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Today in History - 3/27
jab684@cornell.edu
| March 27, 2013
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It's March Madness! Did you know that the insanity actually began today?

 

Today, in 1939, The University of Oregon defeated Ohio State University 46-33 to win the first-ever NCAA men’s basketball tournament. Only eight teams were invited to participate in the competition until 1950, and the tournament has grown steadily since. Now, the Final Four is now preceded by several rounds of play beginning with 68 teams, 64 of which are broken up in to four regions.

So, as we get ready to head into the Sweet 16 in just a few days, remember that the long history of March Madness actually began 74 years ago today. 

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