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History of March Madness & Where to Buy College Apparel

March Madness is one of the biggest events in NCAA sports, but how did it all start? The first ever NCAA division 1 basketball tournament happened with the Oregon Ducks defeating Ohio State in 1939. With only 8 teams competing in 1939, the tournament eventually expanded to 68 teams in 2011.

Where did the term March Madness come from? 

Henry V. Porter, an Illinois high school official, first referred to basketball as March Madness in 1939. The name was picked up by the NCAA in 1982 when a former Chicago sportswriter said it on a CBS broadcast during the tournament. The term has been used for the Division I NCAA basketball tournament ever since.


What is the biggest upset in March Madness history?

If there’s anything about March Madness, it’s that no game can be predicted. All 68 teams come out to play, and whether you are the number 1 seed or in last place, any team can make it to the Final Four. 

What is known to be the biggest upset in March Madness history, was when the 16-seed UMBC defeated the 1-seed Virginia Cavaliers by 20 points. This ruined nearly everyone’s brackets for the tournament and will go down in history forever. 


What teams are in March Madness this year? 

Teams are to be selected on March 12th, better known as Selection Sunday, and the first 4 games will take place on March 14th-15th. The Final Four is scheduled for April 1st, with the NCAA championship game on April 3rd. 

To rep your team the right way this March, shop Cutter and Buck college fan shop apparel in a variety of versatile styles.  


NCAA Basketball Fan Shop Apparel 

Kentucky Wildcats Cutter & Buck Forge Heathered Stretch Mens Polo

Kentucky Men’s College Fan Shop Polo

Michigan Wolverines Cutter & Buck Prospect Textured Stretch Womens Short Sleeve Polo

Michigan Women’s College Fan Shop Polo

Our officially licensed college apparel styles include polos for men and women that are made to keep you comfortable in the stands or at home for March Madness watch parties. Look sharp while repping your team in these polo shirts, while also enjoying the comfort of our Drytec Polyester material, engineered for versatility and everyday activities.

Virginia Cavaliers Cutter & Buck Traverse Stretch Quarter Zip Womens Pullover

Virginia Women’s College Fan Shop Pullover

Villanova Wildcats College Vault Cutter & Buck Adapt Eco Knit Hybrid Recycled Mens Quarter Zip

Villanova Men’s College Fan Shop Pullover

Get our iconic Cutter and Buck pullovers for women and men in your favorite March Madness teams. Our college pullovers are made with spandex and polyester for maximum comfort, plus are perfect for layering with Cutter and Buck polo shirts and dress shirts. Wear these to your watch party and make your favorite appetizer. While NCAA tournament tickets can be notoriously hard to come across, if you’re lucky enough to attend a game you’ll definitely want some gear to cheer on your favorite college team. Our hoodies and sweatshirts are great for staying warm during the first round games that take place in late winter.

Maryland Terrapins Cutter & Buck Mission Ridge Repreve® Eco Insulated Mens Puffer Jacket

Maryland Men’s College Fan Shop Jacket

Syracuse Orange Cutter & Buck Rainier PrimaLoft® Womens Eco Insulated Full Zip Puffer Jacket

Syracuse Women’s College Fan Shop Jacket

For colder days in March, we have you covered. Shop Cutter and Buck officially licensed apparel that includes the best puffer jackets made with insulation, wind and water resistant material, and offers four season versatility. These quilted jackets for men and women are perfect for bundling up or for light layering for that transitional season weather.

Having trouble deciding which Cutter and Buck jacket is right for you? Learn the difference in our men’s and women’s jacket styles.

For more from our college apparel styles to wear during the NCAA basketball season, check out our NCAA fan shop with officially licensed apparel. No matter what style or team you’re shopping for there are plenty of options available for showing off your school spirit during March Madness. Grab your favorite college apparel from Cutter and Buck’s college fan shop and get ready to cheer on your team!