Selection Sunday: March Madness is Upon Us

Photo via Wikimedia under the Creative Commons license

Photo via Wikimedia under the Creative Commons license

Siddharth Chandra, Writer

In an era of sports betting, March Madness will be the center stage for sports betting. In the past when sports betting was illegal, everybody would be making their own brackets in an “attempt” to get the perfect bracket (or as close to a perfect bracket as possible). However, the odds for a perfect bracket are 9.2 quintillions to 1. In other words, you are not getting a perfect bracket. Selection Sunday brings a lot of excitement for many March Madness fans as they can finally put their brackets together.

Below is this year’s bracket with the dates of each round listed.

One thing that Selection Sunday does not bring is a surprise. Most of the top seeds are what people would have expected, but typically the seeding is not very controversial. On the men’s side Arizona, Gonzaga, Kansas, and defending champs Baylor all earned no. 1 seed. Villanova led by Franklin’s own Jermaine Samuels earned themselves a 2 seed behind Arizona.

Also, #11 Virginia Tech was able to book a tournament trip after an ACC title win over Duke who is a 2 seed. #16 Bryant, who had had the debacle of the crowd fight, will be fighting for a proper spot in the tournament in the first four against Wright State. Providence who has arguably had one of the best seasons in program history will look to continue that Cinderella runs as a #5 seed in the tournament. The Richmond Spiders might be the least expected name on this bracket, as they made an amazing run to clinch a berth after a win against Davidson for the Atlantic 10 crown.

Unicorn Chet Holmgren will come into this tournament as the standout playing, looking to bring a title to Gonzaga in possibly his only college basketball season.

On the women’s side of things Louisville, South Carolina, NC State, and defending champs Stanford all earned their no. 1 seeds easily with dominant seasons. Powerhouse UConn who has dominated the tournament in the past will look to continue that has a no. 2 seed with Paige Brueckers back.

Standout player Caitlin Clark who has been playing her mind out all season will try and continue to carry Iowa, as they come into the tournament as a no. 2 seed. #12 UMass will go against #5 Notre Dame and hope to pull off the upset to send MA into cheering. One will find the same teams in both the men’s and women’s tournaments such as Kentucky, Villanova, Michigan, Baylor, and many more.

Overall this year looks to be as exciting as any other should be, and with fans being back at full capacity now get ready for some loud arenas.