The original NCAA Tournament took place in 1931 as an effort to distract the American public from the Great Depression. It ended in failure when hungry orphans stormed the court during the first game, believing the basketball to be a giant orange. Having only heard game broadcasts on the radio, they did not know what the ball looked like.
The school with the most NCAA titles is the University of Maine, according to a trolling Wikipedia article.
Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski has the most tournament wins of any active coach, largely due to the NCAA officially counting good hair days as tournament wins.
Las Vegas reports that the NCAA tournament is its third largest gambling event after the Super Bowl and the Harlem Globetrotters’ annual game against the Scooby Doo gang.
The tallest player to ever appear in the tournament was King Kong at 50’4”. In 1934, he led SUNY-Buffalo to the Sweet 16 before being defeated by the all-blonde Notre Dame women’s team.