Fun Facts About March Madness

March Madness is here and now the excitement begins! Before the tournament gets rolling, here are some fun facts you may not have known about the NCAA Tournament.

  1. The youngest coach to ever win a title was Emmett McCracken who led Indiana to the championship in 1940 at the age of 31. The oldest was Jim Calhoun in 2011 at the age of 68.
  2. The Wolverines’ Glen Rice holds the record for most points in a single tournament with 184 during Michigan’s 1989 run to the title.
  3. A No. 16 seed has never beaten a No. 1 seed.
  4. The lowest seed to ever win the NCAA Tournament? Villanova as a No. 8 seed in 1985.
  5. The NIT tournament use to take precedence over the NCAA tournament until the 1970s, when the NCAA barred teams from playing in other postseason tournaments if they declined an invitation to March Madness.
  6. Three people have won an NCAA championship as a player and as a coach: Joe B. Hall as a player and coach of Kentucky, Bob Knight as a player with Ohio State and coach of Indiana, and Dean Smith as a player at Kansas and coach at North Carolina.
  7. Kansas City, Missouri has hosted the most Final Fours to date with 10 since 1953. Indianapolis can overtake that mark in 2035. It is now an official NCAA rule that the Final Four take place in Indianapolis (NCAA HQ) every five years. The city has hosted six times already.
  8. Only once have all four No. 1 seeds advanced to the Final Four when Kansas, North Carolina, UCLA and Memphis met in 2008.
  9. The first NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament was held in 1939… and consisted of only eight teams.
  10. Thirty-five different teams have won the NCAA tournament, but UCLA leads all schools with 11 titles.