75 Years of Madness

UCLA NCAA Chaampionship

Head coach John Wooden of the UCLA Bruins with his team after defeating the Dayton Flyers for the 1967 National Championship. Malcom W. Emmons/Sporting News/Icon SMI 800/Malcom W. Emmons/Sporting News/I/Newscom. License this image from Newscom.com: iconphotos283223

In 1938 Ohio State coach Harold Olsen had a simple idea to crown a basketball national champion. The first championship tournament took place in 1939 and was made up of eight teams divided into two regions. The East and West winners Ohio State and Oregon met in Evanston, Illinois for the championship with Oregon winning 46-33. Seventy-five years later the tournament is still going strong and has created some of the most memorable moments in the entire sports world.

March madness has given countless stars a place to shine their brightest but no one has mastered it quite like Coach John Wooden and his players at UCLA who won 10 titles in 12 years. Including a 88-2 record from 1965-69 with Kareem Abdul Jabbar.

Jabbar Dunk

Kareem Abdul Jabbar of the UCLA Bruins. TSN/Icon SMI 800/TSN/Icon SMI/Newscom. License this image from Newscom.com: iconphotos177059

Right behind UCLA is a number of teams that have had lots of success in March including Kentucky, Indiana, North Carolina and Duke. However it is the Cinderella teams who come from nowhere to win like the 1966 Texas Western Miners of NC State in 1983. Even when they don’t win – the 2011 VCU team who made the Final Four from a first-round play-in spot – the Cinderella stories are still talked about for years.

Cinderella VCU

VCU’s Ed Nixon celebrates at the end of second-half action. Virginia Commonwealth University defeated the University of Kansas, 71-61, in the Southwest Regional Final of the men’s NCAA Division I Basketball Championships at the Alamodome on Sunday, March 27, 2011, in San Antonio, Texas. Rich Sugg/MCT/Newscom. License this image from Newscom.com: krtphotoslive477715

It feels like every year has a signature moment that fans remember for years to come so what does the 75th year have in store, could it be the year a 16 seed gets a win? Only time will tell.

For more memorable moments from the March Madness Tournament check out Newscom.

Jerry Lucas profile

Jerry Lucas, legendary basketball star, playing for Ohio State University, 1961. Everett Collection/Newscom. License this image from Newscom.com: evhistorypix014341

Coach Smith coaching

In a 1982 file photo, Roy Williams looks on as then North Carolina head coach Dean Smith reacts during the Tarheels’ 1982 NCAA championship game against Georgetown at the Superdome in New Orleans. DAVIE HINSHAW KRT/Newscom. License this image from Newscom.com: krtphotos164526

Grant Hill Championship

Grant Hill of the Duke Blue Devils during the Blue Devils 71-51 victory over the Michigan Wolverines in the NCAA Championship Game at the HHH Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. John McDonough/Icon SMI 500/John McDonough/Icon SMI/Newscom. License this image from Newscom.com: iconphotos024244

Kentucky Celebration

Kentucky’s Mark Pope celebrating the Kentucky victory over Syracuse in the championship game of the NCAA Final Four, April 1, 1996, at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, NJ. Craig Hacker/TSN/Icon SMI 800/Craig Hacker/TSN/Icon SMI/Newscom. License this image from Newscom.com: iconphotos175095

Arizona Trophy

Arizona teammates celebrate with the NCAA Division I Trophy Monday after they defeated Kentucky 84-79 in overtime at the NCAA National Championship game at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis, Indiana. CHARLES BERTRAM KRT/Newscom. License this image from Newscom.com: krtphotos065114


Rashad Anderson of the UCONN Huskies celebrates after the Huskies 82-73 victory over the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in final game of the NCAA Tournament at the Alamodome in San Antonio, TX. Robert Seale/Sporting News/Icon SMI 803/Robert Seale/Sporting News/Icon /Newscom. License this image from Newscom.com: iconphotos275837

Tar Heel Camera Time

North Carolina’s Rashad McCants is photographed on the court as the North Carolina Tar Heels beat the Illinois Fighting Illini 75-70 in the Men’s 2005 NCAA championship game in St. Louis, Missouri, Monday, April 4, 2005. PATRICK SCHNEIDER/KRT/Newscom. License this image from Newscom.com: krtphotoslive169418

Sad day missouri

Missouri guard Phil Pressey yells out as he falls back against the official’s table after time expired in an 86-84 loss to Norfolk State in the NCAA Tournament at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska, Friday, March 16, 2012. Chris Lee/MCT/Newscom. License this image from Newscom.com: krtphotoslive539490

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