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.
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.
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.
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