The March Madness 2017 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament consists of 68 teams competing from March 14 to April 3, for the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I College Basketball National Champion Title in a single-elimination tournament. The final two will be hosted at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona for the 79th edition of the tournament. Howstuffworks Entertainment says, “March Madness is the last-second, buzzer-beating baskets, the euphoria of winning to play another day and the agony of losing and going home.” This chaos is what gives the hyped
tournament the nickname it is known for.
Weeks before the “Big Dance” as so it is called, the entire NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball league battle to earn a spot in the tournament. Once it comes time, the teams are divided among four regions of the U.S (eastern, western, mid-western and southern) and are placed in brackets where people begin to formulate their betting brackets. For a team to make it to the finals, they must first conquer the path of their bracket. In every region the teams are ranked in terms of seed; first-seed teams generally play the low-seeded leading up till the finals. A seed ranges from 1 to 16, depending on the team’s season record. So when it comes to the tournament, a team that is seeded 12th can possibly beat a team that seeded 5th. Upsets happen left and right during the high intensity games.
This March Madness, the 9th seed of the Western region experienced a major let down that made big news all across the sports network. Vanderbilt, 9th seed and Northwestern, 8th seed, battled it out in the first round of the tournament, March 16, that ultimately lead to a devastating end for one of the teams. In the Thursday game, Vanderbilt Commodore, Riley LaChance made a layup with just 18 seconds left that put the commodores ahead by one after trailing by as many as 15. Although, it may have been too soon for the Commodores celebration when guard Matthew Fisher-Davis inexplicably grabbed Wildcats guard, Bryant Mclntosh on purpose, resulting in Mclntosh going to the free throw line to shoot two go-ahead points with seconds left. This is kind of excitement people have come to expect from the tournament. For many people, their love for this game culminates with March Madness.