The NCAA Tournament is one of the seminal events in sports. It's March Madness. It's a week when office boundaries are crossed all in the name of mastering the maddening calculus of filling out the least worst tournament bracket.
While most of us are relegated to soaking up the excitement from afar and living vicariously through our doomed picks, the 64 teams actually playing basketball have legions of fans buoyed by a dream not yet shattered.
It's one of the few collegiate athletic events that brings together (regionally) such a diverse array of Americans. It's a rare opportunity for lesser known schools to get national exposure and for diehard fans to learn more about people and places they'd otherwise never know.
March Madness also marries two glorious treasures America cherishes: beautiful women and bracket tournaments.
While the tournament teams are battling it out on the court to determine basketball supremacy, I let the women cheering them on battle it out in my mind to determine whose fanbase is the hottest.
Much like the parody tournament brackets that pit adorable baby animals against each other, they all win...but to varying degrees.
These are the hottest fanbases of March Madness.