By Czar Elcano, Sports Editor |
The annual National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) Men’s Division I Basketball Championship is about to begin once again as 68 of the best American collegiate basketball teams take center-stage in a showcase of ball skills, heart, determination, and most of all passion for the game.
The tournament is a single-game elimination format. The 68 teams will be divided into four regions that would be organized to a single bracket. Lower-ranked teams are to compete against higher-ranked teams within the brackets.
Each weekend, three quarters of the teams would be eliminated in a span of three weeks. From 64 teams the tournament would hold the next round which is the sweet sixteen, and after that the Final Four.
The winners of the tournament shall be hailed as the national champions in college basketball. All teams, both lower seeds and higher seeds, are included in the single game elimination system which means that all teams must ready their A game if they want to win the championship.
Last year’s champions, Louisville Cardinals seek to continue their reign as the kings of college basketball. Louisville currently holds a 25 – 5 record which is currently ranked 11th best in the country.
Cardinals junior Guard, Kevin Ware has recovered from last year’s injury in the tournament which has spread all over the internet. Ware fractured his right leg after a failed block attempt. Ware has slowly recovered and he was able to play against the University of Pikeville this season.
Other top contenders of the tournament include the Florida Gators (28 – 2), Wichita State Shockers (31-0), Duke Blue Devils (23 – 6), and the Arizona Wildcats (28 – 2).
This tournament is the student-athletes’ opportunity to dazzle professional scouts and GMs in their quest to professional basketball.
Last year’s NBA draft included some of the biggest names in the March Madness tournament; some of which include Orlando Magic Guard Victor Oladipo (Indiana Hoosiers), Philadelphia 76ers Guard Michael Carter-Williams (Syracuse Orange), and the number one pick in the draft Anthony Bennett of the Cleveland Cavaliers (UNLV).