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The NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship is held each spring featuring 65 of the top college basketball teams in the United States. The 20-day tournament, colloquially known as "March Madness" or the Big Dance, has become one of the country's most prominent sports events. Basketball Basketball is a ball sport in which two teams of five players each try to score points by throwing a ball through a hoop. ... The United States of America — also referred to as the United States, the U.S.A., the U.S., America, the States, or (archaically) Columbia—is a federal republic of 50 states located primarily in central North America (with the exception of two states: Alaska and Hawaii). ... March Madness is a popular colloquial term for the process of deciding the annual champion of NCAA collegiate basketball in the United States. ...


The tournament, whose field includes regional conference champions and other top teams, is staged in a single elimination format. Since its 1939 inception, it has built a legacy that includes dynasty teams and dramatic underdog stories. In recent years, friendly wagering on the event has become something of a national pastime, spawning countless "office pools" that attract expert fans and novices alike. A tournament is an organized competition in which many participants play each other in individual games. ... An underdog is a party in a competition, frequently in electoral politics or sports, who is popularly expected to lose. ... Gambling (or betting) is any behavior involving the risk of money or valuables on the outcome of a game, contest, or other event in which the outcome of that activity is partially or totally dependent upon chance. ...


The tournament bracket is made up of champions from each Division I conference, which receive automatic bids. The remaining slots are at-large berths, with teams chosen by an NCAA selection committee. The selection process and tournament seedings are based on several factors, including team rankings, win-loss records and RPI data. Bracketology is a slang term for predicting the field of the NCAA Basketball Tournament. ... Division I is the highest level of intercollegiate athletics sanctioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association in the United States. ... Commonly known as RPI, the Ratings Percentage Index is a rating system where NCAA basketball teams are ranked. ...


The two lowest-seeded teams (usually the teams below .500 & the SWAC champion) play a pre-tournament game to determine which will advance into the first round of the tournament. This play-in game was added in 2001 and has been played in Dayton, Ohio each subsequent year. 2001 is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Dayton, Ohio Dayton is the county seat of Montgomery County, Ohio. ...


A Most Outstanding Player honor is awarded by the Associated Press at the end of each tournament. At the conclusion of the NCAA mens and womens Division I basketball championships (the Final Four tournaments), the Associated Press selects a Most Outstanding Player. ... Associated Press logo The Associated Press, or AP, is an American news agency that claims to be the worlds oldest and largest. ...


See also: Division II, Division III The NCAA holds an annual tournament to determine the Division III Mens Basketball Championship. ...

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Winners of the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship

Year Winner Score Opponent
1939 Oregon 46-33 Ohio State
1940 Indiana 60-42 Kansas
1941 Wisconsin 39-34 Washington State
1942 Stanford 53-38 Dartmouth
1943 Wyoming 46-34 Georgetown
1944 Utah 42-40 (OT) Dartmouth
1945 Oklahoma A&M 49-45 NYU
1946 Oklahoma A&M 43-40 North Carolina
1947 Holy Cross 58-47 Oklahoma
1948 Kentucky 58-42 Baylor
1949 Kentucky 46-36 Oklahoma State
1950 CCNY 71-68 Bradley
1951 Kentucky 68-58 Kansas State
1952 Kansas 80-63 St. John's
1953 Indiana 69-68 Kansas
1954 La Salle 92-76 Bradley
1955 San Francisco 76-73 La Salle
1956 San Francisco 83-71 Iowa
1957 North Carolina 54-53 (3 OT) Kansas
1958 Kentucky 84-72 Seattle
1959 California 71-70 West Virginia
1960 Ohio State 75-55 California
1961 Cincinnati 70-65 (OT) Ohio State
1962 Cincinnati 71-59 Ohio State
1963 Loyola (Chicago) 60-58 (OT) Cincinnati
1964 UCLA 98-83 Duke
1965 UCLA 91-80 Michigan
1966 Texas Western 72-65 Kentucky
1967 UCLA 79-64 Dayton
1968 UCLA 78-55 North Carolina
1969 UCLA 92-72 Purdue
1970 UCLA 80-69 Jacksonville
1971 UCLA 68-62 Villanova
1972 UCLA 81-76 Florida State
1973 UCLA 87-66 Memphis State
1974 NC State 76-64 Marquette
1975 UCLA 92-85 Kentucky
1976 Indiana 86-68 Michigan
1977 Marquette 67-59 North Carolina
1978 Kentucky 94-88 Duke
1979 Michigan State 75-64 Indiana State
1980 Louisville 59-54 UCLA
1981 Indiana 63-50 North Carolina
1982 North Carolina 63-62 Georgetown
1983 N.C. State 54-52 Houston
1984 Georgetown 84-75 Houston
1985 Villanova 66-64 Georgetown
1986 Louisville 72-69 Duke
1987 Indiana 74-73 Syracuse
1988 Kansas 83-79 Oklahoma
1989 Michigan 80-79 (OT) Seton Hall
1990 UNLV 103-73 Duke
1991 Duke 72-65 Kansas
1992 Duke 71-51 Michigan
1993 North Carolina 77-71 Michigan
1994 Arkansas 76-72 Duke
1995 UCLA 89-78 Arkansas
1996 Kentucky 76-67 Syracuse
1997 Arizona 84-79 (OT) Kentucky
1998 Kentucky 78-69 Utah
1999 Connecticut 77-74 Duke
2000 Michigan State 89-76 Florida
2001 Duke 82-72 Arizona
2002 Maryland 64-52 Indiana
2003 Syracuse 81-78 Kansas
2004 Connecticut 82-73 Georgia Tech
2005 North Carolina 75-70 Illinois

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Number of championships by school

  • UCLA 11
  • Kentucky 7
  • Indiana 5
  • North Carolina 4
  • Duke 3
  • Cincinnati 2
  • Connecticut 2
  • Kansas 2
  • Louisville 2
  • Michigan State 2
  • North Carolina State 2
  • Oklahoma State 2 (both times as Oklahoma A&M)
  • San Francisco 2
  • Arizona 1
  • Arkansas 1
  • California 1
  • CCNY 1
  • Georgetown 1
  • Holy Cross 1
  • La Salle 1
  • Loyola (Chicago) 1
  • Marquette 1
  • Maryland 1
  • Michigan 1
  • Ohio State 1
  • Oregon 1
  • Stanford 1
  • Syracuse 1
  • UNLV 1
  • Utah 1
  • UTEP 1 (as Texas Western)
  • Villanova 1
  • Wisconsin 1
  • Wyoming 1

See also

March Madness is a popular colloquial term for the process of deciding the annual champion of NCAA collegiate basketball in the United States. ... The NCAA Womens Division I Championship is an annual basketball tournament for women. ... Selection Sunday is the day when the NCAA College Basketball tournament participants are announced, placed and seeded accordingly. ... The playoff term Final Four was originally popularized to refer to the final four teams in the NCAA Basketball Tournament; these are the champions of the tournaments four regional brackets, and the only teams remaining on the tournaments final weekend. ... Bracketology is a slang term for predicting the field of the NCAA Basketball Tournament. ...

External links

  • NCAA Men's Basketball (http://www.ncaasports.com/basketball/mens)

 
 

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