March 27: NCAA Basketball Tournament Begins 1939

Mar 27, 2012 9:07pm

First NCAA Basketball Tournament

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A member of the Kansas Jayhawks drives against the North Carolina Tar Heels during the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Midwest Regional Final at Edward Jones Dome on March 25, 2012 in St Louis. (Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

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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Famous Birthdays

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1963 Quentin Tarantino

1969 Kevin Corrigan

1970 Mariah Carey

1970 Elizabeth Mitchell

1971 Nathan Fillion

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