In my experience, March Madness starts with a bang. The first day of the tournament is like new year’s day. It is full of promise and hope. You are excited and optimistic. Perhaps you have a team you love the most and the thought of them winning it all makes you smile. Perhaps you are like me, and love to watch basketball, regardless of the teams playing. Regardless, today is a good day for basketball fans everywhere.
The first Thursday and Friday of the NCAA Tournament are among my favorite days in sports. It’s fun to cheer for your alma mater, I suppose, but I am much more interested in watching as many games as possible on television than I am in rooting for any particular team.
I can’t wait for the games to start tonight!
The NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, also known as March Madness, is a single-elimination tournament played every spring in the United States, currently featuring 68 college basketball teams from the Division I level of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), to determine the national championship. The tournament was created in 1939 by the National Association of Basketball Coaches, and was the idea of Ohio State University coach Harold Olsen. Played mostly during March, it has become one of the most famous annual sporting events in the United States.
The tournament teams include champions from 32 Division I conferences (which receive automatic bids), and 36 teams which are awarded at-large berths. These “at-large” teams are chosen by an NCAA selection committee, then announced in a nationally televised event on the Sunday preceding the “First Four” play-in games (held Tuesday/Wednesday) and dubbed Selection Sunday. The 68 teams are divided into four regions and organized into a single-elimination “bracket”, which pre-determines, when a team wins a game, which team it will face next. Each team is “seeded”, or ranked, within its region from 1 to 16. After the First Four, the tournament occurs during the course of three weekends, at
The NCAA basketball tournament tips off Thursday. If you haven’t been following college basketball this season, don’t worry. Most of the country hasn’t either. Here’s what you need to know about the NCAA tournament:
The first thing to understand is that most of the teams in the tournament are really bad. Some of them have losing records. A few barely managed to beat teams whose only other wins came against each other. How can a team with a losing record make the NCAA tournament?
They did it by winning their conference tournament, which usually means beating three or four other bad teams in a row. Then they got an automatic bid to the real tournament, where they’ll lose in the first round to a team that had a winning record all year and never lost twice in a row.*
The second thing to understand is that while most teams are going to lose, almost any team could win a game or two. Partly this is because of something called “March Madness,” which is when people who don’t follow college basketball all year suddenly start paying attention and get overexcited about things like “upsets.”*
With March Madness approaching, many people are starting to make their brackets. However, there are a few things you should know before making your bracket. Although it is fun to predict the results of March Madness, there are many factors to consider when making your bracket. First, you should look at each team’s schedule and look at how they performed against the teams they played. It is also important to consider injuries and player absences when making your bracket because this can change the results of games. Finally, it is important to not let your bias affect the way you make your bracket; try not to pick a team just because you are a fan of that team or because they are favored in the game. When making your bracket, these are some things to consider in order for you to win your office pool and come out on top!
The NCAA men’s basketball tournament, better known as March Madness, is one of the most popular and unpredictable events in sports. Fans love to watch their favorite teams and brackets are a great way to follow along.
March Madness is the informal name for “The NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament,” which is organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The tournament is a single-elimination contest that includes 68 teams from across the nation. It begins with Selection Sunday and ends on the first Monday in April with the National Championship game.
Since it began in 1939, March Madness has grown into one of the most popular sports events in America. Its growth has been fueled by its unpredictability, which makes it easy for fans to engage in office pools or fill out brackets.
There are two main ways to follow along with March Madness. The first is by watching the games on television on CBS and Turner Broadcasting networks (TBS, TNT and truTV). If you don’t have access to a television or want to stream on a mobile device, you can also catch live streaming video through the March Madness Live app available on iTunes and Google Play.
But the Big East’s dominance didn’t come without controversy. In 2003, the league received what is now known as the “Big East rule” in response to Connecticut’s improbable run from a No. 8 seed to the national title. While coaches and players were able to use the rule to their advantage, it upset many purists who wanted March Madness to play out fairly.
The rule states that any team that wins four games in four days during its conference tournament will not have to play on the first day of the NCAA Tournament. The rule is not enforced for teams that win their conference championship on Sunday, but it could benefit those who do so one day prior.
Because biographies of famous scientists tend to edit out their mistakes, we underestimate the degree of risk they were willing to take. And because anything a famous scientist did that wasn’t a mistake has probably now become the conventional wisdom, those choices don’t seem risky either.
Biographies of Newton, for example, understandably focus more on physics than alchemy or theology. The impression we get is that his unerring judgment led him straight to truths no one else had noticed. How to explain all the time he spent on alchemy and theology? Well, smart people are often kind of crazy.
But maybe there is a simpler explanation. Maybe the smartness and the craziness were not as separate as we think. Physics seems to us a promising thing to work on, and alchemy and theology obvious wastes of time. But that’s because we know how things turned out. In Newton’s day the three problems seemed roughly equally promising. No one knew yet what the payoff would be for inventing what we now call physics; if they had, more people would have been working on it. And alchemy and theology were still then in the category Marc Andreessen would describe as “huge, if true.”
Newton made three bets. One of them worked. But they