March Madness

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March Madness

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The phrase ‘March Madness’ was started by Henry V. Porter. Who was a assistant executive secretary of the Illinois High School Association. He was so enamored by the state’s enthusiasm with high school basketball that he wrote an essay called “March Madness” and the phrase stuck.

The first college basketball tournament was played in 1939. It only included eight teams but the number of teams steadily grew over time. In the 1950s, the number of teams grew from 8 to 16.

In the 1970s it turned to 40 and then to 64 by the mid-1980s. In 2011 a 68-team tournament was settled upon. After the initial round, dubbed the “First Four,” the tournament breaks into four regions of 16 teams.