As the calendar turns to March, the madness of the men’s NCAA basketball tournament begins to heat up. During this time of the year, everyone gets their brackets filled out, and the Cinderella teams emerge. The Paper Wolf invites the St. Paul’s community to join in the Madness by joining our bracket challenge. To join the SPS challenge, click here. The group name is SPS Bracket and the password is The Paper Wolf. Brackets must be entered by Wednesday, March 19. At the end, the SPS participant with most points will be featured as Wolf of the Week.
This year’s competition is sure to be a heated one. For the first time in over 20 years, a team entered the NCAA tournament undefeated. Wichita State won the Missouri Valley Conference and ended their regular season at 34-0. However, this year’s tournament could be an unpredictable one because so many lower seeds have a chance to win because not one team stands out in the field of 68 teams.
One thing that always happens in the big dance is upsets. There are always teams that should win by 20 and end up losing to a low ranked team.
There is always at least one Cinderella team such as Florida Gulf Coast last season. This season some mid major college teams that could go far include Mercer, Harvard, or Eastern Kentucky.
March Madness is hard to summarize or predict because there are so many teams and so many things can happen in the blink of an eye.
If anyone can fill out a perfect bracket, billionaire Warren Buffet will give them One Billion Dollars. According to Print your Brackets.com the odds of filling out a perfect bracket is 1 in 9,223,372,036,854,775,808. Written out that’s 9 Quintillion 223 Quadrillion 372 Trillion 36 Billion 854 Million 775 Thousand 808.
According to Joe Lunardi on ESPN.com, the Last Four teams in the Big Dance include Tennessee, Saint Joseph’s, Dayton, and Arkansas. The First Four teams out include California, Minnesota, Providence, and St. John’s.
Everything, though, can change if any of those teams can make a deep run in their conference tournaments.
The teams that are hot entering the NCAA tournament are the undefeated Wichita State Shockers, Florida Gators who have won 23 straight games, and the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks who have won 25 straight games.