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March Madness …The Biggest Sports Event All Year!  This month I will feature guest sports=writer’s articles to help all of you understand the history of this momentous event. This is a short explanation about the NCAA Division 1 men’s basketball tournament, which has been played annually since 1939.

What is March Madness?

The NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament is a single-elimination tournament of 68 teams that compete in seven rounds for the national championship. The last round is known as the Final Four that means that only four teams are left.

When did March Madness start?

The first NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament was in 1939, and it has been held every year since.

How has the tournament changed since 1939?

The first tournament had just eight teams, and saw Oregon beat Ohio State 46-33 for the title:

In 1951, the field doubled to 16, and kept expanding over the next few decades until 1985, when the modern format of a 64-team tournament began. In 2001, a single game was added prior to the first round. In 2011, three more games were added to round out the First Four. Here’s this year’s bracket:


Where did the term “March Madness” come from?

March Madness was first used to refer to basketball by an Illinois high school official, Henry V. Porter, in 1939, but the term didn’t find its way to the NCAA tournament until CBS broadcaster Brent Musburger (who used to be a sportswriter in Chicago) used it during coverage of the 1982 tournament. The term has been synonymous with the NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament ever since.

How are the teams selected?

There are two ways that a team can earn a bid to the NCAA tournament. The 32 Division I conferences all receive an automatic bid, which they award to the team that wins the postseason conference tournament. Regardless of how a team performed during the regular season, if they are eligible for postseason play and win their conference tournament, they receive a bid to the NCAA tournament. These teams are known as automatic qualifiers.

The second avenue for an invitation is an at-large bid. The selection committee (more on them in a second) convenes on Selection Sunday, after all regular season and conference tournament games are played, and decides which 36 teams that are not automatic qualifiers have the pedigree to earn an invitation to the tournament.

What is the March Madness selection committee?

The 10-member NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Committee is responsible for selecting, seeding and bracketing the field for the NCAA Tournament. School and conference administrators are nominated by their conference, serve five-year terms and represent a cross-section of the Division I membership.

How do they decide which teams get an at-large bid?

There is no set formula that determines whether a team receives an at-large bid or not.

What (and when) is Selection Sunday?

March Madness 2018 dates and schedule

Selection Sunday N/A March 11
First Four Dayton March 13-14
First/Second Pittsburgh March 15 & 17
First/Second Wichita March 15 & 17
First/Second Dallas March 15 & 17
First/Second Boise March 15 & 17
First/Second Charlotte March 16 & 18
First/Second Detroit March 16 & 18
First/Second Nashville March 16 & 18
First/Second San Diego March 16 & 18
Midwest Regional Omaha March 23 & 25
West Regional Los Angeles March 22 & 24
South Regional Atlanta March 22 & 24
East Regional Boston March 23 & 25
Final Four San Antonio March 31, April 2

How to watch March Madness:

Every single March Madness game will be broadcast on either TBS, TNT, TruTV or CBS. You can also stream every game on March Madness Live. Here’s the full schedule: 

Selection Sunday

Sunday, March 11

Selection Show 6:00pm TBS | Stream

First Four

Tuesday, March 13

TBA vs. TBA 6:30pm truTV | Stream
TBA vs. TBA 9:00pm truTV | Stream

Wednesday, March 14

TBA vs. TBA 6:30pm truTV | Stream
TBA vs. TBA 9:00pm truTV | Stream

March Madness “HOT TOPICS.”  Repost By Terence Morris.  PACE TULSA FOUNDATION.    PACETULSA.COM March 9, 2018.  06:22 P.M.  


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