Jan. 13, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - During 2013, the NCAA is celebrating 75 Years of March Madness, one of the world's most popular sporting events. To commemorate this historic year, the NCAA is bringing fans the most comprehensive review of players, teams and moments that have made a mark over the history of the March Madness tournament. Throughout the season, the NCAA will be rolling out programming and events to engage fans of all ages to celebrate 75 Years of March Madness, including The March Madness Art Collection: Celebrating 75 Years of Coaches & Champions.
The NCAA, in partnership with the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and the NABC Foundation, commissioned world renowned artist Opie Otterstad to paint a one-of-a-kind piece of art for each of the 75 national championship years highlighting the coach of each national championship team.
Each piece will be unveiled and auctioned off at the championship team's campus with a portion of the proceeds going to the NABC Foundation. Replicas of all 74 pieces of art (minus the 2013 national champion) will be on display at the NCAA's FanFest, Bracket Town refreshed by Coca-Cola Zero, during the 2013 Men's Final Four in Atlanta.
Paintings depicting Indiana's five National Championship teams, along with Hall of Fame coaches Branch McCracken and Bob Knight, will be unveiled to the public at halftime of the Jan. 15 Indiana men's basketball game against Wisconsin on ESPN.