March Madness Starts Soon


Gonzaga Celebrates a Win Photo Courtesy of Sports Illustrated

It’s that time of year, March Madness is just around the corner. What is March Madness? March Madness is a Division One college basketball tournament. It is a single-elimination tournament which means if a team loses, they are eliminated. March Madness consists of 68 college teams all from U.S schools. This tournament has gotten more and more popular over the years and has built up a reputation for filling out brackets. March Madness started in 1939 and has been broadcasted on live television since 1963.  

If you want to create your own customized March Madness bracket you can search printable ones online or you can go on certain sports apps and fill out your bracket in this manner. Many people fill out March Madness brackets even if they don’t watch basketball. Roughly 70 million brackets are filled out each year. And 40 of those 70 million are from the US. There are two common ways you can fill out your bracket. One is that every team that has the better rating wins or whoever is ranked higher will win. And the second way is you can choose based on teams you like or feel strongly about will win. So far nobody has ever had a perfect bracket. However, in 2019 Greg Nigl predicted 49 out of 68 games ending his streak in the sweet 16 (the final 16 teams). 

There are a couple of teams that I am looking forward to hopefully seeing make it through to the final round. One team is currently ranked number 12 with a record of (24-6), the Wisconsin Badgers, and they are one of the most exciting teams to watch in the Big Ten. Another team that interests me is ranked number 8 with a record of (23-7), the Villanova Wildcats. Villanova is in the Big East conference and has a total of three NCAA championship wins. The last and most exciting team that I am going to be following are the reigning champs ranked 3rd in the country with a record of (26-5), the Baylor Bears, who are in the Big 12 conference.