March To Madness

Unlike any other sport, college basketball acts as a sprint and a marathon at the same time. Over a span of four months, most teams will play about 25 regular season games and then head into two postseason tournaments.


Does that sound overwhelming to you?


Think about an 18-year-old kid who can’t even find his Chemistry 101 class, much less how to read some of the toughest zones in the country.


Oh, and everyone at your place of higher learning wants you to win every game.


Welcome to college hoops.




Last season, in an effort to show how to lose a game in the most painful way ever, Memphis blew a 9 point lead in the title game against Kansas with just over two minutes left in the second half. Crushed in the overtime period, the Tigers couldn’t believe that something as simple as a free throw kept them from cutting down the nets.


They lost.


Kansas won.


Now, both teams must re-load as an entire different storyline will be acted out in major and minor arenas across the country.


It started on Nov. 10 at Cameron Indoor Stadium with a doubleheader that featured three poor teams and Duke in the opening round of the Coaches vs. Cancer tournament. The four top seeds in this preseason tournament automatically qualify (on name basis only) to the final four in Madison Square Garden.


Other terrific preseason tournaments will tip towards the end of the month in the madness that leads to the best postseason tournament in sports.


Here’s hoping that we all stay after freshman year.


Just this once.  


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