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Are you ready to win on March Madness?

It won’t be long before March Madness will be on everyone’s lips and all the bros will be talking about college hoops like they’ve been watching game film since November. If you don’t know a lot, or even anything, about March Madness then you’ve come to the right place brother because we’ve all been there.

It’s one thing for your boys to think you’re a newb but it’s another for you to open your mouth and remove all doubt.

Bacot #5 of the North Carolina Tar Heels and McCormack #33 of the Kansas Jayhawks - Rob Carr/AFP
Bacot #5 of the North Carolina Tar Heels and McCormack #33 of the Kansas Jayhawks - Rob Carr/AFP

So, let’s arm you with a few basic facts about March Madness and which teams are the top threats to cut down the nets in April. Oh right, cutting down the nets, it’s what the national champions do after they win the national title game, held on the first Monday in April.

A ladder and a pair of scissors are all they need to do the deed, signifying there’s no more basketball left to be played, they’re the kings of college hoops, and all the haters can kiss their championship ass.

Without further ado, let’s give you just enough information to make you sound dangerous.

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Is the Big Dance the Same as March Madness?

Glad you asked, Kemosabe. March Madness is the umbrella term used to describe the frenzy of conference and national tournament games. Once the conference tourneys are finished the national tournament, aka the Big Dance, begins.

Between the beginning of March and the end of the month, tons of games will be played and it’s a great time to skip school or call in sick to work and just watch basketball from noon to midnight, betting your balls off throughout.

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Who Decides and How Many Go?

Conference tournament winners receive an automatic bid to the Big Dance. But even if a team doesn’t win its conference tourney doesn’t mean it won’t get one of 68 invitations to play in the Big Dance.

There’s a committee of 12 people who decide who gets to dance and who has to sit on the sidelines. You should also know that there are 62 of 64 spots filled, with four teams that play for the final two spots. They call this the First Four and it’s annoying. Just name the 64 and #LFG.

By the way, once the national tournament begins – again, this is called the Big Dance if you weren’t paying attention – there are four regions of 16 teams each, seeded No. 1 through No. 16. The four regions are the East, South, Midwest, and West. Committee members hate the North, what can I say?

In the first round, each region’s No. 1 plays No. 16, No. 2 plays No. 15, etc… by the way, just because a school is physically located in a certain region of the country doesn’t mean it will be in the region closest to them. Why? Nobody knows.

Who’s Bringin’ the Smoke This March Madness?

If you’re gonna talk trash with the boys then you better know what you’re talking about. Although there are still a few more regular season games left, it’s safe to say the teams below will be among the favorites to handle their business when the whistle blows. If the tournament was held today, chances are these teams would be the four No. 1 seeds.

  • Alabama – The only time we ever see Alabama ranked No. 1 is during the football season because we know basketball is the red-headed stepchild in Tuscaloosa. But here they are, No. 1 in the nation, but after losing to Tennessee, expect them to take a little tumble in the rankings.
  • Houston – The Cougars have gone box to wire, starting out as one of the preseason favorites, and have been right at the top ever since.
  • Purdue – Ranked as a No. 3 seed last year, the Boilermakers got through the first and second rounds before getting stunned by the 2022 Cinderella story, No. 15 St. Peter’s, in the Sweet 16. This year, Purdue is an even better version and could go – all – the – way!
  • Kansas – If your boys tell you that instead of Kansas (the defending national champs by the way) being a No.1, UCLA, Texas, Virginia, or Arizona would be a better choice than the Jayhawks, stroke your beard – even if you don’t have one – and nod ever so slightly in tacit agreement.

Remember you are the sage on the college basketball mountaintop, it’s your world, they’re just living in it.

Okay, Ryders, until we meet again – Peace, Love, and Kumbaya.

I’m outta here! Let’s ride!

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