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Reporter

The 2015 NCAA Tournament is fast approaching, with so called March Madness just around the corner.

March Madness is incredibly exciting single elimination tournament with 68 teams competing and trying to become the one that cuts down the nets.

Last year, the University of Connecticut (UCONN) Men’s basketball team captured the title, becoming the first seventh seed to win the championship.

With such uncertainty, people around the world fill out March madness brackets. This trend as became so popular that last year Warren Buffet offered 1 billion dollars to anyone who filled out a perfect bracket. No one who entered in the contest did. This year the title favorites are clearly the Kentucky Wildcats, who are currently undefeated at 26-0, their best start in school history. 

The Kentucky wildcats are the title favorites but teams such as Duke University, University of Wisconsin and the University of Virginia all have decent chances of winning the title as well. Duke’s offense is the eighth best scoring team in the nation and has a fair chance to defeat Kentucky which owns the nation’s best defense.

Virginia and Wisconsin both have the length to compete with Kentucky but right now Kentucky is looking to become the first undefeated team to win a championship since the 1975-1976 Bob Knight led Indiana Hoosiers team. Yet, with so many good teams it is difficult to predict who will come away on top.

“I fill out my bracket by picking the team with the coolest mascot, I usually do fairly well” senior Chloe Crumley said.

In fact the odds of filling out a perfect bracket are 1 in 9.2 quintillion. It is highly unlikely that someone will fill out a perfect bracket but that does not mean that people will stop trying.

“I fill out a bracket every year just to see if I can predict the outcomes of games more accurately then my friends,” freshman Colin de Guzman said.

March Madness is a thrilling experience that fully captures what college is all about. With each community surrounding and supporting their teams, March Madness not only increases camaraderie between students, but it also increases attendance and campus spirit at events. Last year the national championship game saw a record amount of fans and this year the attendance is expected to be even higher.

“March Madness gets me so pumped because I love seeing everyone show their campus spirit,” Sophomore Erica Schomer said.

The selection process for the NCAA tournament happens on March 15. This year’s tournament will be held in Dayton, Ohio. The tournament will begin on March 17, and will conclude with the championship game on April 6.