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Encyclopedia > NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship
NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship
Current season or competition:
2008 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament
Sport Basketball
Founded 1939
No. of teams 65
Country(ies) United States
Most recent
champion(s)
Kansas Jayhawks
TV partner(s) CBS, CBS College Sports Network, ESPN
Official website NCAA.com

The NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship is a single elimination tournament held each spring featuring 65[1] college basketball teams in the United States. This tournament was developed by Dr. Peter Graham. Colloquially known as March Madness (as the tournament takes place mainly during the month of March) or the Big Dance (as opposed to the now smaller and less prestigious NIT), the tournament takes place over 3 weeks at sites across the United States, and the national semifinals (the Final Four) have become one of the nation's most prominent sporting events. The 2008 NCAA Mens Division I Basketball Tournament involves 65 schools playing in a single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of mens NCAA Division I college basketball. ... This article is about the sport. ... See also: 1938 in sports, other events of 1939, 1940 in sports and the list of years in sports. Many sporting events did not take place because of World War II. // Auto Racing August 11 - Jean Bugatti, automobile designer and the 30-year-old son of Ettore Bugatti, died in... The University of Kansas (often referred to as KU or just Kansas) is an institution of higher learning in Lawrence, Kansas. ... This article is about the broadcast network. ... ESPN, formerly an acronym for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, is an American cable television network dedicated to broadcasting and producing sports-related programming 24 hours a day. ... The NCAA Mens Division I Basketball Championship is held each spring featuring 65 of the top college basketball teams in the United States. ... NCAA redirects here. ... A tournament is a competition involving a relatively large number of competitors, all participating in a single sport or game. ... A tournament is a competition involving a relatively large number of competitors, all participating in a single sport or game. ... Game between Illinois State Redbirds & Ball State Cardinals, February 17, 2007 in an ESPN Bracketbuster contest. ... The National Invitation Tournament (NIT) is a mens college basketball tournament operated by the National Collegiate Athletic Association. ...


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. All games of the tournament are broadcast on the CBS broadcast television network in the United States, except for the opening round (also known as the "play-in") game, which aired on TNN in 2001, and ESPN since 2002. The tournament bracket is made up of conference tournament 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. An underdog is a person or group in a competition, frequently in electoral politics, sports, and creative works, 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. ... CBS Sports is a division of CBS which airs many of the sports telecasts in the United States. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... ESPN, formerly an acronym for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, is an American cable television network dedicated to broadcasting and producing sports-related programming 24 hours a day. ... Bracketology is a slang term for predicting the field of the NCAA Basketball Tournament, named as such because it is commonly used to fill in tournament brackets for the postseason. ... Division I is the highest level of intercollegiate athletics sanctioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association in the United States. ... Automatic bid is a term generally used to describe a bid or berth to a tournament, granted based on performance in prior competition, and not based on subjective picking (see: At-large bid). ... At-large bids is a term used to refer to bids or berths in a sporting tournament granted by invitation, not by right. ... The selection process for College Basketballs NCAA Mens Division I Basketball Championship determines which 65 teams will enter the tournament, known as March Madness, and where they will be seeded and placed in the bracket. ... Commonly known as RPI, the Ratings Percentage Index is one of the rating systems whereby NCAA basketball teams are ranked. ...


Two low-seeded teams (typically teams with poor records that qualified by winning their conference tournament championships) compete in the "opening round" game to determine which will advance into the first round of the tournament, with the winner advancing to play the top seed in one of the four regions. The opening Round game was added in 2001 and has been played in University of Dayton Arena in Dayton, Ohio each subsequent year. Even though the opening round is technically considered part of the tournament, it is often referred to as a "play-in" game. Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... University of Dayton Arena is a 13,409-seat multi-purpose arena in Dayton, Ohio. ... : Gem City : Birthplace of Aviation United States Ohio Montgomery 56. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ...


A Most Outstanding Player award is given 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. ... The Associated Press, or AP, is an American news agency, the worlds largest such organization. ...


At 11 national titles, UCLA currently holds the record for the most NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championships. University of Kentucky is second, with 7 national titles, and Indiana University is third with 5 national titles. Binomial name Ucla xenogrammus Holleman, 1993 The largemouth triplefin, Ucla xenogrammus, is a fish of the family Tripterygiidae and only member of the genus Ucla, found in the Pacific Ocean from Viet Nam, the Philippines, Palau and the Caroline Islands to Papua New Guinea, Australia (including Christmas Island), and the... The University of Kentucky, also referred to as UK, is a public, co-educational university located in Lexington, Kentucky. ... Indiana University, founded in 1820, is a nine-campus university system in the state of Indiana. ...

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Tournament format

Overview

A total of 65[1] teams qualify for the tournament played in March and April. Thirty-one of the teams earn automatic bids by winning their respective conference tournaments. Because the Ivy League does not conduct a post-season tournament, its regular-season conference champion receives an automatic bid[2]. This is a list of athletic conferences of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). ... For other uses, see Ivy League (disambiguation). ...


The remaining thirty-four teams are granted at-large bids, which are determined by the NCAA Selection Committee, a special selection committee appointed by the NCAA. The committee also determines where all sixty-five teams are seeded and placed in the bracket. There are 9,223,372,036,854,775,808 (9.2 quintillion) possibilities for a 64 team NCAA bracket.[3] At-large bids is a term used to refer to bids or berths in a sporting tournament granted by invitation, not by right. ... The selection process for College Basketballs NCAA Mens Division I Basketball Championship determines which 65 teams will enter the tournament, known as March Madness, and where they will be seeded and placed in the bracket. ...


The tournament is split into four regions and each region has teams seeded 1–16, with the committee making every region as comparable to the others as possible. The best team in each region plays the #16 team, the #2 team plays the #15, and so on. The effect of this seeding structure ensures that the better a team is seeded, the worse-seeded their opponents will be.


The brackets are not reseeded after each round. The tournament is single-elimination and there are no consolation games—although there was a third-place game as late as 1981, and each regional had a third-place game through the 1975 tournament. The single-elimination format produces opportunities for Cinderella teams to advance despite playing much tougher teams. Nonetheless, despite the numerous instances of early-round Tournament upsets, including four instances of a #15 seed defeating a #2 seed, no #1 seed has ever lost in the first round to a #16 seed. The closest calls came in 1989 when Georgetown defeated Princeton 50–49 and Oklahoma beat East Tennessee State 72–71, and in 1990 when Michigan State had to go to overtime to beat Murray State. A tournament is an organized competition in which many participants play each other in individual games. ... AUGUST 25 1981 US Marine Sean Vance is Born on the 25th of August {ear nav|1981}} Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... In American and Canadian sports, a Cinderella refers to a team or player who advances much further in a tournament than expected. ... The Georgetown University Mens Basketball team (which, like all sports teams at Georgetown University, is named the Georgetown Hoyas) is a well-known basketball program in the NCAA. Georgetowns first intercollegiate mens basketball team was formed in 1907; the team played its first game February 9, 1907... Princeton University is a private coeducational research university located in Princeton, New Jersey. ... The University of Oklahoma features 17 varsity sports teams. ... East Tennessee State University (abbreviated ETSU) was founded on October 2, 1911. ... The Michigan State Spartans mens basketball team represents Michigan State University (MSU) and competes in the Big 10 Conference of NCAA Division I. The team currently plays at the Breslin Student Events Center. ... Murray State University, located in the town of Murray in Kentuckys far-western Jackson Purchase in the United States, is an approximately 10,000-student, four-year public university. ...


Play-In Game

Two teams play the opening round game (colloquially known as the "play-in game") on the Tuesday preceding the first weekend of the tournament, with the winner of that game advancing to the main draw of the tournament and playing a top seed in one of the regionals. This game has been played at the University of Dayton Arena in Dayton, Ohio since its inception in 2001. This game originated in 2001 with the addition of the Mountain West Conference (and its automatic bid into the tournament) after the NCAA tournament committee opted to include an additional team and a play in game in lieu of taking away one of the 34 "at-large" bids. The Play-In Game (officially known as the Opening Round) of the NCAA Mens Division I Basketball Championship is the first game of the tournament, played between the two last-seeded (i. ... University of Dayton Arena is a 13,409-seat multi-purpose arena in Dayton, Ohio. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ...


First and second rounds: the "Pod" system

The first and second round games are played on the first weekend of the tournament, either on Thursday and Saturday or Friday and Sunday.


Since 2002, the tournament has used the so-called "pod" system, in which the eight first- and second-round sites are distributed around the four regionals. Before the 2002 tournament, all teams playing at a first- or second-round site fed into the same regional tournament. The pod system was designed to limit the early-round travel of as many teams as possible.


In the pod system, each regional bracket is divided into four-team "pods". The possible pods by seeding are:

  • Pod #1: 1v16, 8v9
  • Pod #2: 2v15, 7v10
  • Pod #3: 3v14, 6v11
  • Pod #4: 4v13, 5v12

Each of the eight first and second round sites is assigned two pods, where each group of four teams play each other. A host site's pods may be from different regions, and thus the winners of each pod would advance into separate regional tournaments.


No #1 seed has never lost in the first round. Furthermore, only four #2 seeds have lost in the first round.


Regional semi-finals and finals

The teams which are still alive after the first weekend advance to the regional semi-finals (the Sweet Sixteen) and finals (the Elite Eight) played on the second weekend of the tournament (again, the games are split into Thursday/Saturday and Friday/Sunday). The term Sweet Sixteen refers to the final sixteen teams in the NCAA Division I Basketball Tournament, who play in the semi-final game of each of the tournaments four regional brackets. ... The playoff term Elite Eight has been popularized to refer to the final eight teams in the NCAA Division I Basketball Tournament, who play in the final game of each of the tournaments four regional brackets. ...


Final Four

The winners of each region advance to the Final Four, where the national semifinals are played on Saturday and the national championship is played on Monday. Before the 2004 tournament, the pairings for the semifinals were based on an annual rotation. For example, in 2000, the winner of the West Regional played the winner of the Midwest regional, and the South winner played the East winner; in 2001, the West winner played the East winner and the South played the Midwest; in 2002, the West played the South and the East played the Midwest. Since 2004 and in response to complaints that too often the two best teams remaining squared off in a semifinal game and not in the final game (such as when the last two remaining 1 seeds, Kansas and Maryland, played in one semifinal while a 2 seed and a 5 seed played in the other semifinal), the pairings are determined by the ranking of the four top seeds against each other. The four number one seeds are ranked before the tournament begins: in 2006, Duke was the overall #1 seed, followed by Connecticut, Villanova and Memphis. Which regional winner is to face which other regional winner is determined based on this ranking. Had all of the #1 seeds reached the Final Four, Duke (from the South) would have played Memphis (from the West) and Connecticut (from the East) would have played Villanova (from the Midwest). As it happened, none of the #1 seeds made the Final Four in 2006, but the South winner (LSU) still played the West winner (UCLA) in a #2/#4 matchup, while the East (George Mason) played the Midwest (Florida) in a #11/#3 matchup.


In the 2008 tournament, for the first time since seeding began in 1979, the Final Four consisted of all four #1 seeds: Kansas defeated North Carolina, and Memphis beat UCLA on Saturday, April 5. The University of Kansas (often referred to as just KU or Kansas) is an institution of higher learning located in Lawrence, Kansas. ... The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is a public, coeducational, research university located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States. ... The University of Memphis is a public American research university located in Memphis, Tennessee, United States, and is the flagship public research university of the Tennessee Board of Regents system. ... The University of California, Los Angeles (generally known as UCLA) is a public research university located in Los Angeles, California, United States. ...


On Monday, April 7, 2008, Kansas won its third National Championship by beating Memphis 75-68 in overtime, in the Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas.


Format history

The NCAA tournament has expanded a number of times in the last 65 seasons. This is a breakdown of the history of the tournament format:

  • 1939-1950: eight teams
  • 1951-1974: varied between sixteen teams and 25 teams.
  • 1975–1978: 32 teams
  • 1979: 40 teams
  • 1980–1982: 48 teams
  • 1983: 52 teams (four play-in games before the tournament)
  • 1984: 53 teams (five play-in games before the tournament)
  • 1985–2000: 64 teams
  • 2001—present: 65 teams (with an "opening round" game to determine whether the 64th or 65th team plays in the first round)

Prior to 1975, only one team per conference could be in the NCAA tournament. However, a few factors led the NCAA to expand the field, notably the 1971 season when USC was #2 in the country with only 2 losses (both to #1 UCLA), and the 1974 ACC basketball Tournament final between Maryland and NC State, both of whom were top 5 teams that year. [4]


March Madness & History of the Term

March Madness is a popular term for season-ending basketball tournaments played in March (Brent Musburger is generally regarded as the individual who first used that phrase in conjunction with the college tournament, using it during CBS Sports' coverage of the tourney back in 1982 - see below), especially those conducted by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and various state high school associations. The phrase was not associated with the college tournament in 1939, when an Illinois official wrote "A little March Madness [may] contribute to sanity." March Madness is also a registered trademark, held jointly by the NCAA and the Illinois High School Association. It was also the title of a book about the Illinois high school tournament written in 1977 by Jim Enright. Brent Woody Musburger (born May 26, 1939 in Billings, Montana) is an American sportscaster for the ABC and ESPN television networks. ... CBS Sports is a division of CBS which airs many of the sports telecasts in the United States. ... NCAA redirects here. ... The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) is one of 521 state high school associations in the United States, designed to regulate competition in interscholastic events at the high school level. ...


H. V. Porter, an official with the Illinois High School Association (and later a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame) was the first person to use March Madness to commemorate a basketball tournament. A gifted writer, Porter published an essay named March Madness in 1939 and in 1942 used the phrase in a poem, Basketball Ides of March. Through the years the use of March Madness picked up steam, especially in Illinois and other parts of the Midwest. During this period the term was used almost exclusively in reference to state high school tournaments. In 1977 the IHSA published a book about its tournament titled March Madness. H. V. Porter H. V. Porter (October 2, 1891-October 27, 1975), born Henry Van Arsdale Porter, was an athletic administrator, inventor, and coach. ... The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) is one of 521 state high school associations in the United States, designed to regulate competition in interscholastic events at the high school level. ... Basketball Hall of Fame Logo The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame honors players who have shown exceptional skill at basketball, all-time great coaches and referees, and other major contributors to the game. ... Official language(s) English[1] Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Largest metro area Chicago Metropolitan Area Area  Ranked 25th  - Total 57,918 sq mi (140,998 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 390 miles (629 km)  - % water 4. ... The Midwest is a common name for a region of the United States of America. ...


Fans began connecting the term to the NCAA tournament in the early 1980s. Evidence suggests that CBS sportscaster Brent Musburger, who had worked for many years in Chicago prior to joining CBS, popularized the term during the annual tournament broadcasts. This article is about the broadcast network. ... Brent Woody Musburger (born May 26, 1939 in Billings, Montana) is an American sportscaster for the ABC and ESPN television networks. ... For other uses, see Chicago (disambiguation). ...


Only in the 1990s did either the IHSA or NCAA think about trademarking the term, and by that time a small television production company named Intersport, Inc., had beaten them both to the punch. IHSA eventually bought the trademark rights from Intersport and then went after big game, suing GTE Vantage, Inc., an NCAA licensee that used the name March Madness for a computer game based on the college tournament. In a historic ruling, Illinois High School Association v. GTE Vantage, Inc. (1996), the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit created the concept of a "dual-use trademark", granting both the IHSA and NCAA the right to trademark the term for their own purposes. “(TM)” redirects here. ... The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit is a federal court with appellate jurisdiction over the courts in the following districts: Central District of Illinois Northern District of Illinois Southern District of Illinois Northern District of Indiana Southern District of Indiana Eastern District of Wisconsin Western District...


Following the ruling, the NCAA and IHSA joined forces and created the March Madness Athletic Association to coordinate the licensing of the trademark and investigate possible trademark infringement. One such case involved a company that had obtained the Internet domain name marchmadness.com and was using it to post information about the NCAA tournament. After protracted litigation, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit held in March Madness Athletic Association v. Netfire, Inc. (2003) that March Madness was not a generic term and ordered Netfire to relinquish the domain name. The term domain name has multiple related meanings: A name that identifies a computer or computers on the Internet. ... The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit is a federal court with appellate jurisdiction over the following United States District Courts: Western, Middle, and Eastern Districts of Louisiana Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi Western, Eastern, Northern, and Southern Districts of Texas The court is based at...


Championship Trophies and other Honors

As a tournament ritual, the winning team cuts down the net at the end of the regional championship game as well as the national championship game. Each player (traditionally with the seniors going first, then juniors, and so on) cuts a single strand off of the net for themselves, commemorating their victory, with the head coach cutting the last strand and claiming the net itself. Furthermore, the regional champs (starting in 2006) receive a bronze plated NCAA Regional Championship trophy (previously given to only the Final Four teams that did not make the championship game), and the National Champions also receive a gold plated NCAA National Championship trophy. The loser of the championship game receives a silver plated National Runner-Up trophy for second place.


After the championship trophy is awarded, one player is selected and then awarded the Most Outstanding Player award (which almost always come from the championship team). It is not intended to be the same as a Most Valuable Player award although it is sometimes informally refered to as such. The Most Outstanding Player Award is annually rewarded to the best player in the Canadian Football League. ...


The National Association of Basketball Coaches also presents a more elaborate marble/crystal trophy to the top-ranked team in its end-of-season coaches' poll, which is invariably the same as the NCAA championship game winner. This award, currently sponsored as the "Siemens Trophy", is not affiliated with the NCAA and is presented either at a later press conference or immediately following the presentation of the standard NCAA trophy. The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri was founded in 1927 by Phog Allen, the University of Kansas basketball coach. ... Siemens has the following uses: Siemens is a German family name carried by generations of the telecommunications industrialists, including Werner von Siemens, Sir William Siemens, Wilhelm von Siemens and Peter von Siemens Siemens AG is a German electrical and telecommunications company, founded as a telegraph equipment manufacturer by Werner von...


Television

Television has been integral to the success of the NCAA men's basketball tournament. Regional television broadcasts began in 1952, and the championship game was televised nationally for the first time in 1954. In 1969, the championship game was broadcast on network television for the first time, on NBC. NBC also televised selected regional games, with first TVS Television Network[5] and later NCAA Productions, the in house production arm of the NCAA, broadcasting first and second round games to the markets where the universities are from. This article is about the television network. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


In 1982, ESPN began showing the opening rounds of the NCAA tournament, which established ESPN's following among college basketball fans and was the network's first contract signed with the NCAA for a major sport. According to many fans of the tournament, ESPN was easily the best broadcaster of the first round, as six first-round games could be seen on both Thursday and Friday on ESPN, and CBS then picked up a seventh game at 11:30 pm ET. This meant 14 of 32 first-round games were televised. ESPN also re-ran games overnight. ESPN did not (and does not) have regional affiliates, so the entire country had to watch the same game; there was also no ESPN2 or other channels. (Areas with local interest in a game could see the game on a local channel, regardless of which game ESPN televised.) The benefit of this was that ESPN always showed the most competitive games, since that was the best way to gain national appeal. Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... ESPN, formerly an acronym for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, is an American cable television network dedicated to broadcasting and producing sports-related programming 24 hours a day. ...


In 1982, CBS obtained broadcast television rights to the tournament. In 1991, CBS assumed responsibility for covering all games of the NCAA tournament, with the exception of the single Tuesday night "play-in" game. (The play-in game (between teams ranked 64 & 65) is televised by ESPN, except for the first one, which was aired on TNN, and used CBS graphics and announcers.) Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Currently, CBS broadcasts the remaining 63 games of the NCAA tournament proper. Most areas see only eight of 32 first round games, seven second round games, and four regional semifinal games (out of the possible 56 games during these rounds). Coverage preempts regular programming on the network, except during a 2 hour window from about 5 ET until 7 ET when the local affiliates can show programming. The CBS format results in far fewer hours of first-round coverage than under the old ESPN format, but allows the games to reach a much larger audience than ESPN is able to reach. This article is about the broadcast network. ...


CBS provides three sets of feeds from each venue, known as "constant" "swing" and "flex". Constant feeds remain primarily on a given game, and are used primarily by stations with local interest in a game. Despite its name, a constant feed may occasionally veer away to other games for brief updates, but coverage generally remains with the initial game. Swing feeds tend to stay on games of natural interest, such as teams from local conferences, but will go to other games that are close. On a flex feed, coverage bounces around from one venue to another, depending on action at the various games in progress. If one game is a blowout, coverage can switch to a more competitive game. Flex games have no natural interest for the stations carrying them, allowing the flex game to be the best game in progress. Station feeds are planned in advance and stations have the option of requesting either constant or flex feed for various games.


In 1999, DirecTV began broadcasting all games otherwise not shown on local television with its Mega March Madness premium package, at $49. The DirecTV system used the subscriber's zip code to black out games which could be seen on broadcast television. Prior to that, all games were available on C-Band satellite and were picked up by sports bars. In 2003, CBS struck a deal with Yahoo! to offer live streaming of the first three rounds of games under its Yahoo! Platinum service, for $16.95 a month. [6] In 2004, CBS sold access to March Madness On Demand for $9.95, which provided games not otherwise shown on broadcast television. The service was free for AOL subscribers. [7] In 2005, the service charged $19.95 but offered enhanced coverage of pregame and postgame interviews and press conferences. [8] In 2006, March Madness On Demand was made free, but dropped the coverage of interviews and press conferences. The service was profitable and set a record for simultaneous online streams at 268,000. [9] In 2007 as well as 2008, March Madness On Demand was again free to online users. A standard DirecTV satellite dish with 1 LNB on a roof DirecTV (trademarked as DIRECTV) is a direct broadcast satellite (DBS) service based in El Segundo, California, USA, that was founded in 1994. ... Mr. ... C band (compromise band) is a portion of electromagnetic spectrum in the microwave range of frequencies ranging from 4 to 6 GHz. ... Yahoo redirects here. ... For other uses, see AOL (disambiguation). ...


In addition, CBS College Sports Network (formerly CSTV) broadcasts two "late early" games that would not otherwise be broadcast nationally. These are the second games in the daytime session in the Pacific Time Zone, to avoid starting games before 10 AM. These games are also available via March Madness on Demand and on CBS affiliates in the market areas of the team playing. In other markets, newscasts, local programming or preempted CBS morning programming (such as The Price is Right) are aired. CBS-CS also broadcasts the official pregame and postgame shows and press conferences from the teams involved. [10] PST is UTC-8, highlighted in red. ... The Price Is Rights US 36th season logo. ...


The Final Four has been broadcast in HDTV since 1999. From 2000 to 2004, only one first/second round site and one regional site were designated as HDTV sites. In 2005, all regional games were broadcast in HDTV, and four first and second round sites were designated for HDTV coverage. Local stations broadcasting in both digital and analog had the option of airing separate games on their HD and SD channels, to take advantage of the available high definition coverage. Beginning in 2007, all games in the tournament (including all first and second round games) were available in high definition, and local stations were required to air the same game on both their analog and digital channels. However, due to satellite limitations, first round "constant" feeds were only available in standard definition.[11]Some digital television stations choose not to participate in HDTV broadcasts of the first and second rounds and the regional semifinals, and split their signal into digital subchannels to show all games going on simultaneously. Most notably, WRAL-TV in Raleigh, North Carolina has split its digital signal four ways since 2000 to show all of the games. [12] In 2007, CBS broadcast all games from each regional site in HDTV, however, due to limitations in the CBS broadcast center, only the "Flex" feeds were in HD, constant feeds were in SD. Upgrades have occurred at the CBS broadcast center and all feeds, flex and constant, will be in HD for the 2008 tournament. High-definition television (HDTV) means broadcast of television signals with a higher resolution than traditional formats (NTSC, SECAM, PAL) allow. ... Digital television (DTV) refers to the sending and receiving of moving images and sound by means of discrete (digital) signals, in contrast to the analog signals used by analog TV. Introduced in the late 1990s, this technology appealed to the television broadcasting business and consumer electronics industries as offering new... Analog television (or analogue television) encodes television and transports the picture and sound information as an analog signal, that is, by varying the amplitude and/or frequencies of the broadcast signal. ... Standard-definition television or SDTV refers to television systems that have a lower resolution than HDTV systems. ... Digital television in the United States supports multiple digital subchannels if you divide the 19. ... WRAL-TV is a broadcast television station based in Raleigh, North Carolina. ... For other uses of this name, see Raleigh. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ...


The entire country sees the regional finals, the national semifinals, and the national championship. At the end of CBS' coverage, a highlight reel featuring memorable moments from the tournament is shown, set to the song One Shining Moment. One Shining Moment is an inspirational song written by David Barrett, about the Mens College Basketball Championship (at the end of the NCAA Division I Mens Basketball Tournament). ...


Outside of the United States, NASN simulcasts the NCAA tournament, including the one shown on CBS College Sports, taking the suggested national feed. NASN, (North American Sports Network), is a television channel available in Ireland and the UK, and now across Europe. ...

See also: List of NCAA Final Four Broadcasters

From 1969 to 1972, both the Consolation (3rd place) Game and the Championship Game were televised on Saturday afternoon as a doubleheader. ...

Revenues

The Division I Men's Basketball tournament is the only NCAA championship tournament (officially, the BCS Football Championship is not an NCAA event) where the NCAA does not keep the profits. Instead, the money from the multi-billion-dollar television contract is divided among the Division I basketball playing schools and conferences as follows:[13]

  • 1/6 of the money goes directly to the schools based on how many sports they play (one "share" for each sport starting with 14, which is the minimum needed for Division I membership).
  • 1/3 of the money goes directly to the schools based on how many scholarships they give out (one share for each of the first 50, two for each of the next 50, ten for each of the next 50, and 20 for each scholarship above 150).
  • 1/2 of the money goes to the conferences based on how well they did in the six previous men's basketball tournaments (counting each year separately, one share for each team getting in, and one share for each win except in the Play-in game and the Final Four). In 2007, based on the 2001 through 2006 tournaments, the Big East received over $14.85 million, while the eight conferences that did not win a first-round game in those six years received slightly more than $1 million each.[14]

The Play-In Game (officially known as the Opening Round) of the NCAA Mens Division I Basketball Championship is the first game of the tournament, played between the two last-seeded (i. ...

Final Four

The term Final Four refers to the last four teams remaining in the playoff tournament. These are the champions of the tournament's four regional brackets, and the only teams remaining on the tournament's final weekend. (The term has been applied retroactively to include the last four teams in tournaments from earlier years, when only two brackets existed.)


Some claim that the phrase Final Four was first used to describe the final games of Indiana's annual high school basketball tournament. But the NCAA, which has a trademark on the term, says Final Four was originated by a Cleveland Plain Dealer sportswriter, Ed Chay, in a 1975 article that appeared in the Official Collegiate Basketball Guide. The article stated that Marquette University “was one of the final four” in the 1974 tournament. The NCAA started capitalizing the term in 1978, and turning it into a trademark several years later. The Plain Dealer is the major daily newspaper of Cleveland, Ohio. ... The Marquette Golden Eagles (formerly known as the Marquette Warriors) is the name of the various sports teams of Marquette University. ... Year 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the 1974 Gregorian calendar. ...


In the men's tournament, all sites are nominally neutral: teams are prohibited from playing tournament games on their home courts (though in some cases, a team may be fortunate enough to play in or near its home state or city). Under current NCAA rules, any court on which a team hosts more than three regular-season games is considered a "home court" (conference tournament games are not counted for this purpose). In the 2006 tournament, Villanova was able to play its first two games at the Wachovia Center in nearby Philadelphia, a venue where it had played three regular-season home games. A fourth home game at that facility would have disqualified them from playing there. However, some semi-"home" courts (such as George Mason playing its regional at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., not far from its campus in Fairfax, Virginia, in 2006) are mere quirks of scheduling and have been part of the tournament for years. NCAA Tournament Champions 1985 NCAA Tournament Final Four 1939, 1971, 1985 Conference Tournament Champions 1978, 1980, 1995 Conference Regular Season Champions 1978, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1997, 2006 Villanova University has fielded a basketball team since the 1920-21 season. ... The Wachovia Center, formerly known as the CoreStates Center and the First Union Center, is an indoor arena located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in the United States. ... Nickname: City of Brotherly Love, Philly, the Quaker City Motto: Philadelphia maneto (Let brotherly love continue) Location in Pennsylvania Coordinates: Country United States State Pennsylvania County Philadelphia Founded October 27, 1682 Incorporated October 25, 1701 Mayor John F. Street (D) Area    - City 369. ... Current George Mason athletic logo The George Mason Patriots are the athletic teams of George Mason University. ... The Verizon Center is a sports and entertainment arena in Washington, D.C., USA, named after telecommunications sponsor Verizon Communications. ... ... Location in the Commonwealth of Virginia Coordinates: Country United States State Virginia County Independent City Founded 1805 Government  - Mayor Robert Lederer Area  - City  6. ...


On the third weekend, traditionally a Saturday and Monday for the men's tournament and a Sunday and Tuesday for the women's tournament, the final four teams meet in semifinals on the first day and the championship on the second. For several years in the men's tournament, the teams eliminated in the semifinals met in a consolation game prior to the championship; this was discontinued in 1981. The third place playoff (sometimes called the bronze medal game or consolation game) is a single bout that is included in many sporting knockout tournaments to decide which competitor or team will be credited with finishing third and fourth. ...


Other Final Fours

In recent years, the term Final Four has come into use for the last four teams in other elimination tournaments. Tournaments which use Final Four include the Euroleague in basketball, national basketball competitions in several European countries and the now-defunct European Hockey League. Together with the name Final Four, these tournaments have adopted an NCAA-style format in which the four surviving teams compete in a single-elimination tournament held in one place, typically, during one weekend. The Euroleague (EL) is the highest caliber professional basketball league in Europe, with teams from thirteen different European countries. ...


The derivative term "Frozen Four" is used by the NCAA to refer to the final rounds of the Division I men's and women's ice hockey tournaments. Until 1999, it was just a popular nickname for the last two rounds of the hockey tournament; officially, it was also called the Final Four. The Frozen Four is the trademarked name of the final two rounds of the NCAA Division I championship of ice hockey in the USA. Schools advance in a single-elimination tournament from four regional sites to a single site, where the national semifinals and final game are played. ... Division I is the highest level of intercollegiate athletics sanctioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association in the United States. ... Ice hockey, known simply as hockey in areas where it is more common than field hockey, is a team sport played on ice. ...


The UNLV Runnin' Rebels are the last team to head into the Final Four undefeated, doing so in 1991 but losing to Duke 79-77 in the process. The UNLV Runnin Rebels are a NCAA Division I mens basketball team who play at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. ...


Tournament trends

See also: NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship records

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Top-ranked teams

6 teams, since the beginning of the seeding process, have entered the tournament ranked #1 in at least 1 poll and gone on to win the tournament:

  • 1982: North Carolina
  • 1992: Duke
  • 1995: UCLA
  • 2000: Michigan State
  • 2001: Duke
  • 2007: Florida

Prior to the seeding system, teams like North Carolina (1957), UCLA (1967, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1973), and Indiana (1976) were ranked #1 and won the championship.


#1 seeds

Since the NCAA started seeding teams (1979), the championship game has matched two #1 seeds only six times: The 1979 NCAA Mens Division I Basketball Tournament involved 40 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of mens NCAA Division I college basketball. ...

  • 1982 North Carolina defeated Georgetown
  • 1993 North Carolina defeated Michigan
  • 1999 Connecticut defeated Duke
  • 2005 North Carolina defeated Illinois
  • 2007 Florida defeated Ohio State
  • 2008 Kansas defeated Memphis

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For the first time since the NCAA tournament began seeding teams, the 2008 tournament features all four #1 seeds (North Carolina, Kansas, Memphis, UCLA) making it to the Final Four (National Semifinals).


Low seeds

A #1 seed has never lost in the first round to a #16 seed.


Lowest seeds to reach each round since expansion to 64 teams in 1985:

While lower seeds have made the Final Four in the 64-team era (as shown above), the University of Pennsylvania's 1979 appearance is notable as they made it as a #9 seed—out of 10 teams in their region. In fact, they defeated the #10 seed, St. John's University in the regional final, following three upsets by each team. The 1991 NCAA Mens Division I Basketball Tournament involved 64 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of mens NCAA Division I college basketball. ... The Santa Clara Mission is a notable on-campus landmark. ... The 1993 NCAA Mens Division I Basketball Tournament involved 64 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of mens NCAA Division I college basketball. ... Coppin State University, located on 46 acres (186,000 m²) in Baltimore, Maryland, is part of the University System of Maryland. ... The 1997 NCAA Mens Division I Basketball Tournament involved 64 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of mens NCAA Division I college basketball. ... Hampton University (formerly Hampton Institute) is an American University located in Hampton, Virginia. ... The 2001 NCAA Mens Division I Basketball Tournament involved 65 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of mens NCAA Division I college basketball. ... The 1986 NCAA Mens Division I Basketball Tournament involved 64 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of mens NCAA Division I college basketball. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The 1997 NCAA Mens Division I Basketball Tournament involved 64 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of mens NCAA Division I college basketball. ... The 1991 NCAA Mens Division I Basketball Tournament involved 64 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of mens NCAA Division I college basketball. ... The 2002 NCAA Mens Division I Basketball Tournament involved 65 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of mens NCAA Division I college basketball. ... The 2008 NCAA Mens Division I Basketball Tournament involves 65 schools playing in a single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of mens NCAA Division I college basketball. ... City Baton Rouge, Louisiana Team Colors Purple and gold Head Coach John Brady Home Stadium Pete Maravich Assembly Center League/Conference affiliations NCAA Division I Southeastern Conference Western Division Team History All-Time Record 1329-995 National Championships (1) 1935^ Final Four Appearances (4) 1953, 1981, 1986, 2006 Conference Championships... The 1986 NCAA Mens Division I Basketball Tournament involved 64 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of mens NCAA Division I college basketball. ... The 2006 NCAA Mens Division I Basketball Tournament involved 65 schools playing in a single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of mens NCAA Division I college basketball. ... The UCLA Bruins mens basketball program, established in 1920, owns a record 11 NCAA championships. ... The 1980 NCAA Mens Division I Basketball Tournament involved 48 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of mens NCAA Division I college basketball. ... NCAA Tournament Champions 1985 NCAA Tournament Final Four 1939, 1971, 1985 Conference Tournament Champions 1978, 1980, 1995 Conference Regular Season Champions 1978, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1997, 2006 Villanova University has fielded a basketball team since the 1920-21 season. ... The 1985 NCAA Mens Division I Basketball Tournament involved 64 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of mens NCAA Division I college basketball. ... NCAA Tournament Final Four 1979 Conference Regular Season Champions 1953, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007 // Name of School: University of Pennsylvania (Penn) Location (Zip): Philadelphia, Pa. ... The 1979 NCAA Mens Division I Basketball Tournament involved 40 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of mens NCAA Division I college basketball. ... St. ...


First-round games

No #16 seed has ever defeated a #1 seed since the field was expanded to 64 teams, though some have come close. Eleven #16 seeds have come within 10 points of a #1 seed, with five of them coming within 5 points. Two have come within one point. Only one #16/#1 game has gone into overtime (Murray State vs. Michigan State in 1990). The five #16 seeds that have come within 5 points of a #1 seed are:

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  1. The #1 seed has beaten the #16 seed all 96 times (100%).
  2. The #2 seed has beaten the #15 seed 92 times (96%).
  3. The #3 seed has beaten the #14 seed 81 times (84%).
  4. The #4 seed has beaten the #13 seed 79 times (82%).
  5. The #5 seed has beaten the #12 seed 65 times (67%).
  6. The #6 seed has beaten the #11 seed 66 times (69%).
  7. The #7 seed has beaten the #10 seed 60 times (62%).
  8. The #8 seed has beaten the #9 seed 44 times (46%).

Teams entering the tournament undefeated

  • The UCLA Bruins have entered the tournament undefeated and gone on to win the title 4 times: 1964, 1967, 1972 and 1973. They were led during all these years by legendary coach John Wooden and featured future NBA stars like Lew Alcindor (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar), Gail Goodrich, and Bill Walton. The 1972 and 1973 seasons were part of their record 88-game winning streak.
  • UCLA was not the only team to enter a tournament unbeaten during that era. In 1968, Houston, who had beaten UCLA in the first nationally-televised regular-season game ever during that season, entered the tournament at 28-0. They made the Final Four, but lost twice—first to UCLA in a regular-season rematch in the semifinals, and then to Ohio State in the national third-place game—to finish 31-2.
  • The University of Pennsylvania Quakers entered the 1971 tournament with a record of 26-0. They eventually fell to Villanova, a team the Quakers had defeated earlier in the regular season, 90-47 in the East Regional Final. However, Villanova was disqualified after the tournament for having an ineligible player. Their first place finish in the east regional was relinquished to Penn.
  • The same year, the Marquette University Warriors coached by the colorful Al McGuire and led by Dean Meminger entered the tournament with a record of 26-0. They were beaten by Ohio State, 60-59 and finished with a record of 28-1.
  • The Indiana Hoosiers entered undefeated and lost to Kentucky in the regional final in the 1975 tournament.
  • The 1976 Indiana Hoosiers are the most recent team to go undefeated in both the regular season and the tournament, winning the 1976 title. The 1976 Final Four was also the last to feature two unbeaten teams: eventual champion Indiana and Rutgers. Rutgers went 31-0 before losing in both the semifinals (to Michigan) and the third-place game (to UCLA).
  • In 1991, UNLV entered the tournament at 34-0 but lost in the national semifinal to Duke.

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Teams entering the tournament with 1 loss

  • In 1955, San Francisco entered the tournament at 24-1 and on a 22-game winning streak. Bill Russell and K.C. Jones led the Dons to a 28-1 finish and the first of their consecutive national titles.
  • In 1958, San Francisco again entered the tournament at 24-1, but without the graduated Russell and Jones. This time, they lost to Seattle in the West Regional semifinal, finishing the season at 25-2 after defeating Idaho State in the regional third-place game.
  • In 1962, the year after Ohio State suffered its only loss of the season in the national championship game to Cincinnati, the Buckeyes entered the tournament at 23-1. They advanced to the national championship game for the third straight year, but lost again to Cincinnati.
  • Both Texas Western (now known as UTEP) and Kentucky entered the 1966 tournament with one loss—Texas Western at 23-1 and Kentucky at 24-1. The teams met in the national championship game, with Texas Western winning 72-65 and finishing 28-1.
  • During UCLA's run of national championships under John Wooden, the Bruins entered the tournament with one loss in 1968, 1969, and 1971, winning the national title with a 29-1 record each time.
  • St. Bonaventure, with NBA hall of famer Bob Lanier, entered with one loss in 1968, losing in the regional semifinals to North Carolina. Lanier would lead Saint Bonaventure to a Final Four appearance in 1970, but would be unable to compete in the game, having suffered a broken foot in the Regional Championship victory over Villanova.
  • North Carolina State entered the 1974 tournament 26-1, losing only to UCLA during the regular season. NC State defeated UCLA in the national semifinals, en route to a NCAA Championship over Marquette, finishing 30-1.
  • San Francisco returned to national prominence in 1977, entering the tournament at 29-1. However, they lost in the first round of the West Regional to UNLV, who went on to make the Final Four for the first time.
  • Temple entered the 1988 tournament at 29-1. They lost 63-53 in the East Regional Final to Duke, who eventually lost to Kansas in the National Semifinals.
  • La Salle entered the 1990 tournament sporting a 29-1 record. La Salle defeated Southern Mississippi in the first round before blowing a 19-point lead and falling to Clemson by a score of 79-75 in the second round.
  • Duke (in 1999) and Illinois (in 2005) entered their national championship games with 37-1 records, only to lose in the final game.
  • Massachusetts (35-1) in 1996 (later vacated) lost in the national semifinal to eventual champion Kentucky.
  • Illinois entered the 2005 tournament at 32-1. They made it to the National Championship game, but lost to North Carolina.
  • Memphis entered the 2008 tournament at 33-1, having lost only to their intrastate rival Tennessee. They made it to the National Championship game, but lost to Kansas.

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Courts and Venues

  • Since 1986, the winning team is traditionally given the floor from the championship venue to keep. What the school does with it varies: some schools sell pieces of it to fans, others simply put it in storage, and still others use it in their venues, such as Michigan State did in 2002 and Florida did in 2006, re-painting the hardwood and placing it in their home arena. The only exception to this was in 1978: for that year's Final Four, the NCAA had to truck in Indiana's court from Assembly Hall to the Checkerdome in St. Louis, as the basketball floor at that hockey arena had been warped as a result of water damage.[citation needed] Notably, Duke coach Mike Kryzewski donated the 2001 floor to a Durham, North Carolina non-profit community center.[citation needed]
  • The NCAA has banned the Bi-Lo Center and Colonial Center in South Carolina from hosting tournament games, despite their sizes (16,000 and 18,000 seats, respectively) because of an NAACP protest at the Bi-Lo Center during the 2002 first and second round tournament games over that state's refusal to take down the Confederate Battle Flag from their state capitol. Following requests by the NAACP and Black Coaches Association, the Bi-Lo Center, and the newly built Colonial Center, which was built for purposes of hosting the tournament, were banned from hosting any future tournament events.[citation needed]
  • The first instance of a domed stadium being used for a NCAA Tournament Final Four was the Houston Astrodome in 1971. Since 1997, the NCAA has held their Final Four sessions in domed stadiums with a minimum capacity of 40,000, usually having only a half of the dome in use. As of 2009, the minimum was raised to 70,000, by adding additional seating on the floor of the dome, and raising the court on a platform three feet above the dome's floor, which is usually crowned for football, like the setup at Minnesota's Williams Arena. Additionally, since the NCAA's headquarters are in Indianapolis, Indiana, the Final Four is held in that city every five years, first at the RCA Dome, and (as of 2011) at Lucas Oil Stadium.

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Region names

  • Prior to 2004, each region of the tournament bracket was identified geographically, e.g. West, Midwest, South (or Southeast), East. With the 2004 tournament, the regionals were identified by the city in which the regional finals were held, e.g. Phoenix, St. Louis, Atlanta, East Rutherford in 2004; Albuquerque, Chicago, Austin, Syracuse in 2005, etc. The official reason for this was that the regional identifications had begun to confuse fans now that first and second round sites were no longer tied to a particular region; for example, even though in 2002 the Indiana Hoosiers played in the South regional finals held in Lexington, KY, it began the tournament playing in Sacramento, until then a city considered part of the West region. Another possible reason for the shift in identification is that not infrequently the regional final sites did not fit easily into geographical boundaries. For example, in the 1979 tournament, the Mideast regional site was Indianapolis, while the Midwest site was Cincinnati, which is 90 miles to the southeast of Indianapolis. In 1987, the Midwest regionals site was again Cincinnati, and the Southeast site was in Louisville, 90 miles to the southwest. In 1994, the Southeast regional finals site, Knoxville, TN, was actually the northernmost of the four sites (West: Los Angeles; Midwest: Dallas; East: Miami). The geographic confusion was not limited to regional finals sites; in 1990, Atlanta hosted first- and second-round games in the East regional, while Richmond, VA, 530 miles to the northeast of Atlanta, hosted first- and second-round games in the Southeast regional. However, regional sites reverted to being identified geographically in 2007.[15]

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Championship margins

  • Smallest margin of victory in a championship game: 1 point

Indiana 69 Kansas 68 1953


North Carolina 54 Kansas 53 [3OT] 1957


California 71 West Virginia 70 1959


North Carolina 63 Georgetown 62 1982


Indiana 74 Syracuse 73 1987


Michigan 80 Seton Hall 79 [OT] 1989

  • Biggest margin of victory in a championship game: 30 points

UNLV defeated Duke 103-73 in 1990.

  • Margin of 10 points: Michigan State and Duke are the only teams to win every game in the tournament by 10 points or more on their way to a championship. Michigan State accomplished this twice (1979, 2000) and Duke once (2001)

Next-year collapses

In 2008, both of the 2007 finalists, Florida and Ohio State, failed to make the tournament. This is the first time since 1980 that neither of the previous year's finalists made the NCAA Tournament. The 1979 finalists were Indiana State (led by Larry Bird) and Michigan State (led by Magic Johnson). The 1980 NCAA Mens Division I Basketball Tournament involved 48 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of mens NCAA Division I college basketball. ... The 1979 NCAA Mens Division I Basketball Tournament involved 40 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of mens NCAA Division I college basketball. ...


Winners

  • Table is sortable
School Titles Years
Arizona 1 1997
Arkansas 1 1994
California 1 1959
Cincinnati 2 1961, 1962
CCNY 1 1950
Connecticut 2 1999, 2004
Duke 3 1991, 1992, 2001, 2005, 2007
Florida 2 2006, 2007
Georgetown 1 1984
Holy Cross 1 1947
Indiana 5 1940, 1953, 1976, 1981, 1987
Kansas 3 1952, 1988, 2008
Kentucky 7 1948, 1949, 1951, 1958, 1978, 1996, 1998
La Salle 1 1954
Louisville 2 1980, 1986
Loyola (Chicago) 1 1963
Marquette 1 1977
Maryland 1 2002
Michigan 1 1989
Michigan State 2 1979, 2000
North Carolina 4 1957, 1982, 1993, 2005
North Carolina State 2 1974, 1983
Ohio State 1 1960
Oklahoma State 2 1945, 1946
Oregon 1 1939
San Francisco 2 1955, 1956
Stanford 1 1942
Syracuse 1 2003
UCLA 11 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1995
UNLV 1 1990
UTEP (Texas Western) 1 1966
Utah 1 1944
Villanova 1 1985
Wisconsin 1 1941
Wyoming 1 1943

See also

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References

  1. ^ a b While 65 teams are invited to the tournament, some consider the tournament to include only 64 teams, as the 64th and 65th seeded teams compete in a "play-in" game to decide which team will qualify as a #16 seed.
  2. ^ May The Madness Begin by Mark Starr Newsweek.com; March 14, 2002; accessed January 25, 2008
  3. ^ Ask Dr. Math, The Math Forum @ Drexel; March 14, 2001; accessed March 17, 2008
  4. ^ http://umterps.cstv.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/022199aab.html
  5. ^ Einhorn, Eddie; Ron Rapaport (2006). How March Became Madness: How the NCAA Tournament Became the Greatest Sporting Event in America. Chicago, Illinois: Triumph Books. ISBN 1-57243-809-6. 
  6. ^ Yahoo unveils Platinum paid service. CNET News.com. Retrieved on 2007-03-17.
  7. ^ http://www.paidcontent.org/pc/arch/2004_03_16.shtml#005874
  8. ^ NCAA® MARCH MADNESS® ON DEMAND SPEARHEADS CSTV.COM'S ONLINE COVERAGE :: CSTV.com Features Exclusive Blogs From Coaches Norm Roberts, Steve Fisher And Pat Kennedy, Streaming Video of Classic NCAA Tournament Moments, Exclusive Columns From Matt Doherty, Brian Curtis, Debbie Antonelli, Jerry Palm
  9. ^ Streamingmedia.com: CBS’s NCAA March Madness On Demand Sets Internet Record For Simultaneous Live Viewing Of An Entertainment Or Sports Event
  10. ^ CSTV.com: #1 in College Sports - Men's Basketball
  11. ^ Why we didn’t get Stanford in HDTV (but the rest of the country did) - Morning Buzz
  12. ^ WRAL Digital Airs Entire NCAA Basketball Tournament
  13. ^ "NCAA 2006-07 Revenue Distribution Plan", NCAA, 2007. 
  14. ^ "Distribution of Basketball-Related Funds According to Number of Units by Conference, 2001-2006", NCAA, 2007. 
  15. ^ Championship Information - NCAA.com

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