Monday, March 4, 2013

Madness of March:

NCAA looking for a new champion
By:  Baylee VanKirk
  March Madness always brings excitement in the college basketball world.  The buzz is always headlined by the chance of upsets or the top seeds winning it all.  The tournament has 68 teams with seeding from 1 to 16.  The four play-in games select teams to play in different regions for different seeds.  The championship this year will be held in Atlanta, Georgia on April 8.
  To find out which teams make the tournament, CBS has a “Selection Sunday,” which is held on March 17 this year.  The favorites to win right now are Indiana, Michigan, Duke, and Florida, with strong opposition coming from the colleges like Miami (Fl.), Gonzaga, and Michigan State.  If you watch the tournament annually, then you know that upsets are not uncommon but fun to watch and anticipate.
   Last year we saw two 2-seeds go down in the first round (Duke and Missouri) which was not expected.  We are still waiting for a 1-seed to lose in the first round, but that will likely not happen for a long time. There is too much of a difference between the first and last seeds for this to happen, but you never know! 
 Last year the dominance of the Kentucky Wildcats was too much to bear.  This year it seems that they will not even make the tournament.  With a slight chance of them actually succeeding, they could be the first consecutive champions since Florida in 2006-07.  With that unlikely to happen, we look for the powerhouses to come back like Syracuse, Kansas, and Louisville.  This year, though, a lot of mid-major teams like Saint Louis, Butler, Wichita State, and Creighton look to overtake the “Big Boys.”
 Personally the most exciting thing to do during the madness is to keep up with the brackets, competing with friends for fun or money.  Predicting the brackets is a fun pastime to get you through the troubles of school, work, and life in general.

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