Last week 65 teams set out to win the most exciting tournament of the year, the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. March Madness. The Big Dance.
What makes the tournament so special is that not every team favored to win makes it out alive. On the contrary, teams of yesteryear, like Coppin State and Hampton, can defeat high-profile teams in the first round, busting everyone's brackets and coughing up money in the office pool before you can say "Sweet 16."
This year, three teams are playing the role of spoiler. George Mason, Wichita State, and Bradley are all thrilled to be among the final sixteen games, but they all have their sights set on the Final Four. They've each vanquished high-profile teams, but can they go head to head with Duke or Connecticut, basketball's elite programs? Can Bradley advance past No. 1-seed Memphis? Will Georgetown sneak out of the Minneapolis region — through Florida, Villanova and Boston College? Will Dick Vitale's head explode in mid-sentence out of excitement?
It's awesome, baby. And our Blogcritics have already caught March Madness fever:
March Madness: Connecticut’s Season Was Somehow a Disappointment
The most talented UConn team ever? No question. The best? Not in the top five.
Posted to Sports by Dan McGowan on March 27, 2006 08:28 AM
March Madness: Sweet 16 Games Lost in The Shuffle
How the University of Washington got the shaft in the NCAA tourney and then were erased from our memories forever
Posted to Sports by Adam Hoff on March 27, 2006 08:25 AM
March Madness: Redick and Morrison Overcome With March Sadness
Lasting images of Duke and Gonzaga's losses could be two stars doing impressions of Evelyn Gardner in A League of Their Own.
Posted to Sports by Matthew T. Sussman on March 24, 2006 07:39 AM
March Madness: LSU Upends Duke, Tigers Fans Geaux Nuts
#4 seeded LSU knocks off #1 overall seeded Duke 72-64 in the NCAA tournament.
Posted to Sports by M.D. Sandwasher on March 24, 2006 12:59 AM