Sunday, March 15, 2015
March Madness Is Coming
But before the official start of spring there is the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship Tournament.
When the team are announced and all the seedings are in place for the four different regionals, numerous teams will know where they are headed and there will be joy and disappointment and some teams "slip in" while others get "left out" of the tournament.
Kentucky (33-0 entering today's action) is the odds-on favorite to hoist the championship trophy early next month when it all wraps up after two and a half weeks of non-stop action.
No doubt when people all across the land are filling in their tournament brackets, Kentucky will be the last name filled as the title game winner.
The Wildcats are attempting to become the first team since the Indiana Hoosiers (coached by a then young man named Bobby Knight) went unbeaten in the 1975-76 season.
That was 39 years ago and only the UNLV Runnin' Rebels (in 1990-91) came close to duplicating that feat but they lost to eventual champion Duke University in the national semi-final game to kill their dreams of a repeat title in the 1991 tournament.
The teams with the best shot at getting number one seeds are, of course, Kentucky along with Wisconsin, Villanova and Arizona.
Wisconsin still has to beat Michigan State in today's Big Ten Tournament title game while Arizona and Villanova have already won their conference tourneys.
The Kentucky team has to win against Arkansas today to wrap up the SEC Tournament title to get to 34-0 entering the "Big Dance" next weekend. That appears to be a formality, but one never knows what can happen once the madness begins.
Take a look at what Notre Dame has done recently, as they defeated mighty Duke and then North Carolina last night to win the ACC tournament championship. The Fighting Irish can be a big time sleeper entering the madness as they have the momentum going big time for them.
Just last year, much like they did in 2011 also, the Connecticut Huskies won it all in unlikely fashion when they were given no chance at all.
That is why they play the games folks.
We will know tonight who is playing who and when it will take place. It all gets going in full swing on Thursday and will continue right through to that Monday evening on April 6 when another team is crowned the champion.
Let the madness begin.