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Selection Sunday! Who’s Your Winner?

Tomorrow evening, as we all stumble in from our St. Patrick’s Day festivities, college athletes will be on the edge of their seats (or the edge of their benches). Between 6:00pm and 7:00pm they will be waiting to hear their teams’ name said and assigned to a spot in the 2015 NCAA Tournament. Whether they were an early season favorite or made an end of season surge for a spot, these teams are hoping to compete for the right to bring a trophy home to their school. Once they are selected, it will be a whirlwind of games through out the rest of March (March Madness if you will). Some will emerge as underdogs, some will suffer nailbiting defeats; one will be remembered as the Cinderella team of 2015 and one will be known forever as the winner.

Once the teams are picked, millions of people will build their perfect bracket. Some will use statistics and read up on team’s season to pick their winners. Some will go strictly by the numbers; four #1 seeds in the Final Four, how boring! Some will pick their alma mater to go all the way (even if they’re a team on the bubble) and keep their fingers crossed as Elite Eight become the Final Four. Or if you are anything like me, you’ll chose the advancing teams based on the school colors. No matter how you chose your bracket, your chances of being perfect are slim to none (or if your a numbers person, 1 in 9.2 quintillion.

Over the next 20ish days, 67 games will be played. No matter where you watch them or how you watch them (we’ve heard of some crazy traditions, superstitions and rituals and even have some ourselves), we wish your team the best of luck this tournament!

Fun NCAA Tournament Facts
-The NCAA did not start seeding teams until 1979.
-The 9th seed team has won 56 times out of 104 when playing the 8th seed in the first round of the tournament.
-The first team to win the tournament was Oregon in 1939. They defeated Ohio State 46-33.
-John Calipari has made it to the Final Four with three different teams; UMASS in 1996, Memphis in 2008 and Kentucky in 2011.
-Between 1986 and 1994, Duke made it to the Final Four seven times
-In the first year of the tournament, only 8 teams played. It wasn’t until 1985 when 64 teams would participate.


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