College basketball- Competitive playing at the best
Only in the United States of America, do you get college basketball to be a fiercely competitive sport, which has a support from the entire community and also is played between players of two colleges of universities. Tracing the history from the YMCA international training school, which is otherwise known as the Springfield College, it was first developed by James Naismith. This game was primarily requisitioned as they needed players to keep fit during the winter but they should not get injured in the process. Rules were formulated and the college basketball played its first game in December 21st, 1891. After this game, the popularity and the word of mouth publicity of the game of basketball helped many colleges and schools to adopt this game in their sports curriculum.
College basketball is actually governed by the United States’ National Collegiate Athletic Association or the NCAA, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics or the NAIA, the United States Collegiate Athletic Association or the USCAA, the national Christian College Athletic Association or the NCCAA and the National Junior College Athletic Association or the NJCAA. These are the primary governing bodies that you can find in the college basketball in the United States.
The first known college to field a fully fledged basketball team against an opponent was the Vanderbilt University. This game was played against the local YMCA in Nashville, Tennessee, on the February 7th, 1893. This is a very exciting game, and brought about a lot of popularity to the sport. The first important tournament that pertains to basketball was the 1904 summer Olympics. It was just a platform for demonstration that basketball was a sport that was gaining steady stream of supporters and the championship tournament was held. In this tournament, the victor was the Hiram College. After that, there was a two game championship series held, between the universities of Chicago and Penn, and Chicago emerged as victorious in both games.
In the march of 1922, the National Intercollegiate Basketball Tournament was held in Indianapolis, which was exclusive for the college teams. The Wabash College won the tournament. In the year 1939, another tournament was implemented by the National Collegiate Athletic Association of the NCAA. The location varies from year to year and multiple locations are chosen to host the event. Even though the NIT was formed way before the NCAA, but that competition lost its sheen due to the popularity of the NCAA. In the year of 1951, with a lot of scandals going on in New York and many sports based people losing interest in the sport, the NCAA was deemed only to field the best of the top ranking teams and the conference championship teams in it. This led to a lot of people returning to the sport as the games got exciting and more and more people followed the game with aplomb. When the NCAA expanded the total tally of teams from 25 to 32, and then 48 and the present 64 in 2011, interest began to come in this long format of the game. With the strongest and the best teams coming in the fold of this championship, there were people that had a lot of support and interest in the game.
In the last upgrade, the total team tally was increased to 68 teams, which increased the fan base also. This is the strategy which was adopted by the NCAA in widening the fan base, and they have become successful in that venture with more and more competition coming within the games. College basketball was never the same again with such kind of play, and it developed into a serious scholarship oriented game that could entice people to study in the best of the universities. This is a further incentive to the students that are well on the way to the best Ivy League schools and universities.
Now, with the NBA having a formidable say in the professional league of basketball, more people have turned to the college basketball for the fun and relief. This kind of game has got a huge fan following in the United States, and with time, it will only continue to grow amid much fanfare.
College basketball is simply awesome and especially in US collleges. there is no doubt there there is no country in the world with so high quality college basketball as US has.
I wish I was college again and could play this awesome game with my friends, but watching it is also very awesome.