March 11, 2017 is NCAA Basketball Selection Sunday but you don't have to tell that to college basketball fans around the country. This begins the three weeks where the world seems to stop in favor of basketball. Fans can be found watching basketball games, checking twitter, tallying bracket totals, and bragging about the successes of one's picks.

St. Louis and Missouri fans might not be watching their favorite hometown or home-state teams in the tournament but they can still have fun with March Madness.

Fun Facts about March Madness

Broadcasting the selection: The first tournament was held in 1939 and eight teams compete. Oregon defeated Ohio State 46-33 in the finals. The tournament final was broadcast live on television nationwide for the first time in 1954 and then in 1991 CBS began broadcasting all games live.

There are 68 teams that start out with high hopes after being selected: 32 automatic bids for conference champions and 36 at-large teams.

What are the most important criteria for selection? According to the two categories that stand out the most are the number of wins against the top 50 teams in the RPI and a team’s non-conference strength of schedule ranking.

UCLA has won the most NCAA Men's Basketball Tournaments - 11

Ways to watch the selection announcements: 

When: Sunday, March 12 5:30 p.m. ET (4:30 in St. Louis)
TV: CBS- KMOV Channel Four in St. Louis

Last year, the CBS broadcast took more than two hours. But this year’s show, will be condensed into a 90-minute broadcast, and will be led by host Greg Gumbel. He’ll be joined live in studio by analysts Clark Kellogg and Seth Davis from the Broadcast Center in New York City. Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith will provide commentary from Turner Studios in Atlanta.

Fans can also watch the selections online at and beginning at 5:30 p.m. Eastern (4:30 in St. Louis).

Celebrity March Madness Fans

Julia Louis-Dreyfuss and her husband (also an actor and comedy writer) Brad Hall, love to cheer on their youngest son, Charlie Hall, player for Northwestern University Wildcats of the Big 10, where both of his parents also attended college.

Ashley Judd is a huge Kentucky Wildcats fan.

Bill Murray-- famous for being a Cubs fan, is a big Illini fan.

Other highly visible fans: Rob Lowe (Duke Blue Devils), Toby Keith (Oklahoma Sooners), Jennifer Lawrence (Louisville Cardinals), John Legend (Ohio State Buckeyes), Justin Timberlake (Memphis Tigers)

Many of those  and more are mentioned on

Fun Facts about the Final Four

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Approx. 125,000 people will travel to Phoenix for the Final Four festivities, and 90% of them will be coming from out of state.

3.6K volunteers will be working to help fans throughout the city of Phoenix, anywhere from the welcomers at the airport to the ones manning the telephone hotlines.

The average single-game ticket costs about $477, for one thing. 

The estimated spending per person to go to the Final Four in Phoenix, Arizona (actually Glendale, AZ) is $2,100 and that includes ticket, lodging, transportation.

Roughly 3.5 million extra cases of beer are produced to keep up with increased demand. And there’s the potential for some workplace conflict, since distracted employees cost businesses about $4 billion per year.

As a country, found four billion dollars in corporate loss nationwide due to unproductive workers during March Madness.

And if you are a successful coach...

Coach Mike Krzyzewski has a salary of $7,300,000--three times more than the university president. 


It's time to sign up for our STLSportsPage Bracket Challenge.

Here is the link:

Password: march

If it says "you must be invited" please email us at and we'll send you the invite.

Every year STLSportsPage's bracket challenge features Cardinals players who compete-- and you can test your basketball knowledge against them. This year we are giving away Cardinals tickets at Busch Stadium s as the prizes for the winners. Go to the link and get registered. You will need a CBS Sports login.

Tell your friends about it. Be sure to be following @RobRains and @STLSportsPage on Twitter and @STL Sports Page on Facebook

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FIRST PRIZE: 10 Cardinals Tickets (Approx. $200 Value)

Second Prize: 6 Cardinals Tickets  (Approx. $120 Value)

Third Prize: 4 Cardinals Tickets  (Approx. $80 Value)

Fourth Prize: 2 Cardinals Tickets (Approx. $40 Value)

The Cardinals Tickets are Passes for two tickets each (so 10 tickets is 5 passes). Tickets are worth approximately $20 each.

If you win it is YOUR responsibility to contact us with your mailing address so we can mail you your prizes. If we don't hear from you by two weeks after the tournament final we will assume you forgot about it and the prizes will not be valid, so be sure you check the brackets and get back to us if you win. Someone is going to might as well be you!


More Fun Facts...

Source: WalletHub

With March Madness in full swing, WalletHub crunched the numbers to find the best spots in America to love on your favorite sport. While St. Louis is rated high as a Baseball Town, the city came in 46th in the College Basketball Best Cities. For the complete list:

They compared 297 of the largest cities based on 18 key metrics, ranging from the performance level of each city’s NBA and NCAA Division 1 basketball teams to ticket prices to stadium accessibility. Check out the rankings below and their March Madness By the Numbers infographic for more fun stats on one of the biggest sporting events of the year.