March Madness has Begun

March Madness has Begun

Matt Belinson, Reporter

     The month of March means more than St Patrick’s Day and the start of spring. College basketball fans have a stretch of weeks with plenty of exciting and stressful games.

     The NCAA Selection Committee had to wait till all the championship games were over for each conference to put teams into the official bracket. There were some surprises, including Duke and Kentucky not being #1 seeds.

     The four overall number 1 seeds were Villanova, Gonzaga, Kansas and North Carolina. Villanova was expected to be the overall number one team, due to their championship win last year over North Carolina. Villanova plays the 16 seeded Mt. St Marys. North Carolina plays Texas Southern. Kansas will play UC Davis and Gonzaga plays San Diego State.

     The two and three seeds are the most dangerous to the number 1 seeded teams. Arizona, Kentucky, Duke, and Louisville round out the 2 seeds. The three seeds are Oregon, Baylor, UCLA and Florida State. Many of these teams like UCLA and Duke are favored to make the Final Four. Many of these seeds could face each other if they win their first two rounds of play.

     Many Big 12 and ACC teams make most of the 4-15 seeds in the tourney. Each conference has at least three teams in the initial pool.

     The first game of the year was Notre Dame against Princeton. This game was the start of what will surely be an intense year of games. Princeton had a chance to make  a game winning three with 2 seconds left, but the guard missed and Notre Dame survived an upset.

     The first round ends on 3/17 and will offer plenty of intriguing match-ups. With March Madness starting to heat up, each college basketball fan will have something to watch these next few weeks.