Riding through March Madness


This is a layout of this year's tournament with predictions for each match-up including the National Championship.

Ethan Tuttle, Sports Writer

            It’s that time of year in College Basketball. March is upon us, and the fight for the national championship begins. If you don’t know how March Madness works, it’s a 64 team bracket that is divided into four regions: East, West, South and Midwest. In each region, there are 16 teams, seeded by how they performed throughout the season. In total, there are four 1 seeds, four 2 seeds and so on. It starts off with 1 seeds playing the 16 seeds and continues working in that direction (2 seed vs. 15 seed, etc.) with half the teams in that round getting eliminated. If you lose a game, your season and hopes for a title end. The favorite to win the title is the Duke Blue Devils, regarded the best team in the nation by many. (USA Today)

But sophomore Dylan Borecki doesn’t see the Blue Devils winning the title. “I don’t think it’ll happen… I think the Tennessee Volunteers have showed too much consistency to not only make the national championship game, but win it.” This is an interesting take as the Tennessee Volunteers come in to the game on a bit of a cold streak, losing by 20 in their last game to the Auburn Tigers in the SEC Championship game.

Teacher Mr. Clay has a whole other view on who’s going to win the national championship. “I think it’s going to be the Gonzaga Bulldogs. They have the easiest route for a number 1 seed and their maturity and veteran players will lead them past the young core of Duke to win the NCAA title.”

However Sophomore Taylor Gogolen is a believer in the young core of the Duke Blue Devils.  He said, “They’re going to win the national championship. They’re the best team in college basketball with the best player in college basketball.”