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NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship

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The NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship is held each spring featuring 65 of the top college basketball teams in the United States. The 20-day tournament, colloquially known as "March Madness" or the Big Dance, has become one of the country's most prominent sports events.

The tournament, whose field includes regional conference champions and other top teams, is staged in a single elimination format. Since its 1939 inception, it has built a legacy that includes dynasty teams and dramatic underdog stories. In recent years, friendly wagering on the event has become something of a national pastime, spawning countless "office pools" that attract expert fans and novices alike.

The tournament bracket is made up of champions from each Division I conference, which receive automatic bids. The remaining slots are at-large berths, with teams chosen by an NCAA selection committee. The selection process and tournament seedings are based on several factors, including team rankings, win-loss records and RPI data.

The two lowest-seeded teams (usually the teams below .500 & the SWAC champion) play a pre-tournament game to determine which will advance into the first round of the tournament. This play-in game was added in 2001 and has been played in Dayton, Ohio each subsequent year.

A Most Outstanding Player honor is awarded by the Associated Press at the end of each tournament.

See also: Division II, Division III

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Winners of the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship

Year Winner Score Opponent Venue
1939 Oregon 46-33 Ohio State Patten Gymnasium Evanston, Illinois
1940 Indiana 60-42 Kansas Municipal Auditorium Kansas City, Missouri
1941 Wisconsin 39-34 Washington State Municipal Auditorium Kansas City, Missouri
1942 Stanford 53-38 Dartmouth Municipal Auditorium Kansas City, Missouri
1943 Wyoming 46-34 Georgetown Madison Square Garden New York, New York
1944 Utah 42-40 (OT) Dartmouth Madison Square Garden New York, New York
1945 Oklahoma A&M 49-45 NYU Madison Square Garden New York, New York
1946 Oklahoma A&M 43-40 North Carolina Madison Square Garden New York, New York
1947 Holy Cross 58-47 Oklahoma Madison Square Garden New York, New York
1948 Kentucky 58-42 Baylor Madison Square Garden New York, New York
1949 Kentucky 46-36 Oklahoma A&M Edmundson Pavilion Seattle, Washington
1950 CCNY 71-68 Bradley Madison Square Garden New York, New York
1951 Kentucky 68-58 Kansas State Williams Arena Minneapolis, Minnesota
1952 Kansas 80-63 St. John's Edmundson Pavilion Seattle, Washington
1953 Indiana 69-68 Kansas Municipal Auditorium Kansas City, Missouri
1954 La Salle 92-76 Bradley Municipal Auditorium Kansas City, Missouri
1955 San Francisco 76-73 La Salle Municipal Auditorium Kansas City, Missouri
1956 San Francisco 83-71 Iowa Welsh-Ryan Arena Evanston, Illinois
1957 North Carolina 54-53 (3 OT) Kansas Municipal Auditorium Kansas City, Missouri
1958 Kentucky 84-72 Seattle Freedom Hall Louisville, Kentucky
1959 California 71-70 West Virginia Freedom Hall Louisville, Kentucky
1960 Ohio State 75-55 California Cow Palace San Francisco, California
1961 Cincinnati 70-65 (OT) Ohio State Municipal Auditorium Kansas City, Missouri
1962 Cincinnati 71-59 Ohio State Freedom Hall Louisville, Kentucky
1963 Loyola (Chicago) 60-58 (OT) Cincinnati Freedom Hall Louisville, Kentucky
1964 UCLA 98-83 Duke Municipal Auditorium Kansas City, Missouri
1965 UCLA 91-80 Michigan Memorial Coliseum Portland, Oregon
1966 Texas Western 72-65 Kentucky Cole Field House College Park, Maryland
1967 UCLA 79-64 Dayton Freedom Hall Louisville, Kentucky
1968 UCLA 78-55 North Carolina Los Angeles Sports Arena Los Angeles, California
1969 UCLA 92-72 Purdue Freedom Hall Louisville, Kentucky
1970 UCLA 80-69 Jacksonville Cole Field House College Park, Maryland
1971 UCLA 68-62 Villanova Astrodome Houston, Texas
1972 UCLA 81-76 Florida State Los Angeles Sports Arena Los Angeles, California
1973 UCLA 87-66 Memphis State St. Louis Arena St. Louis, Missouri
1974 NC State 76-64 Marquette Greensboro Coliseum Greensboro, North Carolina
1975 UCLA 92-85 Kentucky San Diego Sports Arena San Diego, California
1976 Indiana 86-68 Michigan Spectrum Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1977 Marquette 67-59 North Carolina The Omni Atlanta, Georgia
1978 Kentucky 94-88 Duke St. Louis Arena St. Louis, Missouri
1979 Michigan State 75-64 Indiana State Jon M. Huntsman Center Salt Lake City, Utah
1980 Louisville 59-54 UCLA Market Square Arena Indianapolis, Indiana
1981 Indiana 63-50 North Carolina Spectrum Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1982 North Carolina 63-62 Georgetown Superdome New Orleans, Louisiana
1983 N.C. State 54-52 Houston University Arena Albuquerque, New Mexico
1984 Georgetown 84-75 Houston Kingdome Seattle, Washington
1985 Villanova 66-64 Georgetown Rupp Arena Lexington, Kentucky
1986 Louisville 72-69 Duke Reunion Arena Dallas, Texas
1987 Indiana 74-73 Syracuse Superdome New Orleans, Louisiana
1988 Kansas 83-79 Oklahoma Kemper Arena Kansas City, Missouri
1989 Michigan 80-79 (OT) Seton Hall Kingdome Seattle, Washington
1990 UNLV 103-73 Duke McNichols Sports Arena Denver, Colorado
1991 Duke 72-65 Kansas RCA Dome Indianapolis, Indiana
1992 Duke 71-51 Michigan Metrodome Minneapolis, Minnesota
1993 North Carolina 77-71 Michigan Superdome New Orleans, Louisiana
1994 Arkansas 76-72 Duke Charlotte Coliseum Charlotte, North Carolina
1995 UCLA 89-78 Arkansas Kingdome Seattle, Washington
1996 Kentucky 76-67 Syracuse Continental Airlines Arena East Rutherford, New Jersey
1997 Arizona 84-79 (OT) Kentucky RCA Dome Indianapolis, Indiana
1998 Kentucky 78-69 Utah Alamodome San Antonio, Texas
1999 Connecticut 77-74 Duke Tropicana Field St. Petersburg, Florida
2000 Michigan State 89-76 Florida RCA Dome Indianapolis, Indiana
2001 Duke 82-72 Arizona Metrodome Minneapolis, Minnesota
2002 Maryland 64-52 Indiana Georgia Dome Atlanta, Georgia
2003 Syracuse 81-78 Kansas Superdome New Orleans, Louisiana
2004 Connecticut 82-73 Georgia Tech Alamodome San Antonio, Texas
2005 North Carolina 75-70 Illinois Edward Jones Dome St. Louis, Missouri

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Number of championships by school

  • UCLA 11
  • Kentucky 7
  • Indiana 5
  • North Carolina 4
  • Duke 3
  • Cincinnati 2
  • Connecticut 2
  • Kansas 2
  • Louisville 2
  • Michigan State 2
  • North Carolina State 2
  • Oklahoma State 2 (both times as Oklahoma A&M)
  • San Francisco 2
  • Arizona 1
  • Arkansas 1
  • California 1
  • CCNY 1
  • Georgetown 1
  • Holy Cross 1
  • La Salle 1
  • Loyola (Chicago) 1
  • Marquette 1
  • Maryland 1
  • Michigan 1
  • Ohio State 1
  • Oregon 1
  • Stanford 1
  • Syracuse 1
  • UNLV 1
  • Utah 1
  • UTEP 1 (as Texas Western)
  • Villanova 1
  • Wisconsin 1
  • Wyoming 1

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