Forget about getting any B2B work done during the tournament; everybody is too busy watching the games and betting on them. Here is the tournament TV schedule if you are interested.
To celebrate the occasion, I pulled together 10 tournament trivia tidbits.
- The first tournament took place in 1939. Oregon won, beating Ohio State 46-33. Evanston, Illinois hosted the final game — home of my alma mater, Northwestern University. Ironically, Northwestern has never earned an NCAA tourney bid. GRR.
- The tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985.
- The tournament expanded to 68 teams in 2011.
- In 1939, guess how many teams played? Eight: Ohio State, Wake Forest, Villanova, Brown, Oklahoma, Utah State, Oregon and Texas.
- The odds of randomly picking a perfect NCAA tournament bracket are 1 in 9,223,372,036,854,775,808, or about nine quintillion to one. Nine quintillion is even bigger than the U.S. budget deficit (as of this writing) and my to-do list.
- The #1 seed has never lost to the #16 seed in the entire history of the tournament.
- Believe it or not, slam dunking was banned in 1968 … but reinstated in 1977.
- Most points scored in a game: 149, by Loyola Marymount in 1990.
- Fewest points scored in a game: 20, by North Carolina in 1941.
- Most personal fouls in a game: 41, Dayton versus Illinois in 1952.