Madness in March

Story by: Blake Slunaker, staff writer

With the end of the college basketball regular season quickly coming to a close, fans looked forward to the NCAA tournament, also known as March Madness.

March Madness is what most fans call the NCAA Basketball postseason. March Madness  started on March 15 with “Selection Sunday” which is when the teams were selected to be in the 68-team tournament. The games then officially started on March 17 and went until the final two teams play for the championship on April 6.

Teams on Selection Sunday got ranked from 1-16 in four different regions, with 1 being the best seed in the region and 16 being the worst. The tournament is single elimination, meaning as soon as a team loses they are sent home.

The final four teams that were left in the tournament were Kentucky, Wisconsin, Duke, and Michigan State, also known as the “Final Four.” In the championship, it was Wisconsin playing Duke. Duke ended up winning 68-63 and won its fifth title in the school’s history.

Since the tournament is single elimination, it makes it exciting to see the teams give it all they have to stay alive in the tournament. It is also exciting to see a team get upset. An upset is when a lower ranked team beats a higher ranked one. When this happens, fans will typically root for the lower ranked team since they are the underdogs.

Another reason why March Madness is so popular is because of the brackets. Fans can print out a bracket online and then try to predict the winners of each game. Many people put their brackets in a pool with other people and whoever has the most accurate bracket wins a prize of some sort.

“I enjoy watching the March Madness games because there are upsets every year and I like to root for the lower seeds,” said Dylan Freeman, 11.

With all of the unpredictable upsets and just overall craziness of the tournament, the name March Madness fits it perfectly.

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