By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
On Thursday, the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament begins. It is commonly known as March Madness.
During this time of year, anything can happen. Last year, for the first-time ever, a No. 16 seed in the UMBC Retrievers defeated No. 1 seed Virginia Cavaliers.
Also, in that same tournament, the Loyola-Chicago Ramblers had a cinderella run to the Final Four in San Antonio, Texas.
As teams put in their final preparations for the tournament. it is expected to be exciting non-stop action for the first four days of the tournament. During these four days, basketball will be from around noon to midnight each day.
Like last year, the Cavaliers are a No. 1 seed. They will attempt to make sure last year’s shocking upset doesn’t happen again, as the Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs on Friday afternoon at 3:30 pm on TruTV.
Virginia is one of four No. 1 seeds in this year’s tournament. Three of those No. 1 seeds come from the Atlantic Coast Conference.
The Duke Blue Devils are the No. 1 overall seed. Their rival, the North Carolina Tar Heels are also a No. 1 overall seed.
The Gonzaga Bulldogs are the fourth No. 1 seed.
In the East Region, the Michigan State Spartans are the No. 2 seed. And the LSU Tigers are the No. 3 seed.
In the South Region, the Tennessee Volunteers are the No. 2 seed. And the Purdue Boilermakers are the No. 3 seed.
The West Region also includes the No. 2 Michigan Wolverines. And the Texas Tech Red Raiders.
The Midwest — some have said this the toughest region — also has the Kentucky Wildcats as the No. 2 seed. The Houston Cougars are the No. 3 seed.
It’s going to be tough for the No. 1 seeds to go chalk and all reach the Final Four. However, if the Bulldogs and Blue Devils face off again in the Final Four, it’ll be the second-time they face this season.
The KenPom ratings show us that Gonzaga is ranking first in offensive efficiency, so, getting through their bracket seems something doable and will probably face the heavy-favorite Duke in the Final Four. The last time these two teams saw each other was at the Maui Invitational, where Gonzaga won by 2 points.
If North Carolina and Virginia reaches the Final Four, it’ll be their third meeting of the season. If Duke and North Carolina faces each other in the National Championship game, it’ll be the third meeting of the season, as well.
While we do not know who the winner is until the end of the tournament, this is the most exciting time of the year to be a college basketball fan. We’re going to see upsets and the agony of defeat in the greatest sports tournament.
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