The Men’s NCAA Basketball Tournament is just around the corner. What does that mean? March Madness will take over our lives again. It is a great time of year! Many people do not get interested in March Madness until the tournament starts. I think that is a big mistake because the two weeks leading up to the tourney are the conference tournaments. The conference tournaments are the last hope for many teams to get into the final tournament and that can create that sense of “do or die”. Let’s take a look at the top teams in the country and see who might be able to make a run at winning it all. We can also see if the experts think any underdogs can emerge and make a run at the title. We can also take a look at who might be left on the outside looking in, aka, the bubble teams.
Here is a great look at the teams competing for the at-large selections into the tournament. The most important part of this is the bubble teams or teams with work left to do. Those teams are running out of time. There are only a handful of conference games left plus the conference tournament to make their mark. Here are a few interesting items I noticed in this article. It seems that the Big Ten might only get 4 teams in the tourney. All 4 will highly seeded, but only 4. Penn St. and Nebraska have “work” to do to get in. The Big 12 only has three “locks” which is another low number. There are a few more teams that can make it if they impress in the coming weeks.
Joe Lunardi, from ESPN, has been releasing his version of the bracket for years now. It is always a pretty good look at who will and won’t make it. He has a pretty good success rate when guessing the teams, but there are always a few that slip through. His current version looks like this. The most important or interesting part of his bracket are the bottom teams. We know Duke is in the tournament this year, but is Syracuse? His last four in are Syracuse, Louisville, St. Bonaventure, and USC. If that prediction holds up, it will be heartbreaking for the last four teams out. They are UCLA, Texas, Penn St, and Washington. Every year a team on the bubble makes a decent run at the end of the season and I am sure this year will be no different. Will it be your team?
The Final Four is being held in San Antonio on March 31st and the final game will be April 2nd. What teams have a legitimate shot at winning? According to this article, there are only twelve teams that are capable of winning the National Championship. There are 8 more teams listed in the article, but they each have some sort of flaw that will keep them from winning it all. I am not an expert, but I have watched enough basketball this year to know that I don’t have the feeling of a truly dominant team this year. I would not be surprised if the top teams get knocked out early and a few sleepers make it to the Final Four.
No matter what teams make the tourney it will be must watch TV. No matter what teams advance in the tourney it will be must watch TV. Even if your favorite team gets knocked out early or your bracket gets “busted”, it will be must watch TV. Do you get the hint? March Madness is a great event and it should be watched with your family and friends. You can make some great memories along the way.