The NCAA Championship
game first appeared on television in
1962 when an edited version was shown on ABC's Wide World
The first NCAA Championship for women's
basketball was played in 1982.
won the first NCAA championship in men's basketball,
held in 1939.
During the first
12 years of the men's tournament, only 8 teams played.
As the tournament gained in importance, the field was
expanded to 16 teams, then to 32, and then to its present
size of 64.