March Madness

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Excited for the upcoming tournament Rob Stoddard displays his March Madness bracket. Photo by Crystal Snow

Excited for the upcoming tournament Rob Stoddard displays his March Madness bracket. Photo by Crystal Snow

The NCAA has released the bracket for the National Championship known as March Madness.  The Florida Gators are the overall number one seed, and a 4-1 favorite to win the tournament.  The other schools to receive number one seeds are the Wichita State Shockers, The Arizona Wildcats, and The Virginia Cavaliers.

Florida received the number one overall seed after finishing the regular season with a 32-2 record and having won the SEC conference championship.  The Gators have won 26 games in a row with their last loss coming on December 2.  They defeated the University of Kentucky to win the SEC title game.

Perhaps the biggest headline entering the tournament is the undefeated, 34-0 Wichita State Shockers.  They are the first team finish the regular and post-season undefeated since the 1976 Indiana Hoosiers.  They will face either Cal Poly or Texas Southern in the second round which will begin on Thursday, March 20.

Two Utah School made the ‘Big Dance,’ Weber State and BYU.  Weber state receive a 16 seed and will face Arizona in the round of 64.  Arizona recently walloped the University of Utah.  BYU received a 10 seed and will face Oregon on Thursday.

Many people may not be aware of the possibility to win a billion dollars from this tournament.  ESPN will give one billion dollars to anyone who can fill out a perfect bracket, meaning pick the winner of all 63 games correctly.

The Snowdrift is having a similar contest.  The prize might not be a billion dollars, but for the student that fills out the bracket inserted in this week’s copy of the Snowdrift, and receives the most points, will win a prize.

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For each correct game chosen in the first two rounds (round of 64 and round of 32), 10 points will be awarded.  Correct choices in the Sweet Sixteen round will receive 15 points.  Each Final Four selection will receive 25 points.  Selecting a team to play in the national championship will be worth 50 points, and predicting the national champion will be awarded 100 points.

In order to qualify, brackets need to be turned into the Snowdrift office by noon on Thursday, March 20.  The winner will be announced in the April 9 edition of the Snowdrift
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