March Madness or March Sadness?

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March Madness or March Sadness?

The March Madness logo, starting on March 17, 1939 and going on ever since.

The March Madness logo, starting on March 17, 1939 and going on ever since.

The March Madness logo, starting on March 17, 1939 and going on ever since.

The March Madness logo, starting on March 17, 1939 and going on ever since.

Marcin Klecha, Reporter

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This year’s March Madness started Tuesday, Mar. 19, 2019 and will continue till Monday, Apr 8, 2019. Tons of people who made brackets this year are surprised with the outcomes of the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) College Basketball Teams.

     March Madness is a single-elimination tournament of 68 teams that compete in seven rounds for the national championship.* Starting in 1939, it has become and annual tradition.

     People select teams to go against each other and predict which team will take home the win. It starts off with the First Round, then moves on to the Second Round, then the Sweet 16, then the Elite Eight, Final Four, and finally the Championship. There is the East and South section, and the West and Midwest section of each bracket.

     This year’s tournament was a surprise compared to previous years, people were astonished. Some teams such as Duke, University of North Carolina, and University of Michigan didn’t make it as far as people thought. Duke made it to the Elite Eight this year, and in the past few years, they got further. Same with UNC and Michigan.

     A lot of people predicted that Duke will make it far, as well as Gonzaga, but they didn’t even make it to the Final Four. Duke lost to Michigan State University, 68-67.  In addition, Gonzaga lost to Texas Tech, with the score being 75-69. The scores for the games were both close in terms of points. Senior Elian Martinez (Div. 937) said, “I wanted either Duke or Gonzaga to win the championship to win, but that didn’t happen.”

     Senior Niall Brady (Div. 928) said, “None of my final four selections made it… I was surprised to see Oregon getting far because they messed up my bracket a lot.”

     The Final Four consisted of Texas Tech versus Michigan State, and Auburn versus Virginia. Texas Tech took the win against Michigan State with the score being 61-51. Virginia won against Auburn, and the score was 63-62. 

     On Monday Apr. 8, 2019, Texas Tech played Virginia for the championship. With a nail biting game going into overtime, the Cavaliers finished on top with a score of 85-77.