First NCAA Basketball Tournament
March Madness dates back to 1939, when the first NCAA men’s basketball tournament was held. The University of Oregon beat Ohio State in the first championship game on March 27, 1939, with a low score of 46-33. Eighteen teams participated in the first year of the tournament — currently 68 teams play. UCLA holds the record for the most tournament championships, with 11 titles. The first women’s NCAA basketball tournament took place in 1982.
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1969 Kevin Corrigan
1970 Mariah Carey
1970 Elizabeth Mitchell
1971 Nathan Fillion
1982 Iman Crosson
1988 Brenda Song
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