The History

According to, the term "March Madness" started from a men's high school basketball tournament in Illinois that started in 1908. The "Sweet Sixteen" teams regularly drew big crowds to watch the games. Now, the terms are trademarked by the NCAA and the Illinois High School Association.

To view more events in the history of the NCAA tournament, visit the Timeline. To watch videos of some of the greatest highlights, visit Great Moments. And to see a list of March Madness record holders, check out Records.

Most of the records and historical information came from the NCAA's Web site.

You can check out all the statistics they keep on the tournament, the coaches and the seasons here.
© 2010 Jillian Kremer