One of the most exciting times of the year for any sports fan is March when the NCAA men’s basketball tournament takes place. For a few weeks every year, March Madness engulfs the nation and makes even casual basketball observers rabid fans. Each year, millions of people fill out one, two or several March Madness brackets. These brackets are used for office pools, contests or just to track the action.
You can follow the action with your own March Madness bracket. This printable PDF file is available as an instant free download on this page. Simply click on the download link to get your copy of the complimentary March Madness bracket today.
The History of the March Madness Bracket
The original March Madness bracket included only eight times in 1939. In the first-ever national championship game, Oregon knocked off Ohio State, 46-33, in Evanston, Illinois. The NCAA kept the eight-team format until expanding to 16 teams in 1951.
The March Madness bracket field would continue to fluctuate until expanding to 64 teams in 1985. In 2011, the field expanded to 68 teams with the inclusion of the “First Four”, which consists of four play-in games before the entire field takes the floor in the second round.
The field is broken up into four 16-team regions after the “First Four”. Teams are seeded 1-16 in the single-elimination tournament. Games are held throughout the country until the Final Four teams converge on a site to determine a national champion.
The UCLA Bruins have gone through the March Madness bracket to win the national championship more times than any other team. UCLA has captured the national time a record 11 times. Kentucky is second on the all-time list with eight championships. Indiana and North Carolina have won five titles apiece.
Who will come out on top after the madness? Follow your favorite schools and bitter rivals with the complimentary March Madness bracket courtesy of MyExcelTemplates.com!
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