By Alex Bahena ’19
What is March Madness ?
March Madness is a 63 basketball game tournament that takes place from March 15 to April 2. 64 of the best colleges compete for the NCAA Basketball Championship and ultimate bragging rights. The teams are sorted by seeds. Seeds are where the team is placed on the bracket based on their team record. Each team has to give it their all in this one game knockout tournament. One loss can end the team’s season. Each player is playing at their best ability with Scouts watching for the NBA draft this upcoming June.
What is a Bracket?
A bracket is a layout of the whole tournament. Each person is given a bracket, and they get to fill out who they believe will win each game and also the whole tournament. Sounds simple right? Nope, choosing the better team will not always work in one’s favor. Each year, people try to go after the perfect bracket. Unfortunately, the odds for a perfect bracket to actually happen is 1 in 9.2 quintillion. The thing that is difficult about filling out a “perfect bracket” is there’s always upsets, Cinderella stories, and game winning shots. This year alone has been full of upsets. The 32-2 Virginia lost to 24-10 UNBC. This was the first time a 16 seed beat a 1 seed.
How Advisories are contributing
Bryan Williams, World History teacher, and his junior advisory filled out brackets on who they thought would win each game. At the end of the tournament, the person with the most wins would gets a breakfast with Williams and a advisory brother of their choice. Brian Brijido, a junior in the Williams advisory, stated, “I just look at the stats of the teams throughout the season.” He also stated that there is no way to get a perfect bracket since there is upsets each year.
Chris Duncan, Biology teacher, and Ryan Palmer, Psychology teacher, both have their Advisories going head to head.
Another advisory that is participating is Alex Riggs, Algebra teacher, and his advisory. Daniel Cruz, a junior in the Riggs advisory, stated that he also looked at stats, but that didn’t really help since his bracket is messed up now. Despite having a broken bracket Cruz is still having a great time watching all the teams play and seeing all the players performances. Emanual Custodio, junior in Riggs advisory, said that he also looked at stats of the teams and made predictions on who would win. He stated, “I always enjoy watching the games.” Custodio said even though his bracket got messed up due to Loyola Chicago winning their games, but he still is having a fun time watching the colleges compete at their best ability.