March Madness, the Big Dance, the brackets fill in and the fun begins – will you be there to witness history?
The NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament takes place in March and culminates in the beginning of April every year, and every year, offices around the country scramble to keep up with the pace of games, the who’s who on the bracket leader board, and the maddening pace of the tournament.
Facts and Links
Time Out - Chris Webber call for a timeout with 11 seconds remaining after dribbling down the court in the 1993 title game when Michigan was out of timeouts prevented the Wolverines from having an opportunity to tie or win the game.
Christian Laettner - dramatic 18-foot turnaround jumper at the buzzer after catching teammate Grant Hill's pass from the baseline on the opposite end of the court
McGuire Says Goodbye - Al McGuire made his last game as Marquette's head coach a memorable one as he led MU to a national title with a win over North Carolina in the 1977 championship game.
Smith's Layup Sends DePaul Home - DePaul entered the 1981 NCAA Tournament as a No. 1 seed and the best team in the country, but the Blue Demons made an early exit when John Smith of No. 9 seed St. Joseph's made a layup in the game's final seconds to give
Outcome Predictions - There are 2^63 or 9,223,372,036,854,775,808 (9.2 quintillion) possibilities for the possible winners in a 64 team NCAA bracket, making the odds of randomly picking a perfect bracket (i.e. without weighting for seed number) 9.2 quinti
#1 Seeds - Since the NCAA started seeding teams (1979), only once have all #1 seeds made it to the Final Four (National Semifinals)
High Seeds - 2009 marked the first time in tournament history that all 12 of the 1, 2, and 3 seeds made it to the Sweet 16.
Largest Point Difference of all Time - 1996 Kentucky +129