In a year full of upsets, buzzer beaters and bracket busters, the NCAA tournament, March 15 to April 2, has reached the height of uncertainty as sixteen-seeded UMBC beat the overall one seed UVA. According to ESPN, the odds of guessing a perfect bracket are 9.2 quintillion to one, a fact reinforced when every bracket created was busted half way through the second round.
Millions of people across the nation have made it a yearly tradition to guess which team gets to hang a shiny new banner. Here at Carrboro High School, the Student Government Association (SGA) has even endorsed an official CHS tournament challenge group which has more than 100 members.
The JagWire staff asked several students participating in the SGA contest about their picks for the 2018 National Champion. Among those interviewed, the largest portion predicted the University of Virginia as the winner, while nearly all said UVA would at least make the Final Four. UNC had the next largest number of votes to make the Final Four and to win it all. Other teams picked to go far included Duke, Michigan State, Kansas and Villanova.
Everyone has their own strategy when it comes to creating their bracket but no matter how much time someone spends on it, he/she is almost guaranteed to be wrong.
“I look back at the season, who [the team] has beaten and lost to,” said Kayla Nesbitt, sophomore, on how she fills out her bracket.
Unfortunately for Kayla and many people like her, it’s called March Madness for a reason. 2018 has been one of the most unpredictable years to date as two one-seeds lost in the first two rounds and two eleven-seeds have made it to the Sweet Sixteen.
“My bracket’s as busted as my AP World Grade,” said Annelise Cox, sophomore, on how she’s doing in the SGA contest.
Keep an eye on the CHS Bracket Brawl by SGA on the ESPN Tournament Challenge app to see who filled out the best bracket and stay tuned to March Madness to see the best team win.