UPDATE: MARCH MADNESS 2020 HAS BEEN CANCELED
In an official announcement, the NCAA has canceled all 2020 NCAA Tournament games due to current health concerns.
In the announcement, the NCCA stated that the decision was “in the best interest of public health, including that of coaches, administrators, fans and, most importantly, our student-athletes.”
Before the cancellation, the NCAA announced that the games would continue, but with limited fan attendence to help contain the spread of COVID-19.
Now, with the games being cancelled in their entirety, it’s March Sadness for millions of fans.
Until next year …
2019 March Madness rewind
March Madness tickets – watching the games live
The initial scramble for March Madness tickets for the first four, second/third round and regional games begins in late summer or fall of the year before.
Meanwhile, scoring tickets to local games means getting ready to pounce at venues where games will be played as they are announced in March – whether its smaller college arenas or mega-venus such as Madison Square Garden in New York City.
FINAL FOUR: For the most sought-after finals, the NCAA annually puts about 40% of allotted Final Four tickets up for grabs in a random selection process the year before. The rest are managed by their official partner, Prime Sport. They provide a safe venue for fans to swap or sell tickets for popular final game tickets. Don’t forget that as the tournament heats up, prices can range anywhere from $30 and upwards to $15,000!
BUT BE CAREFUL OUT THERE: As usual, be wary of the unscrupulous ticket seller on Craig’s list or any other person looking to score on the frenzy for March Madness tickets. Say no to cash payments and only use a credit card to have record of your purchase and to contest any argument. Pro Tip: Buy from reputable sites like StubHub and TicketsNow which offer guarantees for refunds or exchanges on ticket errors or canceled games.
March Madness trivia & fun facts
The phrase March Madness was coined by Henry V. Porter in 1939 to describe an Illinois high school basketball tourney. Brent Musburger first used it during NCAA coverage in 1982 causing a legal battle almost as insane as the playoffs.
<p>But everyone finally worked things out and the madness was official. There isn't a good record of who first called the playoffs "The Big Dance", but it does describe the action.</p><ul><li> <p>UCLA with 11 championships; </p></li> <li> <p>Kentucky who won the March Madness games 7 times; </p></li> <li> <p>Indiana with 5 Big Dance victories; </p></li> <li> <p>North Carolina outlasted all the other teams 4 times, including their championship win in 2005, and </p></li> <li> <p><a href="http://www.chiff.com/recreation/sports/duke.htm"><b>Duke</b></a> with 5 titles, the most recent in a nail biter over Wisconsin in 2015.</p></li> </ul><p>Although past history is no guarantee in this Cinderella-laced NCAA tournament, number one seeds have won every time in the first round for the past 16 years and number two seeds have only lost three first round games... a 95% win average. </p> <p>What makes the brackets exciting are the number 13 and 14 seeds who came out winners in the first round 20 times since 1992... a sweet 16% that leads to dreams of glory. Watch for them in your brackets. Also look for teams from smaller conferences or those who had a bad start to the season, but got their game on during the last weeks to pull off an invitation. A power player on a slump or injury roster who recovers can mean a lower seed for a solid team. </p> <p><br />also see -> <b><a href="http://www.chiff.com/recreation/sports/nba-playoff.htm">NBA playoffs</a> | <a href="http://www.chiff.com/recreation/sports/nba-draft.htm">NBA draft</a></b></p> <p><b><br />More about March Madness around the Web:</b> </p><p><a href="https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><b>NCAA Basketball - CBS Sports</b></a> - Here's headline reports & predictions, opinion and news, plus the latest scores at a glance and key dates for major games.</p> <p><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NCAA_Men%27s_Division_I_Basketball_Championship" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><b>NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship</b></a> - Wikipedia's excellent overview of March Madness features tons of stats, facts and incredible depth of trivia answers.</p> <p> </p>