Wreck-It Reck: Absolute (March) Madness!


Lucie Gripp

Trying to perfect a bracket is no easy task, it’s always more than just predicting who will win the game and move on to the next one.

Way too often, in the winter I will get extremely bored with watching our professional (if you can call it that) Detroit teams botch their season for the billionth time. It makes me want to have our own Wyandotte Basketball and Hockey teams face off and if they are better than a professional team.
Since my dream is impossible for obvious reasons, I stumble upon College Basketball, which I always forget exists until late February, primarily because of the overhype over in the wide and limited world of the other big college sport, football.
Well, it all added up. It’s basketball, in college, it’s also March. Everyone has to have heard of March Madness, right?
That wasn’t the case last year, because of our unwelcomed friend, COVID-19. Speaking of which, how are they going to be doing March Madness with an ongoing pandemic?
Well, I covered high school football (well, at least gave recommendations) and the Summer Olympics, and much of it still intersects with rules taken from other sports, except a few rules, which please myself and other teams in the country.
Prior to this year, NCAA has held the March Madness games in numerous venues across the country, this year they’re keeping all in one state: Indiana.
It only made sense to keep it in Indiana because of where the Finals site would be, they made the announcement prior to covid that it would be at Lucas Oil Stadium, in Indianapolis. They will be putting a basketball court in the middle of a football stadium made to fit over 62,000 people.
I find it kind of useless to put a court in a stadium so large during covid. Regardless of having 25% capacity, the stadium is so large that they could be a mile away from the court and make the viewing a bad experience. I think it wouldn’t have hurt to have all of the games without fans there, and just keep it televised. I think the 25% capacity for fans creates an unnecessary obstacle for the NCAA and I hope that it won’t cause any issues.
In the history of March Madness, there have been a total of 68 teams playing in the bracket, in an effort to win the championship they will keep that idea of the bracket, however, the way they choose who will be hitting the brackets are different.
To keep things fair, they established four regions of sixteen teams, and out of those sixteen teams, they have them counted one to four, and four to one. It’s called an S-Curve, they do this four times adding up to 64 teams total. They would have the regions based on where they would be playing from, however, in this case since it’s all in Indiana, that’s thrown out of the window.
The concept of the S-Curve took me days to figure out because even Wikipedia didn’t have a page or a paragraph somewhere that talked about what it does, and the NCAA site barely made sense, and drawing it out made me feel like a Top 10 student because I had a big brain moment.
In addition, Ivy League teams (Harvard, Yale, Princeton, etc.) have dropped all winter sports due to covid, so now instead of 32 conferences, it’s 31, and a smaller (or bigger team) has a chance of getting a shot to win March Madness.
I love the idea of March Madness, it’s a great concept to give 68 different college squads the chance to win a championship. Basketball is one of the better sports to do the concept as well. If you were to make it for football, it would be going on for the next year or two.
This new year of March Madness makes it feel like a “rebirth,” and I hope the idea of having March Madness all in one location can make life easier for everyone, including the fans. I wouldn’t be a good fan of having to go across the country to see your other favorite team play after your main favorite lost.
Plus, I find some sort of excitement in seeing a good basketball team. I understand you could do it for something like hockey, but it’s just something about basketball that I enjoy.
Maybe it’s the betting? There is always that 1 in 9.2 quintillion chance of executing the perfect bracket!
I hope that now that you know about the brackets a bit more, you get a perfect bracket, and in the event that you do, you know who to thank… I’ll be taking 25% though.