|By Business Wire||
|March 11, 2009 03:53 PM EDT||
HowStuffWorks.com, the Web site famous for demystifying the world, offers fans a better understanding of March Madness picks and breaks down the science of the bracketology that fuels the men’s NCAA college basketball championship tournament.
As one of the country’s top annual sports traditions, the tournament, which is promoted as March Madness or The Big Dance, has grown from eight teams in 1939 to 65 today. The participating teams will be unveiled on Selection Sunday, March 15. The 2009 tournament runs from March 17 through April 6, with the Final Four showdown scheduled for April 4-6 in Detroit.
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March Madness is an exciting time for 65 college campuses in the United States and college basketball fans worldwide. The madness begins when 327 Division I NCAA schools are narrowed down to 65 teams prior to the tournament.
The Racket Behind the Bracket
The tournament inspires millions of people to fill out brackets and pick the eventual champion. Prior to the bracket of 65 teams, the selection committee carefully evaluates the following criteria when matching up first round opponents in four regions:
Tournament Facts Every Fan Should Know
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Invented in 1891 at a YMCA gym in Springfield, Illinois, the sport has its own lingo and a rich history of legendary stars, dynamic personalities and record-breaking events.
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