March Madness, the NCAA Division I Basketball Tournament, is one of the most famous annual sporting events in the United States.
During the course of the month millions of Americans are glued to the screens, many fill out a bracket, there’s an increase in the number of sick days used, extended lunch breaks are taken, and even conference calls are rescheduled to allow for more tournament watching.
Duke has won 5 NCAA Championships, participated in 11 Championship Games (third all-time) and 16 Final Fours (fourth all-time), and has an NCAA-best .755 NCAA tournament winning percentage.
Duke’s continuous success in the tournament has raised the profile of the university, and one can spot Duke shirts all over the US and the world. This year both the men’s and the women’s basketball teams have high expectations and are poised to make their mark.
The Libraries have an extensive collection, covering March Madness, the Duke basketball teams (men and women), and the sport of basketball in general, a sample of which can be seen in the March Collection Spotlight, located near our Perkins Library Service Desk on the first floor of Perkins.
You can find interesting basketball facts and answers to the questions on everyone’s minds like:
…Who was the first basketball coach at Trinity?
…How many of the players on Trinity’s first team had ever played basketball?
…When Mike Krzyzewski, Coach K, was named the Duke men’s basketball coach?
… the first African American player to integrate the Men’s Basketball program at Duke
…Who is the leading scorer in Duke history?
…What is the “Miracle Minute”?
…How many times have Duke and UNC met post-season?
This month’s spotlight was co-created by Tzvetan Benov (Evening Service Desk Assistant), Stephanie Ford (Evening Research Services Librarian), and Annette Tillery (Overnight Circulation Desk Assistant)!