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March Madness Basketball Facts

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Get ready for NCAA March Madness. Check out Kidzworld's facts and records from the NCAA Basketball Championship Tournament!

NCAA March Madness - Final Four History

The first NCAA Championship Basketball Tournament was played in 1939 and was won by the University of Oregon Ducks. Back then, only eight teams were part of the tournament. The NCAA Basketball Tournament expanded to include 64 teams in 1985.

NCAA March Madness - Tournament Highs and Lows

  • The most points scored by one team during the NCAA Basketball Tournament is 149, scored by Loyola Marymount against Michigan during the second round of the 1990 tournament.
  • The fewest points scored by one team is 20, scored by North Carolina in their 26-20 loss against Pittsburgh in 1941.
  • NCAA March Madness - Tournament Stars

  • Shaquille O'Neal set an NCAA record by blocking 11 shots in one game for LSU in 1989.
  • Carmelo Anthony became just the third freshman to be named the Outstanding Player of NCAA Final Four Basketball Tournament, after leading the Syracuse Orangemen to an 81-78 victory over the Kansas Jayhawks in 2003.
  • Austin Carr scored a record 61 points for Notre Dame in the first round of the 1970 NCAA Basketball Tournament.
  • NCAA March Madness - Most Successful Final Four Teams

  • The UCLA Bruins have won more NCAA Division 1 Championships than any other team. The Bruins have won the NCAA tournament 11 times, including seven straight titles from 1967 to 1973.
  • The North Carolina Tar Heels have made it to the Final Four more times than any other team. The Tar Heels have made the Final Four 15 times and have won the title three times.
  • NCAA March Madness - 2007 Final Four Teams

  • Florida Gators - The defending champions have a great chance to win it all. They have four potential NBA first round draft picks. This is the third Final Four under coach Billy Donovan.
  • Ohio State Buckeyes - The Buckeyes are no strangers to the Final Four. They have played in nine of them, and won the championship in 1960. This is their first Final Four appearance since 1999. Ohio State is led by freshman sensation Greg Oden.
  • Georgetown Hoyas - It's been 22 years since the Hoyas have seen the Final Four. Last time they were there, they had John Thompson as the coach and Patrick Ewing as a player. Now the next generation has brought the Hoyas back to the final leg of the tournament. John Thompson's son is now the coach and Patrick Ewing's son is now a player.
  • UCLA Bruins - One of the most storied programs in college basketball, the Bruins have won an amazing 11 NCAA Championships. In 2006, UCLA lost to Florida in the National Championship Game. They're led by All-American guard Aaron Afflalo.
  • Print out your NCAA Final Four Basketball tournament bracket by clicking here.
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