For some, March is a time of welcoming spring break and looking forward to the warm weather ahead. But, for most, March is a time of basketball and brackets and brings on one of the most influential sporting events of the year: March Madness. During the NCAA tournament, 68 college teams battle for the national championship title.
The teams are organized into single-elimination brackets in which they strive to make it to the end. For many students of LHS, filling out the bracket and predicting the champion is one of the most exciting moments of March as they watch each game to find out how their predictions will hold up.
In the library at LHS, there is a March Madness competition taking place. Library assistants and students are competing to see who can match the best bracket. So far, Brannon Watson is in first place with 53 total points. As of the Sweet Sixteen, Jenna Weaver follows close behind in second place with 51 points. The competition allows students to get involved in the sports event and is a way for library assistants to compete with Mr. Simpson.
Senior Brannon Watson enjoys taking part in March Madness every year, and he is involved in the library competition. This year, his bracket is already off to a great start, with correct predictions for 15 out of the 16 teams in the Sweet Sixteen. He has the Kentucky Wildcats as the champion because they are his favorite team and he believes they have good chances. He hopes that they will make it to the end like he predicted.
“I love college basketball and March Madness is one of the most fun sporting events to be a part of. What I enjoy the most about March Madness is predicting the upsets,” said Watson.
The upcoming games for the next few days are:
- Florida States v. Gonzaga, tonight (March 28) at 7:09 PM
- Texas Tech v. Michigan, tonight at 9:39 PM
- LSU v. MI State, tomorrow (March 29) at 7:09 PM
- Virginia Tech v. Duke, tomorrow at 9:39 PM
- Auburn v. UNC, tomorrow at 7:29 PM
- Houston v. Kentucky, tomorrow at 9:59 PM
- Purdue v. Tennessee, today at 7:29 PM
- Oregon v. Virginia, today at 9:57 PM
Stay up-to-date with the games to see how your bracket holds up!