There’s only three games left in the NCAA March Madness Tournament. While the teams will dwindle down to one on Monday night as the eventual champion, this tournament has hopefully shown college basketball recruits that you don’t have to go to a big-name school to make the Big Dance.
Nor do you have to have a good seeding in the tournament to get a shot at pulling the upset. This tournament was riddled with 10 or higher-seeded teams pulling the upset over lower-seeded teams.
This event since nearly its inception has been known for its upsets, where the first weekend, everyone is on an equaling playing field, except for possibly the No. 1 and No. 16 match-ups since those No. 1 seeds never lose in this game.
If you’re a college basketball recruit, you have to ask yourself: Do I want to sit on the bench and ride the pine for a while, or play right away? Most would want to play right away if they had the opportunity to do so.
If you don’t want to go to a big-name school, you’re likely going to get playing time sooner. Plus, you’re still likely getting a scholarship to play the sport that you love.
This way, it’s like a win-win situation if you choose the lesser known schools. In addition, if you pull an upset like 15-seeded Middle Tennessee State did against second-seeded Michigan State, you’ll have a memory that you can cherish for the rest of your life.
There’s a chance that you can pull a George Mason or Butler and shock the brackets all the way to the Final Four, or possibly the Championship game, like Butler did years back. The odds are very favorable that there’s going to be more upsets in the tournament in the years to come.
Also, if you’re able to pull an upset, your institution would garner more money from the $11 billion pot that CBS and Turner Sports pays to the NCAA every year to televise this event. On Saturday night, in the Final Four, 10th-seeded Syracuse Orange will play against the only No.1-seeded North Carolina Tar Heels, but they’re not considered a “small school” since they come from the dominant Atlantic Coast Conference in the All-ACC Final Four match-up on Saturday night.
So, guys, the decision is yours. Do you want to sit the bench? Most would say no.