First Four Planets

In 2011, the broadcast media began calling these games “The First Four” (as opposed to the “Final Four”); and, also used the term “first round games” interchangeably with “opening round games. ” Formerly, the term “first round game” specifically referred to the first games played by the final 64 teams, not the teams in the opening round. Through the 2015 tournament, these games were known as “second round games,” resulting in some confusion for those more accustomed to the round being known as the “first round” and the “second round” being used for the regional quarterfinals (field of 32). Effective with the 2016 tournament, the NCAA reverted to the traditional usage of “First Round” as referring to the first games played by the final 64 teams, and began officially using “First Four” to refer to the opening round games.

a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z