March Madness and Mayhem

Brandon Walker and Josh Johnson

As the nation descends upon chaos, unpredictability, and the Final Four of March Madness, basketball fans will be watching top schools such as undefeated Kentucky and two loss Gonzaga, compete for a spot in the Final Four NCAA Tournament. With the regular season over, Kentucky leads the power rankings at 31-0, with Virginia in second at 28-2 and not far behind in the third spot is Gonzaga at 30-2. Every team has finished the season and for some teams, it will be down to the wire in order to earn a spot in the tournament and a chance to win the college basketball tournament. “Michigan State will win it all” senior Travis Theut said.

March 15 is Selection Sunday which marks the beginning of the tournament. The first round is from March 17-18, played at the UD Arena (Dayton, Ohio). The second rounds are from March 19-21, played at Veterans Memorial Arena (Jacksonville, FL), KFC Yum! Center (Louisville, KY), CONSOL Energy Center (Pittsburgh, PA), and the Rose Garden (Portland, OR). The third rounds are from March 20-22, played at Time Warner Cable Arena (Charlotte, NC), Nationwide Arena (Columbus, OH), CenturyLink Center (Omaha, NE), and KeyArena (Seattle, WA). The Midwest Regionals are March 26 and 28, played at the Quicken Loans Arena (Cleveland, OH). The West Regionals are March 26 and 28, played at the Staples Center (Los Angeles, CA). The South Regionals are March 27 and 29, played at NRG Stadium (Houston, TX). The East Regionals are March 27 and 29, played at the Carrier Dome (Syracuse, NY). The National Semifinals are April 4, played at Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis, IN), and the Championship Game is April 6, also at Lucas Oil Stadium.

As the Connecticut Huskies look to defend their national title, the Kentucky Wildcats look to take the title by storm and win what they could not last year, losing to the Huskies in the Championship Game. While Kentucky continues to win, other teams look to topple the undefeated juggernaut and put themselves into playoff contentions. “Kentucky will lose in the SEC Tournament but are all out favorites to when it all” history teacher Michael Sharp said. According to, three teams that are underdogs or bracket busters are Eastern Washington (23-8), San Diego State (24-7), and Oregon (23-8).

As the path to March Madness heats up, look for huge upsets, stunning game winning shots, and heartbreaking loses, because without these kinds of performances there would not be the chaos of March Madness. During the tournament, fans will carefully watch their brackets, hoping for perfection when the tournament comes to an end. We all know, however there has yet to be perfection.