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NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament

The NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament, also branded and known as NCAA March Madness, is a single-elimination tournament played each spring in the United States, now comprising 64 college basketball teams in the Division I level of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), to ascertain the national championship. The championship Was Made in 1939 from the National Association of Basketball Coaches, also was Ohio State coach Harold Olsen’s idea. [1] Played largely during March, it’s become one of the most famous annual sporting events in the USA. [citation ] The championship teams include winners out of 32 Division I conferences (which receive automatic bids), and 36 teams which are awarded at-large berths. All these”at-large” teams have been chosen by an NCAA selection committee, then declared in a nationally televised event on the Sunday preceding the”First Four” play-in games, now held in Dayton, Ohio, and dubbed Selection Sunday. Even the 68 teams are broken up into four areas and coordinated into a single-elimination”bracket”, which pre-determines, when a team wins a match, which team it will face next. Each group is”seeded”, or rated, within its area from 1 to 16. After the First Four, the championship happens in pre-selected neutral sites across the USA, throughout the course of three weekends. Teams, seeded by position, undergo a single-game removal bracket starting with a”first four” comprising 8 low-seeded teams playing in 4 games to get a position in the initial round the Tuesday and Wednesday before the first round starts, a primary round consisting of 64 teams playing in 32 games within the course of a week, the”Sweet Sixteen” and”Elite Eight” rounds the next week and weekend, respectively– and — for the last weekend of the championship — the”Final Four” round. The Final Four is usually played during the weekend of April. These four groups, one from every area (East, South, Midwest, and West), compete at a preselected location for the national championship. The championship has been televised since 1969. [2] Currently, the games are aired by CBS, TBS, TNT, and truTV beneath the trade-name NCAA March Madness. Since 2011, all games are available for seeing and internationally. As television coverage has grown, so too has the tournament’s popularity. At present, millions of Americans fill out a bracket,[3] trying to correctly predict the outcome of 63 games of the championship (not including the First Four matches ). With 11 titles, UCLA gets the listing for the most NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championships; John Wooden. The University of Kentucky (UK) is next, with eight national titles. The University of North Carolina is third and Duke University and Indiana University are tied for fourth with five titles. The University of Connecticut is sixth with four national titles. The University of Kansas (KU) & Villanova are tied for 7th with three national titles. Since 1985, once the tournament expanded to 64 teams, Duke has won five championships; North Carolina and UConn have each won four; Kentucky & Villanova have three; Kansas & Florida have 2; and Arizona, Arkansas, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Louisville[a], Syracuse, UCLA, UNLV, and Virginia have one. Read more: