Beyond the uniform of a fresh jersey and shorts, compression tights, branded socks, and (usually) Nikes, it seems there is one more important component to being game-ready for college basketball's big dance: the haircut.

Last year's national championship tilt between North Carolina and Villanova drew an average audience of 17.8 million viewers; that's a lot of people to potentially catch you slippin'. The lineup must be fresh. The waves must cause seasickness—if you're still rocking a low cut, that is. Because this season, a new style has swept the tourney. Everyone, and we mean everyone, is taking the court with this look. But from whence did this trend originate? Complex investigates.

First, let's start with some examples of the hairdo in question.