March Madness And The Bracket Challenge Comes To A Close

Tournament Recap

Sports Commentary by: Bennett Rowan

Last week this year’s March Madness came to an end.

After many close games and buzzer beaters, the Tar Heels of North Carolina came out on top.

In the Final Four, UNC matched up against Oregon, and Gonzaga faced off with South Carolina. Both games were close until the very end.

In the UNC vs. Oregon game, the Ducks had every opportunity to knock off the one seed, but a failure to grab two consecutive rebounds off of missed free throws cost them the game.

In the Gonzaga vs. South Carolina game, the Gamecocks had a chance to tie the game late, but the Bulldogs committed a smart foul to put them on the line. This gave USC no chance to tie it up, and after Gonzaga got the rebound, the game was sealed.

Gonzaga won the game 77-73 and ended South Carolina’s chance to go to their first ever National Championship.

The National Championship featured UNC and Gonzaga, both number one seeds.

The game went back and forth the entire way, but the Tar Heels pulled it out in the end beating the Bulldogs 71-65. UNC was able to avenge their heartbreaking loss in the National Championship last season.

This year’s tournament was a historic one to say the least. Many teams pulled huge upsets and made Cinderella runs such as Rhode Island, South Carolina and Xavier.

March was definitely wild this year, but let’s hope that next year will get even crazier.

Bracket Challenge Results

Sports Commentary by: Jake Johnston

With the tournament finished and North Carolina as the champion, the winner of the Journalism bracket can be crowned.

As the only competitor that chose North Carolina to win, Sam Martin won the challenge by a landslide.

He finished with 1140 points defeating Bennett in second place by a difference of 320 points.

The rest of the standings go as followed:

  1. Sam Martin
  2. Bennett Rowan
  3. Cade Stotts
  4. Seth Rainey
  5. Thomas Touchstone
  6. Jake Johnston
  7. Nathan Stewart
  8. Scarlet Webb
  9.  Nadia Keith