The brackets are now complete and the excitement is at a peak. Since 1939, 68 college teams are selected to compete for the title of NCAA National Champion. The first two rounds take place at venues all across the nation, then regional match-ups take place in Philadelphia, Chicago, San Antonio and San Francisco. The Final Four showdown for the men’s tournament as well as the Championship game will take place in New Orleans in the Caesars Superdome.
These players put it all on the line for these games. For some, it culminates their sports story as they complete their final year of college and will leave basketball behind to pursue other careers. The best of the best will move on to a professional venue, but for this moment in time the combination of these student athletes come together with their best efforts to represent.
One loss and your team is eliminated. Momentum changes, extreme bursts of energy, tight games and incredible athletic offense and defense feats captivate viewers from across the nation. Some who only watch basketball this one time each year. There are exciting last minute full court shots for the win in the final seconds of a tight game, followed by the massive but short lived team celebration as it signifies their ability to continue to the next stage.
You have the ever frustrating one or two teams that completely upset your bracket. They are a low seated team from a college not at all on your radar and no one has talked about. They come out of thin air and manage to take out some giants. While you are screaming at them for ruining your chances at bracket bragging rights, you can’t help but root for them to take it all the way. No wonder they call it Madness.
Games will begin tomorrow, with first round completing on March 18, with the second round immediately following on the 19th and 20th. Sweet 16 games will take place March 24 and 25; followed by the Elite Eight on March 26-27. Final Four games can be viewed on April 2 and the big championship game on April 4. CBS, TNT and TBS, along with popular streaming platforms, will be airing most of the games. However, if you don’t want to have to do any searching March Madness Live is home to live streaming of every game.