It is finally March and time for the craziest collegiate sporting event of the year, known as March Madness. 64 of college basketball’s best teams compete in a month long tournament to decide who is officially the best team in the country. What makes this tournament so popular is the number of upsets that occur each year. An upset is when a smaller school or a team with a worse record beats a team that is larger or favored to win. No other sporting event has had as many upsets as March Madness does. Loyola Marymount an unheard of school before last year made it all the way to the Final 4. Even UMBC a 16 seed beat the number one team Virginia in the first round. Any team can win any game which is why it generated a total of 5.6 million people watching each game last year. Another reason why it is so popular is because filling out a prediction of the bracket has become normal for many americans. Over 70 million people fill out a bracket each year, but never has someone recorded a perfect bracket. The odds of getting a perfect bracket are 1 in 9.2 quintillion, significantly lower than the lottery. Why not test your luck and fill out a bracket today for free?
The favorites to win this year are Duke, North Carolina, Gonzaga, and Kentucky. Duke won the ACC and finally have Zion Williamson back and are looking to make a deep run in the tournament. Like Duke, North Carolina has been great all year as they finished the year ranked third in the country good enough for a one seed in the tournament. The Tar Heels are lead by senior Luke Maye and Coby White. It was an almost perfect year for the Gonzaga Bulldogs as they cruised through the regular season with a 30-3 record and an undefeated record in their conference. Which is why it was so shocking to see St. Mary’s defeat them in the West Coast Conference title game. The Gaels stole a spot in the tourney and look to keep it going as they play the defending champions Villanova in the first round. Their are also some lower seeded teams that can make a sweet 16 run like: Murray State, Liberty, and Belmont. All three of these schools have impressed during their conference tournaments and seem poised to make a run.