See the NBA stars of tomorrow competing in the expansive and exciting NCAA championship. Thousands of schools compete every year to make it to "March Madness" and become the NCAA Champions. The NCAA is the pinnacle for basketball teams from several divisions, ranging from NCAA Division I to Independent Conferences. Support your school, watch some incredible basketball, and see who will become the next LeBron James with NCAA Basketball Tickets on StubHub!
NCAA Basketball History
The very first basketball game was played in at the YMCAs in 1891 and by 1893 had already spread to college campuses. The first college to field a basketball team in a competitive match was Vanderbilt University who played the YMCA in 1893. The first official, all college basketball game, happened two years later when Hamline University took on Minnesota A&M. By 1900, basketball had spread across the United States, and just four years later the first tournament featuring exclusively college basketball teams took place at the Summer Olympics.
College basketball continued to develop at an extraordinary pace, and in 1939 the first NCAA Tournament took place. Quickly becoming the most prestigious tournament outside of the NBA in US basketball, the NCAA Tournament flourished over the following decades. The tournament was expanded to 32 teams in 1975, 48 in 1980, 64 in 1985, and 68 teams in 2011. Today, the NCAA Tournament is held throughout the month of March and is referred to as "March Madness." Schools compete over several round robin matches until just one is left - the NCAA Champions.
NCAA Chammpionship Milestones
The most successful school to ever compete in the NCAA Championships is Duke who boasts 109 wins from 146 games, with a winning percentage of .747. North Carolina and UCLA come in second and third with .732 and .721 winning percentages respectively. North Carlina and UCLA also feature on the list of most Final Four appearances, having made it to the last stage of the tournament on 20 and 17 occasions respectively. Kentucky has also made the Final Four 17 times, while Duke appeared at that stage 16 times.
There are some amazing records which have occurred during the NCAA tournament. The record for fewest field goals in a game and lowest shooting percentage came in 1940 when Springfield faced Indiana. Springfield made just eight field goals with a shooting percentage of 12.7 percent in scoring 24 points. At the other end of the scale, Loyola Marymount holds the record for most points scored in a game when they downed 149 points against Michigan in 1990 who themselves managed 115 points in defeat. That game also holds the record for most points in a single NCAA tournament match with 264 points scored. Be there for the next record-breaking NCAA tournament game with NCAA Basketball Tickets on StubHub!