The History of MM

March Madness refers to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I men's and women's basketball championship tournaments.

Here is a brief overview of the history of March Madness:

The term "March Madness" was first used by H.V. Porter, an official with the Illinois High School Association, to describe a basketball tournament. Porter published an essay titled "March Madness" in 1939 and later used the phrase in a poem called "Basketball Ides of March" in 1942.

The first NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament took place in 1939. The Oregon Ducks emerged as the champions, defeating Ohio State with a score of 46-33.

Over the years, the popularity of March Madness grew, especially in Illinois, Indiana, and other parts of the Midwest. The term was initially used to refer to state high school tournaments.

The tournament expanded over time, with the field consisting of 64 teams for the women's tournament and 68 teams for the men's tournament. Teams qualify for the tournament by winning their conference title or receiving an at-large entry from the NCAA selection committee.

The tournament follows a single-elimination format, with teams competing in a series of rounds to advance to the Final Four and ultimately the championship game.

The UCLA Bruins hold the record for the most NCAA men's basketball national championships, with 11 titles, including a stretch of seven consecutive championships from 1967 to 1973.

March Madness has become a cultural phenomenon, captivating basketball fans with its thrilling moments, upsets, and Cinderella stories. It is known for its bracket challenges, where fans predict the outcomes of the tournament games.