by Jett Gonzales – Staff Reporter
There is one month that is much different from the rest. Every year this month plays with every college basketballs’ fans emotions, it brings last second shots, blowouts and unbelievable upsets. Prepare your brackets because March madness has arrived.
At the end of every college basketball season, 68 division I college basketball teams compete in a single elimination tournament to determine the national champion of the men’s NCAA division I basketball. The tournament is scheduled to start on March 14th and end on April 4th in the University of Phoenix stadium in Glendale, Arizona. The top team in each of the 32 conferences get an automatic bid into the tournament and the NCAA selection committee will select the other 36 teams. The teams will then play until there are only 16 teams left, hence the name “sweet 16” then from there it gets lowered to the “elite 8” and then the “final 4” and then the national championship.
This tournament is one of the most exciting sports events in the U.S. because of how involved the fans can get. Some people do not even watch college basketball until the tournament starts, because it is much more exciting than the regular basketball season. But, the biggest thing that gets fans extremely attached to the tournament is the brackets. The brackets are what keep fans coming back every year, because obviously, everyone wants their team to win, but when you’re making your bracket, you’re trying to get it perfect, there’s no skill involved, you’re making the best guess and gambling on whether they win or not. The odds of getting a perfect bracket is 1 in 9.2 quintillion. Just to compare, the odds of hitting the mega millions jackpot is only 1 in 258 million. 2 years ago, Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway and Dan Gilbert’s Quicken Loans were offering up one billion dollars if you got a perfect bracket. This is what makes this tournament so intriguing. When they seed the 68 teams, the number 1 ranked team is obviously the best, but rankings do not matter. Any team can lose on any given day. Every year there are crazy upsets and that is what keeps fans watching, because it is always exciting when a smaller college that not many people have heard of, beats a big name D1 school.
The NCAA basketball tournament has come. So, prepare your brackets and choose your teams wisely because getting a perfect bracket is close to impossible. But in the end, fans just want to get what they get every year, and that’s mind blowing upsets, glorious comebacks and heartbreaking endings.