It’s that time of year again – the time when basketball fans across the country come together to celebrate one of the most exciting events in sports: March Madness. With brackets, buzzer-beaters, and upsets galore, there’s nothing quite like the NCAA Basketball Tournament.
But for those who are new to the madness or just need a refresher on how it all works, we’ve got you covered with this complete guide to everything you need to know about March Madness. So grab your favorite team’s jersey (or just a bag of popcorn) and get ready for some serious hoops action!
What is March Madness?
March Madness is an annual NCAA men’s basketball tournament that takes place in the United States. The tournament features 64 teams competing in a single-elimination format. The first round of the tournament is played at campus sites, with the winners advancing to play in regional rounds and then the national semifinals and finals at predetermined arenas.
How do the Bracket Games Work?
The NCAA Basketball Tournament is one of the most exciting and anticipated events of the year. Every March, 64 teams compete for a chance to become national champions. The tournament is organized into four rounds, with each round consisting of 16 teams.
Each team plays all the other teams in its bracket twice (once at home and once away). After those games are played, the team with the best record is placed in the championship game. If there is a tie between two or more teams, then a tiebreaker game is played. In this game, each team takes turns playing five possessions. The first team to score 25 points wins the game.
There are a few different ways to win a bracket game. If your team beats its opponent by 20 points or more, it’s called an “automatic” victory. If your team has won its previous two games against that opponent by at least 10 points each, it’s called a “double-bye.” Finally, if your team has won four or more games against that opponent, it’s called a “four-seed.”
If you’re playing as part of a group (a “tournament,” as opposed to just playing against others online), be sure to coordinate who will guard which player on defense so everyone knows their role and responsibilities!
The Sweet 16 of the NCAA Men
The Sweet 16 of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament is an exciting time for college basketball fans. The best 16 teams in the country compete for a chance to move on to the Final Four.
This year, there are some great matchups in the Sweet 16. Duke and Kentucky will face off in a battle of two powerhouse programs, while Wisconsin and Gonzaga will duke it out for a second place in their respective conferences. Syracuse and Oregon will also clash, as both teams look to advance to their first Final Four appearance.
There are also some exciting games that take place outside of the top 16 seeds. Wichita State and North Carolina-Greensboro have been battling it out all season long, and their matchup in the Second Round could be one of the most entertaining games of the tournament. Other Second Round games include Miami (FL) vs. Texas A&M and Utah vs. Butler.
As we get closer to the Final Four, we can start to predict which teams will make it there. Kansas and Villanova are widely considered to be the favorites, but anything can happen in March Madness!