What is the NCAA championship

NCAA Division I Basketball Championship

As NCAA Division I Basketball Championship with the addition “Men's” for men or “Women's” for women before “basketball” or after the lemma in brackets, as well as colloquially as March Madness or The Big Dance is the name of the national college basketball championship organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in the USA. In American usage, the tournament winner is considered the national champion.

The NABC trophy awarded to the championship winner

The tournament, which has been taking place for men since 1939 and for women since 1982, takes place over a period of three weeks from mid-March to the beginning of April each year with 68 or 64 teams in the simple knockout system. The term March Madness itself is just as old as the tournament, but originally only applied to a tournament of the Illinois High School Association. The term was first used in 1982 for the NCAA tournament and has been legally protected by both associations since a legal dispute.

Although the players are not allowed to accept any money or material, apart from travel expenses, apart from food, lodging, laundry, books and scholarships, the university championship is huge business that captivates the entire country over a period of three weeks. Over $ 1.2 billion in advertising revenue was reported in 2016.[1] In 2011, advertising revenue on the Internet alone was $ 100 million.[2] The NCAA also benefits significantly. In fact, it is the basketball tournaments and, for the most part, the March Madness of the gentlemen, 95% of the NCAA's income, even if a large part of it is distributed to the member schools.[3]

In the USA (illegally) billions of dollars are traditionally bet on the outcome of the March Madness of the gentlemen, even among friends and colleagues.[4] Their tournament tree was disrupted in 2018 by the historic victory of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, seeded at number 16, over the University of Virginia, seeded at number 1, in the first round.[5] But just these so-called Cinderella Stories that Cinderella teams make year after year the fascination of the dramatically contested March Madness because every defeat means leaving the competition.

The Big Dance

Most successful universities

The UCLA Bruins from the University of California, Los Angeles have won the tournament most often with eleven wins to date (ten under Coach Wooden), including seven championships in a row between 1967 and 1973, followed by the Kentucky Wildcats from the University of Kentucky with eight wins. The television broadcast of the games is carried out in the USA by CBS and the TBS and TNT channels of the media company Time Warner and in Europe by the pay TV channel Sport1 US.

The University of Connecticut with their U-Conn Huskies was most successful under coach Geno Auriemma with eleven women's titles ahead of Pat SummittsLady Volunteers from the University of Tennessee with eight titles.

German title winners

1The German-born Pelkowski grew up in Colombia and only came to Germany after completing his studies, where he played basketball as a professional.

The Austrian Benjamin Ortner won with the Roadrunners of the Metropolitan State College of Denver in 2002 a statewide NCAA Division II championship.

The March Madness in popular culture

Entitled in episode 14 of the third season of How I Met Your Mother The bracket (German: The avenger) becomes the tournament tree Bracket) the March Madness exemplarily illustrated by the ensemble trying to fathom which of Barney Stinson's exiles was most deeply injured, that she now has the mission to warn women about him. In return for her help in identifying Barney, Lily demands to check in with the Final Four to excuse.

Entitled in episode 19 of the first season of The Middle The Final Four (German: The final four) Mike Heck receives tickets for the Final Four from Frankie's boss Don Ehlert, but has to let the tickets expire due to a memorial service.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ↑ Mark Trainer: March Madness explained. On: Share America — Web site of the Bureau of International Information Programs within the U.S. Department of State; Washington, D.C., March 13, 2018. Retrieved March 18, 2018.
  2. ↑ Maximilian Rau: Madness in March. On: Spiegel Online website; Hamburg, March 17, 2011. Retrieved April 2, 2018.
  3. ↑ Howard P. Chudacoff: Changing The Playbook. How Power, Profit, and Politics Transformed College Sports. Urbana, Chicago, and Springfield, 2015: University of Illinois Press. ISBN 978-0-252-08132-3 (page 129, in English).
  4. ↑ Charlie Zegers: Run Your Own NCAA Tournament Pool. On: Thought Co. website; New York, NY March 24, 2017. Retrieved March 18, 2018.
  5. ↑ Zach Schonbrun: Maryland-Baltimore County Scores a Historic Upset. From: The New York Times (page D5); New York City, NY March 17, 2018 with articles from the Associated Press, cited as March Madness: UMBC Delivers Historic Upset Over No. 1 Virginia. as corrected on March 19, 2018, from the New York Times website; New York City, NY on March 16, 2018. Retrieved April 2, 2018.
  6. ↑ James Murphy: NCAA Says RIP to RPI in Latest Ruling. On: 12UP website; London, August 22, 2018. Retrieved March 13, 2019.
  7. ↑ N.N .: NCAA bracket 2019: Printable March Madness tournament bracket .PDF. On: National Collegiate Athletic Association website; Indianapolis, IN, March 12, 2019. Retrieved March 13, 2019.
  8. ↑ Michelle R. Martinelli: FTW Explains: Why do No. 11 seeds play in the First Four round of the NCAA tournament? On: For The Win website; New York City, NY March 13, 2018. Retrieved March 19, 2018.
  9. ↑ N. N .: The NCAA bracket S-curve, explained. On: National Collegiate Athletic Association website; Indianapolis, IN, March 14, 2021. Retrieved March 14, 2021.
  10. ↑ Kevin Bonsor, Dave Roos: How March Madness Works. On: How Stuff Works — website; Venice, CA, March 17, 2003-2018. Retrieved March 18, 2018.