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What's March Madness? Uh, only the best time of year, where millions of people are watching NCAA Tournament games from their desk, sneaking to a bar during lunch or are blatantly playing hooky to tune into all of the, well, madness. To be frank, it's the best type or postseason tournament in all of sports.
Over the years, we've seen wild Cinderellas upset title-worthy teams, insane buzzer-beaters that make us wonder if there's a higher power impacting some of these games and breakout stars like Stephen Curry carry their teams deep into the NCAA Tournament. It's where legends are made and hearts can be broken. But, hey, that's what makes March Madness so F'in incredible.
But before you go off and fill out a bunch of brackets in the hopes of winning your NCAA Tournament Challenge — which can reward all your luck with some serious cash — we need to give you some things to think about. That's why we're sitting you down and giving you a few things to help make you look smart while talking about March Madness.
From when the tournament starts to where the Final Four is being played and finally, to who will win NCAA Tournament, here are a few things that you must know to hold your own around the water cooler. Happy watching, everyone!
What's March Madness?
We don't want to make this more complicated than it needs to be, so we headed over to NCAA.com to get the thorough explanation. According to the organization, in its own words, March Madness is "one of the biggest, most exciting and most fun events in all of sports." Having been played annually since 1939, the NCAA Tournament takes 68 of the best men's college basketball teams and pits them in a seven-round, single-elimination playoff. First team to six wins gets crowned as the national champ.
When Does March Madness Start?
C'mon, have you used the Internet since Sunday night when the brackets were announced? If so, you've probably noticed that websites are littered with March Madness news and updates, so you're (probably/hopefully) aware that March Madness technically began on Tuesday, March 13 with a couple of the First Four games. After a couple more First Four games are played on Wednesday, March 14, the "real" action begins on Thursday, March 15, with the first game tipping off at 12:15 p.m. EST, pitting the Oklahoma Sooners against the Rhode Island Rams.
March Madness Scores And Updates
If you're not one of the fortunate people capable of sneaking away from work or watching the games from a spare computer screen in the conference room, there are plenty of places to get March Madness scores and updates. The simplest one is, of course, a sports website with live coverage. However, the most interactive way is on your phone with the NCAA March Madness Live app. Sure, you'll be on your phone all day long, but just tell your boss you're replying to emails or texts from an overbearing client.
Where Is Final Four Being Played?
This year's Final Four is being played in San Antonio. It's the fourth time overall and first time since 2008 that the city has hosted the NCAA Tournament's grandest event, with the Kansas Jayhawks taking home the title that college hoops season.
Who Will Win March Madness?
Like most years, the NCAA Tournament is as unpredictable as ever this season. But, hey, that's why they call it March Madness, right? According to FiveThirtyEight, which uses in-depth analysis and data to breakdown matchups and odds, there are six teams with at least a 7 percent of better chance of cutting the nets: Villanova (18 percent), Virginia (14 percent), Duke (10 percent), Kansas (8 percent), Michigan State (7 percent) and Cincinnati (7 percent). Are one of these teams your champ, or do you have a darkhorse winning it all?
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