Five interesting facts about the NCAA men’s basketball tournament

March 19, 2019

Today an important anniversary

On March 19, 1966, or 53 years ago today, Texas Western defeated Kentucky for the college basketball national championship. It was a significant event because Texas Western was the first title team to use a starting lineup comprised of all African-American players.

Oregon wore the 1st crown

The inaugural tournament was held in 1939, when Oregon defeated Ohio State 46-33 for the national championship.

UCLA most prolific champion

UCLA has won the most championships in history, 11. Ten of those titles were won over a 12-year period from 1964-75, when legendary coach John Wooden led the Bruins.

They won as players and coaches

Three men have been part of NCAA champions as both players and coaches. They include Joe B. Hall (both at Kentucky), Bob Knight (as a player at Ohio State, as a coach at Indiana) and Dean Smith (as a player at Kansas, as a coach at North Carolina).

Perfect bracket not plausible

Many are filling out brackets for the 2019 tournament, but don’t count on a perfect performance. The odds of filling out a perfect bracket are one in 9,223,372,036,854,775,808 (that’s quintillion).

Sources: cnn.com, foxsports.com

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