The Craze of March Madness
The frenzy known as March Madness is officially here.
The NCAA men’s college tournament or March Madness as it is commonly referred too is arguably the biggest sporting event of the year.
March Madness has grown from just a simple tournament to a cultural phenomenon.
According to the American Gaming Association more then 40 million Americans will fill out over 70 million brackets for the upcoming tournament.
To put that in perspective more brackets are expected to be filled out then ballets cast for President Barak Obama during the 2012 presidential elections.
Boise State hasn’t been immune from this phenomenon.
Many students and even professors stated that they will not be attending or holding classes during the opening rounds of the tournament.
The tournament will have even more students glued to televisions with Boise State making the field of 68.
Boise State returns to the fray
Decades of living under the shadow of the blue turf and one of college football’s winningest programs ceased for the Boise State men’s basketball team.
Since head coach Leon Rice was hired in 2009, the Broncos have quickly risen to the top of the MW—one of the nation’s deepest leagues.
Rice’s biggest accomplishment, however, is leading the Broncos to the NCAA tournament two (2013 and 2015) out of his five years with the program.
Despite the at-large berths, Rice envisions even more success for the Broncos—success like he had as an associate head coach at Gonzaga.
While at Gonzaga, Rice was a part of 12 NCAA tournament teams.
While more established teams, such as San Diego State, Michigan State and West Virginia went into Selection Sunday knowing they were in the tournament, the Broncos sat on the edge of their seats until the moment their name was called.
“I want to get us out of this spot, where you can rest easy and sleep well the night before,” Rice said. “It’s the accumulation of a lot of hard work from these guys.”
As the Boise State basketball program grows to become a consistently dominating force, NCAA tournament appearances will become routine.
Nate Lowery- Sports and Rec Editor
NCAA Championship- Kentucky over Iowa State
Final Four- Kentucky, Wisconsin, Iowa State and Villanova
Cinderella Teams- Eastern Washington, Davidson and Wichita State
Teams to Avoid- Kansas, Baylor, Georgetown and Butler
Brandon Walton- Assistant Sports and Rec Editor
NCAA Championship- Kentucky over Northern Iowa
Final Four- Kentucky, Northern Iowa, Wisconsin and SMU
Cinderella Teams- Harvard, Albany, Wofford and Valaparasio
Teams to Avoid- Gonzaga, Duke and Georgetown