The first NCAA Basketball Tournament was held in 1939.
The first national basketball tournament was the National Invitational Tournament, the NIT. It preceded the start of the NCAA tourney. The first year of the NCAA Basketball Tournament was 1939.
The NCAA basketball tournament, commonly referred to as "March Madness," started on March 17 this year and will end on April 8. The NCAA basketball tournament typically goes from about the second week of March until the first week of April. The exact dates vary from year to year.
The NCAA Basketball season ends when the end of the year March Madness tournament is over. This tournament usually ends around the first week in April.
The NCAA is in the middle of a 11 year $6 billion television rights deal with CBS for the NCAA tournament.
A total of 8 teams played in the 1939 NCAA basketball tournament. Oregon won the NCAA national championship that year.
8 teams have played the first year of the tourny
last year it ended
68 this year. But normally its 64.
Texas had the most this year
In 2013, assuming that's what you mean by "this year," the NCAA Men's basketball tournament included teams from 31 states and the District of Columbia.
They missed the tournament in 2010. Prior to that they missed in 2003.
There is no winning streak in the tournament as Ky the 2012 champion did not make the tournament this year.