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Since 1939, the men’s NCAA Division I basketball tournament, or March Madness, has been held annually at the end of college basketball’s regular season. The single-elimination tournament is one of the most watched sporting events in the United States and generates a ton of betting action across the country.

Below you will find all the stats and info you need to gear up for college basketball’s highly anticipated postseason competition. 

Gonzaga Bulldogs


Kentucky Wildcats


Arizona Wildcats


Auburn Tigers


Purdue Boilermakers


Baylor Bears


Duke Blue Devils


Kansas Jayhawks


UCLA Bruins


Illinois Fighting Illini


When is the 2022 NCAA tournament?

March Madness will begin on Tuesday, March 15 at 4 p. m. ET, with the First Four—or play-in—stage of competition. The official first round, featuring 64 teams, will take place Thursday and Friday, March 17-18, before the round of 32 on Saturday and Sunday, March 19-20.

The Sweet 16 and Elite 8 occur the following weekend, March 24 through March 27. Caesars Superdome in New Orleans will host the Final Four, which includes the national semifinal championship game on the evening of Monday, April 4.

First Four

March 15-16

First Round

March 17-18

Second Round

March 19-20

Sweet 16

March 24-25

Elite Eight

March 26-27

Final Four

April 2

National Championship Game

April 4

Who can make the NCAA tournament?

In order to qualify for March Madness, a Division I college basketball team must either win its conference tournament or receive an “at-large” bid from the NCAA tournament selection committee.

A total of 68 teams play in the tournament, with 32 of those teams earning an automatic bid by winning their conference tournament. The 36 remaining tournament bids are granted by the selection committee and are revealed on Selection Sunday.

The committee is also in charge of seeding and placing each team in one of four regions of the tournament bracket: the East, West, Midwest and South. Each region will be seeded 1-16.

The selection committee is currently comprised of eight athletic directors and two conference commissioners in Division I men’s and women’s athletics. Members serve a five-year term.

Duncan Robinson (22) of the Michigan Wolverines cuts down the net to celebrate the victory during the NCAA Division I Men's Championship Elite Eight round basketball game between the Florida State Seminoles and the Michigan Wolverines. (Photo by Chris Williams/Icon Sportswire)

How can I watch the NCAA tournament?

truTV and TBS will air the First Four, then split first- and second-round coverage with CBS, TBS, and TNT.  

TBS and CBS will televise the Sweet 16 and Elite, while the Final Four and NCAA National Championship Game can be found exclusively on CBS.

How long are March Madness games?

March Madness will follow the standard rules of a regular-season college basketball game, with two 20-minute halves. The overtime period is five minutes long and may be repeated as many times as necessary to determine a winner.

What is the Final Four?

The Elite Eight will decide the champion of each of the four regions in the NCAA tournament. The winner from the East, West, Midwest and South move on to the Final Four to play in the national semifinal games. 

The Final Four includes both the semifinal round and the championship game on Monday, April 5.

Caesars Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Shutterstock)

Where is the Final Four?

Caesars Superdome, home to the New Orleans Saints, will host the Final Four from April 2-4.

What time is the national championship game?

Tipoff of the national championship game is scheduled for 9 p. m. ET Eastern on Monday, April 4.





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Michigan State


From 1964 to 1995, the UCLA Bruins accumulated 11 national championship titles, 10 of those under head coach John Wooden.

The University of Kentucky, a longtime elite program in college basketball, earned its first championship in 1948 and most recent in 2012. ACC schools North Carolina and Duke are neck-and-neck for titles, with six and five, respectively, and have each won one in the last five years.

The Indiana Hoosiers also rank high with five championships, but the school hasn't experienced the NCAA's ultimate glory since 1987, with head coach Bob Knight.

The University of Louisville hung championship banners in 1980 and 1986 with head coach Denny Crum, and again in 2013 with Rick Pitino. However, because of NCAA violations, the school had to vacate its 2013 championship and two Final Four appearances. Louisville is the only school in NCAA history to have a men's basketball championship vacated.

John Wooden


Mike Krzyzewski (active)


Adolph Rupp


Roy Williams (active)


Jim Calhoun


Bob Knight


Jay Wright (active)


Denny Crum


Billy Donovan


UCLA head coach John Wooden's record of 10 national championships may never be touched, but "Coach K" (Mike Krzyzewski) is hot on his track, with five. The Duke basketball coach's teams regularly rank in the AP Top 25 poll and are often considered one of the favorites in the NCAA tournament each year.

A statue of former Purdue Boilermaker player John Wooden is seen outside of Mackey Arena. (Photo by Michael Allio/Icon Sportswire)

Kentucky legend Adolph Rupp led the school to the Promised Land four times (1948, 1949, 1951 and 1958) during his tenure. There is a three-way tie for fourth-most wins, as UConn's Jim Calhoun, Indiana's Bob Knight, and Roy Williams each own three titles. Williams collected his trio of banners with North Carolina in 2005, 2009 and 2017. He also guided the Kansas Jayhawks to a national title game, where they fell to Syracuse in 2003.







Big Ten


Big 12


American Athletic


Big East


Based on current conference membership, the ACC owns the most NCAA titles. North Carolina, Duke, North Carolina State, Louisville, Syracuse and Virginia have each claimed at least one national championship. The Cavaliers most recently won the tournament in 2019.

The Oregon Ducks of the Pac-12 triumphed in the first national championship game in 1939. Since then, the Pac-12 has earned 16 titles among Stanford, Utah, Cal, UCLA and Arizona. UCLA won seven in a row from 1967-1973, then again in 1975, the last season Wooden coached for the Bruins. Wooden also achieved back-to-back titles in 1964 and 1965.

When is Selection Sunday?

Selection Sunday will take place on Sunday, March 13 at 6 p.m. ET,  and will air on CBS.

How does seeding work?

The selection committee will offer 36 at-large bids to the NCAA tournament in addition to 32 automatic bids for those teams that won their conference tournament. 

The committee will look at record, strength of schedule and quality of wins and losses, among other factors, to rank the field of teams from 1 to 68. Theoretically, the top four teams will earn the No. 1 seeds, and the next four on the list will receive the No. 2 seeds, and so on.

The committee strives for balance in each of the East, West, Midwest and South regions. The overall No. 1 seed should play the weakest No. 2 seed, and that pattern should follow down the line from the No. 3 seeds to No. 16 seeds for each region. 

What is the First Four?  

In 2011, the NCAA expanded the men's tournament to 68 teams and added a "First Four" play-in stage that included eight teams. Those eight teams hold the four lowest-seeded automatic bids and four lowest-seeded at-large bids.

The four winners of the First Four games move on to the field of 64 to compete in the first round of the tournament.

From 1985 to 2001, the NCAA tournament followed a 64-team format, until the Mountain West Conference joined Division I. To accomodate an additional automatic bid, which bumped the field to 65, the NCAA created one play-in game before the opening round. Since the arrival of the First Four in 2011, the tournament has maintained the same 68-team format.

The University of Dayton Arena in Ohio is the annual host site of the First Four games.

How many rounds are in the NCAA tournament?

There are six rounds of the NCAA tournament, not including the First Four play-in round.

Sixty-four teams participate in the first round. From there, the field is narrowed down to 32 for the second round of competition.

The third round is referred to as the Sweet 16, or regional semifinal, and the fourth round is best known as the Elite Eight or regional final. 

The fifth round, or national semifinal, is part of the Final Four, as is the sixth round, the national championship game.

Where can I download a March Madness bracket?

You can fill our our official TwinSpires Sports downloadable March Madness bracket by clicking here.

It's been estimated that around 70 million brackets are filled out each year across the country for company or family pools and nationwide contests.

The odds of filling out a perfect bracket are about 1 in 120.6 billion—if you know something about basketball. If you filled out your bracket by flipping a coin or blindly guessing, your odds are much higher.

No one has filled out a perfect bracket—that we know of—in the history of the NCAA tournament.

NCAA Final Four Betting Trends

20 of the last 21 Final Four Champions Have Been East Coast Teams

The only team that could be considered following in this trend for this year’s Final Four is Virginia. With a state that does touch the East Coast, does the basketball world truly count Virginia as an East Coast team? Michigan State is from the Midwest, while Auburn is from the South and Texas Tech is a Southwest team, thus they would not come as close to fitting the mold. If the Cavaliers fit the narrative of East Coast, then the trend could very well continue to prove true.

Favorites Usually Dominate in Final Four Semifinals

If this trend holds, Michigan State will beat Texas Tech and Virginia will beat Auburn. I’ve got Texas Tech upsetting MSU and Auburn upsetting UVA. So, I’ve thrown out this trend!

Underdogs Have Performed Well in the Finals

UNC won as a favorite in 2017. Last year, Villanova won as the favorite. But, before those two chalked it up, Nova beat North Carolina as a dog in 2016, Duke upset Wisconsin as a slight dog in 2015, and Connecticut upset Kentucky as a major underdog in 2014.

Will any of the three trends listed above hold? Or, will Auburn and Texas Tech prove best? Get your popcorn ready and watch one of the greatest sports events in the U.S., the annual NCAA College Basketball Final Four!

NCAA Final Four Notable Games

1975 National Championship – UCLA 92, Kentucky 85

The great John Wooden won his final championship. It was the Wizard of Westwood’s 10th title.

1979 National Championship – Michigan State 75, Indiana State 64

Magic and Bird started one of the most important rivalries in NBA history while still in college.

1983 National Championship – NC State 54, Houston 52

NC State upset Phi Slamma Jamma with a last-second shot, handing Jimmy Valvano the NCAA Final Four trophy. Valvano would end up starting the Jimmy V. Foundation, one of the most important cancer research non-profit organizations in the world.

1985 National Championship – Villanova 66, Georgetown 64

Villanova beats Georgetown in one of the biggest upsets in Final Four history.

1991 National Championship – Duke 72, Kansas 65

Coach Mike Krzyzewski wins his first of five national championships by beating Roy Williams- coached Kansas. The Blue Devils upset heavily favored UNLV in the semifinals. Today, Williams coaches North Carolina, which means Coach K and Williams have continued the rivalry that started in 1991.

2022 College Basketball Championship Regions and Dates

  • Regions: South, East, West, Midwest
  • Inaugural Game: March 17, 1939
  • Current Number of Teams Participating: 68
  • 2022 NCAA National Championship Location: Caesars Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 2022 NCAA National Championship Date: Monday, April 4, 2022

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What is March Madness?

March Madness is an informal term that refers to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I men’s and women’s basketball championship tournaments that begin each March and consist of fields of 64 (for the women’s) and 68 (for the men’s) teams.

How are March Madness teams selected?

In March Madness, the single-elimination tournaments begin each March and consist of fields of women’s and men’s teams that qualify either by winning their conference title or by being chosen as an at-large entry by the National Collegiate Athletic Association's selection committee.

When was the first March Madness tournament?

The first men’s tournament of what eventually became known as March Madness was held in 1939. The NCAA tournament gradually began to draw top teams and more television revenue over the next two decades. The first women’s tournament was a 32-team event held in 1982.

March Madness, informal term that refers to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I men’s and women’s basketball championship tournaments and the attendant fan interest in—and media coverage of—the events. The single-elimination tournaments begin each March and consist of fields of 64 (for the women’s tournament) and 68 (for the men’s) teams that qualify either by winning their conference title or by being chosen as an at-large entry by the NCAA’s selection committee.

The first men’s tournament was held in 1939, but it was overshadowed for most of the first two decades of its existence by the National Invitation Tournament (NIT), which was considered more prestigious and usually featured the best teams in the country. The NCAA tournament gradually began to draw the top teams and more television revenue, and, by the time the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), began its record run of seven consecutive titles in 1967, the tournament was firmly established as the premier college basketball postseason championship series in the United States. The size of the tournament field increased incrementally from 8 teams in 1939 to 64 teams in 1985. A 65th team and corresponding “play-in game” were added in 2001, when a new conference with an automatically qualifying champion was created and the NCAA did not want to lower the number of high-profile at-large schools it could invite to the tournament. In 2011 the NCAA added three additional opening-round games to the field, bringing the field to 68 teams. The first women’s tournament was a 32-team event held in 1982, and it expanded to its current field of 64 in 1994.

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The men’s tournament format (not including the play-in games) consists of four subsets known as regions, each of which contains 16 teams that are seeded number 1 to number 16 by the selection committee and then matched up according to seed, with the number 1 seed playing number 16, number 2 playing number 15, and so on. (The selection committee generally comprises university athletic directors and conference commissioners.) Two of the four first-round games pit the four lowest-seeded teams (often the champions of the smallest conferences in the NCAA) against each other to determine two of the 16 seeds, while the other two first-round games feature the final four at-large teams, which are traditionally 11 or 12 seeds. The second- and third-round games take place later in the first week of the tournament at eight geographically dispersed sites, and the 16 teams that move on to the second week (having won both their second- and third-round games) are referred to as the “Sweet Sixteen.” These remaining teams then proceed to four regional sites and are further winnowed to an “Elite Eight” and a “Final Four,” the last of which advances to yet another location for the national semifinals and finals in the third week of the competion. The sizable field often produces pairings of large schools from highly regarded conferences with smaller automatic qualifiers that may result in first-round upsets, which can then lead to underdog teams (known as “Cinderellas”) advancing far in the tournament.

It is a common practice for fans to fill out tournament brackets with their predictions before the event begins and to enter their brackets into office pools (or on the Internet) with friends and coworkers. Studies have shown that American workers become less productive during March Madness, as large numbers of basketball fans frequently monitor the status of their brackets or discuss the tournament (or even watch the games) while on the job.

Winners of the men’s and women’s NCAA Division 1 basketball tournaments are provided in the tables.

Division I National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Championship—women
year winner runner-up score
*Tournament canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.
1982 Louisiana Tech Cheney (Pa.) 76–62
1983 Southern California Louisiana Tech 69–67
1984 Southern California Tennessee 72–61
1985 Old Dominion Georgia 70–65
1986 Texas Southern California 97–81
1987 Tennessee Louisiana Tech 67–44
1988 Louisiana Tech Auburn 56–54
1989 Tennessee Auburn 76–60
1990 Stanford Auburn 88–81
1991 Tennessee Virginia 70–67
1992 Stanford Western Kentucky 78–62
1993 Texas Tech Ohio State 84–82
1994 North Carolina Louisiana Tech 60–59
1995 Connecticut Tennessee 70–64
1996 Tennessee Georgia 83–65
1997 Tennessee Old Dominion 68–59
1998 Tennessee Louisiana Tech 93–75
1999 Purdue Duke 62–45
2000 Connecticut Tennessee 71–52
2001 Notre Dame Purdue 68–66
2002 Connecticut Oklahoma 82–70
2003 Connecticut Tennessee 73–68
2004 Connecticut Tennessee 70–61
2005 Baylor Michigan State 84–62
2006 Maryland Duke 78–75
2007 Tennessee Rutgers 59–46
2008 Tennessee Stanford 64–48
2009 Connecticut Louisville 76–54
2010 Connecticut Stanford 53–47
2011 Texas A&M Notre Dame 76–70
2012 Baylor Notre Dame 80–61
2013 Connecticut Louisville 93–60
2014 Connecticut Notre Dame 79–58
2015 Connecticut Notre Dame 63–53
2016 Connecticut Syracuse 82–51
2017 South Carolina Mississippi State 67–55
2018 Notre Dame Mississippi State 61–58
2019 Baylor Notre Dame 82–81
2020 not held*
2021 Stanford Arizona 54–53
2022 South Carolina Connecticut 64–49

Division I National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Championship—men
year winner runner-up score
*Louisville's title was vacated in 2018 because of rules violations committed between 2011 and 2015.
**Tournament canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.
1939 Oregon Ohio State 46–43
1940 Indiana Kansas 60–42
1941 Wisconsin Washington State 39–34
1942 Stanford Dartmouth 53–38
1943 Wyoming Georgetown 46–34
1944 Utah Dartmouth 42–40
1945 Oklahoma A&M New York 49–45
1946 Oklahoma A&M North Carolina 43–40
1947 Holy Cross Oklahoma 58–47
1948 Kentucky Baylor 58–42
1949 Kentucky Oklahoma State 46–36
1950 CCNY Bradley 71–68
1951 Kentucky Kansas State 68–58
1952 Kansas St. John's (N.Y.) 80–63
1953 Indiana Kansas 69–68
1954 La Salle Bradley 92–76
1955 San Francisco La Salle 77–63
1956 San Francisco Iowa 83–71
1957 North Carolina Kansas 54–53
1958 Kentucky Seattle 84–72
1959 California (Berkeley) West Virginia 71–70
1960 Ohio State California (Berkeley) 75–55
1961 Cincinnati Ohio State 70–65
1962 Cincinnati Ohio State 71–59
1963 Loyola (Ill. ) Cincinnati 60–58
1964 UCLA Duke 98–83
1965 UCLA Michigan 91–80
1966 Texas Western Kentucky 72–65
1967 UCLA Dayton 79–64
1968 UCLA North Carolina 78–55
1969 UCLA Purdue 92–72
1970 UCLA Jacksonville 80–69
1971 UCLA Villanova 68–62
1972 UCLA Florida State 81–76
1973 UCLA Memphis State 87–66
1974 North Carolina State Marquette 76–64
1975 UCLA Kentucky 92–85
1976 Indiana Michigan 86–68
1977 Marquette North Carolina 67–59
1978 Kentucky Duke 94–88
1979 Michigan State Indiana State 75–64
1980 Louisville UCLA 59–54
1981 Indiana North Carolina 63–50
1982 North Carolina Georgetown 63–62
1983 North Carolina State Houston 54–52
1984 Georgetown Houston 84–75
1985 Villanova Georgetown 66–64
1986 Louisville Duke 72–69
1987 Indiana Syracuse 74–73
1988 Kansas Oklahoma 83–79
1989 Michigan Seton Hall 80–79
1990 UNLV Duke 103–73
1991 Duke Kansas 72–65
1992 Duke Michigan 71–51
1993 North Carolina Michigan 77–71
1994 Arkansas Duke 76–72
1995 UCLA Arkansas 89–78
1996 Kentucky Syracuse 76–67
1997 Arizona Kentucky 84–79
1998 Kentucky Utah 78–69
1999 Connecticut Duke 77–74
2000 Michigan State Florida 89–76
2001 Duke Arizona 82–72
2002 Maryland Indiana 64–52
2003 Syracuse Kansas 81–78
2004 Connecticut Georgia Tech 82–73
2005 North Carolina Illinois 75–70
2006 Florida UCLA 73–57
2007 Florida Ohio State 84–75
2008 Kansas Memphis 75–68
2009 North Carolina Michigan State 89–72
2010 Duke Butler 61–59
2011 Connecticut Butler 53–41
2012 Kentucky Kansas 67–59
2013 Louisville* Michigan 82–76
2014 Connecticut Kentucky 60–54
2015 Duke Wisconsin 68–63
2016 Villanova North Carolina 77–74
2017 North Carolina Gonzaga 71–65
2018 Villanova Michigan 79–62
2019 Virginia Texas Tech 85–77
2020 not held**
2021 Baylor Gonzaga 86–70
2022 Kansas North Carolina 72–69

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In the United States, playoffs, tournaments, and title games often go beyond mere athletic competition and form a cult following.

After the Super Bowl, the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament or "March Madness" or "The Big Dance" is the most anticipated sporting event of the year. Of course, other sports (baseball) and leagues (NBA) can argue with this opinion, but it is shared by many, and in this article I argue this position.

The ABC of Madness

I'll start with the ABC of Madness. I think it makes sense to immediately deal with the terminology in order to create equal conditions for all readers. If you are following this tournament for the first time or have not really figured out how the tournament works yet, this article and especially this section is especially for you. If you know everything and are interested in the details of this year's tournament, feel free to skip this section and go to the part of the text that interests you.

Let's start!

The NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament is a tournament for the best men's college basketball teams in Division I. There are similar tournaments for the second and third divisions and women's college basketball.

"March Madness" is the most famous nickname of the tournament, which refers to the huge number of games that were played over two weeks, a bunch of upsets and to the sincere emotions of the players for whom this tournament is the best chance to show themselves and continue their careers, while for others this is the last chance to play their favorite game before the start of “adulthood”.

The Big Dance is another well-known nickname for the tournament.

"Upset" is a phenomenon that occurs in any competition, most often in sports or politics. Upset is the outcome of the competition when the underdog (outsider) wins the fight against the favorite.

"Underdog" (eng. "Underdog") - an outsider.

"Bracket" - the approved schedule of tournament games. The grid does not change after each round, there are no further draws or “re-seeding” of teams.

"Regionals" - the general tournament can be divided into regional tournaments that are played in different regions of the United States: East, West, South and Midwest.

"Seeding" - rating of teams in the tournament. Seeding takes place in such a way that the favorites do not run into each other at the beginning of the tournament. Each team gets into one of 16 pots (1 best, 16 worst).

"Bracketology" is the "science" of correctly predicting the results of a tournament when the bracket is filled.

"Bracket buster" is a big upset that destroys the grid of most fans.

"Cinderella" (eng. "Cinderella") - an underdog who gets to the quarterfinals or beyond. Every tournament usually has at least one.

"Selection Sunday" - a special commission announces 68 teams that will enter the bracket. Eight of them will play the preliminary games ("First Four"), and the four winners will advance to the main tournament, which includes 64 teams. The first four is the official start of the tournament. Matches are played on Wednesday, the day before the start of the main part of the tournament.

“Selection Committee” (eng. “Selection Committee”) is the name of a special commission that selects 68 teams that will enter the draw.

"Automatic bid" - there are 32 conferences in the first division of college basketball, each of the winners of the conference tournament is provided with an automatic invitation to the main tournament.

"At-large bid" - 36 teams that are not champions of their conferences and receive a personal invitation from the tournament's election committee to play in it. These are the top 36 teams, in addition to those who received an automatic invitation.

"Bubble teams" are teams that are on the verge of entering the tournament and their fate depends on the decision of the electoral committee whether to grant them a general invitation or not.

"Sweet 16" (eng. "Sweet Sixteen") - round 1/8 Madness.

"Magnificent (elite) eight" (eng. "Elite 8") - Madness quarter-finals. I suggest the “magnificent eight” option, which sounds more natural for a Russian-speaking person.

"Final Four" (eng. "Final Four") - the semi-finals of Madness.

"Cut down the nets" is a tradition where the team that wins the tournament cuts the nets from the ring as a souvenir. The tradition began in 1947. After winning the Southern Conference tournament, NC State coach "Wolfpack" asked the students to lift him onto their shoulders to cut the net off the hoop as a memento. Since then, the teams that win the tournament repeat his act and cut the grid.

Big Six Conference Championships

In college basketball, there is the concept of a conference-member of the "Big Six" (eng. "Power 6"). These are the most powerful and most successful conferences in college basketball.


BIG 10

BIG 12




Big East

Big East usually from one of the first two conferences. And the vast majority of the teams that receive general invitations are also from one of the Six conferences.

How did the tournament become what it is

Why is the tournament so popular?

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“Americans are incredibly loyal to their colleges and universities. It does not matter whether a person just entered the university or graduated 30 years ago, he is, without any doubt, an avid fan of his university team, considers it the best and the only one that deserves the championship title.

This is an exciting competition. Compared to the professional championship, college basketball has fewer playoff matches, a sharper fight, and the final tournament is much faster. Even if their favorite teams don't make it to the finals, Americans still watch every game. Why? It's simple: unlike professional athletes, students do not play for money, but defend the honor of their schools and just love basketball. ”[1]

A perfect explanation of the reasons for the popularity of the tournament. I will add a couple of nuances and explanations from myself.

“Why? It's simple: unlike professional athletes, students don't play for money, but defend the honor of their educational institutions and just love basketball." In addition, for many, this tournament is the only chance for talented guys from less prestigious teams or the conference to prove themselves in the run-up to the NBA draft. Therefore, "Madness", in function, in many respects reminds me of the Youth Ice Hockey World Championship (MChM). The best example of this phenomenon is Kenneth Farid of the Morehead State who are speaking at the Ohio Valley Conference.

The tournament is also of great importance for those players for whom a career in big-time sports will not go beyond the student level. The vast majority of NCAA boys and girls don't go pro. For many athletes, this is the last chance to play the real game before they become accountants, analysts or insurers and continue to play sports in amateur leagues.

Equally important are the fans' regional preferences. In many regions of the United States, there are no professional teams, and local residents become attached to local student teams. It is noteworthy that some of these fans do not even have higher education. For example, the Alabama and Auburn college football teams are hugely popular in a state where there are no professional teams, and American football is the most popular sport by a wide margin. The opposite is true of the limited interest in college sports in big cities like New York.

NIT vs. The Madness

Many people will be surprised to learn that the Madness hasn't always been the premier college basketball tournament. In the middle of the last century, the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) was much more prestigious than the NCAA tournament. For those who are more or less familiar with college basketball, yes, this is the same NIT that now has a reputation as a repechage tournament. In the 1950s, the NCAA basketball tournament began to gain prestige after the NCAA began requiring conference champions to play in their own tournament.


College basketball (in the US) is considered by many to be more popular than the NBA due to the reasons given earlier. This is confirmed by television ratings.

I personally prefer college basketball to professional basketball. Yes, there are problems at the student level: bribes to players, players play for one season - a tactic that has been called “one and done” (one [season] and tied up), and others.

But even if these problems are taken into account, the quality of the rivalry (mind you, not the class of the game) between the student and professional game is heaven and earth.

The last NBA game I watched was Game 7 of the Cavaliers and Warriors that I mentioned earlier. Follow the NBA regular season? No need, thanks. I'd rather paint the wall and watch it dry. Defense has long been forgotten in the NBA. Although it is the fault of the players, if the wrong look at the opponent is already a foul. Team game? What can be a team game in the era of "ISO" (an attack when a player one-on-one tries to beat another player). And to whom did this basketball surrender strongly? LeBron decided that his future career in show business was more important, and for the younger generation, “likes” were more important than titles. Even the stars in college basketball have to work hard to collect likes to get into the NBA first.

Grid (Gridology)

How is a grid constructed?

In addition to the 32 teams that receive an automatic invitation, the electoral committee must identify 36 teams that are worthy of a general invitation. Then you need to seed each of the teams in one of 16 pots, where the first is the best, and the sixteenth is the worst. And in the end, all these teams must be distributed among the regions in such a way that each of the regional grids is competitive.


Perhaps the most interesting part of Madness is the upsets. The best example is last year's Virginia Cavaliers upset by the University of Maryland-Baltimore County. This was the first time in tournament history that a pot 16 team beat a pot 1 team in the first round. Every year a Cinderella appears, which not only kills the overwhelming majority of the fans' bracket, but also progresses quite far in the tournament. The most notable examples are the Butler Bulldogs and the Virginia Rams Commonwealth University.

Big money

Madness is not only big sport, but also big money.


It is worth noting that former US President Barack Obama is a big fan of the tournament and during his two terms as the country's commander in chief, the "presidential bracket" has become a tradition.

This year

This is how the current year grid looks like.

Who to follow?

I want to immediately thank Alexander Gorokhov, the founder of the blog Dilettante's Notes. He made a gorgeous list, to which I added my players and my comments. Upvote it and subscribe.

Jarrett Kalver ( TEXAS , attacking defender, STRUCTION)

Statistics of the season: 18.5 points, 6.3 selection, 3.6 programs, 1 .3 3PTM, 1.3 steals

Suggested draft range: The first five

The best potential franchise: Atlanta HOX

Type among NBA players: Caris Leveris

Jarrett Kalver was able to turn from a potential ordinary role -player, on his shoulders of the pulling Tekhas “Tekhas with their bombarding talents.

He managed to attract the attention of NBA scouts, who initially did not see anything special in him. He redesigned his running style, and now, thanks to stride length and faster runs, 19The 8cm guard is a more mature player than he was in his freshman year. At the same time, he became a better finisher, realizing almost 6 percent better than the previous year - 58.8% of all shots.

His shooting has evolved this season, allowing him to add more than 97 three-pointers to his stats and to his overall arsenal of mid to long range shots.

Culver doesn't have to lead Texas far in the tournament to get a coveted 2019 Draft green room call.of the year. He has already become one of the most gifted players in the country in both halves of the floor, and is potentially at least a top 5 pick in this draft.

Arrett ( DUK , attacking defender/light forward, freshman)

Season statistics: 22.9 points, 7.5 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 1.9 3-pointers

Predicted draft range: top three

The best potential franchise: New York NIX / Phoenix Sans

Type among NBA players: Michael Radd

18-year-old Er Jay, Killed team of team practically does not slow down its momentum during the season, starting with the first game against Kentucky and 33 points against them.

He has exactly the mentality of an alpha player, the very X-factor on the floor that the teams tanking now so badly need. And during this NCAA tournament, he will definitely have a chance to show it, given Barrett's history of winning in high school and at the FIBA ​​and Nike Hoop Summit international competitions.

Barrett has an untrained instinct to create shooting opportunities for himself in every match by constantly improvising and involving partners. He may not be the best shooter or assist, but his 1.9 3-pointers and 4.1 assists per game reflect underrated passing and chance-creating skills.

Barrett's biggest questions concern his timing and ability to create easy shots for himself as the game slows down. According to Synergy Sports, Barrett ranks only 53rd among the players on these indicators.

Still, competitiveness, PR and his own will should keep Barrett in the top five picks in this draft.

JA Morant ( Murray Steit , playing, STRUCTION)

Statistics of the season: 24. 6 points, 5.5 rebounds, 10.0 gear, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 6 3-pointers

Predicted draft range: Top four

Best potential franchise: « Dallas Mavericks »

NBA player type: Dearon Fox

Ja Morant, arguably the most exciting breakout star in the country, will be the focus of attention at the NCAA Tournament as for fans who have only seen the high lights as the season progresses, and to NBA scouts hoping to reaffirm the significance of Jah's regular season results and potential.

His ability to tackle fast breaks speaks for itself, but he deserves the highest praise primarily for his vision and playmaking skills. He is an outstanding attacking specialist, able to destroy even the deepest defenses, create chances for teammates and shoot equally well with both hands.

His scoring ability is also undeniable as he scores more possession points than any other player in the country. Morant is able to put a lot of pressure on the opponent's defense and find ingenious ways to finish attacks both in front of the basket and under it.

Scouts will be watching his jump shot during the tournament, probably more than anyone else. The throw remains his biggest issue, which could keep him from moving to the NBA. He's shooting 33.6 percent from threes, though his 1.6 shots per game is a marked improvement from last year's 0.8.

Kobi White ( North Carolina , playing/attacking defender, freshman)

Statistics of the season: 16.3 points, 4.2 programs, 2.4 three -year

Predicted Draft Range: Lottery

Best Potential Franchise: Memphis Grizzlies

NBA Type


By gradually improving his game throughout the season, Kobe White could be the best rookie in North Carolina since Brandon Wright (No. 8 in the draft) in 2007.

He will have a chance to continue to improve his performance in the NCAA Tournament as the team's leading defenseman. He plays with a lot of confidence and athletic aggressiveness for a first year, which he shows in his passes, shots and passes. And although he is not an explosive athlete, he has sufficient height, strong legs, speed and the ability to change direction unexpectedly for defenders, which he uses very successfully.

He's also capable of blowing up when he needs to and solving games by himself, reaching 30 points three times in a season.

His roll, however, was quite unstable, especially in recent months. And he had trouble using pick-and-rolls effectively, averaging only .735 on each possession.

In the long run, he still has the potential to play well as an NBA player, based on the ability and handling White has shown with and without the ball.

Kascius Winston (Michigan State PG/Shooting Guard, 3rd year)

Season stats: 18. 9 points, 3.1 rebounds, 7.6 assists

drafted range:

Lottery 90,005 90,002 90,003 Best Potential Franchise: 90,004 Early to Tell 90,005 90,002 90,003 NBA Player Type: 90,004 Ray Felton 90,005 90,002 Aside from his height, it turns out that Winston has a lot to offer. He is deceptively fast, I would even say he changes speeds flawlessly, he understands the game well and makes very few mistakes at the moment.

He doesn't stand out in any way, but he is a stable player, keeps his composure in difficult moments, which was especially expressed in the last minutes of the BIG 10 tournament final, and therefore I think that he will become a useful player at a professional level.

Ignas Brazdeekis (Michigan, Light forward , Fighter)

Statistics of the season: 15.1 points, 5.2 rebounds, 0.9 programs

9000 9000 9000

003 Predicted Draft Range:

First Round

Best Potential Franchise: Early to Tell

NBA Player Type: Gordon Hayward

He is Michigan's most scoring player this season, which was very evident against Michigan State. At one point, he alone had more points than all the Spartans combined in the final of the BIG 10 tournament and it was he who scored the first 9Wolverines points in that game.

He also makes few mistakes, as evidenced by his low loss rate (8.9 percent). He also has good athleticism and self-confidence.

It should be noted that in order to achieve more, Ignas needs to play more passes and switch to the role of a passer when the game does not go well or the opponent starts to pinch him. In the finals of the BIG 10 tournament, Spartans changed their defense scheme against Ignas and he seemed to disappear after a fiery start to the match.

And maybe you've heard of him...

Zion Williamson (Duke, PF/C, freshman)

Season stats: 22.1 points, 8.9 rebounds, 2.2 interceptions, 1.8 blocks

Predictable draft range: No. 1 without options

Best potential franchise: Phoenix Sans / New York NIKS

Potential appsets.

A match between teams from (5) - (12) pots usually results in the most upsets. This year I think it is (5)-(12) that will give the first upset: (12) Murray State Racers will beat (5) Marquette Golden Eagles. The Racers lost 4 games all year, two of which were against Alabama and Auburn SEC teams. Auburn generally became the champion of the SEC tournament. In addition, Ja Morant will play the consensus second pick in the upcoming draft against the Golden Eagles. It is also worth noting that Marchette lost 5 of their last 6 games before the tournament.

The potential for the biggest upset is in the game (14) Yale - (3) Louisiana State. I personally think that under normal circumstances, Louisiana State would have struggled but definitely beat an Ivy League team. But after the suspension of coach Will Wade for his part in a corruption scandal aimed at bribing players, I'm not so sure of their victory. The suspension of the Louisiana State coach was evident in their loss in the SEC tournament. In the meantime, Yale is playing very solidly, as shown by the game with the favorite of the Ivy League tournament, Harvard.

Last game I watch: (13) Vermont - (4) Florida State. This game depends a lot on Florida State and how much they want to play. Last year, Florida State reached a perfect eight and was 4 points behind the last four. 8 players from last year's team are playing for Florida State this year. Plus, this team took out the tournament favorite ACC "Virginia" in the semifinals of the tournament. Against them is a rival that many consider to be one of the best teams outside of the big six. I still think Florida State will win, but I wouldn't be surprised if Vermont won.

My net!

I remind you that the first four have already played, and the first round begins with Minnesota and Louisville) at 19.15 Moscow time. Happy viewing everyone!

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In what year did basketball as a game appear?

Basketball was invented by a gymnastics teacher in 1891 in the USA.

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