This year, the madness began when the highly-anticipated Selection Sunday announcement was made on Sunday, March 16, 2014 as college basketball team match-ups were officially broadcast at 6PM ET on CBS.
Then it was on to the national championship during a month-long battle of skill, determination, and dazzling performances by top competing college teams.
From the announcement of the initial 64 teams — to eliminations that determine the Sweet 16 to the Elite 8 — all the action ultimately led to the Final Four games and the annual championship played at Cowboy Stadium in Arlington Texas on April 7, 2014.
The outcome was a highly improbable #8 seed Kentucky going up against #7 UConn (they don't call it The Madness for nothing)
The winner? It was UConn who took it 60-54 to became the only #7 seed ever to claim victory in an NCAA final.
2014 March Madness TV coverage
The NCAA's recent television deal with CBS Sports and Turner Sports (TBS, TNT and truTV) meant that the two top broadcasters continued to have dibs on the rights to televise the NCAA Tournament games until 2024.
Leading up to the final, the Sweet Sixteen games were televised by CBS and TBS, beginning on Thursday, March 27th followed by the Elite Eight airing exclusively on TBS beginning on Saturday, March 29th.
Sharing Final Four coverage was TNT, TBS, and TruTV airing on Saturday, April 5th, with the Championship game airing on CBS on Monday, April 7th at 9PM. ET.
This year, the madness spread worldwide when Canada tunes into live broadcasts on TSN. Across the pond, European fans watcedh on ESPN America while Australia caught the crazy on select telecasts on ONE HD.
NCAA Championship Final Score - UCONN WINS!
Monday, April 7, 2014
UConn 60, Kentucky 54
Final Four Final Scores
Saturday, April 5, 2014
UConn 63, Florida 53
Kentucky 74, Wisconsin 73
Elite Eight Ffinal Scores
Saturday, March 29, 2014
Sunday, March 30, 2014
Florida 62, Dayton 52
7 Connecticut 60, Michigan State 54
Wisconsin 64, Arizona 63
Michigan Kentucky 75, Michigan 72
Sweet Sixteen Final Scores
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Friday, March 28, 2014
Dayton 82, Stanford 72
Michigan 73, Tennessee 71
Wisconsin 69, Baylor 52
Connecticut 81, Iowa State 76
Florida 79, UCLA 68
Kentucky 74, Louisville 69
Arizona 70, San Diego State 64
Michigan State 61, Virginia 59
Third Round Final Scores
Saturday, March 22, 2014
Sunday, March 23, 2014
Florida 61, Pittsburgh 45
Stanford 60, Kansas 57
Louisville 66, St. Louis 51
Kentucky 78, Wichita State 76
Michigan 79, Texas 65
Iowa State 85, North Carolina 83
San Diego St. 63, N. Dakota St. 44
Tennessee 83, Mercer 63
Dayton 55, Syracuse 53
UCLA 77, Stephen F. Austin 60
Wisconsin 85, Oregon 77
Baylor 85, Creighton 55
Michigan State 80, Harvard 73
Virginia 78, Memphis 60
Connecticut 77, Villanova 65
Arizona 84, Gonzaga 61
Second Round Final Scores
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Friday, March 21, 2014
Dayton 60, Ohio State 59
Mercer 78, Duke 71
Wisconsin 75, American 35
Baylor 74, Nebraska 60
Colorado 48, .Pittsburgh 77
Stanford 58, New Mexico 53
Harvard 61, Cincinnati 57
Arizona 68, Weber State 59
Syracuse 77, Western Michigan 53
Tennessee 86, UMass 67
Oregon 87, BYU 68
Creighton 76, Louisiana-Lafeyette 66
Florida 67, Albany 55
Kansas 80, Eastern Kentucky 69
Michigan State 93, Delaware 78
Gonzaga 85, Oklahoma State 77
UConn 89, St. Joseph's 81
Memphis 71, George Washington 66
Michigan 57, Wofford 40
Wichita State 64, Cal Poly 37
Saint Louis 83, North Carolina State 80
North Carolina 79, Providence 77
North Dakota State 80, Oklahoma 75
Stephen F. Austin 77, VCU 75
Villanova 73, Milwaukee 53
Virginia 70, Coastal Carolina 59
Texas 87, Arizona State 85
Kentucky 56, Kansas State 49
Louisville 71, Manhattan 64
Iowa State 93, North Carolina Central 75
San Diego State 73, New Mexico State 69
UCLA 76, Tulsa 59
First Round Final Scores
Tuesday, March 18
Wednesday, March 19
Albany 71, Mt St Mary's 64
Cal Poly 81, Texas So. 69
N.C. State 74, Xavier 59
Tennessee 78, Iowa 65
2014 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 cancelled games.
2013 NCAA National Championship FINAL SCORE
Madness Trivia & Fun Facts
The fans and players aren't the only ones who go a little crazy.
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.
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.
The 6 schools
who have the winningest history in NCAA Division I Men's basketball
Carolina outlasted all the other teams 4 times, including
their championship win in 2005, and
Duke with 4 titles, the most recent in a nail biter over Butler in 2010.
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.
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.
about March Madness around the Web:
March Madness 2014 NCAA.com - The official site for ticket information, the latest updates,
scores, ranking and related pictures, videos, and feature stories, interviews
Basketball - CBS Sports - The official network TV station with headline reports & predictions, opinion
and news, plus the latest scores at a glance and key dates for major games.
Yahoo! NCAA College Basketball - Check out all the stats, brackets, news and analysis with a few extras that
may help with your bracket selections... or help you understand why your teams
did - or didn't - come through for you. Experts, blogs and videos for in depth
looks at the teams, coaches and players...