Sports Commentary By: Bennett Rowan
March is in full swing and the Madness is about to begin. The NCAA Tournament Bracket has been made and teams are preparing for games to begin this week.
The first official games of the round of 64 begin on Thursday followed by the beginning of the round of 32 on Saturday.
With UNC, Gonzaga, Villanova and Kansas as the number 1 seeds, they all look to not become the first ever 1 seed to lose to a 16 seed in this year’s Madness.
After last year’s tournament run and victory, Villanova comes in as a heavy favorite to most, but other people believe that Gonzaga can continue their impressive season of only one loss and make a long run in the tournament.
Although UNC lost to Duke in the ACC Tournament, they were still ranked a higher seed and are also favorites to win.
All the regions of the bracket are tough, but it seems as if the South Region in the bracket may be a little bit harder to get out of than the rest.
The South Region features UNC as the 1 seed, but it has Kentucky as the 2 seed. Many people thought that Kentucky was good enough to be considered a 1 seed after winning the SEC Tournament.
Another hot team in the South Region is the Bruins of UCLA. Led by superstar Lonzo Ball, the Bruins would not surprise anyone if they came out of this region on top.
In the Midwest Region, Kansas could run away with it as the 2 seed is an unproven Louisville team and the 3 seed is an Oregon team who is playing without one of their top players, Chris Boucher.
Kansas is led by one of the top players in the nation, Frank Mason. Mason has been arguably the best player all season and hopes to take that same skill level and intensity into Kansas’ games this tournament.
The East Region is where the defending champs of Villanova reside with a realistic shot of making it back to the big dance. The biggest threat to the Wildcats is Duke, who is extremely hot coming into this tournament. Led by sharpshooter Luke Kennard, the Blue Devils hope to bring Coach K his 6th NCAA Championship.
The West Region is the last region and is headlined by the nearly undefeated Gonzaga team. Gonzaga dropped only one game during the regular season but hopes to continue their impressive season. There are many teams in this region who have a real shot at making it to the Final Four, such as Gonzaga, Arizona, FSU, and even Notre Dame.
As games tip off this Thursday, all 64 teams hope to bring their school home a trophy.