It is the most unpredictable time of the year! The end of March also means the beginning of the NCAA basketball tournament which looks to be one of the more competitive ones in recent years.
The bracket has been set with four not so typical number one seeds. Kansas was able to acquire a number one seed by having the best record in the country and continuing their dominance in the Big 12. The University of North Carolina also picked up a number one seed after winning the ACC tournament and to the delight of the fans, have been acclaimed as the likely favorite to bring home the hardware (ncaa.com).
Rounding out the number one seeds is Oregon and Virginia. Oregon has been relatively unknown for most of this year but their success in the Pac-12 tournament earned the school their first ever number one seed. Virginia was disappointed with their loss to UNC in the conference championship, but they look to bounce back in the tournament (espn.com).
The buzz that surrounds the NCAA tournament each and every year is the one Cinderella story that always seems to occur. The teams making their case for this surprising deep tournament run includes the University of Hawaii. They finished with the best record in school history and amongst the best in the country. They hope to show their resolve against some of the top teams in the nation.
There are many Tar Heel fans on East Forsyth campus, one of which is Kamron Martin (’17). Martin reflected on his Heels’ chances of winning the tournament, “I have a lot of faith in the team. If players like Brice Johnson can take their incredible regular season efforts and translate that to the postseason, then I like our odds. I just hope they represent the ‘hoop-state’ well.”
Martin was also asked to make a prediction on a potential huge upset that could occur in the tournament. “I’m not saying this just because I’m a Tar Heel fan, but don’t be surprised if Duke loses to UNC Wilmington in the first round. It is a real possibility and if it were to happen, I’d find it quite hilarious.”
Even though there will more than likely be no perfect brackets once again this year, it will still be quite interesting to see who will prevail in this year’s NCAA tournament.