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

How much do you know about the schools in the West 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 West region of the NCAA men's basketball tournament before the tipoff this week.

1. Three out of four students at the University of Connecticut (public, founded in 1881) are from the Nutmeg State.

2. The University of Memphis (public, founded in 1912) got a live tiger cub, dubbed TOM III, to take over its mascot crown in November 2008.

3. Founded in 1839, the University of Missouri was the first public university established west of the Mississippi River and the first state university in Thomas Jefferson's Louisiana Purchase territory.

4. In 1909, the University of Washington (public, founded in 1861) hosted the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition world's fair.

5. It takes four band members from Purdue University in Indiana (public, 1869) to lug the "world's largest drum," a 10-foot-tall, 4-foot-wide bass drum that's had the same frame since 1921.

6. Today, basketball might be the glamour sport at Marquette University in Wisconsin (private, founded in 1881). But in the 1930s, the university was known for its fleet feet: Former MU sprinter "Rabbit" Ralph Metcalfe was the foremost American sprinter, holding the title of "World's Fastest Human."

7. The University of California-Berkeley (public, founded in 1868) boasts 24 alumni and 20 faculty members who have been awarded Nobel Prizes.

8. Almost half of the students enrolled at Brigham Young University (private, founded in 1875) ranked in the top 10 percent of their high school class.

9. The Corps of Cadets at Texas A&M (public, founded in 1876) is the largest uniformed body of university students in the nation outside the U.S. service academies.

10. On the first day of team practice, the University of Maryland (public, founded in 1856) men's basketball team runs laps around the university track at midnight, a tradition dubbed "Midnight Madness" that dates back to 1970.

11. The Quad at Utah State University (public, founded in 1888) was home to the oldest football rivalry in Utah when on Thanksgiving Day 1894 the USU "farmers" beat the University of Utah 12-0.

12. Elementary education and teaching is the most popular major at the University of Northern Iowa (public, founded in 1876).

13. Twenty-four percent of students at Mississippi State University (public, founded in 1878) major in business, management, and marketing.

14. Cornell University (private, founded in 1865) awarded the nation's first university degree in veterinary medicine.

15. California State-Northridge (public, founded in 1958) first danced into the NCAA tournament in March 2001 after winning the Big Sky Conference championship.

16. There are about 8,100 students enrolled at the University of Tennessee -Chattanooga (public, founded in 1886).