2017 Men’s March Madness Perspective
March 12, 2017
compiled by Prez Ro
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One of the greatest sporting events in history starts in a few weeks, and if you’re a fan of college basketball, you’re probably getting excited. Yup it’s March Madness time baby!
March Madness is a crazy-fun basketball tournament that involves 68 teams and 67 fast-paced, heart-racing, edge-of-your seat basketball games. The timing of March Madness on the sports schedule cannot get any better. The NFL season is over, NBA and NHL playoffs have yet to begin, and MLB is still a week away from Opening Day.
There’s not much going on in March and fans are craving for this kind of postseason action.
What is loved most about March Madness is that it’s not about big-name, high-profile, professional players. There’s no LeBron James or Steph Curry. It’s just a team of five guys from a college trying to do anything they can to win the next game. Many of the games are nail-biters that come down to the last three-point shot as the final buzzer sounds just like the 2016 Championship.
If you’re not familiar with the tournament but are interested in jumping on the March Madness bandwagon, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s everything you need to know about the NCAA (that’s National Collegiate Athletic Association) tourney.
As I write this, the major college conferences—you’ve heard their names: Pac-12, Big 12, ACC, SEC, etc.—are hosting their end-of-season tournaments, which must be completed by Sunday. The winners of these conference championships will earn an automatic bid to the Big Dance (another term for March Madness). The best teams aren’t necessarily guaranteed a spot in March Madness. Why? Because they could lose during their conference tournament.
A total of 32 teams will be automatically qualified into the tournament field. Gonzaga, Yale, and Northern Iowa are a few who have recently secured automatic spots. That will leave 36 at-large selections to be placed into the tournament by the selection committee. On Sunday evening, the committee, which is composed of 10 athletic directors from various colleges around the country, will pick the remaining teams that get to participate in March Madness.
Sixty-eight teams will initially be a part of the madness. Four of these teams are on the bubble, which means that they have to play an extra game to secure a spot in the tournament. The bubble game takes place next Tuesday, March 15. The real tournament, with 64 teams, starts on Thursday, March 17. Games take place in 32 pre-selected cities across the United States – Buffalo, Greensboro, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Orlando, Tulsa, Sacramento, Salt Lake City and Indianapolis get first-weekend duties. For the regionals, Kansas City, San Jose, Memphis and New York City (Madison Square Garden) and the Final Four and Championship will be held in Phoenix!
Then there’s filling in your own perfect bracket. Even if your bracket is clean or messed up, you’re still going to be hooked by the tournament. Who knows? You may be cheering for the remaining teams in your bracket or cheering against the team that busted your bracket. You become glued not only to the teams you’re a fan of, you start caring about every single score.
Whether you pick against yourself for personal satisfaction or against others for money, it is an exciting way to add intrigue and bragging rights to a nation-wide sporting event.
March Madness is the time when college basketball stars become legends and virtual unknowns put themselves onto the map. Who can forget Brad Stevens coaching Butler to back-to-back title game appearances, or Stephen Curry’s scoring surge in Davidson’s improbable run, or Carmelo Anthony carrying Syracuse to a national championship as a true freshman? And again, don’t forget about last years’ shot by Villanova’s Kris Jenkins ~click here!
Every year, several coaches and players emerge from March Madness as household names, even when a few entered as virtual unknowns. Some of them managed to earn a permanent place in our list of greatest sports memories and became NBA stars.
Should be a fun, fast two weeks of action…. who do you have winning it all? See ya in Phoenix
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