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March Madness Hits Chatham High Students

By Matt Gentile

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 • 10:40pm

March may mean many different things for different people. For some it’s the end of winter and beginning of spring; for many at CHS it means the start of the spring sports season.

However, for over 50 million Americans it means March Madness. For those not familiar with this term, it refers to the frenzy that is the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. A competition consisting of 68 collegiate teams with the last team standing crowned as the champion.

The excitement that comes with the tournament is not just from watching the many games that span from March 18 - April 7. With “Selection Sunday” on March 16, the bracket of the tournament comes out and each teams knows what path they must take to cut down the nets. The announcement of the brackets means the beginning of the true March Madness.

Each year, millions of Americans strive to select each of the 60-plus games in the bracket. Experts have calculate that the chances of picking the perfect bracket are as slim as 1 in 35.36 Billion (yes, with a “B”). At that point, there is a much greater chance of winning the Powerball Jackpot. Yet, these slim chances never deters a motivated college basketball enthusiast. Year after year, people eagerly await the brackets to come out so they can gather all available

information and forecast the correct upsets. Comparing RPI’s and BPI’s and Strengths of Schedule and Quality Wins are all ways that the common Joe plays expert and dissects the.The obsession over crucial 8 seed vs. 9 seed selections, a possible 3 vs. 14 upset, and all the research that goes into picking your personal perfect bracket takes a lot of time and effort. According to an MSN survey, only 14% of workers do NOT dedicate time during their workday to March Madness. And as as high school student, I can vouch to say that figure remains adequate for school students as well.

For the 2014 tournament, the Gators of the University of Florida received the overall top seed in the tournament. Although this means nothing, as many loyal bracketologists know:

Anything can happen in March

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