By Olivia Wall
March brings leprechauns, shamrocks, gold, and St. Patrick’s Day, but it also brings one of the most highly anticipated tournaments of the year, the NCAA College Basketball Tournament, thus beginning March Madness. In an all-girls school, the excitement level may not be as high as it would be in a co-ed or all-boys school, but students here at Seton are still pumped. Seton junior Caroline Klopp said, “March Madness is my favorite time of year! College basketball is a blessing sent directly from heaven. As far as I’m concerned it’s better than Christmas. From Selection Sunday until the championship game the only place you will find me is in front of a TV!”
The NCAA tournament was created in 1939 by the National Association of Basketball Coaches. The tournament includes champions from 32 Division One conferences that are automatically included and then 36 teams that are invited by a committee. The teams are split up into four regions that make up a bracket. After every game, the winner goes on and there is a national championship game to determine which team is the national champion. Some hometown teams predicted to make an appearance this year are Ohio State, Xavier University, and the University of Cincinnati. With all the upsets and “Cinderella stories” it’s hard to make a prediction of who the champion will be, but as always, it’s anyone’s for the taking.
Today, people fill out brackets and make bets on which team will win. The tournament receives a lot of hype from people of all ages and is broadcasted on CBS, TBS, TNT, truTV, as well as the internet. So if you feel inclined, tune in on Sunday March 16 for Selection Sunday. The first round of the tournament begins March 18!