Why do I care again?
College basketball has seen some major moments, historically: It’s a tradition that’s transcended racism, introduced the world to some of the best athletes ever, and shown us to never doubt the underdog. And, you also get a first glimpse at some of the future NBA superstars before they go pro and before they start making ridiculous heaps of money, bad choices, and reality shows.
How does it work?
Of the hundreds of college basketball teams across the country, only 68 are chosen and then ranked, or “seeded,” and divided into four regions, or “brackets.” In single elimination rounds, teams advance from Round 1 to Round 2, to the “Sweet Sixteen,” the “Elite Eight,” and to the coveted “Final Four." The final two teams face off in the Championship game, FTW. Epic!
Okay, great, but I know nothing about college basketball. Like, nothing.
Here, we present to you an abridged glossary of important terminology that you can throw around at the bar, in case some superfan might be listening…
How do I watch?
All 67 games are broadcast on CBS, TBS, TNT, and truTV from March 19 to April 8.
But I still don’t care about basketball.
Do you care about winning? Like, one million dollars? Pick a team, any team, to win it all. Enter CBS Sports’ Bracket Challenge, Yahoo!’s Tourney Pick ‘Em, ESPN’s Tournament Challenge, or a slew of other online opportunities for chances at sweet prizes. Who knows: Even your random, apathetic selections could land you in the winner’s circle.
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