March Madness: 17 Facts About Colleges in the NCAA Tournament's Midwest Region

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

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Here are 17 trivia tidbits you should know about the colleges in the Midwest region of the NCAA men's basketball tournament before the tipoff this week.

1. Nineteen percent of students at the University of Louisville (public, founded in 1798) major in business, management, and marketing, making it the school's most popular program.

2. Sparty, the mascot of Michigan State University (public, founded in 1855), is the three-time national top collegiate mascot (2004, 2005, and 2007).

3. Hoops fans probably already know that the game's inventor, James Naismith, was the first coach of the University of Kansas (public, founded in 1866) basketball team. But did you also know that Naismith gets the credit for inventing the football helmet?

4. You won't find Wake Forest University (private, founded in 1834) in the town of Wake Forest, N.C. In 1956, the university relocated to the grounds of the former R. J. Reynolds estate in Winston-Salem.

5. Just 8 percent of the 21,000 undergrad students at the University of Utah (public, founded in 1850) live on campus.

6. The men's basketball team isn't the only sharpshooting team at West Virginia University (public, founded in 1867): The university's rifle team won the national championship this month, the team's 14th national title.

7. Oddly enough, the students of Boston College (private, founded in 1863) have nicknamed the campus's most popular dining hall "The Rat."

8. No, they're not just being fussy when they call it "The Ohio State University" (public, founded in 1870). That "the" has been an official part of the school's name in state legislation dating back to 1878.

9. In 1989, the men's basketball team from Siena College in New York (private, founded in 1937) beat Stanford in a major upset in the first round of the NCAA tournament. New York Gov. Mario Cuomo declared a "Siena Saints Day" in honor of the school's spirit.

10. "Fight On," the fight song for the University of Southern California (private, founded in 1880), was written by a USC dental student in 1922.

11. The University of Dayton in Ohio (private, founded in 1850) owns hundreds of single-family houses that serve as dorms for students. That neighborhood is affectionately referred to as "the Ghetto."

12. This spring is the 25th consecutive appearance in the NCAA men's basketball tournament for the University of Arizona (public, founded in 1885).

13. Founded in 1964, Cleveland State University (public) is the "youngest" college in this year's NCAA men's tournament.

14. This year, North Dakota State University (public, founded in 1890) is making its first appearance in the NCAA men's tournament.

15. Robert Morris University (private, founded in 1921) is one of a small number of colleges in western Pennsylvania that offer a bachelor's degree in nuclear medicine technology, which uses radioactive isotopes to diagnose diseases.

16. Alabama State University (public), a historically black college, was founded by nine former slaves in 1867.

17. Morehead State University (public, founded in 1922) was the first school in Kentucky to offer a complete degree program, the master of business administration, online.