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Bone Daddy’s NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four T-shirt Collection Pieces

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The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament is a single-elimination tournament played each spring in the United States….currently featuring 68 college basketball teams….to determine the national championship of the major college basketball teams.

NCAAM - Official T-shirt 1987 Men's Basketball Champion University of Indiana Hoosiers coached by Bobby Knight
          Official NCAA T-shirt             1987 Men’s Basketball Champion      University of Indiana Hoosiers          coached by Bobby Knight
Official T-shirt 1987 NCAA Men's Basketball Champions The Hoosiers from Indiana University (Coach Bob Knight) - Final Score Hoosiers 74 - 73 Syracuse Orangmen (Coach Jim Boeheim 2
         Official NCAA T-shirt       1987 Men’s Basketball Champions     Indiana University Hoosiers                with Coach Bob Knight                vs Syracuse Orangemen with                 Coach Jim Boeheim 

The tournament is organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)….and was created during 1939 by the National Association of Basketball Coaches….which was the idea of Ohio State University coach Harold Olsen.  Played mostly during March….it is known informally as March Madness or the Big Dance….and has become one of the most famous annual sporting events in the United States. The NCAA has credited Bob Walsh of the Seattle Organizing Committee for starting the March Madness celebration during 1984.

NCAAM - Official T-shirt 1987 Men's Basketball Tournament from New Orleans Superdome featuring eventual Champion Indiana Hoosiers coached by Bobby Knight
     Official NCAA T-shirt 1987           Men’s Final Four Tournament         from New Orleans Superdome                          featuring                            Champion Indiana Hoosiers            coached by Bobby Knight

The tournament teams include champions from 32 Division I conferences (which receive automatic bids), and 36 teams which are awarded at-large berths. These “at-large” teams are chosen by an NCAA selection committee in a nationally televised event on the Sunday preceding the First Four play-in games….which is currently held in Dayton, Ohio….and dubbed Selection Sunday. The 68 teams are divided into four regions….which are organized into a single elimination “bracket” that determines, when a team wins a game….which team it will face next. Each team is “seeded” or ranked….within its region from 1 to 16.

Official T-shirt 1987 NCAA Men's Basketball Champions The Hoosiers from Indiana University (Coach Bob Knight) - Final Score Hoosiers 74 - 73 Syracuse Orangmen (Coach Jim Boeheim 2
          Official NCAA T-shirt                 1987 NCAA Men’s Basketball           Champions The Hoosiers             from Indiana University wIth                   Coach Bob Knight                    Final Score Hoosiers 74 – 73                vs Syracuse Orangemen                 with Coach Jim Boeheim 

 After an initial four games between eight lower-ranked teams….the tournament occurs during the course of three weekends….at selected neutral sites across the United States. Lower-ranked teams are placed in the bracket against higher ranked teams. Each weekend eliminates three quarters of the teams….from the first round consisting of 64 teams….to a “Sweet Sixteen” ….and for the last weekend of the tournament….a Final Four.

NCAAM - Official T-shirt 1990 Men's Basketball Championsip Midwest Regional from The Erwin Center, Universtiy of Texas, Austin, TX
NCAAM – Official T-shirt 1990 Men’s Basketball Championsip Midwest Regional from The Erwin Center, Universtiy of Texas, Austin, TX

The Final Four is usually played during the first weekend of April. These four teams….one from each region (East, South, Midwest, and West)….then compete in one centralized location for the national championship.

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