March Madness preview
Buzzer beaters, up-sets, Cinderella teams, and broken dreams are all things found in the NCAA tournament known as March Madness.
Every year fans fill out brackets and make their picks on who they think will win the tournaments. It is extremely rare and almost seen as impossible to fill out a perfect bracket. However, each year fans try to come up with their best picks. Usually these brackets are filled out for a money prize.
“I usually fill out my bracket on the March Madness app. I like to pick the teams I think will actually win, but I am usually way wrong. One year I picked IU to win it all and that did not go very well,” sophomore Cole Raker said.
Bracket buster teams are inevitable every year and almost nobody can predict them. Some of the biggest up-sets of all time have happened each March.
“My favorite upset during March Madness was definitely Florida Gulf Coast beating Georgetown. It was pretty crazy how it went down. I also had Georgetown going far in the tournament so I was upset at first, then I realized I had just witnessed an amazing upset,” senior Jacob Cutter said.
Fans will always claim their picks are what is going to happen in the tournament precisely. This can lead to an extremely competitive viewing environment.
“I am picking Duke to win it all this year. I really think Grayson Allen and company will take home the championship. I fill out a bracket every year with my baseball team. We do not usually do it for money just for fun,” Cutter said.
Historic moments are a huge part of the tournament whether it is in the first round of sixty-four or the final four.
“The craziest memory I have of watching the tournament is when Kevin Ware broke his leg. He went up for a block and landed awkwardly on one foot. His whole leg snapped and the bone was sticking out. Everyone watching was disgusted and felt sick to their stomach. There was also some awesome up-sets that year so it was still a pretty entertaining tournament to watch,” junior Noah Compton said.
Even last year the tournament ended in crazy fashion. Villanova’s Kris Jenkins hit a three point shot as time expired to win the game against North Carolina. This year some of the favorites in the tournament include Gonzaga, Villanova, Kansas, and Louisville.
“I am really excited to watch the tourney this year. I am hoping that Butler makes a good run and wins it all. Either way it will be fun and exciting to watch,” Compton said.