March Madness: 16 Facts About Colleges in the NCAA Tournament's East Region

How much do you know about the schools in the East region of the 2009 men's basketball tournament?

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Here are 16 trivia tidbits you should know about the colleges in the East region of the NCAA men's basketball tournament before the tipoff this week.

1. The first building for the University of Pittsburgh (public) when it was founded in 1787 was originally a log cabin on the early frontier.

2. The Duke University (private, founded in 1838) "Blue Devils" team nickname finds its origins in French soldiers in World War I.

3. For nearly two decades, Villanova University (private, founded in 1842) has been ranked No. 1 by U.S.News & World Report in its category of colleges.

4. Xavier University in Cincinnati (private, founded in 1831) is No. 1 among its peer universities in the Midwest for freshman retention rate.

5. The baseball team of Florida State University (public, founded in 1851) has been to the College World Series 19 times.

6. UCLA (public, founded in 1919) has more than 359,200 living alumni.

7. The world-renowned "Hook 'em Horns" sign of the University of Texas (public, founded in 1883), created by a head cheerleader in 1955, was voted the nation's top hand signal by Sports Illustrated.

8. Back when it was known as Oklahoma A& M, Oklahoma State University (public, founded in 1890) had the first men's basketball team to win back-to-back national championships, in 1945 and 1946.

9. The University of Tennessee's (public, founded in 1794) orange and white colors—so intimidating on the basketball courts and football fields—were inspired by the daisies that grew on campus.

10. The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities (public, founded in 1851) is home to the Cedar Creek Ecosystems Science Reserve, often considered the birthplace of modern ecology.

11. Virginia Commonwealth University (public, founded in 1838) has hosted 10 NCAA championship events on its campus in the past 11 years.

12. Scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (public, founded in 1848) discovered vitamin A in 1913 and vitamin B in 1916.

13. The motto of Portland State University (public, founded in 1946): "Let knowledge serve the city." Sixty-five percent of its alumni live in the Portland metro area.

14. Though it was founded by an act of the U.S. Congress in 1893, American University (private) didn't really get going until 1914.

15. Students at Binghamton University in New York (public, founded in 1946) come from all 50 states and 100 countries.

16. Don't count this 16th seed out: In 1992, East Tennessee State University (public, founded in 1911) beat powerhouse Arizona in the first round of the tournament.