It’s that time of year again! Nope, not tax season – we’re talking about March Madness! March Madness has hit Fort Wayne and you may have heard the term several times already this month. If you’re not sure why March Madness is such a big deal, don’t worry – you are definitely not alone.
What is March Madness?
Each spring, college basketball season comes to a close in the most intense way imaginable – March Madness. There are currently 64 teams in the NCAA, all competing for the same title: National College Basketball Champions. March Madness is a single elimination tournament, in which 64 teams are placed in a bracket, according to their ranking. Over the course of three weeks, each of these teams will be eliminated until one has been declared the champion.
Why is it such a big deal?
March Madness is one of the biggest sporting events of the year. Between rivalries, upsets, and team pride, March Madness is always sure to be an exciting ride from beginning to end.
Aside from the thrill of the actual games, there’s one March Madness tradition that might be even more thrilling than the tournament – Brackets.
Each March, NCAA teams are divided up and placed into a 64-Team Bracket to decide which teams play each other. When you lose, you are eliminated from the bracket, but if you win, you go on to the next round of the bracket.
A very popular tradition in NCAA Basketball is bracket contests. Each year, friends, offices, and basketball fans everywhere print out a bracket and fill it out, according to who they think will win. Although each bracket contest has it’s own rules, the general rule is: the person that correctly predicts the most winning teams wins the bracket.
Can we Celebrate?
Now that you are up to speed on what March Madness is, you might be wondering, “Can this be an excuse to throw it a party?” And the answer, of course is: Absolutely! March Madness is one of the most exciting sporting events of the year; let’s make a party out of it! Invite the neighbors over, make some snacks, and enjoy the game. And don’t forget to have your guests fill out a bracket!
If you’re going to be having a March Madness party at your Apartment, and you’re still not sure if you’re ready, here is a list of some key phrases that you might hear while watching the big game. Maybe even throw some out there to impress your friends!
- Seed – the numerical ranking of a team. (For example: “Indiana is a number two seed this year.”)
- Upset – When a lower seeded team beats a higher seeded team. (“I can’t believe Missouri beat UK! What an upset!”)
- Sweet Sixteen – the final sixteen teams left in the tournament.
- Elite Eight – the final eight teams left in the tournament.
- Final Four – the last four teams left in the tournament.
- Bracketology – a made up term describing someone’s method of choosing winning teams.
- The Big Dance – another name for the March Madness tournament.
Now you should be ready to have yourself a great March Madness party!