Six months ago, 143 schools set forth on a scheduled season of varying paths with identical intentions.
Some garnered glory—earning recognition, adulation and speculation with every step closer to their ultimate goals.
Some found themselves losing more than what they already had—inviting frustration, subordination and ultimately, decimation.
As their schedules progressed, so did the gradual painting of their individual fates.
For all involved, it was to be an adventure which had been taken many times before, but with each time proving to be something altogether unique.
Mixtures of personalities, drives and philosophies radiated from the very composition of the unique collegiate community.
From the freshmen forced to learn the ropes of their new teams while carrying the hopes and excitement of making it big, to the seniors that looked to play the roles of leaders with the silent voice of their last chance to make it at all ringing hauntingly in the back of their minds.
From the coaches who found a new batch of players to guide and work with, to the coaches that have been around the same scenery for longer than some of us have lived.
From the fans that enjoyed beer with their friends, filled out brackets, continually love the game to those that simply stood by their Alma Maters, no matter what.
A symphony of ambition, desire, ability, maturity, countenance, study, dedication, confidence, passion and utmost anticipation burned within every single member of the exquisite collection of athletes, staff and fans.
All teams went in understanding the paradox that before glorious ecstasy must come inescapable pain, and that easy results must first be planted through hard work.
Thus before one is crowned victorious, all must first fight and the rest must consequently suffer defeat.
From coast to coast, 68 were chosen to converge over the span of a month, to use competition against each other as the true measure their own excellence, and do so in the ultimate proving ground of the collegiate world's brightest stars.
March Madness had finally arrived.
March Madness Teams
Ohio State, Texas, San Antonio, George Mason, Villanova, West Virginia, Clemson, Kentucky, Princeton, Marquette, Xavier, Syracuse, Indiana State, Washington, Georgia, North Carolina, Long Island.
Duke, Hampton, Michigan, Tennessee, Memphis, Oakland, Arizona, Texas, Cincinnati, Missouri, Connecticut, Bucknell, Penn State, Temple, San Diego State, Northern Colorado.
Kansas, Boston, UNLV, Illinois, Vanderbilt, Richmond, Louisville, Morehead State, Georgetown, Virginia Commonwealth, Purdue, Saint Peter's, Texas A&M, Florida State, Notre Dame, Akron.
Pittsburgh, UNC, Asheville, Butler, Old Dominion, Kansas State, Utah State, Wisconsin, Belmont, St. John's, Gonzaga, Brigham Young, Wofford, UCLA, Michigan State, Florida, UC Santa Barbara.