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March Madness

Posted: 03-27-2012 | Categories: Parents & Students

So, how are your brackets looking?  According to Forbes magazine, American companies are expected to lose a couple hundred billion dollars this month thanks to employees focusing on their basketball brackets instead of their jobs!  How crazy is that?

Every March we go wild for college basketball as we study the teams’ rosters, stats, and history and take a chance on placing them in a coveted spot on our highly thought out and methodically planned brackets.  We shout and yell at the players as we coach them from our living rooms or our favorite burger joint and fall to our knees in defeat when the team we picked to win it all goes down in the first round.  March Madness is upon us once again, but did you ever stop and wonder how it became such a crazy tradition?

“March Madness” comes from the phrase “Mad as a March Hare” which started in the 16th century.  Believe it or not, the original phrase was in reference to the crazy behavior hares displayed during mating season which lasted from the beginning of March through late April.  The annual NCAA Basketball Tournament (better known as March Madness) began in 1939.  Originally, Indiana High School Association called its annual basketball championship “March Madness.”  However, after sports reporter, Brent Musberger used the phrase in a telecast discussing the 1982 NCAA Basketball Tournament – the phrase was sealed into basketball history. 

Here’s a list of March Madness winners since 1939.

1939 Oregon
1940 Indiana
1941 Wisconsin
1942 Stanford
1943 Wyoming
1944 Utah
1945 Oklahoma State
1946 Oklahoma State (2)
1947 Holy Cross
1948 Kentucky
1949 Kentucky (2)
1950 CCNY
1951 Kentucky (3)
1952 Kansas
1953 Indiana (2)
1954 La Salle
1955 San Francisco
1956 San Francisco (2)
1957 North Carolina
1958 Kentucky (4)
1959 California
1960 Ohio State
1961 Cincinnati
1962 Cincinnati (2)
1963 Loyola (Chicago)
1964 UCLA
1965 UCLA (2)
1966 Texas Western
1967 UCLA (3)
1968 UCLA (4)
1969 UCLA (5)
1970 UCLA (6)
1971 UCLA (7)
1972 UCLA (8)
1973 UCLA (9)
1974 North Carolina State
1975 UCLA (10)
1976 Indiana (3)
1977 Marquette
1978 Kentucky (5)
1979 Michigan State
1980 Louisville
1981 Indiana (4)
1982 North Carolina (2)
1983 North Carolina State (2)
1984 Georgetown
1985 Villanova
1986 Louisville (2)
1987 Indiana (5)
1988 Kansas (2)
1989 Michigan
1990 UNLV
1991 Duke
1992 Duke (2)
1993 North Carolina (3)
1994 Arkansas
1995 UCLA (11)
1996 Kentucky (6)
1997 Arizona
1998 Kentucky (7)
1999 Connecticut
2000 Michigan State (2)
2001 Duke (3)
2002 Maryland
2003 Syracuse
2004 Connecticut (2)
2005 North Carolina (4)
2006 Florida
2007 Florida
2008 Kansas
2009 North Carolina (5)
2010 Duke
2011 Connecticut

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