March Madness is Here!

Tricia Blackwood, Staff Writer

March is a huge month for college basketball teams and their faithful supporters. As they have competed throughout their season, it has prepared them for this very event.

March Madness is an annual basketball tournament hosted by the NCAA Division 1. This tournament includes approximately 68 men’s college teams. The teams are divided into four regions: Midwest, East, South, and West. Teams are paired with another team according to their rank, to trigger a single elimination process. One by one, teams will be dismissed from the competition. The 2020 tournament will begin on March 15th with Selection Sunday. The the first four games will be held March 17-18, with the tournament concluding between April 4-6. This tournament is the “crowning” of the championship winning team.

Who will be our next champions? For more information about dates, times and locations for the tournament, go to the NCAA website, This is where you can find any information you need regarding the March Madness event. You can also follow along with your favorite teams via social media. For example, if you’re a Duke University Blue Devils fan, you can watch through their Instagram, @Dukembb. Don’t forget to tune in and cheer on your team! This event is phenomenal, and a super exciting experience for basketball fans.

According to the NCAA’s official website, “There are two ways that a team can earn a bid to the NCAA tournament. The 32 Division I conferences all receive an automatic bid, which they each award to the team that wins the postseason conference tournament. Regardless of how a team performed during the regular season, if they are eligible for postseason play and win their conference tournament, they are selected to receive a bid to the NCAA tournament. These teams are known as automatic qualifiers. The second avenue for an invitation is an at-large bid. The selection committee (more on them in a second) convenes on Selection Sunday, after all regular season and conference tournament games are played, and decides which 36 teams that are not automatic qualifiers have the pedigree to earn an invitation to the tournament.”

Just a couple of hours ago, the NCAA Division 1 staff uploaded this blank bracket, for the public. The brackets are a way for the public eye to get involved with the competition. As they can use the bracket as a guide to predict the winners of each game, and the overall title winner. This is a copy of the 2o2o NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Championship bracket.