This Day In Sports History (March 27th) — NCAA Tournament

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It was on this day in 1939 that the first ever NCAA Basketball Tournament Championship was awarded.  Oregon would go on to win the championship, beating Ohio State in the finals.

Only eight schools were involved in the first ever NCAA men’s basketball tournament, as opposed to the 68 that are involved in today’s tournament.  Oregon would get to the finals by beating Texas and Oklahoma in West Region play, while Ohio State would represent the East Region by beating Wake Forest and Villanova.

In the finals, Oregon dominated Ohio State, running away with the 46-33 victory thanks to some stellar coaching from Howard Hobson.  Jimmy Hull of Ohio State would lead the tournament in scoring with 58 points, and was named the Tournament MVP.

With the 2013 edition of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament nearing its end, it will be interesting to see who comes out on top this time around.  My money is on the Indiana Hoosiers.

Here is a look at some of the greatest NCAA Tournament buzzer beaters of all time.

Notable Birthdays

Michael Cuddyer, MLB – Born on March 27, 1979 (age 35) in Norfolk, Virginia

Danny Fortson, NBA – Born on March 27, 1976 (age 38) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Randall Cunningham, NFL – Born on March 27, 1963 (age 51) in Santa Barbara, California


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