Tuesday Turnip

David K. Israel

It's time for another whimsical Tuesday Turnip search wherein I type a random phrase and we see what kind of interesting factoids "turn-up."

In honor of the NCAA tournament, today I typed in "tournament fact" + "NCAA" + "basketball" unearthing the following information from a whole host of different sites:

The Most Outstanding Player award was not given out until 1940.

Sportscaster Brent Musburger is typically credited as the one who first used the term "March Madness" in relation to the NCAA tournament. No team has repeated as national champions since Duke won back-to-back titles in 1991 and 1992. Since 1978, only four teams ranked No. 1 in the polls entering the tournament have won the championship. North Carolina has made the most Final Four trips with 16. Next best is UCLA (15), Duke (14), Kentucky (13) and Kansas (12). Kentucky has made the most tournament appearances (47) and recorded the most tournament victories (97). UCLA has won the most NCAA championships (11), followed by Kentucky (7), Indiana (5), North Carolina (4) and Duke (3). Oregon won the first tournament in 1939.