College basketball is governed by collegiate athletic bodies like the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), which features 350 schools that are full members of 32 Division I basketball conferences.
NCAA Basketball History
The history of basketball can be traced back to a YMCA school where a physical education teacher used a peach basket and a soccer ball and invented the game. The first ever college basketball game to use the modern rules, with five players on each side, was played on January 18, 1896 between University of Iowa and University of Chicago. By 1900, basketball had spread to colleges across the country.
NCAA Basketball Schedule Information
Practices typically begin in September. Each NCAA basketball team plays a 35-game schedule during the regular season. The regular season starts November and ends in late February. Then 68 teams are selected to face-off in the basketball championship frenzy known as “March Madness.”
NCAA Basketball Postseason Information
College basketball is defined by its postseason tournament, March Madness. Even if you aren't a college basketball enthusiast, March Madness is one of the biggest and most exciting events in all of sports. It begins with a single-elimination of 68 teams that compete in seven rounds for the the national championship culminating in the Final Four.
NCAA Basketball Ticket Prices
Fans searching for NCAA Basketball tickets will find an average ticket price of $35 per seat, according to SeatGeek data. The best deals on tickets can be found in early-season games or go to a game with an out of conference opponent or weak team.