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Some Facts and History about March madness

March Madness" was born in Illinois. It is a annual tournament of high school boys basketball teams, sponsored by the Illinois High School Association. It started from a small invitational affair in 1908 to a statewide institution with over 900 schools competing by the late 1930's. Teams that stayed undefeated in the tournament got the title known as the "Sweet Sixteen" and routinely drew sellout crowds to the University of Illinois' Huff Gymnasium.

Henry V. Porter, assistant executive secretary of the Illinois High School Association, was so impressed by the phenomenon that he wrote an essay to commend the tournament and entitled it "March Madness." It first appeared in the Illinois High School Associations magazine in 1939. As a result of this 1939 article, the phrase March Madness soon became the official name of that high schools basketball championship series. The name March Madness stuck with all newspapers. Who used it throughout their pages during the tournament's "Golden Era" of the 1940's and 1950's, "March Madness" became the popular name of the event. During this golden era, some of Illinois' most legendary teams, including the undefeated 1944 Taylorville squad and Mt. Vernon's unstoppable back-to-back champions of 1949 and 1950. But the one champion remembered more than any other is Little Hebron, a school of only 99 students, which won the tournament in 1952. In 1963, the tournament moved to the huge new Assembly Hall on the campus of the University of Illinois.

"NCAA Final Four 2004 HERE"

 
NCAA Basketball Brackets 2004
1st ROUND
March 18-19
2nd ROUND
March 20-21
SWEET 16
March 25-26
ELITE EIGHT
March 27-28
FINAL FOUR
April 3
CHAMPIONSHIP
April 5
Nationwide Arena, Columbus Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis Alamo dome, San Antonio
(1) Kentucky
 Fri. Mar 19, 7:10 PM ET

96

76

(1) Kentucky
(9) UAB
Sun. Mar 21 - TBA

75

76

(9) UAB
(4) Kansas
Fri. Mar 26, 7:10 PM ET

74

100

(4) Kansas
(3) Ga Tech
Sun. Mar 28, 2:40 PM ET

71

79

(3) Ga Tech
(2) Oklahoma St
Sat. Apr 03, 6:07 PM ET

67

65

(3) Ga Tech

(2) UConn

Mon. Apr 05, 9:21 PM ET

73

82

(8) Washington
(9) UAB
Fri. Mar 19, 9:30 PM ET

100

102

Kemper Arena, Kansas City

(5) Providence
(12) U of the Pacific
Fri. Mar 19, 7:25 PM ET

58

66

12) U of the Pacific
(4) Kansas
Sun. Mar 21 - TBA

63

78

(4) Kansas
(13) Ill-Chicago
Fri. Mar 19, 9:45 PM ET

78

53

Bradley Center, Milwaukee
(6) BC
(11) Utah
Fri. Mar 19, 12:30 PM ET

58

51

(6) BC
(3) Ga Tech
Sun. Mar 21 - TBA

54

57

(3) Ga Tech
(10) Nevada
Fri. Mar 26, 9:40 PM ET

72

67

(3) Ga Tech
(14) N Iowa
Fri. Mar 19, 2:50 PM ET

65

60

Key Arena, Seattle
(7) Mich St
(10) Nevada
Thu. Mar 18, 7:35 PM ET

66

72

(10) Nevada
(2) Gonzaga
Sat. Mar 20, 3:20 PM ET

91

72

(2) Gonzaga
(15) Valparaiso
Thu. Mar 18, 9:55 PM ET

76

49

HSBC Arena, Buffalo
(1) Saint Joseph's
(16) Liberty
Thu. Mar 18, 2:45 PM ET

82

63

(1) Saint Joseph's
(8) Texas Tech
Sat. Mar 20, 5:30 PM ET

70

65

(1) Saint Joseph's
(4) W Forest
Thu. Mar 25, 9:57 PM ET

84

80

(1) Saint Joseph's
(2) Oklahoma St
Sat. Mar 27, 7:05 PM ET

62

64

(8) Texas Tech
(9) Charlotte
Thu. Mar 18, 12:25 PM ET

76

73

RBC Center, Raleigh
(5) Florida
(12) Manhattan
Thu. Mar 18, 12:20 PM ET

60

75

(12) Manhattan
(4) W Forest
Sat. Mar 20, 3:30 PM ET

80

84

(4) W Forest
(13) Va Common
Thu. Mar 18, 2:40 PM ET

79

78

Bradley Center, Milwaukee
(6) Wisconsin
(11) Richmond
Fri. Mar 19, 7:20 PM ET

76

64

(6) Wisconsin
(3) Pittsburgh
Sun. Mar 21, 4:45 PM E

55

59

(3) Pittsburgh
(2) Oklahoma St
Thu. Mar 25, 7:27 PM ET

51

63

(3) Pittsburgh
(14) C Florida
Fri. Mar 19, 9:40 PM ET

53

44

Kemper Arena, Kansas City
(7) Memphis
(10) S Carolina
Fri. Mar 19, 12:30 PM ET

59

43

(7) Memphis
(2) Oklahoma St
Sun. Mar 21, 2:20 PM ET

53

70

(2) Oklahoma St
(15) E Wash
Fri. Mar 19, 2:50 PM ET

75

56

RBC Center, Raleigh
(1) Duke
(16) Alabama St
Thu. Mar 18, 7:10 PM ET

96

91

(1) Duke
(8) S Hall
Sat. Mar 20, 1:10 PM ET

90

62

(3) Texas
(7) Xavier
Fri. Mar 26, 7:27 PM ET

72

62

(1) Duke
(7) Xavier
Sun. Mar 28, 5:05 PM ET

66

63

(1) Duke
(2) UConn
Sat. Apr 03, 8:47 PM ET

78

79

(8) S Hall
(9) Arizona
Thu. Mar 18, 9:30 PM ET

80

76

Nationwide Arena, Columbus
(5) Illinois
(12) Murray St
Fri. Mar 19, 12:25 PM ET

72

53

(5) Illinois
(4) Cincy
Sun. Mar 21, 2:30 PM ET

92

68

(4) Cincy
(13) E Tenn St
Fri. Mar 19, 2:45 PM ET

80

77

Pepsi Center, Denver
(6) UNC
(11) Air Force
Thu. Mar 18, 9:40 PM ET

63

52

6) UNC
(3) Texas
Sat. Mar 20, 8:00 PM ET

75

78

(3) Texas
(7) Xavier
Fri. Mar 26, 7:27 PM ET

71

79

(3) Texas
(14) Princeton
Thu. Mar 18, 7:20 PM ET

66

49

TD Waterhouse Centre, Orlando
(7) Xavier
(10) Louisville
Fri. Mar 19, 9:30 PM ET

80

70

(7) Xavier
(2) Miss St
Sun. Mar 21, 12:10 PM ET

89

74

(2) Miss St
(15) Monmouth
Fri. Mar 19, 7:10 PM ET

85

52

Key Arena, Seattle
(1) Stanford
(16) Texas-SA
Thu. Mar 18, 5:00 PM ET

71

45

(1) Stanford
(8) Alabama
Sat. Mar 20, 5:40 PM ET

67

70

(8) Alabama
(5) Syracuse
Thu. Mar 25, 9:40 PM ET

80

71

(8) Alabama
(2) UConn
Sat. Mar 27, 4:40 PM ET

71

87

(8) Alabama
(9) S Illinois
Thu. Mar 18, 2:40 PM ET

65

64

Pepsi Center, Denver
(5) Syracuse
(12) BYU
Thu. Mar 18, 3:00 PM ET

80

75

(5) Syracuse
(4) Maryland
Sat. Mar 20, 5:40 PM ET

72

70

(4) Maryland
(13) UTEP
Thu. Mar 18, 12:40 PM ET

86

83

TD Waterhouse Centre, Orlando
(6) Vanderbilt
(11) W Michigan
Fri. Mar 19, 2:35 PM ET

71

58

(6) Vanderbilt
(3) NC State
Sun. Mar 21, 2:40 PM ET

75

73

(6) Vanderbilt
(2) UConn
Thu. Mar 25, 7:10 PM ET

53

73

(3) NC State
(14) La Lafayette
Fri. Mar 19, 12:15 PM ET

61

52

HSBC Arena, Buffalo
(7) DePaul
(10) Dayton
Thu. Mar 18, 9:30 PM ET

76

69

(7) DePaul
(2) UConn
Sat. Mar 20, 7:50 PM ET

55

72

(2) UConn
(15) Vermont
Thu. Mar 18, 7:10 PM ET

70

53

                       
OPENING ROUND
Dayton, OH - March 16
 
(16a)Lehigh
(16b)Florida A&M
 

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