March Madness is a nation-wide tournament for the NCAA men’s division 1 college basketball championship. It begins in the second week in march and concludes in the first week in April. March Madness was founded in 1939 and there are about 68 teams in the league. This is a single elimination tournament, which means that each team only gets to continue playing if they keep winning, as soon as a team loses their out. In 1939 NCAA coach, Harold Olsen, came up with the idea of the massive tournament. It became one of the most iconic and famous annual sporting events in America. The first round consists of 64 teams and each weekend three-quarters of them are eliminated until only two teams are left to play in the championship game. Lower ranked teams are put against the higher ranked teams. UCLA has the most championships  and 10 of their 11 was coached by John Wooden.The tournament has been televised since 1969, the games are currently broadcasted by CBS, TBS, and TNT. As television coverage has widened, so has the popularity of the event.
“I love March Madness,” Allison Lonsdale ‘17 said “it’s one of the biggest basketball tournaments of all time. My favorite team is Iowa State, I’m from Iowa and I love everything about it. I support many teams from there, it makes me feel connected to home.”
“I’m not big on basketball, but I do enjoy watching March Madness. My favorite team is Oregon State. Go Beavs.” Cade Burckhardt ‘19 said.