It’s finally here! The NCAA Tournament (more commonly referred to as March Madness) has taken the Chaminade student body by storm. The 64 team, 19 day tournament creates one of the most exciting atmospheres in sports. There are 4 regions in the bracket (West,
Midwest, South, and East), with each consisting of 16 teams. Millions of people fill out brackets for this thrilling tournament in an attempt to earn large amounts of money along with bragging rights over their friends. However, this year has been particularly unpredictable; 5 teams ranked number 1 in the nation this season have been dethroned. Like the regular season of college basketball, March Madness has followed suit. Number 1 seed Gonzaga lost to 9 seed Wichita State in the Round of 32 by a score of 76-70 while Ohio State nearly lost their footing after it took a clutch Aaron Craft buzzer beater against number 10 seed Iowa State in order to advance to the Sweet 16. Powerhouse team and red-hot Georgetown was ousted in the first round to heavy underdog, Florida Gulf Coast University (who later became the first number 15 seed to reach the Sweet 16). For a team like FGCU, simply getting the news that they reached the tournament in the first place is enough to cause the team to jump on each other in a huge dog pile. For teams that frequently earn a bid to the tournament like Kansas University, they are a little more composed and have their eyes set on winning a national championship as soon as they hear that they have qualified for “The Big Dance.”
Part of what makes March Madness so entertaining is joining a group with several of your friends in which you each pool in money, desperately trying to win large sums of cash. If watching all these extremely close and entertaining games wasn’t enough, trying to predict who will win each game adds much more meaning to it. For me personally, when a team that I had picked to win loses, I throw a fit because I am so competitive. Who wouldn’t be a little mad when each lost game is a step back in your chance at winning a ton of money?
To give you an idea of how hard it can be to pick some of these games correctly, only 2 brackets out of over 10 million on ESPN’s Tournament Challenge had correctly picked the entire Final Four. Tensions are running high and upsets are becoming routine. Chaminade kids just want to win! So, who’s your national champion?
Conner Hoyt ’15