in 1908.

1908

Coach Everett Case is credited for the tradition of cutting down the nets. He sat on his players’ shoulders after they won the Southern Conference Championship.

1947

1939 Oregon beat Ohio State in the first ever NCAA tournament game. The tournament only featured eight teams at this time and would remain that way until 1951.

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Timeline Due to the addition of the Mountain West conference, the play-in game was implimented in 2001. This happened in order to keep 34 at-large bids. This game is played first and used to determine who gets into the tournament. Northwestern State beat Illinois in the first ever play-in game.

2001 1985 1985 marks the first year the tournament fulling expanded to 64 teams. All teams were seeded one to 16. The innagural year featured a stunning upset as Villanova beat Georgetown.

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How It Is

Today

2011 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship ®

Second Round

Third Round

MARCH 17-18

MARCH 19-20

Regional Semifinals

Regional Finals

National Semifinals

MARCH 24-25

MARCH 26-27

APRIL 2

National Semifinals

Regional Finals

Regional Semifinals

APRIL 2

MARCH 26-27

MARCH 24-25

Third Round

Second Round

MARCH 19-20

MARCH 17-18

First Four 16 UTSA

E 1

Ohio St. (32-2)

8

George Mason (26-6)

1 Ohio St.

57

5

West Virginia (20-11)

84

Xavier (24-7)

55

11 Marquette (20-14)

66

Syracuse (26-7)

77

North Carolina (26-7)

1

Duke (30-4)

45

5

Arizona (27-7)

77

Texas (27-7)

85

San Diego St. (32-2) Mar 17

63

57

8 Butler

Tulsa 5 Arizona

WEST Mar 26

Washington D.C. 3 UConn Mar 19

8 Butler

56

74

70

Mar 26

3 BYU

Mar 24

2 Florida

65

Tucson 2 SDSU Mar 19

71

Mar 19

67

Texas A&M (24-8)

50

Mar 18

10 Florida St. (21-10)

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2 Florida

57 69

Mar 18

Pittsburgh (27-5)

56 74

Mar 17

Butler (23-9) Old Dominion (27-6)

5

Kansas St. (22-10)

Mar 19

58 73

Mar 17

12 Utah St. (30-3)

Wisconsin (23-8)

68 72

Mar 17

13 Belmont (30-4)

St. John’s (NY) (21-11)

58 71

Mar 17

11 Gonzaga (24-9)

BYU (30-4)

86 74

Mar 17

14 Wofford (21-12) 65

60

Mar 17

9

3

83 Tampa

2 Florida

Notre Dame (26-6)

15 Akron (23-12)

7 7 UCLA

65 43

89

71 New Orleans Mar 24

64

2 San Diego St.

67

74 Denver

3 BYU

Purdue (25-7) Mar 18

6 11 Gonzaga

56 74

14 St. Peter’s (20-13)

4 70

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69

Anaheim 3 UConn 7 Temple

3 UConn

ANAHEIM

58

65

Mar 19

4 Wisconsin

Georgetown (21-10)

62

Mar 18

11 VCU (23-11)

8

4 Wisconsin 54 Tucson

93

61

Mar 17

71

Mar 24

69

66

Mar 19

5 Kansas St.

69

16 UNC Asheville (19-13) 51

74 New Orleans

70

Louisville (25-9)

13 Morehead St. (24-9)

70

61 Washington D.C.

8 Butler

Mar 20

Mar 17

12 Richmond (27-7)

1 1 Pittsburgh

63

66

2

41

Mar 24

52

68

8 Butler

Vanderbilt (23-10)

7

2 Notre Dame

71

3 Connecticut

64

UConn

73

5

3

71

62

Illinois (19-13)

76

Chicago

8 Butler

Anaheim 5 Arizona

81

15 Northern Colo. (21-10) 50

4

Mar 20

10 Florida St. 71 Mar 20

77

Mar 20

6 Cincinnati

Mar 17

2

Chicago

10 Florida St.

73

Charlotte 1 Duke

78

Mar 17

10 Penn St. (19-14)

72

71 San Antonio Mar 25

APRIL 4

81

Mar 17

Temple (25-7)

11 VCU

National Championship

83

53 3 UConn

4 Texas

Mar 18

7

11 VCU

94

UNLV (24-8) Mar 18

6 11 VCU

86

5 Arizona 75

14 Bucknell (25-8)

SAN ANTONIO Mar 27

72 53

9

4

3 Purdue

Mar 20

8 Michigan

Mar 18

Connecticut (26-9)

62

Apr 2

APRIL 2-4

Charlotte 2 N. Carolina 81

75

12 Memphis (25-9)

3

11 VCU

Final Four ®

Mar 25

1 Duke

Mar 18

11 Missouri (23-10)

Apr 2

Newark 2 N. Carolina 69

45

Tennessee (19-14)

Cincinnati (25-8)

65

13 Morehead St. 48

HOUSTON

87

Michigan (20-13)

6

61 San Antonio Mar 25

62

2 N. Carolina

8 59

87

9

13 Oakland (25-9)

77 Mar 20

SOUTHWEST

Mar 20

102

8

4

4 Kentucky 55

Mar 27

Cleveland 11 Marquette 63

65

16 Boston U. (21-13)

Denver

NEWARK

7 Washington

Mar 18

16 Hampton (24-8)

1 Kansas

76

Kansas (32-2) Mar 18

73

Tulsa

12 Richmond 57 Mar 19

66

68

Mar 18

15 Long Island (27-5)

1 Kansas

EAST

60

Mar 18

2

77

1

62

71

3 Syracuse

Mar 18

10 Georgia (21-11)

Mar 15

16 UALR

12 Richmond

Mar 19

11 Marquette

Mar 18

Washington (23-10)

SE

9 Illinois

Tampa 4 Kentucky 4 Kentucky

57

7

59

60

Mar 25

59

Mar 17

14 Indiana St. (20-13)

16 UNC Asheville 81

46

Mar 16

11 VCU

1 Kansas

Newark 4 Kentucky

76

13 Princeton (25-6)

3

11 USC

SW

5 West Virginia 63

Mar 17

6

DAYTON March 15-16

8 George Mason 66

Villanova (21-11)

Kentucky (25-8)

First Round

70

Mar 15

12 Clemson

98

Cleveland 1 Ohio St. Mar 20

61

9

4

61

52

Watch On

46

Mar 18

12 Clemson (21-11)

E

Mar 16

16 Alabama St.

75

Mar 18

16 UTSA (19-13)

12 UAB

70

UCLA (22-10)

66 78

Mar 17

10 Michigan St. (19-14) 2

Florida (26-7)

76 79

Mar 17

73

15 UC Santa Barbara (18-13) 51

Today, the tournament features 68 teams. In order for this to happen smoothly, four play-in games were implemented. Two of the teams are the final at-large qualifiers while the others are the four lowest seeds in the tournament.

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