Quick Fact: The Madness Began On This Day In 1939

On march 27th, 1939 the first ever NCAA Basketball Tournament began.  The first game was between Oregon and Ohio State University.  The tournament is now know as March Madness.   The interesting thing about the tournament is that it was developed before many homes had a television.  Now the Tournament dominates television ratings every year.  This year will be the 74th year the tournament has ruled March.

2cents’ take on the NCAA National Championship game

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After 66 games played in the March Madness tournament the 67th and most important game will be played tonight in New Orleans, LA.  The Kentucky Wildcats will Take on the Kansas Jayhawks in the NCAA National Championship game.  The two teams met in November at Madison Square Garden.  The Wildcats took that game 75-65 over the Jayhawks, it was not as close as the score seems.  The Wildcats dominated the Jayhawks during the whole second half.  The Jayhawks get a clean slate tonight and prove to the Nation they are the best.  They are coming into tonight’s game as 6 1/2 point underdogs to the Wildcats.

Tonight’s game will be won by the Kentucky Wildcats.  I know the cliche “anything can happen in one game”, but not in this one. Wildcats star Anthony Davis, a for sure No. 1 pick in the upcoming NBA Draft, has been incredible during the tournament.  Davis has shown himself to be a great leader and I see him having a bright future in the pros. In fact the Wildcats have so much talent that three of the Wildcats player are projected first round NBA picks. The Wildcats have had a pretty easy trip through March and I don’t see tonight being any different. Kansas has been good during the tournament but has had a couple of close games the last couple of weeks and just are not consistent enough to defeat the Wildcats.

The fact is that when the tournament started over 3 weeks ago it was Kentucky’s to win.  They are too strong to lose against Kansas on the biggest stage of them all. Tonight the Wildcats will put their names back in the history books as National champs.  The Season will be over they will loose 3 talented players to the NBA draft for sure, but they will recruit well and be back for many years to come.

The Brackets!

Brackets, brackets, brackets! Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh! What an exciting time of the year we have entered again. If you have been living under a rock I will tell you now that it is time for March Madness. Which actually runs into April but who cares this is America and we can do things like that! I can remember being a kid in elementary school getting excited for the NCAA basketball tournament. I don’t know anyone who does not at least know what it is. In fact I don’t know too many people that have never filled out a bracket (My sports hating wife has even filled one out).

I think a lot of the excitement has mostly to do with predicting the outcome of this massive tournament. It is a very unique event in that sense. Just about anyone whether they follow the sport of college basketball or not can give it a try. Countless office pools and friendly wagers dominate this month long period of sport. Bragging rights are definitely on the line. I have already filled out two.

The other great thing is that it provides a ton of entertainment almost dominating the late part of the week into Sunday for the first two weeks then reigning over the last 2 weekends.  The powerhouse teams versus the underdog, legendary programs versus legendary programs, you will be hard pressed to find a boring game.  The unpredictability is also a great part of this event you never know who will be upset. You have got to be a part of it!  If you can’t feel all of the excitement check your pulse and if you are still alive fill out a bracket already!