The field of 65 is set. The photocopiers are spitting out brackets. Offices all over the nation are filled with distracted employees. Ah yes, the Madness has begun.
The NCAA Tournament is an event of epic proportions. It brings people together in a completely unique way, and builds levels of excitement that can only go up as the field goes down. 65 to 32. 32 to the Sweet 16. Then, to the Elite 8, which reveals the best team from each region of the bracket, the Final Four. The Final Four produces the top two teams, and sends them to the National Championship.
Anyone unexcited by that simple process is not a true sports fan. It truly is a captivating blur of a playoff—64 gritty single-elimination match-ups in 21 days. Turn away and you’re sure to miss something amazing.
Across the nation, those lucky enough to have their schools selected by the committee engage in parties of pride. Who cheers the loudest and with the most passion becomes a side-game. Rivalries kick into overdrive, and emotions constantly run high.
Intense bracket competitions consume minds nationwide, from die-hard basketball enthusiasts to girls who have never seen a game and like the name ‘Gonzaga.' Strategies are formed, and thrown out. Everyone seems to think they’re on a golden path to the Championship, and the subsequent office pool...until the games begin.
So what can you expect from the 2010 NCAA Tournament? Well, as always, expect excitement. Expect the unexpected. Expect a great show. Expect March Madness, which means, above all else, an unforgettable three-week party at a remarkable time of the year.
Need specific bracket expectations? Like which teams will highlight their respective seeds? From 16 to 1, these are the teams at each seed with the best chance to win the Big Dance...or at least advance.