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Under then-current criteria, only nine stadiums, all but one of which are current NFL venues, could be considered as Final Four locations: Later during the s, the IHSA relinquished its ownership share in the trademark, although it retained the right to use the term in association with high school championships. The New York Times. Below is a table that shows the performance of mid-major teams from the Sweet Sixteen round to the National Championship Game from —the tournament's first year—to Findings of the Committee on Infractions and the resultant sanctions in major cases are reported to the institution.

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Three times twice since the field expanded to 64 teams the Final Four has been without a No. Since , there have been 4 instances of three No. There have been eight occasions seven times since the field expanded to 64 that the championship game has been played between two No.

Since there have been 18 instances of one No. The following teams entered the tournament ranked No. The team's record here refers to their record before the first game of the NCAA tournament. The NCAA tournament has undergone dramatic expansion since , and since the tournament was expanded to 48 teams in , no unbeaten teams have failed to qualify.

As, by definition, a team would have to win its conference tournament, and thus secure an automatic bid to the tournament, to be undefeated in a season, the only way a team could finish undefeated and not reach the tournament is if the team is banned from postseason play; as of , no team banned from postseason play has finished undefeated since Other possibilities for an undefeated team to fail to qualify: Before that, there were occasions on which a team achieved perfection in the regular season, yet did not appear in the NCAA tournament.

There have been nine times in which the tournament did not include the reigning champion the previous year's winner:. Rick Pitino is the only coach to have officially taken three different teams to the Final Four: Providence , Kentucky , , and Louisville Point differentials, or margin of victory, can be viewed either by the championship game, or by a team's performance over the whole tournament.

Seven times the championship game has been tied at the end of regulation. On one of those occasions the game went into double and then triple overtime. Since the inception of the team tournament in , each seed-pairing has played games in the Round of 64, with the following results:. This table lists all the cities that have hosted or will host the Final Four, as well as the venues in which the Final Four was or will be played.

For additional information about a particular year's tournament, click on the year to go directly to that year's NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament or go to the main article. There are pools or private gambling-related contests as to who can predict the tournament most correctly.

The filling out of a tournament bracket has been referred to as a "national pastime. There are many different tournament prediction scoring systems. Most award points for correctly picking the winning team in a particular match up, with increasingly more points being given for correctly predicting later round winners.

Some provide bonus points for correctly predicting upsets, the amount of the bonus varying based on the degree of upset. Some just provide points for wins by correctly picked teams in the brackets. There are numerous awards and prizes given by companies for anyone who can make the perfect bracket. As indicated below, none of these phrases are exclusively used in regard to the NCAA tournament.

Nonetheless, they are associated widely with the tournament, sometimes for legal reasons, sometimes just because it's become part of the American sports vernacular. March Madness is a popular on-ending basketball tournaments played in March.

Porter , an official with the Illinois High School Association and later a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame , was the first person to use March Madness to describe a basketball tournament. Porter published an essay named March Madness during , and during , he used the phrase in a poem, Basketball Ides of March. Through the years the use of March Madness was increased, especially in Illinois , Indiana , and other parts of the Midwest. During this period the term was used almost exclusively in reference to state high school tournaments.

Fans began associating the term with the NCAA tournament during the early s. Evidence suggests that CBS sportscaster Brent Musburger , who had worked for many years in Chicago before joining CBS, popularized the term during the annual tournament broadcasts. Only during the s did either the IHSA or the NCAA think about trademarking the term, and by that time a small television production company named Intersport had already trademarked it.

IHSA eventually bought the trademark rights from Intersport, and then went to court to establish its primacy. During , in a historic ruling, Illinois High School Association v. One such case involved a company that had obtained the internet domain name marchmadness. During , by March Madness Athletic Association v. Later during the s, the IHSA relinquished its ownership share in the trademark, although it retained the right to use the term in association with high school championships.

This is a popular term for the regional semifinal round of the tournament, consisting of the final 16 teams. As in the case of "March Madness", this was first used by a high school federation—in this case, the Kentucky High School Athletic Association KHSAA , which has used the term for decades to describe its own season-ending tournaments.

It officially registered the trademark in The term Final Four refers to the last four teams remaining in the playoff tournament. These are the champions of the tournament's four regional brackets, and are the only teams remaining on the tournament's final weekend.

While the term "Final Four" was not used during the early decades of the tournament, the term has been applied retroactively to include the last four teams in tournaments from earlier years, even when only two brackets existed.

Some claim that the phrase Final Four was first used to describe the final games of Indiana 's annual high school basketball tournament. The NCAA started capitalizing the term during and converting it to a trademark several years later. During recent years, the term Final Four has been used for other sports besides basketball.

Tournaments which use Final Four include the Euroleague in basketball, national basketball competitions in several European countries, and the now-defunct European Hockey League. Together with the name Final Four , these tournaments have adopted an NCAA-style format in which the four surviving teams compete in a single-elimination tournament held in one place, typically, during one weekend.

Until , it was just a popular nickname for the last two rounds of the hockey tournament; officially, it was also known as the Final Four. Although there is not any official definition of what constitutes a Cinderella team , there does seem to be a consensus that such teams represent small schools, are usually low-seeded in the tournament, and achieves at least one unexpected win in the tournament.

A recent example of this is Florida Gulf Coast University , a relatively new school that held its first classes in and became Division I postseason eligible in They made their first ever appearance in the tournament, winning two games to become the first ever 15 seed to advance to the Sweet Sixteen.

The term was popularized as a result of City College of New York 's successful run in the tournament. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other division tournaments, see NCAA basketball tournament. For other uses, see March Madness disambiguation.

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Here is a breakdown why:. The Wolverines hit 10 or more three-pointers in 14 games this season, including that 14 of 24 performance in a blowout against the Aggies on Michigan had an record in those games. Michigan is when they allow 10 three pointers, and again, that includes the two-losses to the Boilermakers.

Both of those games were entertaining, and the Wolverines made the adjustment in the Big Ten championship by limiting the Boilermakers to 4 of 17 three-point shooting. That would be a best-case scenario against the Wildcats. Villanova is when it hits 10 or more 3-pointers in a game. That included a record-setting effort against the Jayhawks in which the Wildcats hit 18 of 40 from 3-point range.

Villanova had its off night in a 4 of 24 shooting effort against Texas Tech in the Elite Eight, but the Wildcats still won that game The Wildcats are in games where they allowed 10 or more 3-pointers in a single game. Those losses came on Dec.

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