The True Madness of March

Sunday, March 16th, 2014
March Madness
March may mean many different things for different people. For some it’s the end of winter and beginning of spring; for many students at CHS it means the start of the spring sports season. For over 50 million Americans, it means March Madness.

For those not familiar with this term, it refers to the frenzy that is the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. A competition consisting of 68 collegiate teams with the last team standing crowned as the champion. The excitement that comes with the tournament is not just from watching the many games that span from March 18 - April 7. With “Selection Sunday” on March 16, the bracket of the tournament comes out and each teams knows what path they must take to cut down the nets. The announcement of the brackets means the beginning of the true march madness.

Each year, millions of Americans strive to select each of the 60+ games in the bracket. Experts have calculated that the chances of picking the perfect bracket are as slim as 1 in 35.36 Billion (yes, with a “B”). At that point, there is a much greater chance of winning the Powerball Jackpot. Yet, these slim chances never deter a motivated college basketball enthusiast. Year after year, people eagerly await the brackets to come out so they can gather all available information and forecast the correct upsets. Comparing RPI’s and BPI’s and Strengths of Schedule and Quality Wins are all ways that the average Joe plays expert and dissects the bracket.

The obsession over crucial 8 seed vs. 9 seed selections, a possible 3 vs.14 upset, and all the research that goes into picking your personal perfect bracket takes a lot of time and effort. According to an MSN survey, only 14% of workers do NOT dedicate time during their workday to March Madness. And as high school student, I will admit that many students trade potentially productive study hall time for work on the latest bracket-buzz as well.

For the 2014 tournament, the Gators of the University of Florida received the overall top seed in the tournament. Although this essentially means nothing considering the competition, many loyal bracketologists know:

Anything can happen in March.