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While the use of the name "March Madness" in reference to American college basketball playoffs dates back to the 1980s, the term was originally used to describe the Illinois state high school basketball tournament. Though many people are familiar with the college playoffs under the March Madness name, this is actually one of several colloquial names for the NCAA basketball tournament.

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