The Madness Begins

Ricky Clements, Staff Writer

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Back in 1939, the first ever NCAA March Madness tournament was played. The tournament was played between eight teams. The current number of teams in the tournament is 68. The tournament teams include 32 champions from division 1, and 36 teams that are awarded at-large berths. The 68 teams are then divided into four regions and are organized into a single elimination bracket, which pre-determines when a team wins a game, and who they will face next. The tournament consists of several rounds called: The First Four, The First Round (the Round of 64), The Second Round (the Round of 32), The Sweet Sixteen (the Round of 16), The Elite Eight (the Round of Eight), The Final Four (the Round of Four), and then the final two teams in The National Championship.
Every year millions of Americans fill out brackets in an attempt to predict the correct outcome of each of the 67 games, such as the online competitions where people go head to head and try to have the closest bracket to the actual outcome.
UCLA has the record for most NCAA championship wins with 11 overall wins. The University of Kentucky comes in at second with eight, and the University of North Carolina, Duke University, and Indiana University are tied for third with five wins. The tournament isn’t only just to play and see which team is the top team in the NCAA, but it is also a key point in a player’s basketball career. The National Basketball Association (NBA) draft takes place three months after the tournament. Scouts and NBA executives are keeping an eye out for the next big star to watch in the draft.

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