54K
TOTAL TICKET SALES expected for NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament games taking place March 15 and 17 at the Rose Garden

54K
TOTAL TICKET SALES expected for NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament games taking place March 15 and 17 at the Rose Garden

$10M
Estimated boost to the economy for a CITY HOSTING second- and third-round games

1939
Year of the FIRST-EVER NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, won by the University of Oregon for the state’s only championship.

6’1”
AVERAGE HEIGHT of the 1939 Oregon team, nicknamed the “Tall Firs” for their intimidating stature (2011 champion Connecticut averaged 6’7”)

1.2%
Likelihood of a college player REACHING THE PROFESSIONAL LEVEL

$10 + B
Payment to the NCAA for TOURNEY TELEVISION RIGHTS under a 2010 contract

147 quintillion
Possible variations of the tournament’s 68-TEAM BRACKET

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This article appeared in the March 2012 issue of Portland Monthly Magazine.

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