March Madness Nears the End of its 84th Season

Everything you need to know before the big game on April 8.
A drawing of a blue basketball, with orange smoke on the left and white smoke on the right encompassing the basketball
A drawing of a blue basketball, with orange smoke on the left and white smoke on the right encompassing the basketball
Adobe Stock

March Madness has been in full swing throughout the United States for the past few weeks. March Madness refers to the weeks-long tournament between 64 separate college basketball teams. The tournament is held by the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) and will hold its championship game today, April 8. The championship game will be held at the State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. 

A drawing of a blue basketball with orange smoke on the left and blue smoke on the right covering the basketball (Adobe Stock)

The first rounds were on March 21 and March 22. This round is a major elimination round, and gets rid of 32 of the 64 teams, or half of the total teams. The second rounds were on March 23 and March 24 and brought the total number of teams still left in the competition down to 16. The Sweet 16 games were March 28 and March 29, and afterwards only eight teams were left in the running. The two following days, March 30 and March 31, held the Elite Eight games.

The Elite Eight games left behind only four remaining teams. These teams were: The Alabama Crimson Tide, the Connecticut Huskies, NC State Wolfpack, and the Purdue Boilermakers. Both games were on April 6, and the Alabama Crimson Tide went against the Connecticut Huskies, and the NC State Wolfpack went against the Purdue Boilermakers. After the game, the final two teams are the Boilermakers and the Huskies.

This is the NCAA’s 84th time holding this competition. In those 84 tournaments; the Alabama Crimson Tide has won a total of 18 championships, the Connecticut Huskies have won a total of five championships, the NC State Wolfpack has won twice, and the Purdue Boilermakers have never won a championship before. Most experts, according to ESPN, have predicted that the Connecticut Huskies will take the winning title this year, though some are hoping for the Purdue Boilermakers to take their first championship home this year.

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You can find more information about each team and where to watch all games at the NCAA’s official website.

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