NCAA Basketball Tournament
How's your bracket holding up?
Busted after the first day.
That's why they call it March Madness!
|Final Four||Last four competitors|
|Sweet Sixteen||Last 16 teams in a tournament|
|Elite Eight||Last eight teams of March Madness|
|Bracket||Diagram of tournament games|
|Bracket buster||A team that upsets a highly ranked team|
|Cinderella||Underdog sports team|
|NBA||National Basketball Association|
|RPI||Ratings Percentage Index|
|CFP||College Football Playoff|
March Madness is the NCAA Division I Basketball Tournament that begins in March and lasts three weeks. The tournament's first year was in 1939 with just eight teams, but it has since expanded to 68 teams for the men and 64 for the women.
Origin of March Madness
The name "March Madness" originated in 1939 when Illinois high school official Henry V. Porter used the term in an essay for the Illinois Interscholastic describing the Illinois high school boys basketball tournament. However, it wasn't popularized in relation to the NCAA tournament until 1982, when CBS broadcaster Brent Musburger uttered it during tournament TV coverage.
Growth of March Madness
Since 1982, the name has become synonymous with the tournament as it has grown into one of the premier American sporting events. Even if you are not a sports fan, you will see the name everywhere during March, including on TV, on social media, in advertisements, and in bracket pool office competitions.