March Madness is here, and it is more maddening than ever before. Top teams are losing, the Top 20 has seen more movement than a five gallon drum of Ex-Lax, and many weak teams are looking strong going into the March 21 kickoff of this annual basketball tourney. And recent research from job outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas found that the men’s college basketball tournament will cost $134 million in lost employee productivity in just the first two days of the tourney.
Welcome to March Madness. It is estimated that more than 3 million workers in the United States will spend at least one to three hours watching the tournament’s basketball games … at work! If you have already personally made a plan to secretively view the exciting NCAA basketball competition at work, you no doubt also are one of the many participants in an office pool or March Madness bracket offering at your favorite sports bar. Bracket breakdowns have begun once again.
And now that the brackets are finally out, and the March Madness matchups for the first round in place, you can begin making your fearless predictions for what is possibly one of the hardest March Madness brackets to predict in recent memory. For instance, even though no #16 seed has ever beaten a #1 seed in the history of the NCAA Men’s Division 1 Basketball Tournament, many sports analysts and basketball experts think that could possibly occur this year.
The Gonzaga Bulldogs take on the Southern University Jaguars in a #1 versus #16 match-up Thursday, and the Jaguars could definitely be a bracket buster. The Bulldogs are one of the best teams in the nation, but they are definitely the weakest #1 seed this year, and maybe one of the weakest of all time. #16 seeds go all out, knowing that they have nothing to lose, and that early Thursday match-up could send brackets all over the United States spiraling straight to the bottom of the trash bin.
Louisville, Kansas and Indiana have earned the #1 seeds in the Midwest, South and East divisions respectively, and last year’s national champ is not even in the picture. The Kentucky Wildcats were praying that the selection committee would overlook a horrific South Eastern Conference tournament, but such was not the case, and Kentucky will be playing in the NIT junior tournament this year. And the selection committee definitely had its work cut out after watching five teams swap the top ranking in the AP poll. Wby the way, who is your upset pick? And who do you have slated to win it all? Those are key questions you have to answer when you fill out this year’s March Madness NCAA Tournament bracket.