Madness Begins


Luke Jaafar-Bodnar

NCAA basketball and its season-ending tournament March Madness is one of the most-watched sports in the USA. All of the Division 1 schools compete to enter a tournament that starts in March and goes from 68 teams to 1 team left standing. This 2022-23 season has had many changes in the Top 25 and in all divisions. Some of the strongest divisions so far have been the Big 12, Big Ten, and even the Big East.

The teams are selected for March Madness through a combination of automatic bids and at-large bids and are seeded according to their performance during the regular season. The tournament is known for its unpredictability and excitement, with upsets and buzzer-beaters often becoming a staple of the event. The final weekend of the tournament, known as the Final Four, features the four remaining teams playing in the national semifinals and championship game to determine the national champion.

The term “March Madness” has become filled with excitement surrounding the tournament, as fans fill out brackets and tune in to watch the games.

Throughout the years in March Madness, there have been many upsets, buzzer-beaters, and overtime thrillers. One of the most memorable moments was in 2016 during the championship game. Villanova vs North Carolina was a very interesting and thrilling game. Coming down to the last seconds, Kris Jenkins hit a buzzer-beater 3-point shot to win Nova the March Madness bracket.

Now that we are in March, the division tournaments are starting up again. Whatever teams win their division bracket, automatically makes the March Madness tournament. For the teams that just miss the tournament, they are usually invited to play in the NIT tournament which is like March Madness but in a losers bracket that fewer people pay attention to.

The 2022-2023 March Madness tournament should be a great one to watch, with many upsets and thrills to come.