Three of our March Madness fanatics are covering the action this week. Here’s what they’re reading:
Everyone has a special place in their heart for their hometown team and this team just happens to be mine. South Dakota State University just qualified for its first NCAA Tournament ever. The school was participating in Division II competition just eight years ago. This article from Grantland chronicles their run through the Summit League tournament. If you are looking for a Cinderella pick, I would recommend the Jackrabbits.
“The Jacks have never made the NCAA tournament — in fact, no men’s team from South Dakota has ever made the NCAA tournament — and word around town says this is the squad to get it done.”
The Best of March Madness
Source: Midwest Sports Fans
Even the most casual of sports fans can get excited about March Madness. It’s arguably one of the most exciting times in college basketball – maybe even college sports. From upsets to heartbreaks, these memorable moments are what keep us coming back each year.
“The key move was the behind-the-back dribble that allowed him to avoid a Missouri defender trying to cut off his path to the basket.”
How Far Will Teams Go?
Source: CBS Sports
CBS Sports put together an interesting map of the NCAA Tournament’s team travel to “get a look at who’s got to haul the shortest and furthest from one place to another.” What’s VCU’s itineary a year after reaching the Final Four? A 2,370-mile trip to the Great Northwest, the furthest of any team in the tournament. On the other hand, West Virginia, despite being a 10 seed, has a rough 56-mile trek to Pittsburgh. If you can’t decide between two teams in your bracket, choose the team with the shorter bus ride - they will be more rested (in theory) than their opponents.