FUN FACT #1:
The NCAA Tournament in March is the greatest time of the year, (My blue opinion) This year in college basketball was a crazy and chaotic, “I can’t believe that happened”, kind of year. The NCAA Tournament started out even crazier, with a #16 seed beating a #1 seed. That’s “MADNESS”, which brings me to the first fun fact: The phrase “March Madness” was first coined by Brent Musburger in 1982 while commentating the NCAA tournament. It was later said that a high school in Illinois had first used the phrase, dating back to 1939. It was taken to court and both parties were awarded their own rights to the trademark. Who knew?
FUN FACT #2:
Between 1943 and 1945 the winners of the NIT and the NCAA played each other in order to secure a true National Champion. Did anyone know this? I didnt until I did a random Google search. (Lol)
FUN FACT #3
In 1950, City College of New York won both the NIT and the NCAA. The only school to ever do this.
FUN FACT #4
The NCAA Tournament started in 1939 with only 8 teams playing. Oregon was the first team to win the NCAA Tournament.
FUN FACT 5:
In 1979, the NCAA started seeding teams. Since then, a #1 seed has made the Final Four every year, except for 3 years: 1980, 2006, and 2011.
So, there are 5 fun facts about the NCAA Tournament. Did anyone know any of these facts? I didn’t.
LET’S LOOK AT SOME TOURNAMENT SINGLE GAME RECORDS:
Total steals in a single game 32: Kansas vs UCLA , Kansas had 17 steals and UCLA had 15. Doubt this one will ever be broken.
Total free throws attempted in a single game: 105. Morehead St. vs. Iowa. Morehead St. shot 53 and Iowa shot 52, I’m thinking this was a very long game. (Lol)
Austin Carr of Notre Dame has the most points scored in a single game at 61.
Christian Laettner of Duke played in more tournament games than anyone, 23.
Jeff Fryer of Loyola-Marymount has the 3 point record in a game with 11. He also has the record for most 3 point attempts at 22.
Fred Cohen of Temple has the most rebounds at 34. I really don’t see anyone ever breaking this record.
Shaquille O’Neal has the record for most blocks in a single game with 11.
Ty Lawson of North Carolina and Russ Smith of Louisville share a record, 8 steals in a single game.
MOST FINAL FOUR APPEARANCES:
North Carolina= 20 Kentucky= 17 UCLA= 17 Duke= 16 Kansas= 15 Louisville= 10
MOST CHAMPIONSHIP APPEARANCES:
Kentucky= 12 UCLA= 12 North Carolina= 11 Duke= 11 Kansas= 9
These are just a few fun facts, records, and stats. Who knew? So here is a question, without a google search:
What is the only state that doesn’t have a D1 mens basketball team???
history.com; csmonitor.com; sports-reference.com; Wikipedia