40. Oregon wins in '39
On Northwestern's campus in 1939, the Oregon Ducks defeated Ohio State 46-33 and were crowned champions of the inaugural NCAA tournament. John Dick scored a game-high 15 points, and Oregon held the Buckeyes to 17 percent shooting. If the Ducks aren't remembered for their title, they're remembered for their nickname -- the "Tall Firs." Newspaper editor L.H. Gregory coined the term for center Slim Wintermute and forwards Laddie Gale and Dick, who were all 6-foot-4 or taller. In '39, this meant the Ducks had a "size advantage."
-- Teddy Mitrosilis