What is March Madness?
March Madness is the NCAA men's division single-elimination tournament played each spring in the United States to determine the national championship of the major college basketball teams.
How long has March Madness been around?
The original tournament was started in 1939, however, became known as March Madness in 1984.
How does the tournament work?
The tournament includes champions from 32 divisional conferences and 36 teams which are awarded large-berths. These 'large-berth' teams are chosen by the NCAA selection committee in a televised event on the Sunday before the first four play-in games.
The 68 teams are then divided into four regions and are organised into a single elimination bracket, which pre-determines, when a team wins a game, which team it will face next.
Each team is 'seeded' or 'ranked' within it's region from 1 to 16. After an initial four games between eight lower ranked teams, the tournament occurs during the course of three weekends.
Lower ranked teams are placed in the bracket against higher ranked teams.
Each weekend eliminates three quarters of the teams, from a round of 64, to the "sweet sixteen" and for the last weekend of the tournament, a "Final Four".
The final four compete for the national championship.
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