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The Men's NCAA Basketball Tournament is the Most Exciting Event in Sports

  • Jul 15, 2009
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I recently read a review by another Lunch member who called the Tour de France the most compelling sport on TV and it got me thinking about what I consider to be the most compelling. Hands down it would have to be the Men's NCAA Basketball Tournament aka March Madness. Why do I love it so much?

Nature of the College Game. While the extent of amateurism is debatable, the athletes are not professionals. They are students and the vast majority of them will never play professional ball. For whatever reason, this makes them more empathetic actors since they are not multi-millionaires. They want to win for themselves and their schools and fans; not for money. Also, it is great to look at the crowds and see students and parents. At a pro-game, people are there for the entertainment and the die hard fans are usually in the cheap seats up high.

Tournament Format. 65 Teams (I don't know why they have the play-in game; 64 would seem to be enough) ultimately whittled down to 1 Champion. By the end of the tournament, the winner has played and won six games. The large field means that the Tournament is spread over three weeks. For fans, it is possible to watch an unbelievable amount of exciting hoops.

Finality. Unlike the playoffs in pro-sports, every game in the NCAA Tournament is sudden death. There is no second chance and the players must lay it on the line in every game since the losers will be going home. Every game, therefore is like the game 7 of each series of the NBA playoffs.

Story-lines.  Every Tournament yields some great story-lines; underdogs who come together and beat stronger teams, stars who emerge and make names for themselves, coaches who break through and win championships after years of trying.

Gambling. For whatever reason, gambling on the Tournament has become mainstream and it seems like every office has a pool set up. Without passing judgment on gambling per se, I will say that the pools liven up the office and bring people together (in my opinion).

Every spring I get excited for the Tournament and I know that over the course of the weeks I will see some great performances. The term "buzzer beater" is most closely identified with the Tournament because there are so many of them. My most exciting Tournament memory (I am a UCLA fan) is watching Tyus Edny drive the full length of the court with 4.8 seconds left against Missouri and make a layup to win the game by one point in the 1995 Tournament. I will never forget that shot.

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The NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship is a single elimination tournament held each spring featuring 65 college basketball teams in the United States. This tournament, organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), was first developed by the National Association of Basketball Coaches in 1939 and was the brainchild of Kansas coach Phog Allen The NCAA would take over the tournament the following season. Colloquially known as March Madness (as the tournament takes place mainly during the month of March) or the Big Dance (as opposed to the now smaller and less prestigious NIT), the tournament takes place over three weeks at sites across the United States, and the national semifinals (the Final Four) have become one of the nation's most prominent sporting events.

Since its 1939 inception it has built a legacy that includes dynasty teams and dramatic underdog stories. In recent years, friendly wagering on the event has become something of a national pastime, spawning countless office pools that attract expert fans and novices alike. All games of the tournament are broadcast on the CBS broadcast television network in the United States, except for the opening round (also known as the play-in) game, which aired on TNN in 2001, and ESPN since 2002. The tournament bracket is made up of conference tournament champions from each Division I conference, which receive automatic bids. The remaining slots are at-large berths, with teams chosen by an ...

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